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Jewelry classes in phoenix az

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Make Metal Jewelry Without Spending a Fortune on Tools. What You Need to Set Up a Work Space at Home.

You saw a pair of earrings a friend made at a local design studio and felt inspired to try your hand at it, too. However, you’d like to do it first at home because you want to mess up a few times without any curious onlookers and to see if you like the process in general. You can find supplies online, in specific tool-focused groups on social media, thrift stores, and flea markets at reasonable and or discounted prices.

Your shopping list for tools needed to make metal jewelry is as follows (most of the items on this list, minus the Dremel® drill and flex shaft and can be found for $25 or less).

bench pin sawblade and ring clampJewelry Tools for Cutting, Piercing, Rough Finishing 

A jeweler’s saw frame.
Saw blades #03, 02, 01, 0, and 1.
A wooden bench pin. Or you if you’re particularly handy, you can cut a piece of 1” board with a “V” cut into it to clamp onto a table with a C-clamp.
A set of needle files. 
Sandpapers with a variety of fine and medium grits.  
A range of drill bit types and a drill. We recommend a flexible shaft or Dremel®.  A small, household electric drill can work, too if you rather save up for one of the other types for the future.
A center punch is helpful to drilling a clean, neat hole. 
A small ball peen hammer. 
A steel-edged ruler. 
Safety gear like dust masks or eye protection/visors.
A fine point marker for drawing shapes or indicating where you want to cut your metal.
A small vise may be helpful for holding your metal still as you saw or drill it.

third hand locking tweezers with crockpot for pickle
Jewelry Tools for Soldering

A Benz-o-matic® propane-type torch can be found at local hardware stores for around $15. They are most beneficial when making small pendants or earrings (not more than 1-2 inches in width, as the torch flame won’t be large enough to heat bigger pieces of metal.
Liquid flux or flux paste.
Papermate® white-out for deterring excess solder flow on your design.
Cheap watercolor brushes for applying liquid flux to your piece.
A crock pot for keeping your pickle (an acidic compound). This cleans off oxides and flux residues.
Pickle solution is made of Sparex®, a professional pickling compound or swimming pool acid from your local pool supply store (1 tsp. to 500 ml). Some like to use a cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of table salt, or pickling alum. The latter are all available at your local grocery store.
High-melting-temperature silver solders for jewelry fabrication. These are graded as ‘hard’, ‘medium’ and ‘easy.'
Soldering pick and tweezers to move the solder where you want it (vs. dirtying the metal with the oils from your skin).
hammer and various files

 Jewelry Tools for Finishing

Scotch-Brite® pads are good for achieving a satin finish. Tip: Janitors throw away the centers of floor polishing pads which are the same type of material. Call your local janitorial service and maybe they’ll give them to you for free.
Some like to use renaissance wax or similar product for protection – particularly on brasses.
Tripoli and rouge are great for high-shine results.
A buffing wheel on a mounted electric hand drill or on a polishing motor can produce the high-shine appearance quickly when used with the afore mentioned tripoli and rouge.

We hope that seeing the basic necessities of metal jewelry design listed by purpose encourages you to get started on the path to making your first metal jewelry pieces. As you gain confidence with the tools, consider checking out our classes at Harold Studio. If you’re not sure which class is right for you, don’t’ hesitate to contact us, we’ll be glad to help you.


Upcoming Classes

We have some great classes scheduled to start in the next couple weeks!  Click on the class to register or for more information.

Also, the studio will be closed this Wednesday, January 21 and will be open on Thursday from 12-3pm.

Make jewelry in spinner ring jewelry class
Spinner Ring - Saturday January 17th 1-4pm

Learn to cabochon, tube, and flush setting
Stone Setting - Tuesday 6-9pm - Begins January 20th
Learn to solder, saw, pierce, rivet, texture, patina, and set stones
Jewelry 1 - Friday's 12-3pm - Begins January 23rd
Learn the jewelry enamel technique of Cloisonne
Cloisonne - Saturday and Sunday January 24 and 25,  9-5pm


Treasure Box

We debuted the treasure box class at Harold Studio this month.  It was a huge hit!  The students were given a list of ingredients that they would use to create their piece of jewelry.  They were able to eliminate one of the ingredients and to add one ingredient of their choice.  The class lasted three weeks and started off with each participant creating their design.  The class concluded this past Tuesday and none of the students finished their design so we decided to add an additional week to future treasure box classes.  The students in this first class will be given a few studio hours to complete their projects.  Here are some pictures from all the fun!  Stay tuned for another post about their finished projects and their comments about the class!

Supplies and rules for treasure box jewelry class at Harold Studio in Phoenix
Treasure Box supplies and rules!  The supplies will change with each class.  

Treasure box supplies include copper, silver, brass and beads
A visual look at the supplies.

Looking at a jewelry design book for inspiration to create her piece of jewelry for the treasure box class.
Louise is looking at a book for inspiration for her design.  I wonder what she will make!  

Student drawing her ideas for her jewelry design for the treasure box class at Harold Studio
Patricia is drawing out her design!

Treasure box student has used her brass wire to form a necklace and her copper to do some fold forming
Lynn's supplies are taking shape!

Student designed this pendant using copper sheet, silver square wire, a red bead and brass wire for the treasure box jewelry class
Louise's pendant is coming along nicely!! I love the modern design! 

Student in the treasure box class at harold studio is using colorful beads along with domed silver sheet.
Lousie is getting creative with her beads and silver!  What is she going to do with these!

A copper cuff bracelet is being designed with beads, copper, and silver.
Ah!  Now we see what Louise is thinking!  This looks really cool!

Silver and copper are being joined together by soldering in the treasure box class at Harold Studio
Patricia has been doing lots and lots and lots of soldering!  

Hollow beads made by soldering together brass, copper, and silver domed metal pieces
Another view of Patricia's soldering pieces.  She is laminating brass and copper and putting the domed beads together to form hollow beads!  Don't forget to put at least 2 holes in your piece if you plan to make a hollow piece so it doesn't explode from the pressure.

Hollow star bead made from copper in the treasure box class at Harold Studio
Patricia also plans to put these two pieces together to form a bead.

Brass necklace with copper flowers being made at Harold Studio in the treasure box class
Lynn giving a sneak peek of the necklace she is working on.  
Pendant is made with copper that has been folded over and holds silver wire with orange beads.
Close up view of one of the flowers Lynn is making for her necklace.