Course Description

About this course

In this workshop, students will learn the techniques needed to design and fabricate a sterling silver locket from start to finish. These techniques will focus on creating hollow or 3-dimensional forms for the locket body, hinge making, and snap closures for the final piece. Stone setting, surface textures, and other decorative elements will also be explored. Bring your artistic ideas to life with the technical know-how which will enable you to create a family heirloom that will be cherished for generations! 

Meet the Instructor

Cristina Pabon

Cristina Hurley was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was strongly influenced by art and culture beginning at an early age by her parents, who were classical musicians. She was first introduced to metalsmithing when she attended a class in her senior year of high school. The instructor took Cristina on as an apprentice, which she did for 2 years. Cristina also attended Escuela de Artes Plasticas de San Juan during her apprenticeship, a visual arts university located in the heart of the old city in Puerto Rico. She successfully completed her freshman year there. When her mentor saw a strong natural talent, she suggested Cristina try to attend Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Cristina took the suggestion to apply, got accepted and made the big leap to move to New England in 1993. She graduated from the Jewelry Department there in 1996. After graduation she moved to New York and worked for a prestigious goldsmithing company, Reinstein/Ross, for six years, where she refined her technical skills making one of a kind pieces in high karat gold, platinum, and precious stones.

Cristina Moved to Massachusetts in 2002 with her family. She worked for various Jewelry companies and then had her own retail store in her hometown from 2010 to 2015. She currently works from her home studio designing and fabricating her own collection of sterling silver jewelry. She also works indepentantly for other various jewelry designers, assisting them in making one of a kind pieces and hand fabricated collections.

Cristina has been making jewelry for 25 years and continues to explore and refine her technique. She currently sells her collection of jewelry online and in stores around New England.

Materials & Tools 

There is an $80 materials fee for this class that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes sterling silver sheet, sterling silver heavy walled tubing, sterling silver wire, and varying miscellaneous materials necessary for the workshop. 



Materials Cost



Cristina Pabon


February 7 -9, 2020


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


3 days

Intermediate and above
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