Hand Pierced Ornaments

Course Description

About this course

Celebrate the holidays with a handmade ornament!  Ornaments can make for a perfect gift, honor a loved one, or even commemorate a special occasion.  In collaboration with Halstead and the Metalwerx Ornamental Peace Project, this class will teach students how to design and fabricate an ornament using traditional metalsmithing techniques. Students can expect to come away with a finished handmade ornament, and learn how to saw/ pierce, rivet, texture, and patina metal.

For this project, we will use The Ornamental Peace Project kit, provided by Halstead. This kit will include precut shapes such as doves, brass rings, and copper and brass sheet metal.  The Ornamental Peace Project is a design challenge which offers students the chance to create ornaments with the Halstead kit, and then donate their finished ornaments to Metalwerx. All moneys raised benefits the Metalwerx Scholarship Fund.  Students partaking in this workshop, are welcome to donate their ornaments, but are in not required to.

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 $25 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit will include precut shapes such as doves, brass rings, and stars, as well as copper and brass sheet metal. 

Students should bring 
  • Any additional metal you would like to include in your designs
  • If you would like to incorporate a stone, please bring that and any bezel wire you may need for the setting
  • saw blades, drill bits, and burs you may like to use


$145.00 $137.75
5% discount until November 2

Materials Cost



Alanna Robbins


December 2, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

All Levels
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