Introduction to Jewelry Making

Course Description

About this course

Have you always wanted to learn to make jewelry but never had the time? If that is the case, this condensed two-day exploration of beginning jewelry basics may be your ideal solution. While completing a ring or pendant with a stone set in it,  students will learn foundational skills that are necessary for all metalsmithing projects. Participants will learn to shape metal with a jeweler's saw and files, use a torch to anneal and solder, texture and stamp surfaces, and finally, how to finish and polish nonferrous metals. This is a great class for the beginner on the go, or for those who just need a quick refresher. 

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 

The $60 materials fee is payable upon registration and includes everything needed for class projects and samples: copper, sterling silver, solder, bezel wire, cabochon stone and saw blades.

Students should bring 
  • Small hand towel
  • Ultra Fine point Sharpie permanent marker
  • Sketchbook, pen and pencil



Materials Cost



Alanna Robbins


November 23 -24, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


2 days

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