Jewelry Inspired by Nature

Course Description

About this course

Explore the natural world in this 5-day workshop that investigates how organic materials can be translated into through metal to create stunning pieces of jewelry. The instructor will be demonstrating forming, fusing, and forging techniques for creating form and dimension, while addressing applications of color through patina formulas, guilder's paste, and enameling. Students will be asked to consider the forms in nature that most inspire them, and to draw from those forms, colors, and textures to create their naturally inspired jewelry. 

Meet the Instructor

Paulette Werger

Paulette is a metalsmith and teacher from Lebanon, New Hampshire. She works in a variety of materials including high karat gold, platinum, precious stones, sterling silver, and pewter. Her work is exhibited and sold both nationally and internationally through museums and galleries. She has offered workshops on a number of topics, including conquering the fear of gold, pewtersmithing, keum-boo, surface embellishment, and Ashante casting.

Paulette currently serves as a board member for the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts, and formerly for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She works at her cooperative studio, Metalpeople East, which supports four metalsmiths with a common use of tools and space.

Materials & Tools 

Paulette will have a variety of argentium wire gauges, sheet metal, gemstones and pearls for sale during the class. Students can choose to purchase what they need for their projects at class.

Students should bring 
  • Sheet metal and wire you'd like to work with
  • Saw blades
  • A selection of natural materials (branches, leave, insects, flowers, etc)
  • Stones, pearls, and found objects you may like to incorporate into your designs.
  • Pieces in progress, failures that need help, and questions.

Note: The Metalwerx studio has many of the following tools available for use during class but if you have your own, you can bring them along so you don't have to share:

  • Pliers: round nose, needle nose, half round/flat, flat jaw, and flush cutting pliers.
  • 220, 320 and 400 grit sanding sticks
  • Files, including a coarse file with handle for cleaning up tapers
  • Jeweler's saw
  • Favorite planishing or forging hammer - If you have one
  • Sketch book for taking notes



Materials Cost

Payable to instructor in class.


Paulette Werger


August 21 -25, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


5 days

Basic and above
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