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A filbula is one of the oldest styles of brooch/pin and has been in use for millennia. Created from a single piece of metal, using a hammer, fibulae can be sculptural and flowing in design as well as beautifully elegant and functional.
Fibulae were used in Roman times to hold togas closed, in Celtic and Anglo-Saxon cultures for kilts, wraps, and shawls. Today they are used for shawls or wraps, on hats, jackets, and in badge/medal style pins as well.
In this one day intensive class, students will learn the basic methods and techniques for forging metal from a thick rod. We will be tapering the rod, twisting, flaring, curving and bending, as well as flattening the rod into a sheet surface.
You can use the same forging skills taught in this class to make rings, earrings and bracelets with similar calligraphic designs that shift seamlessly from thick to thin.
Forging is a great way to move and stretch metal without filing and with little to no metal lost. This is a valuable skill for working with precious metals, like silver and gold alloys
Students will create at least 2 forged fibulae throughout the day. This class involves a lot of hammering- if you have shoulder issues or trouble holding a tool for long periods of time, this class is not recommended.
- • Forging techniques: taper, knife wedge, curving
- • Students practice in copper and then make a sterling fibula
- • Twisting and forming the metal
- • Annealing
- • How to use a rolling mill for forging
- • Forming the stem and clasp
- • Adaptations of the fibula form
- • Finishing techniques
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping..
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).
This course meets for 1 day, 3 hour morning and afternoon session with a 1 hour break, for a total of 6 hours of instruction. 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. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.
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.
- Grooving and Planishing hammer
- For this class, you need a cross peen face and a planishing face. Make sure your cross peen face has some weight to it- at least 200g.
- Anvil with horn
- Ear protection
- Bench Vise or similar
- Your bench vise needs to be secured to your work surface either via bolts or C-clamps
- Saw frame
- 2/0 saw blades
- Half round hand file
- Needle files
- Bench pin
- Torch- large butane, acetylene/air, fuel/oxygen
- Soldering surface or annealing pan with pumice rocks
- Round/flat forming pliers
- Rolling Mill
- *If you do not have a rolling mill you can have Jenn pre-taper your rods*
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Open to all levels, beginners welcome!
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick