Damascus Steel Jewelry

Course Description

About this course

Pattern welded steel, otherwise known as Damascus steel, is typically used in the bladesmithing world to make all manner of beautifully crafted sharp implements. However, this very same beauty and luster can also be utilized within the realm of jewelry as well! In this class, we will take cut-off sheets of Damascus steel and create stunning cabochons. Students will learn how to cut, grind, shape, and polish high carbon tool steel into cabochons of their own shape and design. Hardening, tempering, and other nitty-gritty elements of steel working will be covered too, along with a brief history of the usage of steel-cut cabochons in jewelry. Setting solutions will be touched upon as well, along with some very key information about how to avoid cross-contamination in a jewelry-making studio.  At first glance, working with steel can seem daunting if you’re use to non-ferrous metals—however, with a little practice and some patience, it can prove to be a valuable addition to any jeweler’s repertoire. Students can expect to create finished cabochons as well as several pieces of finished jewelry using the cabochons. 

Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.
William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."


Materials & Tools 

There is a $60 materials fee for this class that is payable upon registration. The materials kit for this workshop includes 1 pound of damascus steel,various gauges and sizes of sterling silver sheet and wire to set the cabochons, and files and other tools necessary to complete the projects. 

Students should bring 
  • Fine tipped permanent marker
  • Sketch book and writing utensil



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


April 3 -June 5, 2019

Weekly on Wednesday


6:00 PM -9:00 PM


9 weeks

Intermediate and above

No Class Dates

April 17

Make-up dates 
June 12
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