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, rings, belt buckles and other creative accessories, as well as art objects such as containers, ornaments, and small-scale sculptures. 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. Please contact Fleisher for details.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

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 Tuesday, November 23rd. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Tuesday, December 7th.

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

  • Introduction of working in wax, carving, and building in hard and soft waxes

Required supplies:

  • Students will be emailed a week before classes start to share what they need to be prepared for the first day!

  • We will discuss these materials more during the first class, students will not need to purchase most items until later in the term.

  • Pencils for drawing and design work

  • Extra fine tip and regular tip sharpie for marking your metal

  • 2/0 or 3/0 saw blades

  • Hard, medium, and easy silver solder

  • 320, 400, and 600 grit sandpaper

  • 22 gauge 3×3 inch copper, brass, or silver

  • 20 gauge 3×3 inch copper, brass, or silver

  • 18 gauge 3×3 inch copper, brass, or silver

  • 4 inch 12 gauge sterling silver (length could vary so please wait to purchase)

  • 6 inch 26 gauge fine silver bezel wire (length could vary so please wait to purchase)

  • 10 mm or larger cabochon stone

Not required but helpful materials:

  • 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