Rolling Mill

Thursday, September 8, 2022; 10:30AM - 1:30PM PT (Pacific Time)


Cost: $125

This class is already under way. Please see below for any other available workshop dates.

Have you been dreaming about getting a rolling mill? Prices on economy rolling mills start in the $300's and $400s.

The rolling mill is a metalsmith's fantasy tool: texture and imprint your metal like a printing press, and roll out your own wire and sheet from your scrap. This short class will take you on a tour of the essentials you need to know to use it. 

Use paper, fabric, and found materials to imprint designs on sheet metal. Cast your scrap metal or alloy new metal into an ingot and roll it into wire or sheet.  Learn how to reduce wire and sheet into smaller gauges. Turn round wire into square, or even into a triangular profile!

Join us for instruction in how to safely use and maintain a rolling mill. You don't have to have a rolling mill to attend this class. Students without a mill can learn about how to use it so that they can make an informed decision when they purchase one.


What's covered:
• Why have a rolling mill?
• Types of mills
• Anatomy of a mill
• Choosing a mill
• Mill safety
• Installing a mill
• Mill maintenance

• Melting metal and casting ingots
• Rolling ingots into sheet and wire

• Creating texture with a rolling mill


There is no kit for this class.
There is not a kit of materials for this class. since some students may or may not have a rolling mill. The  supplies list sent to online students includes recommendations for materials for practicing with your rolling mill.


A full color handout is included with the class.
Create your own workbook with the beautiful handout that is downloadable for this workshop. Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning.

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.


Tools for Online Students
There are no tools required for this class. However, if you do have a rolling mill and want to try the techniques shown during class, this is a list of tools online students would need. (in-person students have tools to use at school). 

A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.

Rolling Mill (Optional): If you’re thinking about purchasing a mill, we recommend attending this class first so that you can make an informed decision.). If you have a mill, you can show the instructor and ask questions about it.

Students who have a rolling mill and want to texture metal and cast ingots to roll into sheet and wire may want to have the following tools.

(There are no tools required for this class, but if you'd like to use the techniques shown, these are some of the tools that are recommended)
Safety glasses
20 or 22 gauge copper sheet for practice. 
Scrap or casting grain to melt into ingots for practice
Digital scale (must measure accurately to a 1/10th of a gram or pennyweight)
Prip’s or Cupronil flux recommended for any soldering
Torch for melting ingots (a large butane torch, like a Blazer Big Shot; or a plumbers MAPP or Propane torche; or a bench torch (like a acetylene torch or an oxygen/fuel torch, similar to a Smith Little Torch (acetylene or propane fine) with a melting tip
Reversible ingot mold
Whaley whip small melting dish and handle set
Graphite stir rod and stir rod holder
#2 shade clip ons or safety glasses to protect your eyes during meltingMaterials for textures. Some the following (note that all of these materials will be destroyed during rolling): paper (manila folder, watercolor paper, paper towel), plant materials (dried tamale husk, dry sturdy leaves, like skeletonized leaves), stencils, stickers, fabric (burlap or lace), and painters tape.

Students will need a computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class 




Previous experience with jewelry fabrication (sawing, filing, using power tools), like successful completion of Jewelry 1 - Basics (online or in-person) recommended.


Joe Silvera

If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded. For staff instructor classes, students have access to the recordings for one year. For guest instructors, access is 30 days. 

If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iPhone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).

Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.

Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.

For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.