JOE SILVERA and his wife Anat are founders of the Silvera Jewelry School. His classes provide a great foundation in the fundamental skills of jewelry, mixed with laughter and creativity.
Originally a fine arts major, Joe switched majors during college and graduated with a BFA in Metalsmithing in 1991. He then became an apprentice and went to work in the jewelry trade, first as a goldsmith, then as a wax carver. He sold his jewelry for decades at craft shows, galleries and shops. Joe has over 30 years of jewelry and teaching experience.
He is the author of the jewelry books, Soldering Made Simple: Easy Techniques for the Kitchen-Table Jeweler, which has sold over 45,000 copies, and Soldering Beyond the Basics.
Joe has also contributed articles to jewelry magazines and is a presenter on several jewelry dvds and online videos, including Soldering Made Simple and Soldering Beyond the Basics. Joe has been a guest on television shows like Beads, Baubles and Jewels and Jewel School.
His favorite technique is lost wax casting, with which he likes to carve detailed jewelry scale sculptures of animals, flowers and more.
Classes Taught By Joe Silvera:
Brooch Back Mountings
Chain, Chain, Chain
Intro to Soldering - Stack Rings
Jewelry 1 - Basics
Jewelry 2 - Chain and Prong Setting
Jewelry 3 - Bezels, Borders and Overlay
Jewelry 4 - Ingots, Forging and Hollow Forms
Jewelry 5 - Bracelets, Hinges and Clasps
Jewelry 6 - Gold
Lost Wax Casting 1 - Basics
Lost Wax Casting 2 - Molds and Found Objects
Lost Wax Casting 3 - Stone Setting in Wax
Lost Wax Casting 4 - Figurative Wax Carving
Polish and Finish
Stone Setting 1: Tube, Flush and Prong
Torch Setup and Safety