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Ferrous to Fine (part 1) with April Wood

Thursdays, March 3, 2022 - March 24, 2022, 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Cost: $330.00

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Join April Wood as she takes you from Ferrous to Fine! This class focuses on the use of steel, typically considered a non-precious metal, in  combination with precious metals for the fabrication of jewelry. You will learn about the working properties of steel and what makes it similar, but yet different from working with non-ferrous or precious metals. Demonstrations will be given on sawing, annealing, forming and finishing mild steel. Students will also learn about soldering steel wire and sheet with gold and silver solder for construction, as well as surface embellishment. Patinas for steel and other color methods will also be discussed. 

List of techniques covered 

Types of steel 


finishing methods 


forming and light forging 

soldering wire and sheet 

solder inlay 

soldering other metals to steel 

patinas and sealing steel


This course is available as a live online class. 

A kit of materials is included with this class.

Online students will have kits mailed to them. 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 used with your registration is the correct one for shipping.


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.



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.



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). 


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.

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


Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.



Basic metalsmithing skills like sawing, drilling, and soldering are required. Jewelry 1 or equivalent experience. 

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: April Wood

Upcoming Schedule

Date & Times Register
Thu. Mar 3, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Mar 10, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Mar 17, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Mar 24, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Ferrous to Fine (part 1) with April Wood

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