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Piercework Mastery (online)

Tuesdays, May 4, 2021 - May 25, 2021, 6:00PM - 9:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

This class is already under way. Please see below for any other available workshop dates.

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Cost: $295.00

Your jeweler’s saw is one of the most versatile and important tools you have. In this class, learn to master the saw and pierce work and how to make those cuts perfect every time! With a combination of exercises and pieces, you will learn how to get perfect corners, straight lines, smooth curves, how to texture, file, and manipulate your saw to create everything from intricate patterns to natural edges. We will also dive into how to take two-dimensional cuts into a three dimensional form without soldering.

Techniques covered include:

  • How to adjust tension and load your saw frame
  • What the different blade sizes are for
  • How to choose a saw blade
  • Sawing straight lines accurately
  • Sawing perfect corners
  • Practice patterns- curved and straight lines
  • How to layout designs
  • How to pierce multiples
  • Cleaning up your saw lines
  • Using your saw for filing and texturing
  • Two dimensional to three dimensional forms
  • Finishing techniques


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

A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping..

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).

This course meets for 4 sessions, 3 hours per session, for a total of 12 hours. 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. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.

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
  • Needle files
  • 1mm drill bits
  • Pin vise or dremel/flexshaft to use with the drill bit.
  • Center punch
  • Scriber
  • Dividers
  • Machinist square
  • Extra fine point sharpie
  • Glue stick or rubber cement
  • Super Glue
  • Scissors
  • Scotch brite or steel wool
  • Sandpapers
  • Rawhide or plastic mallet
  • Round/flat pliers
  • Safe edge barrette needle file cut 2 or 3 

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

Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.


 Jewelry 1 or Intro to Sawing and Riveting. Must have some previous experience in how to use a jewelers saw. 

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick

Upcoming Schedule

Date & Times
Tue. May 11, 6PM - 9PM PT (Pacific Time),
Tue. May 18, 6PM - 9PM PT (Pacific Time),
Tue. May 25, 6PM - 9PM PT (Pacific Time)

Already under way

Piercework Mastery (online)

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