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Making custom chains, soldering jump rings, and making prong settings for your stones - it’s all in this workshop.
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class, and as a 4 week course or 2 day workshop. Please check this page for times and formats available.
Why would you want to learn how to make chain?
Chain is everywhere in jewelry and the skills to make one are so useful. Plus chain is part of your overall design for a necklace, bracelets, etc. Knowing how to make chain will let you customize the look and feel of your jewelry.
Firstly, you can use this skill to not only make custom chains, but also to repair chains, mix readymade chains, and to boost your soldering skills with lots of practice soldering jump rings closed. During this class, students will make a custom bracelet with forged links and a handmade clasp.
What about prong settings?
Prong settings are not just an alternative to a bezel setting. Since these settings are more open, they reveal more of your stone. And you can adapt prongs to more stone shapes and unique cuts.
In the prong setting project, students learn how to design their setting, how to solder prongs to a pedestal base, and how to solder on a bail for wearing it as a necklace. After polishing, they will set their stone.
Please note that the level 2 jewelry fabrication workshops (Jewelry 2, 3, and 4) can be taken in any order once you've completed the Basic Jewelry class (online or at our school). You can sign up for them as they become available on the schedule.
Jewelry 2 covers the following techniques:
• Fabricating a custom prong setting
• How to set a stone with prongs
• Making a bail for a pendant
• Making a custom chain
• Soldering jump rings
• Forging to shape custom links with hammers
• Create a custom toggle clasp
A kit of materials and practice stones is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in person workshop students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.
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.
Tools for Online Students
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.
In addition to these tools, students will need most of the tools from the Jewelry 1 - The Basics (link) course. 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.
Liquid dish soap, old tooth brush and ScotchBrite pad
12” ruler inches (with metric okay too)
Permanent marker, fine tip
Masking or painters tape
19 gauge binding wire (dark annealed steel or stainless, no galvanized)
Glue stick or rubber cement
Saw blades, 2/0, dozen or gross
Flat nose pliers (plain jaws, no grooves)
Chain nose pliers (plain jaws, no grooves)
Soft charcoal block
Mini butane torch, like Blazer Stingray or similar
Barrette needle file
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
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.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Successful completion of Basic Jewelry 1 ( either an in person or online class) or similar experience with sawing, filing, polishing and soldering precious metals.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick
|Date & Times
|• Thu. Aug 5, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),|
Thu. Aug 12, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Aug 19, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Aug 26, 2PM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time)
|• Thu. Sep 23, 6:30PM - 9:30PM PT (Pacific Time),|
Thu. Sep 30, 6:30PM - 9:30PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Oct 7, 6:30PM - 9:30PM PT (Pacific Time),
Thu. Oct 14, 6:30PM - 9:30PM PT (Pacific Time)
|• Tue. Nov 16, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),|
Tue. Nov 23, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Tue. Nov 30, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Tue. Dec 7, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time)