Tubing Technical: An Exploration in Fabrication

Course Description

About this course

Tubing is defined as a hollow form open at both ends, not necessarily round. In this intensive virtual workshop, explore the myriad of ways to make and use tubing. Join, bend, connect, hang, stretch, hinge, and set faceted trillion stones using tubing as a focal point in your jewelry making process.

Students will make two projects: a hinged pendant with a trillion stone setting that hangs from a bail created with hand-made bent tubing and a pivot earring where students learn to stretch tubing that fits a faceted stone for simple earrings that pivot.

A step-by-step handout with images and text will be supplied. This is an intermediate level class - basic fabrication and soldering skills required (Advanced Beginners are also welcome). Students need either a bolted down bench vise or to make their own draw pull jig if they wish to actively participate in the course.

This course will consist of three sessions. Each session will consist of the following:

  • Demonstrations and work time from 11:00AM to 2:00PM
  • Off-camera lunch break / independent time from 2:00PM to 3:00PM
  • Demonstrations and work time from 3:00PM to 6:00PM

For more information about virtual courses, visit our Virtual Course FAQ page. 

Please read the Materials & Tools tab!

Meet the Instructor

Alison Antelman

Alison B. Antelman exhibits and sells her work from her studio, galleries, online and at craft shows nationally where she has received numerous awards, including 2015 Niche award winner: Silver category, Best of Show at the Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival in Ketchum, Idaho and the Scottsdale Arts Festival in Scottsdale, AZ. Most recently, she has won the Charles-Lewton Brain Fold-Forming Competition. Her work is published in Showcase 500 Art Necklaces and 500 Gemstone Jewels by Lark Books, Art Jewelry Today 3 by Schiffer publishing, Lapidary Journal's Jewelry Artist magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. She teaches workshops through art centers, and Guilds nationally. She is often found creating one-of-a-kind jewelry in her well-lit studio, The Sawtooth building in Berkeley, California.

Materials & Tools 

$35 supply kit will be sent to the shipping address you have listed on your Metalwerx account.  Kits will be mailed out by January 10th. If you register after this date, a kit can still be mailed to you, but may not arrive by the workshop start date. Please inform us if you reside outside of the US, as your shipping cost will differ and may need to be expedited. Kit includes the following items:

  • 24g sterling sheet
  • 1.6mm x .010 light wall tubing
  • 20g round wire
  • 28g fine silver bezel
  • 22g sterling sheet strip
  • 24g sheet component
  • Faceted stone
  • 220 grit wet/dry sandpaper
  • Step by step handouts for pendant
  • Inner Tubing 3.25 light
  • Outer Tubing 4mm medium
  • Faceted round stone
  • 1.6mm x .010 light wall tubing
  • 20g round wire
  • Tube Benders K & S Brand
  • Therma loc
  • 3mm round bur
  • Step by step handouts for earring

A comprehensive list of supplies that will be used for course demonstrations and objectives, kit materials, and DIY draw-pull instructions can be found here. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome. Note if ordering certain tools/items, orders may be affected by shipping delays. 

You will need a laptop, desktop computer, iPad, or tablet as well as a secondary video device with a tripod or holder (such as a smart phone) connected to the Zoom meeting so that the instructor can see and assist you. 



Materials Cost



Alison Antelman


January 21 -23, 2022


11:00 AM -6:00 PM


3 days

Intermediate and above
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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