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Intro to Sawing and Riveting (online)

Saturdays, October 24, 2020 - October 31, 2020, 2:30PM - 5:30PM PT (Pacific Time)

Cost: $165.00

Thinking about learning how to make jewelry? Take the plunge in this bite size online Zoom course in the basics of metalsmithing as you make a textured pendant with a sawn out design and a riveted bail.

This interactive online class demonstrates how to use a jewelers saw, hammering techniques, riveting, and polishing by hand. But be careful! You might just get bitten by the jewelry bug and get addicted to it!

Techniques covered:

• Sawing

• Filing

• Sanding

• Riveting

• Drilling holes

• Hammers and texture

• Polishing by Hand

A kit of materials is included with this class. Registered students receive a class kit by mail, shipped to the address used for registration. Please be sure to contact us at the time of registration with any updates re: where you want your kit shipped. 

A handout is included with the class. A pdf of the handout is sent to students before the first day of class.  

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

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). 

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. 

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 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.

Safety glasses
Flush cutting pliers
Combination bench pin and anvil
Rawhide mallet
Polished 4 oz ball peen hammer
Bench pin
Classic 4” Saw frame
Otto Swiss saw blades 2/0 1 dozen
Half round needle file Swiss Cut 2
Half round 6” file Swiss Cut 2
Ring clamp,
Fretz Maker Narrow Raising Hammer

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

You’ll also need some basic stuff like these:

Wear clothes that okay to get dirty or an apron (non synthetic like cotton preferred)
small 4” -6” wide water bowl (glass, metal, ceramic or sturdy plastic ok)
Magnifiers (around 2x) if needed
Permanent black marker, fine tip
Liquid dish soap (like Dawn Blue)
Rubber cement or a glue stick

Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.




No previous experience required - beginners and all levels welcome!

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA

Instructor: Joe Silvera

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.

Intro to Sawing and Riveting (online)

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