Illustrative Sawing and Pattern Making

Course Description

About this course

Learn to turn your saw frame into your best friend as you explore illustrative methods of adorning sheet metal! Using various saw blade sizes, drill bits, and numerous types of cuts, students will master piercing out intricate patterns or imagery, and will explore overlaying multiple pierced designs that incorporate connective tabs. In addition to learning tips and tricks to expertly cut sheet metal while minimizing the need for filing and sanding, students will gain valuable insights into numerous types of saw frames, proper bee's wax use, how best to apply a design onto the metal's surface, and where to pilot holes for fully enclosed patterns. As an added bonus, the instructor will demonstrate how to add extra texture, "solder overlay", and patina application!

Class will be held live via Zoom during the designated time frames. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent via email.

Each session will be recorded and you will receive a password protected link to the recordings that will expire after 30 days. 

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Brie Flora

Brie Flora is a contemporary jeweler and educator currently living in east Tennessee. Brie is a graduate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a dual degree in Metalsmithing & Jewelry and Art Education May 2015.  Her wearable jewelry plays with symmetry and consists heavily of line work, negative space, patterns, and color. She pulls elements from nature, fantasy, & fiction to create unique works of wearable art with a minimalist aesthetic balanced with pops of intricate marks and illustrations.

Brie has been featured in over 10 group exhibitions, recently including Touchy Feely at the Baltimore Jewelry Center in Baltimore MD, and HOTDOG! Show Chicago at the Ornament and Object gallery, Chicago IL. She also created and curated the first vol. of “Guidelines – A contemporary jewelry project” that featured works by 15 jewelers and makers including herself. “Guidelines” was on view during Adorned Spaces at the 2019 SNAG Conference in Chicago, and then up for a month-long exhibition at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN (for more information go to @guidelines_jewelry on Instagram).


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 (bronze, brass, copper, or sterling silver are welcome): 

  • 2 x 2"x2" min. sheet metal - 24g - your choice of metal (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x 2"x2" min. sheet metal - 18g - your choice of metal (Rio Grande)

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • eye protections - for drilling (and if soldering)
  • paper - regular or tracing (for imagery or patterns)
  • pen/pencil
  • Sharpie marker
  • rubber cement
  • scissors
  • ruler

Optional items (the instructor will demo how to add extra texture, "solder inlay", and apply a patina):

  • BASIC TORCH SETUP (Basic Tool Resource Page)
  • 1 x pack of tie tacs and clutches (Rio Grande and Rio Grande)
  • 1 x Midas liver of sulfur (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x Renaissance wax polish (Rio Grande)
  • glass bowl - for liver of sulfur
  • hammers - for extra texture
  • stamps - for extra texture
  • abrasives like files, burnishers, or scribes - for extra texture
  • mask
  • rags
  • rubber gloves




Brie Flora


March 30 -April 13, 2021

Weekly on Tuesday


6:00 PM -8:00 PM


2 weeks

All Levels
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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