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Jewelry 3 - Bezels, Borders and Overlay

Thursdays, May 13, 2021 - June 3, 2021, 6:30PM - 9:30PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Cost: $295.00

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

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This sequel to the Jewelry 1 - the Basics  course continues to build your fabrication skills with a pendant project with multiple stone settings and decorative elements.

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.

Students design a custom pendant with a bail for multiple stones to be set in bezels. They will decorate their settings with a choice of twisted wire borders, silver granules, soldered overlays and wire elements.

Please note that the level 2 jewelry fabrication workshops (Jewelry 2, 3, and 4) can be taken in any order once you've completed the Basic Jewelry class (online or at our school). You can sign up for them as they become available on the schedule.

Techniques covered include:
• Design and workflow for a custom project

• Making twisted wire for decorative borders
• Melting silver into balls or granules for decoration

• Sweat soldering sheet metal overlays
• More precision soldering skills

• Fabricating a bail

• Making borders around your pendant

• Texturing without stamps or hammers

This course meets for 4 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 12 hours of instruction.

A kit of materials 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.

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.

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.

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.

In addition to these tools, students will need most of the tools from the Jewelry 1 - The Basics  course.

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, how to set up to work at home (both a simple set up and with a jewelry bench). 

Safety glasses
An old dish towel
Liquid dish soap, old tooth brush and ScotchBrite pad or similar
Permanent marker, fine tip
Glue stick or rubber cement
Prong pusher
Honey comb block
Prip’s flux
Soldering tripod (recommended with heavy mesh screen)
Sand paper: 320, 600-grit
Fine tip permanent marker
#6/0 saw blades dozen
#2/0 saw blades dozen
Cheap household wire cutters or hard wire cutters for binding wire
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
1mm drill (use with pin vise or flex shaft)
Bur lubricant
Flexible shaft machine
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.



Successful completion of Basic Jewelry 1 ( either an in person or online class) or similar experience with sawing, filing, polishing and soldering precious metals.

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructors: Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick or Joe Silvera

Upcoming Schedule

Date & Times Register
Thu. Sep 2, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Sep 9, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Sep 16, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Sep 23, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Thu. Dec 2, 6:30PM - 9:30PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Dec 9, 6:30PM - 9:30PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Dec 16, 6:30PM - 9:30PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Dec 23, 6:30PM - 9:30PM PT (Pacific Time)

In Person Class

Online Class

Tue. Jan 4, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Tue. Jan 11, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Tue. Jan 18, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Tue. Jan 25, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time)

In Person Class

Online Class

Jewelry 3 - Bezels, Borders and Overlay

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