minute you step in the class you will complete jewelry making procedures
hands-on. You will learn basic and intermediate jewelry making techniques.
During this course you will create several
pieces of jewelry.
While learning, you will
complete jewelry making
exercises designed to facilitate the
learning of multiple jewelry construction
You will also perform and understand
many of the tasks needed in order to
start making and designing your own jewelry.
Custom Nameplate – 3 letter design
Wedding Band from scratch
Solitaire diamond ring
Use of jewelry findings
Chain Making -fixing
Installation of locks
Construction of a Pendant
Bail and jump ring making
Setting of stones in prongs
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
Melting of metals
Gold buying and testing
OF THE PROGRAM
Introduction to metals: Platinum, Gold, and Silver.
Learn how to obtain the different Karats and colors of gold. FTC rules and
regulations, what jewelers are and are not allowed to do. Learn how precious
metals are bought and sold. Units of weight.
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.
Piercing, drilling and filing: Explanation and
practice for the making of nameplates. You will make a nameplate by creating
your own three single letter project starting from scratch.
Melting and milling: Use and adjustment of the
jeweler's torch. Ingot making. Use of the rolling mill for producing metal wires
Wires: Making of bails and jump rings. Use of forming
pliers and dowels.
Soldering: Soldering is immediately introduced into
the program. Preparation and cleaning of metals for soldering. Students practice
a wide variety of exercises hands-on.
Ring Sizing: Practice of single and multiple ring
sizing. Hardening and annealing techniques explained and applied.
Chains: Learn to make a chain starting from an idea. Practice on fixing
different types of chains.
Rings: Create and assemble a solitaire diamond style ring. Soldering of a
Diamond setting: Three different stone setting
exercises will be performed. Round brilliant cut stone in Tiffany solitaire
setting, setting of a pendant and setting of a student built ring. Remove stones
out of prong settings and re-tipping a prong.
Final finish: Finishing and marking jewelry in
preparation for polishing.
Polishing with tripoli and rouge. Ultrasonic and steam pressure machine.
Explanation of procedures:
Working with hollow jewelry, general explanation of jewelry repairs. Findings,
tools and other supplies and suppliers.
Repair friendly and unfriendly stones. Finishes and Textures.