Presenter Information


Metalwerx's 2020 Virtual Makers Symposium includes up to two live sessions every weekday, at 12 PM and 4:30 PM (all times EST), with a final social event on October 24, 2020. All sessions will be presented live over Zoom, with links sent in advance to all registered Symposium attendees. We're still adding sessions - stay tuned for more information and check back often for additions to the line-up! 

Registration grants access to all seminar sessions, no further registration needed.



Lessons from the Toolbox Initiative

Tim McCreight & Matthieu Cheminee
Seminar: Monday October 12 at 12 PM EST

Some jewelers have more tools than they need, and some have almost nothing. The Toolbox Initiative gathers gently used tools and gives them to makers all over Africa. Connecting with metalsmiths and jewelers in African villages, the initiative gives insight to the way others work, especially with limited tools and material access.  It is not magic, but it’s magical to see the impact this can have on everyone involved. Through photos and videos, come along on a trip to Africa and together we shall see what insights await us there. Back to top

Attend the live webinar and be entered to win the book, The Art of Stamping by Matthieu Cheminee, published by Brynmorgen Press!

To learn more about Tim McCreight, please click here

This seminar is sponsored by Rio Grande.

Stamp Making

Matthieu Cheminee
Demonstration: Tuesday October 13 at 12:00 PM EST

During this demonstration, Matthieu will show you how he makes a stamp from start to finish. He will explain how to recognize the proper steel to use to create a long-lasting tool. We will see different ways to transform old chisels or files into stamps, as well as the different heating processes of annealing, hardening and tempering. Matthieu will also demonstrate how to lay out patterns and hold the stamps appropriately. Back to top

To learn more about Matthieu Cheminee, please click here.

This seminar is sponsored by Rio Grande.

The Twisting and Turning World of Lapidary 

Jesse and Azur McHugh of Azurz
Seminar and Demonstration: Wednesday October 14 at 4:30 PM EST

Enjoy a fun hour of rock knowledge! Join Jesse and Azur for their session of rock talk! See a stone cut from rough to finished, learn how to do minor repairs to chips and damage on your own stones, review the how-to of lapidary equipment, quick stone ID in the field, how to spot fakes, and an overview of lesser known material. A Q&A will follow the seminar as well as an exclusive preview of our next Live sale the following weekend! All participants in the live seminar will be entered into our Giveaway during the seminar. Back to top

To learn more about Azurz, please click here


Jewelry Studio Set-Up: From Beginner to Professional

Jeff Georgantes
Seminar: Friday October 16 at 12:00 PM EST

Setting up a jewelry studio has many different aspects depending on your level of experience and needs. This seminar will guide you through setting up your own workspace from absolute beginner to a small production studio.

Some of the many topics that we will cover are: what hand tools should be in your basic jewelry toolbox? Where can you find plans to build your own jeweler’s bench or what options should you look for with buying a pre-made bench? What’s the difference between a flex shaft and a micromotor and why do you need either of them? What’s the difference between high speed steel burs and tungsten vanadium burs and all the other gazillions of accessories available? How do you choose what torch to get? What’s the difference between a pulse arc welder and a laser welder? What options are available with ventilation and dust collection equipment? What storage options are available for small jewelry making parts? Should you own your own jewelry casting/mold making set up or should you use the services of a professional casting house? These are just some of the topics that we will cover in this fun and informative talk! Back to top

Attend the live webinar and be entered to win the Xuron Metalsmith’s Kit: including the Model 2175 cutter, Model 9180NS Metal Scissors and Model 485FN Flat Nose Pliers!

To learn more about Jeff Georgantes, please click here

This seminar is sponsored by Gesswein

Fretz Spinner Rings and Alluring New Tools

Bill Fretz
Demonstration: Friday, October 16 at 4:30 PM EST

In this seminar, Bill Fretz will demonstrate how to use his popular Spinner Ring Set in his home studio. This set is designed specifically for creating an even and uniform flair on the outer edges of any band resulting in the perfect spinner ring time after time. You will also get to see some of his other exciting new tools demonstrated! After the demo, we will have live questions with Bill Fretz so you can pick his brain on your most inquisitive metal forming questions. Lastly, Bill will give us a tour of his studio! Back to top

To learn more about Bill Fretz, please click here

This seminar is sponsored by Otto Frei.

Sturdy Stone Settings with Structural Bezels 

Jim Dailing
Demonstration: Saturday,  October 17 at 12:00 PM EST

This live demo will focus on setting a faceted gemstone in a thick walled structural bezel. Unlike thinner bezels using fine silver, thicker walled bezels need more force in moving the metal over the gemstone, while maintaining control and finesse. Jim will be showing how to use a Hammer Handpiece, and a Micromotor rotary tool among a number of other stone setting tools to make your bench process more successful and enjoyable. Bring your notebook as there will be a lot of information covered during this informative session! Back to top

To learn more about Jim Dailing, please click here

This seminar is sponsored by Otto Frei.

All About the Finish Line: Polishing and Surface Treatments

Melissa Muir
Demonstration: Tuesday October 20 at 12:00 PM EST

In this demonstration, Melissa will focus on techniques for finishing using a variety of flex shaft bits and hand tools. Some techniques covered include: an overview of some of the numerous accessories and how to choose the right one, addressing flat surfaces vs. curved surfaces and small areas, when it's appropriate to use a rotary tool as well as how to achieve a high polish with a flex shaft/micro motor. Learn more about how to apply different finishes to your work and increase your skill set! Back to top

Attend the live webinar and be entered to win a Foredom polishing assortment kit!

To learn more about Melissa Muir, please click here

This seminar is sponsored by Micro-tools

Metalsmith Society: Going from 0 to 100k Instagram followers in Two Years

Corkie Bolton
Seminar: Wednesday, October 21 at 12:00 PM EST

In this seminar, Corkie will tell her personal story of how she found her way back to making jewelry and her creation of the Metalsmith Society, a community within Instagram where jewelers support one another by sharing knowledge. She will share with you how she built the community from the ground up, and how she’s done her own marketing as the page has grown to have over 140K people. Back to top

To learn more about Corkie Bolton, please click here

This seminar is sponsored by Halstead


Exploring Hollow Forms: Making Metal Beads Using Disc Cutters

Kate Richbourg
Demonstration: Wednesday, October 21 at 4:30 PM EST

Join Kate as she shares her tips and tricks working with her favorite studio tool, the disc cutter! Hollow form beads and sliders are easy and satisfying to make using the round and oval disc cutters from Pepe Tools. Techniques covered in this demonstration include tips on texturing metal, cutting and shaping metal blanks using the disc cutter and dapping block, surface embellishment, forming, fitting and soldering the blanks together, as well as finishing and polishing techniques. Back to top

Attend the live webinar and be entered to win a Pepetools disc cutter!

To learn more about Kate Richbourg, please click here

This seminar is sponsored by Pepetools


Form and Details: An Artist Talk and Demonstration

Cynthia Eid
Seminar and Demonstration: Thursday, October 22 at 12:00 PM EST

During this seminar, Cynthia Eid will share images of her work, from when she began making jewelry as a teenager, through today.  Cynthia has always been fascinated by the ability of metal to transform from a stiff sheet to a vibrant object of fluidity and grace.  In 2013, she co-wrote the best-selling book, Creative Metal Forming, with Betty Helen Longhi. 

Usually, hammers are involved with Cynthia’s forming, though she sometimes utilizes a hydraulic press.  Her work is often inspired by walks in the garden and woods.  Though her creations resemble natural forms, they are the results of experimentation, play, and serendipity.   

Tools being her playthings, Cynthia has helped to develop the Bonny Doon hydraulic press tools and microfold brakes, Knew Concept Saws, and anticlastic stakes with her co-author.  Working with firescale-free Argentium Sterling since 1999, Cynthia has been designated as a Pioneer of Argentium by Argentium International Ltd.  This sterling alloy led her to become entranced by the details of granulation.  Her sense of adventure has combined enameling with metalwork in recent years. 

In the demonstration portion of Cynthia’s talk, you will learn the basics of how to anticlast, to make a concave bracelet.  Cynthia will start by demonstrating how to hammer ergonomically, and with accuracy using a delrin anticlastic stake designed by Eid and Longhi. Back to top

To learn more about Cynthia, please click here

This seminar is sponsored by Rio Grande.


Casting an Ingot from Scrap and Forging a Simple Band Ring

William Vanaria
Demonstration: Friday, October 23 at 12:00 PM EST

Join Metalwerx's resident alchemist for a live demo as he transmutes scraps of sterling silver into a finished piece of jewelry!

As jewelers and metalsmiths, we translate precious metals into new, wearable forms through kinetic force, heat, and stock removal. These metals are a canvas for our creative processes, but they can become quite expensive. Fortunately, metal is one of the most recyclable materials out there, so if you are good about saving your shavings, cut-offs, and scrap, you can send them off to a refiner and get some money back--or you could undertake the task of returning them to a more usable state. Back to top

To learn more about William Vanaria, please click here.

This seminar is sponsored by United Precious Metals Refining