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Jewelry 1

The primary goal of this class is to provide students with a grounded understanding in jewelry and metalsmithing studio practices and the foundational hand skills necessary for working successfully with non-ferrous metals. Students who complete this course will be ready to confidently move forward to a Jewelry 2 class or a focused technique workshop. 

Skills covered in the first half of the semester include sawing, filing, texturing, soldering and other heat treatment of metals, and basic hammer-work. Work produced in these first weeks will focus on samples in brass/copper, allowing students a chance to confidently hone their techniques and ultimately contribute to a successful blueprint for project pieces made in sterling silver. These most important skills will be used throughout the semester to allow students to truly develop a dexterity with the relevant tools/techniques. Ample class time will also be devoted to the practical aspects of adorning jewelry with cabochon stones, including bezel construction and setting.

Class time in the latter half of the semester will be focused on producing a successful set of designs for jewelry pieces utilizing Jewelry 1 skill sets and executing these designs in sterling silver. Secondary techniques to be covered in this time will include an introduction to finishing using the flex shaft, patination, and the use of wire.

Students will finish the class with at least two pieces of sterling silver or mixed-metals jewelry, and a number of process pieces in base metal, that will serve them as reminders of the knowledge they acquired, to be tapped in their future projects. This class assumes no prior experience working in the jewelry medium – we will embrace each success or mistake thankfully, as a special opportunity to recognize what we have gained from our metalsmithing endeavors!

Meet the instructor

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Emily joined the Studiomate Artists’ community at Metalwerx in 2015. Since then, she has been enjoying the Metalwerx community, pursuing her quest for skill acquisition in techniques involving metal fabrication of jewelry and small-scale functional objects. Her favorite metalworking techniques include fusing, soldering, and texturing; lately she has been focused on developing skills in the art of filigree. As a life-long rock-hound, she also has a fascination with gems, pearls, and other materials’ potential as adornment for pieces made using classic silversmithing techniques.

In 2020, Emily joined the Virtual Course Team at Metalwerx, and continues to host many of Metalwerx’ virtual classes, working with an incredible line-up of instructors and dedicated students from around the globe. When it comes to Metalwerx, Emily considers herself to always be the luckiest person in the room!

Visit Emily's Instagram (@emilyglimp) to view her work and processes!


Materials & Tools

There is a $80 materials fee for this class that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes copper and brass sheet, copper wire, sterling silver sheet and wire, as well as cabochon stones, and various tools needed to complete projects.

Students should bring
  • closed-toe shoes - required for all Metalwerx classes

  • ultra-fine point sharpie marker - black (such as)

  • notebook/pencil/eraser/ruler (preferably metal metric ruler)

  • soft toothbrush for use on metal - used is fine

  • container for tools/materials/projects - shoebox size

  • personal safety glasses if you prefer - Metalwerx has these

  • comfortable clothing from natural fibers


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