Engineering Your Way Out with Alison Antelman

Friday, November 12, 2021; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, November 13, 2021; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, November 14, 2021; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)


Cost: $510

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

Join Alison Antelman for a journey in solving jewelry fabrication problems and learn solutions to common design and fabrication challenges as you design and create a hinged bracelet or necklace.

Students create a “map” of their project, learn to make irregular shaped bezel settings for unusually shaped stones, add hinges and where to place them for irregular shapes and using stainless steel wire, solder sterling terminations to the steel, add a hook clasp and complete your project.

Students are guided through the process along with discussion, case studies, actual examples and solutions shown in a power point presentation. Alison will guide students as she demonstrates the interplay of movement and functionality in jewelry and the approach from the wearer’s point of view (ie: does it sit funny on the neck, is it too heavy, does the pendant flop over).

The real benefit to this class is learning how to engineer your jewelry projects as you discover solutions to common design and fabrication challenges.

Step-by-step handouts are supplied along with samples. Basic fabrication and soldering required.

Techniques taught:

  • Design, layout, function (ie: wearability)
  • Fabrication and soldering exercises
  • Bezel setting irregular stones
  • Soldering sterling to stainless steel wire
  • Hinges for irregular shaped settings
  • Setting irregular shapes and heights

This course meets for 3 days, morning and afternoon sessions each day, for a total of 18 hours. 


A kit of materials is included with this class.


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

Bench pin
Saw frame
2/0 or 3/0 saw blades
Half round hand file
Needle file set of 6
round/flat forming pliers OR Half round/flat forming pliers
Chain nose pliers
Flush cutters
torch (acetylene/air or smith little torch- propane/oxygen or acetylene/oxygen)
hard and medium solder
Soldering set-up including: Solderite board, flux, pick, third hand, tweezers
pickle pot/bowl and pickle
Burr life or other blade lubricant
Scriber -anything sharp to scribe into metal
Metric ruler or other measuring device
paper needed-White butcher paper/regular printer paper/scrap paper
Tube Cutting Jig OR Miter Vise
Chasing hammer or riveting hammer or similar
Permananet marker
Dental tape/floss
Colored Markers Or Pencils
Stone setting tools for cabochons including bezel pusher and/or Burnisher
*Safety glasses*
Burs (most any shape or size bur will work- something to run across the silver to clean up)
Wire cutters for stainless cable wire (Use inexpensive cutters.  Don't use your good wire cutters because steel will notch the blades. Cutting stainless wire isn’t easy with any clippers. I’ve found bicycle wire cable cutters work better than regular wire cutters Also hard wire cutters are good. 

A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class


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



Students must have previous experience with soldering and basic fabrication of precious metals, like successful completion of Jewelry 1 (online or in-person) or similar experience. 


Alison Antelman (Guest)

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.

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.