Students will learn to use basic jewelers' tools and practice the skills needed to create their own pieces of jewelry. Students will gain an understanding of precious metals, learning a short history of gold and silver, along with how to identify, weigh, and price precious metals. The instructor will also go over studio safety. You will practice using a jeweler's saw and learn about the types of blades and when to use them and how to use forming mandrels to shape metal into rings, shanks, and bezels. You will also learn about types of solder and various soldering techniques, how and when to use different types of files on metal, how to use a roller mill and embossing plates to texturize metal, and methods of polishing and creating other finishes including liver of sulfur. Class members will also use a flex shaft hand set to sand and drill, disc cutting tools to make shapes, and dapping blocks to transform a flat sheet of metal into a rounded shape. You will also create rivets using wire and tubing, use a drill press and flex shaft hand set to create holes, create a bezel to hold stones onto a piece of jewelry, and learn about some types of stones and how to set them into a bezel. Hands-On Activity
There are three sections of this course. Please choose between the three sections.
Section 1 (2417-001):
September 11 & 13, 18 & 20, 25 & 27.
Section 2 (2417-002):
October 9 & 11, 16 & 18, 30 & November 1.
Section 3 (2417-003):
November 6 & 8, 13 & 15, 27 & 29.