Cold Connections for Steel Jewelry

Course Description

About this course

Using the affordable and lightweight material of steel, this demo-focused virtual workshop will go over various ways of making finished jewelry purely with cold-connection techniques - no soldering required! A torch will be demoed to patina the steel. Students will learn about a variety of chain designs, prong making, and riveting. No experience is needed but basic metal understanding will be helpful. 

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Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Maia Leppo

Maia graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in Biology and Community Health. She received training in jewelry and metals from various craft schools, including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Pocosin Arts, Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and her Masters of Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz.  She has participated in artist residencies at Arrowmont and Fallingwater and has taught around the country including Penland, Arrowmont, Pocosin, and Touchstone.  She currently works out of her studio in the Brewhouse Association on the south side of Pittsburgh.

Maia's work is drawn from the need to create volume out of flatness.  By using almost exclusively steel sheet, she aims to manipulate the material to have a dimension it did not previously have.  Her forms are inspired by botanical elements, abstracted and simplified to their most basic shape.

Materials & Tools 

The following $35 kit will be sent to the shipping address you have listed on your Metalwerx account. Kits will be mailed on February 18th. If you register after this date, a kit can still be mailed to you, but may not arrive by the workshop start date. Please inform us if you reside outside of the United States, as your shipping cost may differ from the standard shipping included in the materials kit fee and may also need to be expedited. All items listed below will be included in your kit.  

  • steel wire .035in diameter - 5ft
  • steel wire .041in diameter - 5ft 
  • steel wire .048in diameter - 5ft
  • steel wire .063in diameter - 5ft
  • steel wire .080in diameter - 5ft 
  • sanding discs 320 grit
  • snap mandrel
  • cup bur 1.4mm
  • cup bur 3.5mm
  • cup bur 1.7mm
  • 2 x 3"x6" sheet steel

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.

Torch setup:

Hand tools:

Other/miscellaneous items:

  • glass jar with olive oil
  • rags
  • Sharpie markers
  • 6-inch steel ruler
  • eye protection



Materials Cost



Maia Leppo


March 3, 2022


6:00 PM -8:00 PM


1 day

All Levels
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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