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Serious training for the professional jeweler or hobbyist

 American School of Jewelry provides training classes for the different levels of national jeweler skill tests. All offerings are not intended to qualify graduates for entry level employment, rather they are designed to provide continuing education and professional development for those employed in the jewelry industry

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Design - Part Time

Wax Design + Casting

Stone Setting

Advanced Setting

Cert. Bench Jeweler

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Certified Bench Jeweler                            140 Hours           

Certified Bench Jeweler April 2009

The first week of this course introduces the students into multiple techniques for jewelry design, jewelry making and repairing.
During the weeks that follow, you will complete tasks that will allow you to repair and restore the pieces that you create. From repairing chains, making rings, ring sizing, soldering settings, setting stones, replacing prongs, installing clasps, plating as well as basic jewelry assembly and designing. This class was designed with the hobbyist in mind and for those who are already in the business and want to obtain education to prepare for the Jewelers of America 1st level of certification.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Introduction to precious metals: Platinum, Gold, and Silver.
Learn how to obtain the different Karats and Colors of Gold.                     

FTC rules and regulations, Trading of precious metals. Units of weight.

 

Testing of metals: hands-on. Learn how to use acid testing techniques for separating the different karats of metal. Metals and oxidation.            

Handling of shop sweeps, fillings and scraps for maximum recovery.

 

Soldering: Preparation and cleaning of metals for soldering. Soldering is immediately introduced into the program. Students practice a wide variety of exercises hands-on.

 

Piercing, drilling and filing: explanation and practice for the making of nameplates. Hand made letters, piercing. Designing theory. Layout. Completion and finishing procedures.

 

Wires: making of bails and jump rings. Using round nose pliers and dowels. Single production and mass production. Methods explained and practiced.

 

Rings: Create and assemble a solitaire ring. Making of a shank. Preparation of a finding. Attachment of setting.

 

Ring Sizing: Practice of single and multiple ring sizing. Hardening and annealing techniques explained and applied. Rings sizing of rings with stones, channel set and with low tolerance heat.

 

Rings with multiple stones: Multiple exercises in rings: sizing rings up, down and re-shank of finished jewelry. Setting and tightening stones

 

Ring Shank replacement: Replacement of shanks in single rings. Shank replacement in wedding engagement rings.

 

Gold melting and milling: explanation and adjustment of the torch. Use of mold for making ingots. Use of the rolling mill for producing metal wires and plates.

 

Bracelets and Chains: Learn to make bracelets and chains starting from an idea. Replacing end caps. Installation and replacement of spring rings and lobster claws. Practice on fixing different types of chains. Curb link, box link, rope, figaro, anchor, s link.

 

Construction of bezel project: students make a bezel by utilizing the sweat soldering technique. This bezel is worked into a custom made pendant in which the student has to hand fabricate the décor and bail. The bezel setting technique is also taught and practiced.

 

Identification plates, initials: learn the proper techniques to apply designs to plates. You will create a project in which you will learn to plan, make, properly prepare and solder identification initials.

 

Stone setting: Techniques for setting stones in different setting styles. Replacement of existing stones. Learn to provide a seat for round stones. Prong setting.

 

Explanation of procedures: Working with hollow jewelry, general explanation of jewelry repairs. Findings, tools and other supplies and suppliers. Repair friendly and unfriendly stones.

 

Finishing of Castings: Introduction and explanation of castings and the most common tools used for finishing the pieces.                                        

Rough castings will be cleaned, sanded, pre finished and polished ready for final delivery. 

 

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.

 

Three tone ring: Custom making, sizing and different ways of assembling a three colors of metal ring will be practiced in this exercise. Different exercises will include assembling the ring separately, sizing up and down, soldering side by side, sizing separately and finishing for presentation and delivery.

 

Earrings: Practice for fixing, soldering and placing posts, creating a pair of earrings.

 

Hollow jewelry: Hollow bangle, different repairs to be performed: Fixing dents, installing a safety chain. The student will learn how to solder a jump ring unto a hollow ball.  Different ways of fixing a hollow bracelet or necklace will be practiced and a box clasp will be installed

 

ID Bracelet: This bracelet will be constructed by making a plate, attaching it to a chain using tubing and installing a hidden clasp and figure 8. The student will then learn the best way to solder initials on top of an identification plate.

 

Metal forming: Use of forming and shaping dies. Die cutting. Hollow earring project. Installation of posts.

 

Watches: Hands on watchbands and batteries replacement.

 

Plating: Cleaning, electro stripping and plating with rhodium, copper, nickel and/or gold, will be explained. Plating demonstrated.

 

Semi precious stone ring: Practical demonstration to size rings with semi precious stones without removal of the stones.

 

T-bar CZ studs: T-bars. Assembly and replacement of posts. Stone setting with stud vise.

 

Setting: Solder bail onto a setting and set stone. Repair bail with stone in place.

 

Prong replacement: Exercises for prong replacement and re-tipping.

 

Final finish, Polishing: Finishing and marking jewelry in preparation for polishing.
Polishing techniques, common tools, tumblers, chemicals and general use of equipment. Polishing with tripoli and rouge. Finishes and Textures.

Ultrasonic and steam pressure machine. 

Certified Bench Jeweler Polishing Technique
Certified Bench Jeweler Projects
Certified Bench Jeweler Student
Certified Bench Jeweler Stone Setting
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Certified Bench Jeweler Bracelet

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