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.
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