Jewelry Making: Introductions

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.

What you will learn:

  • Cultural history of jewelry and small-scale metals

  • Design concepts as they pertain to wearable and decorative metals

  • Working with specialized tools

  • Basic techniques

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 for fall term assistance is Monday, August 29th. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Friday, September 2nd.

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

Start the term with these supplies:

  • Herkules Saw blades 2/0 – 2dozen (24 total)
  • 3” x 3” 20 gauge Copper sheet
  • 3” x 3” 20 gauge Brass sheet
  • 1’ each of easy, medium, and hard silver solder
  • Sketch Book or Paper to draw on
  • Sharpie – black, ultra fine point
  • Pencil and Pen
  • Old Rag or t-shirt for drying metal

Midway through the term students will need these supplies:

  • Before purchasing, we will discuss these supplies in greater detail in class.
  • Cabochon Stone
  • Sterling Silver Bezel Wire
  • Sterling Silver Sheet 24 gauge – 1” X 1”
  • 3″ Sterling Silver wire – choose from rectangle, round, or half round stock; gauge depends on preference
  • 3 small plastic Baggies or containers to keep solder in.

(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.