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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.
• 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. Registered students receive a class kit by mail, shipped to the address used for registration. Please be sure to contact us at the time of registration with any updates re: where you want your kit shipped.
A handout is included with the class. A pdf of the handout is sent to students before the first day of class.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
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).
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.
Tools for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. 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