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Intro to Jewelry Repair: Part 2

Repairing jewelry is essential to preserving cherished pieces with sentimental value, maintaining their significance and heritage within families across generations. Additionally, repair allows individuals to extend the lifespan of their jewelry, reducing waste and promoting sustainability by avoiding the need for replacement with new items.

In Part 2 of this virtual two-part series on introduction to jewelry repair, we will jump feet first into necklace restoration, the basics of prong re-tipping, tools of the trade, the intricacies of jewelry cleaning, the plethora of lingo that comes with this facet of the jewelry making sphere, and more!

Meet the instructor

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Michael Nashef has earned his M.F.A in Metals/Jewelry Design from Bowling Green State University. Born in war torn Lebanon and moved to the United States in 1998, Nashef has managed a jewelry store, worked as a CAD designer, launched his fine jewelry company Intersecting Hearts, and invented few tools that are used in the jewelry industry. He worked as the area coordinator and lecturer at Towson University in Maryland, and currently is an instructor at Western Michigan University. Nashef has an extensive record of exhibition and awards won, including solo and international shows. He is also published in books such as JaMs and New Bracelets. 

View Michael's work at www.nashefdesigns.com!

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 to be redirected to a page where you can view 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 not required - observers are welcome.

Please note, the following are basic studio supplies that will be used during the workshop, but jewelry repair utilizes dozens of items depending on the job - there may be items not covered on this list that will be discussed during the workshop. It is recommended students wait until after the first class if they wish to order supplies. 


Metal/raw materials (NOTE both part 1 and part 2 share the following supplies): 


Torch setup:


Hand tools:


Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard work surface

  • fan and open window - or ventilation system

  • safety glasses 

  • pencil, Sharpie, notebook

  • rags/towels


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