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The hydraulic press is a fantastically useful machine that is simple to operate. Use it to speed up all sorts of jewelry making, like cutting disks, forming metal, creating hollow forms, making quickly repeatable shapes, creating textures and patterns, and even making cuffs.
This live online Zoom workshop will introduce you to the press and how you can use it to enhance your jewelry designs.
• About hydraulic presses and options to make one or buy
• About hydraulic press accessories
• How to set up your hydraulic press
• Silhouette dies for hollow forms
• Impression dies for forming shapes
• Using the press with a disc cutter
• Creating texture and pattern with the press
• Making lots of exactly the same sheet metal shapes with blanking dies
You do not need to own a hydraulic press to take this class. Students can take the class to learn all about the hydraulic press, so that they can make an informed decision about buying one. If you already own a press, you can use it during class to practice.
It’s not just a recording. You can ask questions live with your instructor.
With our Zoom online class format, students can practice during class, talk with the instructor, ask questions and get help.
Check out our free videos on how to set up to make jewelry at home.
This class does not include a kit of materials. Since this class is open to students with or without a hydraulic press, there is not a kit. A list of recommended materials for practice is included in the supplies list.
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.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and 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.
Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.
Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
No tools are required for this class.
Since this class is open to students with or without a hydraulic press, tools and supplies are optional. Students can watch the demos, decide what they want to buy and then watch the class recording when they’re ready to practice. A pdf with a list of optional tools, dies, metal and dies will be emailed to students right after they register. Dies demonstrated during class include pancake/blanking dies, silhouette dies, conforming and non-conforming dies.
If you’re going to use some of your practice pieces to make jewelry, you’ll need basic fabrication tools, like the list of tools for Jewelry 1 - the Basics.
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Basic jewelry fabrication skills for precious metals, like successful completion of a basic jewelry fabrication class, like Basic Jewelry 1 (in-person workshop) or Jewelry 1 - Basics (online). These skills include sawing, filing, soldering and finishing precious metals.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA