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Join Victoria Lansford for this intensive, online workshop and learn to fuse sterling silver and 18K gold granules and wire in the manner of the ancient Etruscans, Egyptians, and Greeks. This straightforward method provides immediate gratification with very little clean up! Create traditional or contemporary patterns, while fabricating a pyramid and 2 rings.
The technique for wire appliqué and granules on sheet, as well as the ability to fuse metal before forming or soldering, provides endless opportunity for stylization and individual design. Victoria will present a number ways to achieve different patterns for a variety of types of jewelry.
You will have live interactive coaching to help you master fusing (camera or second device required) and have real-time help and answers while you practice, plus a day in between to work on the projects.
Techniques covered include:
- Making granules
- Preparation of metal for granulation
- Wire granulation
- Applying the granules in traditional and contemporary patterns
- Fusing in both sterling and 18k
- Fabricating and forming granulated metal
- Granulation pyramids
- Finishing and clean-up
This course is available as a live online class. Each day has a 2.5 hour morning and afternoon session with a 2 hour break in between, for a total of 10 hours of instruction time.
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).
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.
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.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
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.
- Flat nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Fine chain nose pliers
- Delrin flat nose pliers
- Curved Forming Pliers
- Deep Bend Forming Pliers
- Oblique end cutters, flush cutters, or similar snips
- Ring Mandrel
- Handy flux and brush
- Torch- acetylene/air, dual fuel, propane/air, large butane
- Compressed (hard) charcoal block (must be "compressed" type)
- Soldering Tweezers
- Soldering Pick
- Fire Extinguisher
- Bench pin
- Saw frame
- 2/0 saw blades
- Flat or Half Round needle file
- Rawhide mallet or urethane mallet
- Flex shaft, micromotor, or Dremel
- Calipers or dividers
- Metal ruler with metric measurements
- Bezel/Prong pusher
- Agate burnisher
- Steel bench block
- Joyce Chen or other sharp shears
- Small dapping punch 3-6 mm or Eastern repousse planishing tool
- Dental floss
- Green scotchbrite pad
- 1 small cabochon 5-7 mm round or oval
- Fine silver or 22k bezel wire to fit your stone
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Basic bench skills including soldering.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA