Introduction to Jewelry
This course is designed to introduce you to a variety of technical processes, design concepts, and tools essential for understanding and working with non-ferrous metals on a wearable scale. Attention will be given to material sourcing, the production and critique of metalwork, and the cultural and historical aspects of jewelry as artistic expression. Some basic techniques that will be covered include sawing, filing, riveting, simple forming, hammer texture, soldering, and finishing.
This is an in-person class which will take place in our Jewelry Studio with strict social distancing protocols and a maximum of 5 students in the space. Students will be required to wear masks for the entire duration of the class.
Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 2.
What you will learn:
A cultural history of jewelry and small-scale metals
Design concepts as they pertain to wearable and decorative metals
Working with specialized tools
Recommended supply providers:
Hagstoz: 709 Sansom Street. Phone: 215-922-1627.
Pamma Tools 809 Sansom Street. Phone: 215-928-6004.
Rio Grande: www.riogrande.com. Phone: 1-800-545-6566.
Start the term with these supplies:
Note: no nickel or steel in studio unless previously discussed and gold at your own expense! Materials are extremely important to have because without them projects will not be able to be completed.
Herkules Saw blades 2/0 – two dozen (24 total)
3” x 3” 20 gauge copper sheet
3” x 3” 20 gauge brass sheet
1ft. of 14 gauge round brass wire hard
2ft. of 18 gauge round copper wire soft
Sketchbook or paper to draw on
Sharpie thin and thick “black” only
Pencil and pen
Scissors (basic for cutting paper)
Old rag or t-shirt for drying metal
Chain or leather cord for two pendants
Midway through the term you will need:
Sterling silver wire: either round or half round
2 inches of medium silver solder
One small plastic baggy or containers to keep solder in and labeled