Jewelry: Fabrication

Explore the fundamentals of fabrication in metal with the focus on jewelry design. Learn the basic jewelry making techniques such as forming and forging, stone setting, soldering, and brazing using various materials. Learn from instructor demos about the design and fabrication of pendants, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches, and rings. The instructor will also provide plenty of individual feedback with each student’s project. This class is designed for all levels. Bring your creative ideas and take home beautiful jewelry pieces of your own design.

Please note, this studio is accessible by stairs only.

What you will learn:

  • Learn and improve your soldering skills

  • Fabricating and fitting parts and pieces together

  • Understanding of mechanical properties of locking systems and fabricating of findings

  • Learn and improve your level of metal forming both hollow and forging

  • Introduction to stone setting

Required supplies for the first class:

  • Sketch pads

  • Tracing paper

  • Rulers

  • French curves (not too important but very helpful in free form design)

  • Templates for geometric shapes or other shapes that you find interesting

  • Pencils for drawing and design work

  • Fine felt tip pens for marking your metal

Later in the term you will need:

  • Needle files and larger hand files and saw frames, saw blades, and sandpaper

  • 3″ square of copper or bronze and some silver solder

  • Silver sheet or rod and wire

  • Waxes hard in blocks and slices or ring tubes and soft sheet or wire form depending on your project ideas

  • Wax tools like course files and sharp knives like X-acto blades, spatulas and some dental tools will be discussed and demoed in class