▪ Metalworks Adult Camp ▪

You want to learn the basics of metal jewelry fabrication but a busy schedule keeps you from committing to a 6-week course. Or, you simply prefer a short, intensive metal jewelry class. If either of these describes you, then this five day class is the place to be!

We'll focus on some of the most important basic metalworking skills such as sawing, soldering, filing, texturing, hammering, riveting and finish work. As you learn the proper techniques to help you build a strong foundation in the metal jewelry arts, you'll make fun and unique jewelry such as pendants, bangles and earrings.

The focus of the class is technique. To maintain a reasonable materials fee, projects will be made primarily in copper with some brass and Sterling silver. (For students who want to work primarily in silver, please contact instructor for supply list.) You'll also take home a full-color information-packed booklet complete with tutorials for the week's projects.

Tools you'll be using:

  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Flush or semi-flush cutters that will cut up to 12 gauge wire
  • Ball peen or chasing hammer
  • Planishing hammer
  • Rivet hammer
  • Bezel setting tools
  • Plastic or rawhide mallet
  • Jewelers hand saw
  • Center punch
  • Spring loaded punch
  • Mandrels of different sizes (knitting needles and round writing pens work well for this)
  • Needle files
  • Steel bench block
  • Hand towel

Some tools will be available to borrow; however, I highly recommend bringing your own tools if you have them. I typically have some quality tools available for purchase.

Other supplies to bring

  • Soft tape measure
  • 12 inch ruler
  • #000 fine steel wool or 3M scrubby pad
  • Sharpie or other indelible pen
  • Hand towel
  • Polishing cloth
  • Apron
  • Pen and pencil
  • Scissors
  • Safety glasses

A separate materials fee will include the necessary supplies to complete all class projects. A variety of supplies will also be available for purchase. And, of course, you may bring your own. You'll also take home a complete written tutorial.

"I couldn't believe how much fine this class would be."