Introduction to Jewelry Making

Course Description

About this course

This condensed two-day exploration of metalworking fundamentals is perfect for those who have always wanted to learn jewelry-making but never had the time. Students will saw, anneal, solder, file, texture, solder inlay, dap, dome, drill, and finish nonferrous metals while creating one-of-a-kind jewelry to wear home. The class will begin by making a roller printed (textured) cuff bracelet.  Then, students will learn to fabricate a sterling silver ring and bezel-set a cabochon stone.  This is a great class for the beginner on the go, or for those who just need a quick refresher. No experience is necessary for this workshop. 

Meet the Instructor

Wendy Jo New

"Growing up, I always was mesmerized by sparkling gemstones and metals and I often incorporate something illuminating into my designs. Whether or not I intricately plan a jewelry piece in advance of producing it or just spontaneously fabricate one as I go along, the result is inevitably something that is unique with a contemporary flair that complements, rather than overwhelms, a wearer. When designing jewelry or other metal work, I always think about whether I would wear it, use it, and/or display it. Anyone who knows me sees a reflection of me in what I design.

I produce fine contemporary jewelry and other metal designs primarily in the precious metals of silver, argentium, gold, and/or palladium. These are often further defined with the addition of texturing, gemstones and other unique lapidary, or resin inlay. I also manufacture photo-etched metal cover plates which may be attached to journals or framed. Larger etchings are used in buildings as entry door logos, addresses, and the like.

In addition to participating in art shows, sales, and doing commission work, I love providing instruction in jewelry design and metal fabrication.  My work can be seen and purchased at galleries and stores, as well as in my own online store.  Designing and fabricating engagement and wedding bands and other jewelry, often with people's stones, is particularly meaningful to me."


Materials & Tools 

The $40 materials fee includes copper, sterling silver, solder, bezel wire, cabochon stones and saw blades and other miscellaneous supplies to complete class projects.

Students should bring 
  • Ruler
  • Ultra fine-point Sharpie permanent marker
  • Sketchbook, pen and pencil
  • Reading glasses if you need them to see at a close distance
  • Rubber band/hair elastic if you have long hair so you can tie it back for safety



Materials Cost



Wendy Jo New


October 12 -13, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


2 days

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