Small Scale Gas Welding for Jewelers

Course Description

About this course

Investigate how welding techniques can easily be applied to your regular metalworking skill set! In this one day workshop, students will work with the little torch and oxygen and acetylene gases to weld thin steel including nails and wire to create small sculpture, jewelry, and even vessels. No fancy equipment needed! Using regular metalworking tools and a pair of welding glasses, participants will be able to easily adapt welding into their regular soldering set up for jewelry and sculpture. 



Meet the Instructor

Joy Raskin

Joy Raskin has been a silversmith since 1984, and has exhibited throughout the United States, Ireland and New Zealand, showcasing both her jewelry and flatware designs. Joy is a native of New Hampshire, having attended public schools in Manchester and Concord. She was accepted as a member of the League of NH Craftsmen while still in high school. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Joy is an instructor at Metalwerx in Waltham, MA, The Craft Center in NH, Sharon Art Center and many other schools. Joy also teaches workshops on jewelry making, metalsmithing, wireweaving, and various metal techniques at craft programs throughout New England. She also works as a goldsmith for a local gallery and is enjoying working with high tech tools such as the laser welder.

Joy has received many awards for her work. She was commissioned by the NH State Council on the Arts to create the Cultural Access Award for the Governor’s Awards in the Arts in 2001. Her work is included in many collections, including the White House and Smithsonian Institution. Joy's work is found in multiple galleries throughout New England, including the League of NH Craftsmen Galleries, Boston Society of Arts & Crafts, Guilford Art Center, Millbrook Gallery, and others.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $25 materials fee for this course that is payable to the instructor in class. This materials kit includes steel nails, mile steel 1/8" steel rods, and thick steel binding wire, and a paver brick -- all necessary to complete projects.


Students should bring 

Students MUST wear natural fiber clothing and leather/sturdy shoes or boots ( falling hot steel is rare but it can happen).   Joy is planning to wear her trusty leather Romika clogs.  No polyester or nylon clothing for safety.

If you have these already:

  • Long tweezers
  • Leather apron
  • #5 dark green brazing/welding glasses are required for this workshop.  Metalwerx has these available to use during class, but students can also purchase thier own pair from the instructor for $10. 




Materials Cost

Payable to instructor in class.


Joy Raskin


August 29, 2017


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Intermediate and above
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