Flat to Form: Volume with Sheet Metal

Course Description

About this course

In this virtual workshop students will explore just how much a single sheet of metal can do and will leave with the understanding of how to achieve a huge variety of results for creating volume. 

Demonstrations will cover numerous approaches to add form and depth to your jewelry and metal pieces. Working predominately with sheet metal, the class will explore slot & key construction as well as drilling, sawing, bending, and light forming in order to achieve shape and volume. Hot fabrications will be covered in addition to cold fabrication techniques, making them suitable for enamel application later on.

No special equipment will be necessary, as this class is geared towards those who are building their workshop/studio and looking to expand their skills and understanding of how metal can be shaped and formed. Using the tools you have available, we will utilize creative problem solving avenues for fabricating beautiful, voluminous pieces of jewelry.

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

Please read the Materials & Tools tab!

Meet the Instructor

Jennifer Wells

Jennifer Wells is a studio artist and educator, originally from the U.S but currently living and working in Italy. She has completed several artist-in- residencies at: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC and the Jentel Foundation near Banner, WY; and has taught for Universities throughout the U.S and for study abroad programs based in Italy. Currently she serves on the Board of Vita Institute and teaches for Santa Reparata International School of Arts in Florence, Italy. Jennifer also teaches short workshops on various enameling and metalsmithing techniques throughout Europe and the U.S. Her work is in the collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation and the Racine Museum.

Materials & Tools 

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:

A soldering setup:

  • 1 x fireproof area - steel sheet, tiles, etc. (Amazon or Home Depot)
  • 1 x Solderite™ pad or fire bricks (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x torch - any traditional jewelers torch (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x #0 or #1 torch tip - if using Silversmith (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x striker or lighter - Silversmith system has one (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x soldering tweezers (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x soldering pick (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x 3rd arm (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x cross lock tweezers (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x paste flux (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x copper tongs - for pickle (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x 6” silver solder - hard, medium, and easy (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x pickle - for non-ferrous metals (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x crock pot or tempered glass container - for pickle (Amazon)
  • 1 x tempered glass container or sink - for quenching and rinsing
  • 1 x small brush - for flux

Hand tools:

Other/miscellaneous items:

  • 6-10"x6" deep x hardwood block or stump (local lumberyard)
  • particulate dust mask
  • eye protection
  • old tooth brush
  • green scrubby pad
  • ajax/bar keepers friend/pumice based cleaner




Jennifer Wells


July 12 -16, 2021


10:00 AM -12:00 PM


3 days

Basic and above

No Class Dates

July 13

July 15

Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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