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Earrings: Hoops and Posts

Friday, September 3, 2021, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

In Person Class

Cost: $180.00

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

Online Class

Cost: $180.00

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

Earrings are one of the best selling, most popular forms of jewelry, but they have their own challenges for the maker. They’re a set and have to match, and people want earrings that are secure, with soldered connections that aren’t going to come apart. This online interactive Zoom class demonstrates valuable techniques for creating multiple matching earrings.

This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class, and as a 2 week course or 1 day workshop. Please check this page for times and formats available.

First, students will make a pair of earrings with posts. Anat will demonstrate how to make studs with a bezel setting and tricks for soldering on posts.

Next, Anat will introduce techniques for making a variety of hoop earrings, with and without soldering.

This class is a great way to practice soldering, learn more soldering, filing, texturing and forming techniques - and be able to continue making lots of earrings, even after class. The skills taught in this class will easily transfer to other jewelry designs, like rings and pendants.

Techniques taught:
• Soldering on posts
• How to harden posts
• Sweat soldering
• Create multiple identical hoops in a variety of gauges and styles
• Tapering ear wires from thick to thin, for good joins and for a comfortable fit 
• Forging and forming hoops
• Make catches for ear wires on hoops
• Texturing, filing and polishing metal


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. 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.


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 (in person students receive a printout of their handout on the first day of class). 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.

Texture hammer
Hoop mandrel
Wooden dapping block
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Liver of Sulphur

In addition to these tools, you’ll need basic jewelry fabrication tools, like the required tools for Jewelry 1 - Basics (soldering tools, files, etc). If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.


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 is a beginner level class that requires previous basic experience with soldering precious metals (like sterling), like our Intro to Soldering class (online or in-person) or Jewelry 1 - Basics (online or in-person, any version). It's a great follow up class for more practice with soldering. 

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA

Instructor: Anat Silvera

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.

Earrings: Hoops and Posts

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