Hydraulic Press

Wednesday, October 19, 2022; 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT (Pacific Time)


Cost: $125

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The hydraulic press is a fantastically useful machine that is simple to operate. Use it to speed up all sorts of jewelry making, like cutting disks, forming metal, creating hollow forms, making quickly repeatable shapes, creating textures and patterns, and even making cuffs.

This live online Zoom workshop will introduce you to the press and how you can use it to enhance your jewelry designs.


Techniques taught:
• About hydraulic presses and options to make one or buy
• About hydraulic press accessories
• How to set up your hydraulic press
• Silhouette dies for hollow forms
• Impression dies for forming shapes
• Using the press with a disc cutter
• Creating texture and pattern with the press
• Making lots of exactly the same sheet metal shapes with blanking dies


You do not need to own a hydraulic press to take this class. Students can take the class to learn all about the hydraulic press, so that they can make an informed decision about buying one. 


Check out our free videos on how to set up to make jewelry at home.


This class does not include a kit of materials. Since this class is open to students with or without a hydraulic press, there is not a kit. A list of recommended materials for practice is included in the supplies list.

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.

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

No tools are required for this class.

Since this class is open to students with or without a hydraulic press, tools and supplies are optional. Students can watch the demos, decide what they want to buy and then watch the class recording when they’re ready to practice. A pdf with a list of optional tools, dies, metal and dies will be emailed to students right after they register. Dies demonstrated during class include pancake/blanking dies, silhouette dies, conforming and non-conforming dies.

If you’re going to use some of your practice pieces 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 





Basic jewelry fabrication skills for precious metals, like successful completion of a basic jewelry fabrication class, like  Basic Jewelry 1 (in-person workshop) or Jewelry 1 - Basics (online) are recommended. These skills include sawing, filing, soldering and finishing precious metals.



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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.

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.

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.

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.

Upcoming Schedule

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Wed. Oct 19, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time)

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