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From the Bronze Age to modern times, from function to ornament, the brooch has long been a staple of jewelry forms.
A brooch, or a fibula as it was first known, was first used as a way to fasten cloaks and clothing. It transitioned, as it migrated across the world, into symbols of class and power and then to modern art and personal expression. Take for example former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, whose collection of brooches was not only an element of her style, but also a way to subtly communicate her opinions to diplomats and heads of state.
This class will explore different solutions for creating brooches and then students can create a brooch using one of those techniques. We’ll take a hard look at the back of your pins. Not only will we design how to mount your jewelry to the clothing canvas of the wearer, but also to plant some character and surprises on the humble brooch back so that it’s as fun as the front.
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class, and as a 4 week course or 2 day workshop. Please check this page for times and formats available.
• Anatomy of a brooch
• Review of different styles of brooches
• Making custom joins, clutches and pin stems
• Tips and tricks for creating tension, security and clothing friendly pins
• Individual help with designing a brooch
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. 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 review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
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.
In person classes 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 (in person students receive a printout of their handout on the first day of class). Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning.
Recordings of class.
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.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
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.
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.
Sterling solder (sheet or wire preferred): Hard, Medium and Easy
Chain nose pliers
Flat or bent nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Hard wire cutters
You’ll also need your basic jewelry tools for fabrication and soldering (saw, files, soldering tools, etc). For a sample list of basic tools, checkout the list for our Jewelry 1 - Basics (online) workshop or the Silvera Basic Jewelry Tool Kit at OttoFrei.com
A computer, tablet or smartphone with the free Zoom app to join the class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Previous experience with sawing, filing, soldering, and polishing, like successful completion of Jewelry 1 - Basics.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA