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In the 4th part of our jewelry fabrication series, students will cast ingots and forge them into jewelry, and make lightweight custom hollow form earrings.
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.
Part of what is amazing about working in metal is that you can melt down your scrap and start over! Learn how to sort your metals, home studio friendly methods for casting an ingot, and forging techniques to turn it back into jewelry.
Creating volume without weight is a key skill for designing all forms of jewelry. Students will learn how to make hollow form earrings and how to create a setting for pearls.
Techniques covered include:
• Cast an ingot with home studio friendly techniques
• Forging wedges, tapers, and more
• How to use a draw plate to draw wire
• How to use a rolling mill to make sheet and wire
• Fabricating hollow forms
• Making earrings
• Make a setting for a pearl
This class meets for 4 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 12 hours of instruction.
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.
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.
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.
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 basic jewelry 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).
Digital scale (must measure accurately to a 1/10th of a gram or pennyweight)
Prip’s flux recommended, but other fluxes are ok, too
Torch (a large butane torch, like a Blazer Big Shot; or other style bench torch (like a acetylene torch or oxygen/fuel torch, similar to a Smith Little Torch (acetylene or propane fine)
4 oz Cross peen hammer for forging, like a riveting hammer or goldsmithing hammer
Graphite stir rod
Hard charcoal block (recommend a separate one to use just for ingots, broken pieces ok)
Honey comb board
Wooden dapping punch set
Spray bottle for flux
Sterling solder (wire or sheet) - hard, medium and easy
#2 shade clip ons or safety glasses to protect your eyes during melting
N95 or similar dust mask
Sterling solder (wire or sheet) - Hard, medium and easy
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
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick