Jewelry 1

Course Description

About this course

This introductory course will focus on the design process and basic fabrication techniques of jewelry making and metalsmithing. In this class, students will begin with a sample project to practice design, layout and construction of a small decorative metal piece.  This will serve as a guide to practice using basic tools and techniques for sawing, soldering, texturing and polishing. Using these skills students will design and construct a custom pendant, ring and/or earrings. Additional demonstrations including bezel setting and riveting will be included during this course.

Meet the Instructor

Patrick McMillan

Patrick McMillan is the jeweler and metalsmith behind McMillan Metal. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and his Masters of Arts from the Birmingham School of Jewellery in England. With over 15 years of experience in the field, he has worked for a number of companies and small businesses as a production jeweler, blacksmith, stone setter, and in metalwork repair.  

Since 2009, Patrick has resided in Rhode Island and has spent his time building up his personal studio practice and teaching jewelry and metalsmithing at School One High School and The Steel Yard in Providence. Patrick owns and operates The Bench in Pawtucket, RI, a creative studio space for jewelers and metalsmiths providing access to tools and equipment with affordable workspace. 

Materials & Tools 

There is a $55 materials fee for this course that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes copper, brass, and nickel sheet, sterling silver wire, sheet and bezel wire, a cabochon stone, and various tools needed to complete weekly projects. 


Students should bring 
  • Students should bring a sketchbook, pencil(s) and eraser for designing drawing.



Materials Cost




April 4 -June 6, 2019

Weekly on Thursday


1:30 PM -4:30 PM


9 weeks

All Levels

No Class Dates

April 18

Make-up dates 
June 13
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