Introduction to Platinum

Saturday, April 22, 2023; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

In Person


Cost: $430


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Online


Cost: $415


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Platinum is a beautiful metal- it's strong, durable, and polishes to a beautiful high shine. Platinum is a great choice for those who like the color of silver, but want something more durable. It is also low in reactivity for those with allergies, making it a great choice for those forever pieces.

With all of that beauty, there are some differences in working with platinum over silver, gold, and other metals. Want to learn more? 

This class teaches you how to do basic fabrication with platinum, cleaning, polishing, and stone setting. It's the perfect place to start if you are curious about working with this metal or wanting to incorporate platinum elements with other metals. 

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


Techniques covered:

• Cutting and forming
• Soldering
• Properties of platinum and platinum alloys
• Using platinum findings
• Polishing and finishing platinum
• Setting stones in platinum

A kit of materials is included with this class.

Platinum and platinum solder are included in the kit. 


Tools.
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 handout is included with the class.
 

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.

Bench pin
Valtitan half round needle file (note: must be new- cannot have been used before on any other metal)
Silicone polishing wheels (must also be new)
Sandpaper- 400, 600, 1200 grits
Torch (a large butane torch, like a Blazer Big Shot, dual fuel, or acetylene/air)
Riveting hammer or goldsmiths hammer
Nylon or rawhide mallet
Split mandrels for flexshaft
#7 safety glasses to protect your eyes during soldering
Dust mask and clear safety glasses

Soldering surface, pickle, and pickle pot

Soldering pick (must be new)

Steel block

Ring mandrel

Tweezers

Shears for solder

Saw frame and 4/0 blades

Half round/flat pliers

Prong pusher

Burnisher

Flexshaft or dremel


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

 

Prerequisites:

Students must have solid metalworking, soldering, and tube setting skills. Students must have taken Jewelry 1 and at least 2 other Jewelry Fabrication classes, as well as Stone Setting: Tube, Flush and Prong. 

Instructor:

Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick

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 a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

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.

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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Sat. Oct 1, 10AM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time)

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Sat. Apr 22, 10AM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time)

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