Wednesdays, August 24, 2022 - September 7, 2022; 2:00PM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
What do you do if you don’t have the right tool? Make it!
An important part of jewelry is making and modifying tools. In this class, you'll learn how to shape and polish hammers for better performance, and custom texture. You can use these same skills to repair your hammer face and remove nicks or scratches.
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.
Students make custom stamps for decoration. We’ll forge, twist and grind steel to make custom tools, like a center punches, scribers, burnishers and scrapers. Annealing, hardening and tempering steel will also be demonstrated
Use these skills to reshape, reuse, and recycle tools, new and old into useful solutions for your jewelry.
• modify and polish a hammer to a mirror finish
• make a texture hammer
• sawing and filing custom stamps
• annealing steel • tempering steel
• forging, grinding and twisting steel to make custom tools
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below). Feel free to contact us with any questions.
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.
Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (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.
N95 or similar mask to protect against steel dust
Blank hammers to polish (2)
Wet/dry sandpaper: 180, 320, 600-grit, 1 sheet each
Large 6-8” half round file Swiss cut 0 or 1 (a separate set for steel is recommended)
Needle files Set Swiss cut 2 (a separate set for steel is recommended)
Screw Mandrels (2 pc)
3 in 1 oil or honing oil
Flex shaft machine or Dremel
A computer, tablet or smartphone with the free Zoom app to join the class
In addition to these tools, the students will need the basic tools from the Jewelry 1 - Basics workshop (saw, saw blades, torch, files, etc.).
Previous experience with jewelry fabrication (sawing, filing, using power tools), like successful completion of Jewelry 1 - Basics (online or in-person).
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.
If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.
International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.
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.