Forged Jewelry

  • Instructor: Bill Dawson
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $295

Hand-forged jewelry is among the most classical and is executed with the most basic tools: a hammer and anvil. With these humble tools a skilled metalsmith can transform a copper rod or piece of silver wire into an extraordinary object of art. Using brass, copper, and silver, students will employ a variety of hammers to forge squares, tapers, twists, fullers, and decorative rivet heads to create elegant forms in jewelry. Students will learn the basics of forging non-ferrous metals and come away with an incredibly valuable and transferable set of skills. These techniques can be used in a multitude of projects. Students will experiment with basic torch work including casting ingots of sterling scrap to use in their projects. You’ll come away with forged samples as well as a finished pendant, ring, or bracelet. The class will forever alter your perspective on jewelry making. Moderate comfort with a jeweler's torch and hammer is helpful. Basic materials included

Students Must Bring:
  • -Leather Work Gloves
Students May Bring:
  • -Additional brass and copper rod/wire
    -Additional sterling or fine silver wire (10g - 18g sterling available in studio store)
    -Clean sterling or fine silver scrap to cast ingots for forging
    -Ear protection
    -Vice grips or good parallel pliers
    -Sketchbook
    -Heavy forming hammers