Earring Design and Fabrication Techniques

Course Description

About this course

Big, small, bold, and always beautiful! Discover the art of designing and fabricating jewelry for the ear, from snap closure hoops to fold form dangles, this class will teach you many tips and tricks for designing earrings for any occasion!

We will begin with the basics, with simple stud earrings, and making earring wire jigs which can expedite your earring making process. The class will then will explore more technical projects such as a snap clasp hoop earring and a fold formed leaf dangle earring!

Meet the Instructor

Alanna Robbins

A Massachusetts native, Alanna is dedicated to educating the public about the history of the Decorative Arts.  As an artist and metalsmith herself, she enjoys sharing the technical aspects of her craft with the community with hopes of perpetuating an appreciating for hand-made objects in age of the machine made.   Her performative body adornments specialize in fabricating with non-ferrous metals.

Alanna received a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, graduating with Honors.  She currently teaches classes at Metalwerx and MassArt.  She also works at Metalwerx as their Marketing and Special Events Coordinator, is the Lead Gallery Educator for Family Programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an Artist Assistant for Venetia Dale.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $40 materials fee for this class that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes various gauges of copper and sterling silver sheet. 18g and 10g sterling silver wire, saw blades, and drill bits. 

Students should bring 
  • A box to safely store your projects (recommended: small plastic tackle box, Tupperware bin, or craft box)
  • A couple of small plastic bags
  • Safety glasses
  • Apron



Materials Cost



Alanna Robbins


January 10 -March 7, 2019

Weekly on Thursday


6:00 PM -9:00 PM


9 weeks

All Levels
Make-up dates 
March 21
March 28
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