Forming and Fluting: Bracelets and Bowls

Course Description

About this course

Enhance and add interest to formed jewelry and metalwork with fluting! Fluting can be done on a variety of formed metal designs, but this class will focus on bracelets and bowls. Fluting techniques demonstrating how to create a recessed crease or groove, as well as raised ridges. For both techniques, hammers are used with specialized stakes. People new to hammering will start by learning to synclast and planish a bracelet in the first class. Experienced metalsmiths may choose to begin work on a bowl or vessel.  Fluting demonstrations will begin at the second class. Students with forming experience can prepare bracelet(s) and/or bowl(s) in advance so that more time can be spent fluting. This class is appropriate for people new to hammering, as well as experienced metalsmiths. Basic saw, solder, and file skills are required.

Meet the Instructor

Cynthia Eid

Whether using hammers and stakes, or hydraulic press tools, Cynthia's sculptural jewelry and hollowware shows her focus on exploring the fluidity with which metal can be moved, formed, and joined.

Cynthia Eid co-authored the book Creative Metal Forming, with Betty Helen Longhi, published in 2013 by Tim McCreight's Brynmorgen Press. In his foreword for the book, Michael Good says the authors "have succeeded in assembling the first comprehensive textbook on synclastic and anticlastic forming." (More about the book available at  

Cynthia and Betty developed a set of anticlastic stakes, and Eid also works with Knew Concepts and Bonny Doon to help make tools for jewelers and metalsmiths. Lee Marshall has dubbed Cynthia Eid "Godmother of the Knew Concept Saws" since it was her idea for him to produce these saws for jewelers.

Excited about working in sterling silver without the problem of firescale, Cynthia has been working with Argentium Silver since 1999. After meeting Peter Johns (the inventor of Argentium Silver) in 2003, Eid has participated in AS's development. Argentium International, Ltd recognizes her as a Pioneer.

Cynthia Eid's metalwork has won awards for creativity and design, been featured in many publications, and been exhibited internationally. With a BS in Art Education and MFA in Jewelry, Design, and Silversmithing, she has previously worked as a bench jeweler for fine goldsmiths, a model-maker in a gold jewelry factory, and on private commissions. Her work is in museums in the US and UK. Currently an independent metalsmith and educator, she teaches weekly classes at Metalwerx in Massachusetts, and workshops and short courses in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia.


Materials & Tools 



Students should bring 
  • There is no materials fee for this class. Students may bring their own metal, or purchase nugold or copper from the instructor as needed.  6" x 1" x 20g NuGold (bronze) is recommended for a bracelet, unless the students would like to work in silver. A bowl may be made of a 5-6” disc of 20g NuGold or sterling, or 18g copper.
  • Students may choose to bring Argentium Sterling or traditional sterling to make a bracelet. 6" x 1" 20g sheet would be a good size for most people.
  • Hammers and stakes will be available for students to share and use during class, and some tools will be available for purchase. Students are encouraged to bring planishing hammers and domed hammers that they already own.




Cynthia Eid


October 19 -December 7, 2017

Weekly on Thursday


6:00 PM -9:00 PM


7 weeks

Basic and above

No Class Dates

November 23

Make-up dates 
December 14
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