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Japanese Metalworking

Thursdays, September 16, 2021 - October 21, 2021, 2:00PM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Cost: $510.00

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Traditional japanese metalwork is both elegant and influential. In this class, we dive in to the history of metalwork, covering forms, techniques, alloys, and use in Japanese culture.

The Japanese aesthetic has been influential on the jewelry and metals world since it was introduced to the rest of the world. In looking at the design hallmarks of various eras, as well as the design methodology, students will be able to translate what appeals to them into their own pieces.

Shakudo, shibuichi? Sure! We will learn about how to alloy, work with, and patina these uniquely Japanese and beautiful alloys.

The world of Japanese patinas is broad and detailed. We will dive into metal preparation, base patinas, and overcoat patinas in this class. All techniques you can do in your home!

Japanese metalwork is known for its surface treatments. In addition to the patinas we will be covering traditional and modernized inlay techniques.

  • What’s covered in this class?
  • • History and forms of Japanese metalwork
  • • Design aesthetic, hallmarks, and inspirations
  • • Alloys and their uses
  • • Nunome Zogan traditional inlay with chisel and silver leaf
  • • Ten Zogan inlay- traditional and modernized
  • •  Surface preparation for patinas
  • • Traditional base patinas on silver, bronze, copper, shibuichi, and shakudo
  • • Overcoat patinas on the same metals
  • • Fabrication of a layered nesting box (inrō)
  • • Wax carving
  • • Casting a bead and toggle plaque
  • • Sweat solder applique designs
  • • Finishing techniques 

This course is available as a live online class.

This course meets for 6 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 18 hours. Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.

A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you.

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.


Tools for this Class

This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.


  • Bench pin
  • Saw frame
  • Saw blades
  • Half round hand file
  • Set of 6 needle files
  • Wire cutters
  • Ring mandrel
  • Half round/flat pliers
  • Soldering set-up: soldering board, pick, flux, pickle
  • Torch- large butane, acetylene/air, or propane/oxygen
  • Dremel/flexshaft
  • Sandpaper assortment
  • Chasing, goldsmiths, or riveting hammer
  • Burnisher
  • 1mm drill bit
  • Cheap brush for applying patinas
  • Salt (not iodized)
  • White vinegar
  • Pot
  • Hot plate or stove burner
  • Scotchbrite
  • 4 nails
  • Container for daikon radish

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).

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. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.

Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.


Previous experience and comfort with soldering, piercing, and the flexshaft are highly recommended. Jewelry 1 and 2 or equivalent experience. This class is designed for the experienced beginner through advanced students.

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA

Instructor: Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.

Japanese Metalworking

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