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Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below). Feel free to contact us with any questions. 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 course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class, and as a 4 week course or 2 day workshop. Please check this page for times and formats available.
This 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.
The instructor will highlight tools and techniques that are safe to use in a home studio and how to set up your workspace, so you can make jewelry at home, too.
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 - Basics teaches the following:
• Making a custom bezel setting for a stone
• How to make a ring
• Hammering and texture
• Polishing and patina
A kit of materials and stones is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. 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.
Please review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
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.
A full color handout is included with the class.
Create your own workbook with the beautiful handout for this workshop. Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning.
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 for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in person students each 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. These tools are you foundation for creating your jewelry studio and are used in the rest of our fabrication and setting classes.
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.
Flush cutting pliers
Steel bench block or small anvil
Half round file
Set of 6 needle files Swiss cut 2
Pin vise with handle
Solderite solder board
Charcoal block (hard)
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
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.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
This class is open to all levels. Beginners welcome!
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick
|Date & Times
|• Thu. Jan 20, 6:30PM - 9:30PM PT (Pacific Time),|
Thu. Jan 27, 6:30PM - 9:30PM PT (Pacific Time)
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|• Sat. Jan 29, 10AM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),|
Sun. Jan 30, 10AM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time)
|• Wed. Mar 16, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),|
Wed. Mar 23, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Wed. Mar 30, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Wed. Apr 6, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time)
|• Sat. Apr 30, 10AM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),|
Sun. May 1, 10AM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time)