Jewelry: Cold Work (five-session workshop)

In this class, students will learn fundamental skills for jewelry fabrication including piercing and basic forming techniques in combination with various “cold-connections” such as riveting, findings, jump-rings, and tab-setting. The objective of the class is to introduce students to metal fabrication with a special focus on processes that the student can accessibly practice at home with a minimalist, torch-free set up. Many of these techniques are especially suitable to marrying alternative materials with metal in jewelry. Students are encouraged to bring in wood, plastic, etc. as well as any beads they have that they may choose to incorporate into wearable works of art.

While this workshop will focus primarily on cold-connections, students will have the opportunity to learn basic soldering techniques that they may choose to work into their cold-connected pieces.

Note that this classroom is accessible by stairs only; please contact Fleisher for more information.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

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. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for spring term assistance is Friday, March 10; Notifications will be sent by Monday, March 13.

What you will learn:

  • How to create rivets for cold-connections in jewelry and metal objects

  • How to pierce a tab-setting for a cabochon stone

  • How to make your own findings for earrings and necklaces

Required Supplies:

  • Recommended Jewelry and Metal suppliers:

    • Hagstoz 709 Sansom Street. Phone: 215-922-1627
    • Pamma Tools 809 Sansom Street. Phone: 215-928-6004
    • Rio Grande: Phone: 1-800-545-6566
  • 2 Pieces of 3”x3” Sheet Metal (Choose at least TWO different metals from Brass, Copper, or Nickel-Silver)

  • 1 FOOT BRASS Rod 1/16” HARD

  • 1 FOOT BRASS ROUND 18 Gauge Wire

  • 2 FEET BRASS ROUND 20 Gauge Wire

  • 1 FOOT STERLING ROUND 20 Gauge Wire

  • 3 INCHES Sterling Silver FLAT (1x3MM) OR Sterling HALF-ROUND 8 GAUGE (for making a ring)


  • 1”x”2 Sterling OR Copper Sheet 22 Gauge

  • 1 Large Cabochon (at least 10MM)


    • Students are encouraged to bring small wood, plastic, and glass pieces that they may choose to mount or rivet to finished jewelry pieces. Students may also bring small beads for this practice as well.
    • 2 DOZEN 2/0 Jeweler’s Saw Blades
    • 1 Sheet 400 Grit Sandpaper
    • 2 Drill Bits Size # 67
    • 1 Drill Bit Size # 57″