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* Orion Pulse Arc Welder
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Revision as of 16:22, 17 April 2017

Active Craft Areas

Jewelry Class

General Info
Shop Colors
Shop RulesMissing
Managed By Karen Christians, Cleverwerx
HoursSame as membership hours
Operational Status of Tools
Tool Maintenence Tickets


What is the Jewelry Area?

This category includes pages that talk about jewelry whether or not metalsmithing is involved.

The Jewelry Studio is a fully functional studio for jewelry/metalsmithing. Weekly classes, weekend workshops, and private instruction is available. The studio is available for member use after tool testing is completed.

Be sure to check the class schedule for jewelry to ensure the area is available for use. A summary of current and upcoming jewelry classes may be found here.

The Jewelry area provides tools to fabricate jewelry (embellishment and adornment), sculpture, and practical objects.

Treat tools and equipment carefully and put them back, clean, where you found them so they will be there next time!


Brass Box:Metalsmithing

Metalsmithing is the fabrication of small objects using the tools within Jewelry, although the finished objects are not necessarily jewelry items. Jewelry generally means anything that exists for adornment.

If you're interested in most CNC operations or plan to work with larger chunks of metal, check out machining and welding.

Common Metalsmithing Skills



  • Buffing station with hooded exhaust (tapered mandrels, some buffs/compounds available)
  • 6" bench shear for non-ferrous metals includes round-stock shearing hole
  • 4" flat rolling mill
  • 4" wire rolling mill
  • 6 Acetylene/air torches (Smith brand with #0 and #1 tips)
  • 6 Flex-shaft machines with foot controls and #30-style hand pieces
  • Pumice pans and fire brick for soldering/annealing
  • Orion Pulse Arc Welder
  • Enameling Kiln and tools
  • Casting and Molding tools
    • Mold Vulcanizer & Mold Frames
    • Wax Injector
    • Crucibles
    • Casting Kiln
    • Electric Melter
  • Electric pickle pot
  • Jeweler's saw frames
  • Bench pins
  • Pliers and cutters
  • Small general purpose vise
  • Metal Forming Table
    • Anvil (50lb)
    • Rolling Mill
    • Vise
    • Specialty Hammers/Mandrels
    • Steel Forming Plates
  • Hydraulic Press
  • Disc cutters
  • Steel and wood dapping block and daps
  • Large heat-resistant work area with exhaust hood
  • A forming area with a variety of small anvils, blocks, hammers, mallets and punches
  • Small library of books and journals


Consumables Provided

  • Acetylene
  • Wet/Dry Sandpaper
  • Flux
  • Polishing compound and wheels
  • Liquids: acetone, denatured alcohol, pickle, ultrasonic
  • Soldering Pads
  • Pencils, sharpie markers
  • Rolling Mill textures (feel free to add to our collection - no metal materials please).

Consumables Not Provided

  • Solder
  • Metal
  • Saw blades
  • Bits and burrs for the flex-shaft machines, though a miscellaneous assortment may be available at any given time.

Buying Consumables

We do not sell consumables on site at this time, though there is interest in starting up the means to do so.


Classes offered in Jewelry/Metalsmithing can be found here. A photo album of projects and studio pics can be found here.


Offered in a variety of topics, rotating selection. Usually 1/2 or full day on a weekend.

  • Example Workshops
    • Resin Inlay
    • Bang out a Bangle
    • Spinning Ring
    • Ring with Bezel set cabochon
    • Make a Pendant
    • Beading
    • Buttons for Clothing
    • Leather and Silver Cuffs
    • Metal Puppet
    • Holiday Ornaments
    • Make a Ring
    • Soldering Clinic

Jewelry 101

PreReq: None Learn the basics of jewelry fabrication techniques. These include piercing, drilling, silver soldering, filing, sanding, annealing, torch operation, riveting, and polishing. Students execute a final project with a bezel-set cabochon semi-precious stone. A material fee is included in the class price. 6 weeks.

Jewelry 201

PreReq: Jewelry 101 or Equivalent: Build on the foundations learned in Jewelry 101 and learn intermediate jewelry skills such as hydraulic press, disc cutting and dapping, advanced mechanisms such as hinges, and more. A material fee will be charged. 6 weeks.

Independent or Self-Directed Jewelry

PreReq: Jewelry 101 or Equivalent or permission of instructor: Self directed projects with assistance of an instructor. May run concurrently with Jewelry 201. This class is sometimes known as "Directed Open Studio".


Several week class or one day class in learning the art of enameling.

Tool Training and Testing

Friday evenings. Contact Karen Burke or sign up through Eventbrite. See below for further information.


Investment casting with lost wax techniques as well as casting organics and 3D printed objects. More information about classes can be found on the Asylum's website or here.

Private Lessons and Classes

Instructors are available for private, one on one lessons. Private classes may be arranged for your group as well. Please contact Karen Burke or Sage Kochavi (

Area Etiquette

  • Sign in.
  • Put things back where they came from. Sweep up bench tops and floor.
  • Properly shut down torch: bleed lines, back off the pressure.
  • Take care of tools, use them properly and do not damage tools.
  • Be careful with water! While water is mandatory for many jewelry processes, it can ruin steel tools. Keep things dry.
  • Do not work on steel or aluminum in the area -- ever!
  • Pay attention to the maximum material thicknesses and types when using tools, especially cutting and bending tools.
  • Ask others if you are uncertain about tool operation.
  • Do not put broken tools back. Leave them out with a note at the very least. Safety first.

Common Hot Craft Skills

Tool Training and Testing

Tools Requiring Training

Training is required (and available) for the following Jewelry shop tools. The Casting tool set has its own training requirements. If you are already proficient, testing sessions are also available to get signed off. The training and testing information is available on these pages:

Rubrics Related to Jewelry Tool Testing


This category has the following 5 subcategories, out of 5 total.






Pages in category "Jewelry"

The following 3 pages are in this category, out of 3 total.




Media in category "Jewelry"

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