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Many of our students dream about making a living by selling their jewelry. It sounds wonderful, but getting from making jewelry to making a living can feel intimidating. Jenn Parnell is here to help you make the leap from hobbyist to professional with lots of info, tips and guidance in this online course series.
This course is part of a 4 part series (Design and Prototype; Photography and Social Media; Pricing, Brand and Marketing; and Producing a line). You can take these classes in any order.
And it is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.
Starting your Jewelry Business: Design and Prototyping teaches the following:
• What is production jewelry?
• How to design jewelry - methods, considerations, specifics for each type
• Designing a line of related pieces
• Prototyping and creating originals for your line
• One-on-one design review and help
• How to make and use molds to help with production
• How to keep growing your line and keep it fresh with new designs and variations
This course meets for 4 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 12 hours. Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
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 \ handout is included with the class.
Create your own workbook with the 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.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
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.
Tools you normally use for creating your jewelry pieces.
Whatever your chosen jewelry medium is- lost wax, enameling, metal clay, metal fabrication, beading, etc, you will need all the tools you would normally use. This varies greatly depending on what you make!
Materials for creating your prototype pieces based on your medium
Beading: needles, cord, inexpensive similar sized beads to your good ones
Lost wax: wax slabs, sheets, or tubes to carve
Enameling: Copper, enamels, way to fire enamels, colored pencils or paints
Fabrication: Brass, bronze or copper sheet and wire
Metal clay: Sculpey or other modeling clay
If using stones, similarly sized inexpensive ones
Xacto or other blade
String- butchers twine or similar
Manila folder, card stock, or index cards
Sculpey or other modeling clay
Kitchen scale (grams)
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
This class includes making prototypes for your line, so students must have previous experience making jewelry in the medium they want to work in. The class is adaptable to different jewelry mediums, like beadworking, fabrication and setting, lost wax, enameling, metal clay, etc.
Basic jewelry skills like sawing, drilling, and soldering are highly recommended.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick