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In the 4th part of our online jewelry fabrication series, students will cast ingots and forge them into jewelry, and make lightweight custom hollow form earrings. During zoom class you can watch as your instructor demonstrates techniques and ask questions, all from the comfort of your home studio.
Part of what is amazing about working in metal is that you can melt down your scrap and start over! Learn how to sort your metals, home studio friendly methods for casting an ingot, and forging techniques to turn it back into jewelry.
Creating volume without weight is a key skill for designing all forms of jewelry. Students will learn how to make hollow form earrings and how to create a setting for pearls.
Techniques covered include:
• Cast an ingot with home studio friendly techniques
• Forging wedges, tapers, and more
• How to use a draw plate to draw wire
• Fabricating hollow forms
• Making earrings
• Make a setting for a pearl
This class meets for 4 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 12 hours of instruction.
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, how to set up to work at home (both a simple set up and with a jewelry bench).
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. Create your own workbook with the downloadable handout for this workshop. Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning.
Tools and Materials for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of the specific models 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.
In addition to these tools, students will need most of the basic jewelry tools from the Jewelry 1 - The Basics course.
Digital scale (must measure accurately to a 1/10th of a gram or pennyweight)
Prip’s flux recommended, but other fluxes are ok, too
Torch (a large butane torch, like a Blazer Big Shot; or other style bench torch (like a acetylene torch or oxygen/fuel torch, similar to a Smith Little Torch (acetylene or propane fine)
4 oz Cross peen hammer for forging, like a riveting hammer or goldsmithing hammer
Graphite stir rod
Hard charcoal block (recommend a separate one to use just for ingots, broken pieces ok)
Honey comb board
Wooden dapping punch set
Spray bottle for flux
Sterling solder (wire or sheet) - hard, medium and easy
#2 shade clip ons or safety glasses to protect your eyes during melting
N95 or similar dust mask
Sterling solder (wire or sheet) - Hard, medium and easy
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
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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).
Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
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.
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