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Rolling Mill

Saturday, June 12, 2021, 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Cost: $125.00

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

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Have you been dreaming about getting a rolling mill? Prices on economy rolling mills have dropped drastically - models are available for less than $350!

The rolling mill is a metalsmith's fantasy tool: texture and imprint your metal like a printing press, and roll out your own wire and sheet from your scrap.

This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.

Use paper, fabric, and found materials to imprint designs on sheet metal - even make a couple of cuffs during class. Bring your scrap sterling or fine silver to cast into an ingot and roll out into wire or sheet, and learn how to reduce your own metal to smaller gauges. Turn round wire into square, or even into a triangular profile!

Join us for instruction in how to safely use and maintain a rolling mill. Students who attend this class at our school will have access to rolling mills. Online students with a mill will have some time to practice during class. Students without a mill can learn about how to use it so that they can make an informed decision when they purchase one.


Techniques Taught:
• Why have a rolling mill?
• Types of mills
• Anatomy of a mill
• Choosing a mill
• Mill safety
• Melting metal and casting ingots
• Mill maintenance

• Rolling ingots into sheet and wire

• Creating texture with a rolling mill


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.


Materials Kit
Students who attend in person will get a kit of metal to use for practice during class. For online students, there is not a kit of materials for this class. since some of them may or may not have a rolling mill. The  supplies list sent to online students includes recommendations for materials for practicing with your rolling mill.


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.



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.

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.


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.


Rolling Mill (Optional): Students can participate and learn about the mill before purchasing one. Students with a mill have some time for practice during class. If you’re thinking about purchasing a mill, we recommend attending this class first so that you can make an informed decision.)

Students who have a rolling mill and want to texture metal and cast ingots to roll into sheet and wire should have the following tools:

Safety glasses

20 or 22 gauge copper sheet for practice. 
Scrap or casting grain to melt into ingots for practice
Digital scale (must measure accurately to a 1/10th of a gram or pennyweight)
Prip’s or Cupronil flux recommended
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)
Reversible ingot mold
Whaley whip small melting dish and handle set
Graphite stir rod
#2 shade clip ons or safety glasses to protect your eyes during meltingMaterials for textures. Some the following (note that all of these materials will be destroyed during rolling): paper (manila folder, watercolor paper, paper towel), plant materials (dried tamale husk, dry sturdy leaves, like skeletonized leaves), stencils, stickers, fabric (burlap or lace), and painters tape.

If you’re going to use some of your samples from class to make jewelry, you’ll need basic fabrication tools, like the list of tools for Jewelry 1 - the Basics.

A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class 

Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.



Previous experience with jewelry fabrication (sawing, filing, using power tools), like successful completion of Jewelry 1 - Basics (online or in-person).

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA

Instructor: Joe Silvera

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.

Rolling Mill

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