Carving Wood Earrings with Wire Inlay

Course Description

About this course

This demo-fucused virtual course will provide an introduction to wood carving at the jewelry scale. We will utilize many tools and techniques familiar to the jewelry studio, as well as new ones that make the incorporation of this multifunctional material possible for any studio space! The focus of this class will be placed on carving a wood earrings, which are an excellent small-scale introduction to many carving processes and techniques.

After carving, the class will explore wire inlay possibilities as a surface embellishment. Students can expect to come away with an understanding of the working properties of wood, the tools needed to manipulate wood on a jewelry scale, and a variety of ways to incorporate it into jewelry work. Students must be comfortable working with a rotary hand piece. 

For more information about virtual courses, visit our Virtual Course FAQ page. 

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Daniel DiCaprio

"The pieces I make in wood and precious metals, explore my interest in adaptation. The forms I work with stem from plant and animal anatomy often combining different aspects from each. I use metal wire as a surface embellishment to reference hair, cells within the body, or body ornamentation.

During my process of making, I am often reflecting on people’s roles in the living world. I think about how we evolved to the place we are currently, and what other possible changes could happen in the future. I consider my jewelry and sculpture to be organisms on the beginning of their evolutionary path, having just made a great change that will propel them forward in a competitive world. Referencing what we are and where we came from, the pieces are created in recognition of the past, while alluding to the future. The process of making this work is as seductive to me as an artist, as I hope the work is for the viewer or wearer."

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Materials & Tools 

To reduce cost of materials for students, a $70 supply kit will be shipped out to the shipping address listed on your Metalwerx account on January 12th. If you register on or after this date, a kit can still be mailed to you, but may not arrive by the workshop start date. Please call us if you reside outside of the US, as your shipping cost may differ and may need to be expedited. Kit fee includes the following items:

  • 1 x Typhoon ball nose bur - with mwx discount (Foredom)
  • 1 x Typhoon bud bur - with mwx discount (Foredom)
  • 1 x ebony - 5/8" x 1 3/4" x 7" (Wood Craft)
  • 1 x flat rate shipping

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Metal/raw materials:

  • metal wires - and marching size drill bits (Rio Grande)
  • your preferred findings or wire to make them (Rio Grande)

Hand tool (note the rasp is the instructors favorite brand, but another brand or a course file will also work in a pinch):

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard/stable work surface
  • safety glasses 
  • dust mask
  • kebab skewers, balsa wood, or dowels
  • masking tape or painters tape
  • pencil
  • white marking pencil
  • spring clamps or small ratchet clamps
  • paper - for drawing
  • rubber cement or spray adhesive - optional
  • spray lacquer - Deft and Krylon are common brands
  • small fan and open window - for dust
  • bandaids



Materials Cost



Daniel DiCaprio


January 21 -28, 2022

Weekly on Friday


6:00 PM -8:00 PM


2 weeks

All Levels
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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