Jewelry 1

Course Description

About this course

This introductory course focuses on developing 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, handcrafted jewelry.

Over the semester, 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, roller print a pattern onto metal, and how to bezel-set cabochon stones. 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

Diane Lawton

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 $50 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes sheet metal (copper/brass/silver), wire, solder, cabochon stone, and other basic supplies needed to complete projects. 

Students should bring 

All items should be available at your local hardware store. If you can't find something, don't worry. We can discuss the items on this list further at the first class. Metalwerx does have many of these items for communal use, but recommends you bring your own if you are able or do not wish to wait for them to become available during class.

  • Wet and dry sandpaper, 2 sheets each of 320, 400 and 600 grits
  • Sanding sticks (paint stirring sticks are perfect)
  • Small hand towel
  • Tool box (shoe box, plastic tackle box, etc.)
  • Old tooth brush (for cleaning)
  • Metal metric ruler (150mm)
  • Needle file set (small files usually sold in 5 - 8 file sets)
  • Ultra fine-point Sharpie permanent marker
  • 8-inch long mill bastard file
  • Small ball peen hammer (used and beat up is OK!)
  • Safety glasses
  • Sketchbook, pen and pencil for design ideas and taking notes



Materials Cost



Diane Lawton


September 15 -November 10, 2020

Weekly on Tuesday


6:30 PM -9:00 PM


9 weeks

Make-up dates 
November 17
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