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Casters and Casting Resources

Casting House
877.927.2278 Chicago, IL

GNW Designs, Inc.
CAD models and casting of custom pieces and multiple reproductions.

Gold Cast
613.728.8494 Ottawa, Ontario

Gold Seal Plating
Specializing in production gold plating, silver plating, nickel plating, copper plating, brass plating and bronze plating for manufacturers.

Golden Island Jewelry
San Francisco, CA. Fabrication in sterling silver, casting in pewter, antiquing, soldering and specialize in epoxy enameling. No website that I'm aware of.

Imagery Icons
Professional mold making and high quality casting.

JCCO Enterprises Jewelry Casting Services
BUFFALO , N.Y. (716) 626 0892

Jena Hounshell Casting
833 Market St., Suite 516 :: San Francisco, CA 94103 :: 510.390.0065

JR Casting
killean@jrcasting.com. San Francisco. One off casting and multiples. Services include mold making and slight clean up (sprue removal). They cast in silver, gold, brass and bronze.

Kenly Warren Casting
Bay Area casting service. Student friendly. 415.722.1878

Larry Paul Casting, Inc.
215.928.1644 Philadelphia, PA

Mesilla Valley Castings, Inc
(575) 524-4742 Caster in NM. Can also cast stones in place (at your own risk) and will cast and mold found objects.

Monte Christo Trade Corporation
Los Angeles. Casting and productions house. Services include CAD, wax printing, soldering services and more.

Noah Farb - 3D Printing
3D Printing for original models for casting. Also facebook.com/freeformind and @freeformindustries

Overnight CAD Designs
Submit a sketch and have it rendered into a file for CAD, for milling and casting.

Paul Castiglioni - Master Mold Maker
530 292 3510, Grass Valley, Ca

Racecar Jewelry
Pawtucket, RI. Casting in silver, gold, and white metals like pewter.

Robert Snell Casting
530.273.8958 Grass Valley, California

Ruidoso Metalworks
Production shop specializing in full service precision investment casting and jewelry manufacturing

Techform Casting
Techform casts in jewelry alloys and stainless steel. They also provide 3D printing and mold making services. Portland, OR

That Casting Place
Los Angeles, California (323) 258-5691. Find them on Facebook when you search for 'That Casting Place' in LA.

Tiny Desk Designs
Find out more on instagram @TinyDeskDesigns or email tinydeskdesigns@gmail.com. She woks with new designers, and is friendly for casting short runs.

Helpful Articles about Jewelry Making

Answers to some Common Questions about Soldering
Soldering can be confusing. Joe Silvera sheds light on common questions to help you troubleshoot your soldering.

Create Samples of your Enamel Colors
How to create a handy sample board of enamel colors. By Anat Silvera

How to Adjust your Bench Pin Height and add a Sweeps Tray to a Table
Blog article by Joe Silvera on hacks for your kitchen table jewelry space. Raise your bench pin to make it a more comfortable height, and create a leather sweeps bag for all that silver dust.

How to Make an Easy and Safe Torch Station
Got fire? How to make a safe soldering and annealing station. By Joe Silvera

In a pickle. All about pickling solutions and how to dispose of them.
Advice about pickle solutions for cleaning your jewelry after soldering. By Joe Silvera

Organize your sandpaper and metal
Tips for keeping your sandpaper and jewelry metals handy and organized. By Joe Silvera

Setting up a Home Jewelry Studio
Advice from Joe Silvera on how to set up a home studio

The Story of Art Nouveau
Interesting article about one of my favorite art styles.

Tips for Working with Gold-Filled and other filled metals
Gold filled can be tricky to use without damaging it. Helpful tips by Joe Silvera

Troubleshooting Tips for your Butane Torch
How to diagnose and fix common problems with butane torches. By Joe Silvera

Which soldering surface is best?
How to choose the right soldering board or other surface to get the job done. By Joe Silvera

Hotels and Lodging Near the School

There are lots of good airbnb rentals near the school in lovely neighborhoods. Many of our students find good deals here.

Hotel Shattuck
Downtown Berkeley. Take BART and it's only one station away. BART is a 10 minute walk from the school. They often will match online deals. Near lots of theaters, restaurants and more.

Quaint quiet creekside cottage
AirBnB cottage near the school. Called 'Quaint quiet creekside cottage.'

Rodeway Inn
Very clean & comfortable with good reviews from students who stayed there. Walking distance to the school.

Skyacre Cottage near Berkeley
Private, quiet setting on a hilltop near Berkeley. Separate from owner's home, sheltered by tall trees, near woodland trails, guests will enjoy beautiful bay views. 10 minute drive or public transit

The Brick Path Bed and Breakfast
Elegant, refined and romantic lodging. 30 minute walk or 6 minute drive.

The Golden Bear Inn
Old time motel with clean, quiet rooms, just across the street. They offer students 10% off.


Fine Engraving and Jewelry by David Giulietti
Great engraving service and beautiful jewelry in Berkeley, Ca.

A great resource and forum for jewelers, students and jewelry artists.

Press and Publicity

Beads, Baubles and Jewels - TV appearance
2 appearances: free form prong setting, how to polish a hammer, and how to make a texture hammer. Dates October, 2012

Jewel School - Live TV appearance
Demonstrating soldering, bezel setting and polishing with flex shafts. July, 2012

Jewel School - Live TV appearance
Demonstrating soldering and bezel setting, February 2012.

Author Interviews with Kalmbach Publishing
Author interview with Joe and Anat Silvera about their jewelry books

Fusing Argentium Article in ArtJewelry magazine January 2014
Layered Landscape Argentium Ring - fuse and solder argentium sterling

Review of Silvera Jewelry School by Student
Peggy Li, one of our students, posted an independent review of Silvera Jewelry School on her blog in March, 2015.

Review of Soldering Beyond the Basics
Reviews of my soldering DVD at my publisher's site

Review of Soldering Made Simple
Reviews of Joe's book Soldering Made Simple

Review of Soldering Made Simple DVD
Review of Joe's Soldering Made Simple DVD

Sweet Willow Designs
Review of Soldering Made Simple

Tool Making Article in ArtJewelry magazine July 2013
Modify a Hammer to Create Your Own Texture


Wubbers Pliers and Tutorials
The Wubbers website not only has great information about their great quality pliers, but it also offers free tutorials.

A&A Jewelry Supply
When I studied and worked in LA, A & A was my place to buy tools, findings, etc. Check them out.

AllCraft USA
AllCraft sells quality tools for lots of techniques like anticlastic raising, keum boo and more. Don't let their website turn you off (it needs updating). Call for friendly service.