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Your jeweler’s saw is one of the most versatile and important tools you have. In this class, learn to master the saw and pierce work and how to make those cuts perfect every time!
With a combination of exercises and pieces, you will learn how to get perfect corners, straight lines, smooth curves, how to texture, file, and manipulate your saw to create everything from intricate patterns to natural edges. We will also dive into how to take two-dimensional cuts into a three dimensional form without soldering.
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.
Techniques covered include:
- How to adjust tension and load your saw frame
- What the different blade sizes are for
- How to choose a saw blade
- Sawing straight lines accurately
- Sawing perfect corners
- Practice patterns- curved and straight lines
- How to layout designs
- How to pierce multiples
- Cleaning up your saw lines
- Using your saw for filing and texturing
- Two dimensional to three dimensional forms
- Finishing techniques
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.
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 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.
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.
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
- Saw frame
- Needle files
- 1mm drill bits
- Pin vise or dremel/flexshaft to use with the drill bit.
- Center punch
- Machinist square
- Extra fine point sharpie
- Glue stick or rubber cement
- Super Glue
- Scotch brite or steel wool
- Rawhide or plastic mallet
- Round/flat pliers
- Safe edge barrette needle file cut 2 or 3
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Jewelry 1 or Intro to Sawing and Riveting. Must have some previous experience in how to use a jewelers saw.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick