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Introduction to Jewelry Making

This condensed two-day introductory workshop is perfect for those who have always wanted to learn traditional jewelry-making skills but never had the time. Develope fundamental hand skills, good studio habits, and an appreciation for quality craftsmanship. Students will learn essential fabrication techniques by designing and producing one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Over the course of just wo days, students will learn to cut through metal with a jeweler's saw, pierce out shapes, solder and anneal (soften) metal with a torch, texture surfaces with hammers, and how to bezel-set cabochon stones. Some time will be spent practicing on sample pieces, as well as applying these skills to making a textured ring and a pendant with a set stone.


Meet the instructor

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Diane received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1983. She has continued to expand her skills and artistic horizons in her studio in Woburn, Massachusetts, and also in advanced jewelry and silversmithing classes at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Diane favorite techniques include fabricating mokume, pave settings, raising, hot twisting, and soldered applique.


Materials & Tools

The $45 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

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