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This online 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.
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.
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).
A kit of materials 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.
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.
In addition to these tools, students will need most of the tools from the Jewelry 1 - The Basics course.
An old dish towel
Liquid dish soap, old tooth brush and ScotchBrite pad or similar
Permanent marker, fine tip
Glue stick or rubber cement
Honey comb block
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)
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
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).
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.
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
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick