This class was designed with the hobbyist in mind
and for those who are already in the business and want to obtain more education
to sharpen up the skills to prepare for the Jewelers of America second level of
combination of projects must be completed to advance throughout the program.
During the completion of the
projects you will learn new jewelry making techniques that will increase in
difficulty as the course progresses. In addition to all the hands-on work,
students will be provided with theory in which pricing, buying,
selling, workability of metals, testing of metals and finishing techniques will
Platinum, Gold and Silver, Karat and Colors of
gold and Alloys.
Raising and lowering the Karat of metals.
Melting and preparing
Exercises to melt and prepare metals. Rolling and
milling metals. Torch adjustment. Oxidizing vs. reducing flames. Creating an
ingot. Learn to make plates and wires in different shapes. Tempering Annealing.
All projects must be completed within a
prescribed time frame.
Making of a wedding band starting with raw
Design, plan and make links, assembly, solder and
finish designers chains and bracelets.
Locks, safeties and
hinges: Explanation of inner workings of clasps.
Making of hinges for bracelets. Mechanics and
placement of a figure 8. Final assembly and high luster polishing for final
presentation and delivery to the customer.
Practice of ring sizing single and multiple. Size
enlargement. Size reduction. Stretching machine and compression.
After creating a band, pre finish and attach a
finding to create a solitaire diamond ring.
Basic Stone Setting:
Completion of basic stone setting exercises in
order to understand the planning of jewelry models that hold stones. Prongs.
Channel. Pave. Read Full Description
Lost wax and casting:
you will be guided to create models starting with
an idea and progressing into your own design. Read Full
Bezel design for
cabochon stone: Planning, design, setting and
Practice the sweat soldering technique by
creating a custom designed pendant.
Plates and Nameplates:
Two basic piercing projects will be completed and
followed by several different nameplates including bold lettering and script
nameplates. The piercing of plates will be practiced repeatedly in order to
improve cutting skills.
This exercise will improve the handling of the
torch and flame in soldering multiple jump rings which the student create and
form into a flower bracelet design.
In order to develop a sense for creativity, the
student will choose his/her own design and learn to work a filigree design with
multiple solder points.
The student will practice making wire settings
for different size stones: round and fancy shape designs will be covered such as
oval, marquise and emerald shapes.
custom made ring by first building a basket
setting and adding a hand made shank.
Ring with prongs:
Starting with raw metal, a ring will be created
and prongs cut into the ring to accommodate multiple stones, resulting in a
custom designed ring.
By making shapes for perfect fitting, adding
decoratorís designs on the front, and properly placing a hinge system, the
student will learn to create a pill box and a locket. Bail and closure will be
designed by the student.
Design and pierce a script lettering designed
creation of a fully finished identification
bracelet starting from
Different exercises are included in this ID
bracelet. You will make a curve link chain, a hidden lock with figure 8ís, an ID
plate with a cutout name and tubing hinges.
from drawing and performing an old-fashioned
brooch with fine gallery detail and pin stem system and bail installed.
Hollow Dome Earrings:
this exercise will prepare the student for
working with hollow pieces. Soldering spring loaded mechanical systems.
construction of a bracelet with hinged links.
Planning, design, assembly and finish
perform an exact fitting frame for a coin,
placement of prongs.
Free Form Ring with
Multiple Settings: finishing of pre-made freeform
ring and soldering of multiple settings, setting of the stones.
Two Tone Ring:
Theory and practice for the successful design of
two different color of gold. Planning, design and finishing of a two-tone ring.
Tiffany Setting with
Peg: After the finishing process of a solitaire
mounting, attach tiffany style setting into a ring. Stone setting and finishing.
Scaling Down of an
Object: Recreation of a live piece by reducing
the size of an object in scale. Planning and full assembly.
Mixing of metals with
alloys and pricing: pricing of metals will be
explained in detail and practiced throughout the whole course. Explanation in
detail of karat and colors of gold. Alloys. Reducing and increasing the karat of
Findings and tools:
Findings, tools and other supplies and suppliers
related to the jewelry industry will be introduced to the student.
All finished pieces will then be taken through
Caution exercised during the polishing procedures
for certain pieces.
Practice of polishing includes lapping, and the
use of Tripoli and rouge.
Ultrasonic, steam, electro cleaning, bombing and
stripping. All techniques explained and most practiced.
Plating will be demonstrated using solutions in
an immersion bath by the use of a rectifier. Gold plating, rhodium plating,
copper and nickel plating techniques explained. Hands on demonstration.
touches: florentine, satin, sand blasted, hammer
finish, laser and diamond cut finishes.