Let's Get Rolling!

Course Description

About this course

The rolling mill is one of the most important tools in a jewelry studio, but do you really know how to maximize its potential? This workshop will help solve that dilemma. Technical topics will include: What different kinds of rolling mills are available, rolling mill care and maintenance, forging with the rolling mill, successful milling of sheet and wire ingots, texturing with the rolling mill and more. Projects will include casting an ingot of recycled sterling silver and milling it out into sheet and wire, making your own bezel wire, roller print textured brooch made from milled-out sterling silver, a rolling mill & hammer forged sterling silver ring, and a rolling mill & hammer forged brass or copper bracelet.

In addition to Metalwerx’s rolling mills, Pepe Tools will supply a number of rolling mills, including its new power rolling mill for participants to use.  We are incredibly grateful that Pepe Tools is donating a power rolling mill to the Metalwerx studio after the workshop!!!

Meet the Instructor

Jeff Georgantes

Jeff Georgantes has a MFA in Jewelry/Metals from CSU, Fullerton and a BA in Art and a MA in Sculpture, both from CSU, Humboldt. He taught Art at College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA, for fifteen years and has taught numerous visiting artist workshops across the USA. He helped develop and coordinate the Jewelry/Metals program at the Mendocino Art Center from the early 1990s until 2005 when he started his position as head of the Jewelry/Metals program at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. His work can be seen in Alan Revere's book, The Art of Jewelry.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $15 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes 22g brass sheet, brass and copper rod for forging techniques, and various tools needed to complete projects and samples. 

Students should bring 
  • At least two ounces of scrap sterling silver or casting grain
  • 1-3 cabochon stones to set
  • exacto knife or scapel knife with extra blades

Recommended basic hand tool set – Not required, but very helpful:

  • needle nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • flat nose pliers
  • flush cut or semi-flush cut wire cutters
  • 1 each: 2 and 4 cut ½ rd., 6” files with handles
  • needle files, (inexpensive imported set okay)
  • jeweler’s saw frame (3”-5” most common size, you decide)
  • 1 or 2 dozen  jeweler’s saw blades (2/0 is a good size  for all around work)
  • bur lubricant, (bur lube, bur life, ect.)
  • 1 each with handles: gravers; 52 rd, 40 flat
  • small dividers, 3” good size
  • safety glasses, dust mask
  • layout supplies, (paper, pencil, extra fine point permanent marker, ruler, calipers, etc.)
  • tooth brush



Materials Cost



Jeff Georgantes


October 27 -28, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


2 days

Basic and above
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