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This sequel to the 8 week Jewelry 1 & 2 course continues to build your fabrication skills with exciting projects: a pendant with multiple stone settings and decorative elements, a cuff bracelet, and hollow form earrings.
Students design a custom pendant with a bail for multiple stones to be set in bezels. They will decorate their settings with a choice of twisted wire borders, silver granules and wire elements.
The cuff project is made by pouring a ingot of sterling and rolling it into sheet with a mill. We’ll also use the rolling mill to imprint the sheet with texture. Rolling mill textures can be made by using fabric, paper, plastic and metal to create fun patterns.
Hollow forms are enclosed designs, like beads and boxes. Using this technique, students will make lightweight earrings. The hollow form design will also include demonstrations of how to set a pearl.
Techniques covered include:
• Design and workflow for a custom project
• Making twisted wire for decorative borders
• Melting silver into balls or granules for decoration
• Sweat soldering
• More precision soldering skills
• Fabricating a bail
• Melting metal and pouring a ingot
• Using a rolling mill to make sheet
• Texturing metal with a rolling mill
• Making a cuff bracelet
• Fabricating hollow forms
• Making earrings
• Make a setting for a pearl
Kit of materials, full color handout and use of tools included.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Successful completion of Basic Jewelry 1 (weekend or 8 week course) or similar experience with sawing, filing, polishing and soldering precious metals.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA