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Jewelry 1 - Basics (online)

Thursdays, January 7, 2021 - January 28, 2021, 1:30PM - 4:30PM PT (Pacific Time)

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Cost: $295.00

Want to make your own custom jewelry? Express yourself in metal and stones? This class is your gateway into a world of silver, gold, and gems.

Learn how to use traditional hand tools to make jewelry. We start with simple and fun practice projects to hone your skills and teach you the basics. All with the live support of your instructor. With a little practice you’ll be making your own designs and setting more stones.

This online course focuses on the basics of fabricating jewelry: sawing, filing, sanding, texturing, stamping, polishing, stone setting - and so much more. Practicing weekly is a great way to build skills that will last. And with the interactive classes, you’ll be able to ask questions.

The instructor will highlight tools and techniques that are safe to use in a home studio and how to set up your workspace.

As students make the two sample projects, a sawn and pierced pendant and a ring with a stone in a custom bezel setting, they are practicing the soldering and fabrication skills necessary to make jewelry. 


Jewelry 1 - The Basics teaches the following:

• Making a custom bezel setting for a stone
• Sawing
• Filing
• Sanding
• Soldering
• How to make a ring
• Stamping
• Hammering and texture
• Polishing and patina


Check out our free videos on how to set up to solder at home and how to use a home friendly butane torch to solder.

It’s not just a recording. You can ask questions live with your instructor. With our live online class format, students can talk with the instructor, ask questions and get help.


Class size is limited to 15 students.


A kit of materials and stones 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. The kit includes practice stones for the projects.

A full color handout is included with the class. Create your own workbook with the beautiful handout that is downloadable for this workshop. Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning.



Tools for this Class

This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of the specific models 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. These tools are you foundation for creating your jewelry studio and are used in the rest of our fabrication and setting classes.

Safety glasses
Flush cutting pliers
Steel bench block or small anvil
Rawhide mallet
Ring mandrel
Bench pin
Saw frame
Saw blades
Half round file
Set of 6 needle files Swiss cut 2
Ring clamp
Pin vise with handle
Solderite solder board
Paste flux
Steel tweezers
Soldering pick
Butane torch
Butane canister
Flux brush
Third hand
Charcoal block (hard)
Ring mandrel
Finger gauges
Flat/half round pliers
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.

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 4 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 12 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.


Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.


This class is open to all levels. Beginners welcome!


Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructors: Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick or Joe Silvera

Upcoming Schedule

Date & Times
Thu. Jul 8, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Jul 15, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Jul 22, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Jul 29, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time)


Jewelry 1 - Basics (online)

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