Beginning Silversmithing Class

Beginning Silversmithing Class

Friday, February 24, 2023 - 10:00am
Class Level: 
New Class?: 
No
Class Fee: 
$499.99
Instructor: 

This is a two day class!

Did you know that Silversmithing is a classic American art form that you can learn in only a weekend? It is and you can! This is a two-day beginning silversmithing 12-hour class where you will learn how to make a sterling or fine silver pendant. You will discover how to solder a bezel, set a cabochon, and decorate your project with embellishments some of which you will create. Then you will polish the finished piece to a lustrous sparkle. You will create a contemporary or southwestern-styled pendant like one of these and a pair of earrings if time permits. You will learn the silver soldering techniques that contemporary Silversmiths and Native American Indians have used successfully for over a hundred years. The techniques allow you to use an inexpensive butane torch and a minimum of tools, many of which you may already have. Wouldn't it be great to be able to say "I made them" about pendants similar to these? The soldering techniques you learn in this class are also used in many other types of contemporary jewelry and other styles of silversmithing. 

There will be a materials kit fee of $35.00 to $90.00 collected at class. 
Your class includes all the supplies needed to complete your first jewelry project:
    • a cabochon stone. 
    • sterling silver wire. 
    • fine silver sheet. 
    • embellishment findings. 
    • tools to use in class; you don't need to bring your own. 
    • a documentation website of this beginning silversmithing class includes a slideshow of the soldering process, an e-Book of jewelry selling techniques; and links to shows and expos to sell your jewelry. 
At the beginning silversmithing class you will learn:
    • the basics of silversmithing for jewelry making. 
    • how to solder sterling and fine silver. 
    • the differences in easy, medium, and hard solder. 
    • how an inexpensive torch (less than $60.00) will help you make sellable jewelry worth thousands of dollars; 
    • how and why to use spray-on flux when silver soldering; 
    • how to use flux as an indicator to start soldering. 
    • the purpose of flux and how it prepares the metal; 
    • when to use sheet, strip, wire, and paste solders; 
    • how to get flame control to avoid making a mess that requires long polishing times; 
    • why it is less profitable to do repairs; 
    • why it is less profitable when you use a jeweler saw; 
    • why NOT to use rouges; 
    • why is 'fire coat' or 'fire scale' when you are soldering is relevant; 
    • how to make exceptional bezels the fast and easy way; (no pillions required).
    • why serrated bezels are best and easiest to use; 
    • how to close a plain bezel without wrinkling; 
    • how to make embellishments and attach embellishments; 
    • the secret of how to avoid returns for polishing; 
We will also:
    • discuss what types of silver jewelry are the easiest to make and sell; 
    • discuss some of the methods for selling your silver jewelry; 
    • review the tools and materials needed to be an artisan in southwestern-style silver jewelry; 
    • review the metallurgical reasons for how solder flows and combines to make seamless join;
The class size is limited to 6 students.
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