Jewelry: Add Texture and Dimension to Your Work Using the Hydraulic Press

  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Jewelry Studio, Class Code: JE092121JH
  • 2


  • $212+ $40 materials fee
  • $163 + $40 materials fee

    This class has prerequisites. Please see description before registering.

This class has prerequisites. See below.

Learning how to form metal using the hydraulic press opens new possibilities for your work! In this class, you’ll learn how to create multiples of the same shape, which you can turn into beads, pendants, and components for earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. If you’re using textured metal, you won’t lose detail as you form the components. 

Students will learn how to: 

    • Texture metal using the rolling mill
    • Create dimensional squares, diamonds, teardrops, and other non-spherical shapes using pre-made silhouette dies and the hydraulic press
    • Cut disks using the disk cutter and form them using a dapping block in the hydraulic press

    You will be able to produce a bead, a pair of earring dangles, or a pendant. You will also have time to create samples of each forming technique.

    Upon completion of this class you may want to advance to the next skill by registering for Create Cuff Bracelets Using the Hydraulic Press that begins on October 19th. You can read more and register here.

    Students should bring:
    • Pen, notebook, fine-point Sharpie or other pen that writes on metal, 6” metal ruler
    • Optional: texturing punches, textures to run through the rolling mill 
    • If you want to work in silver, please bring your own 24 or 22 gauge sterling sheet at least 2” x 4” (if you have a larger piece, don’t cut it)


    • This is a beginning / intermediate level class.  
    • Prerequisites:
      Students must know how to cut metal using a jeweler’s saw and the step shear; and drill, anneal, and file metal. Riveting and soldering skills will be helpful.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Overall BARN safety policies are here.
    • Please wear closed-toe shoes. Wear hearing protectors when warranted and safety glasses; bring your own or use BARN's. Tie back long hair. Avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry; roll up sleeves.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply. 

    • $40 materials fee is included in the class tuition. 

      Materials we provide are 22 and 24 gauge copper and a variety of texturing materials.

    Instructor: Joan Hammond began working in metal in 1994, when she started taking metalsmithing classes as an antidote to documenting computer software. What she discovered was a medium that not only utilized her previous training in painting, printmaking, and ceramics, but also opened the possibilities of creating art that can be worn. Family artifacts and history, plants and animals, and the textiles and jewelry of non-Western cultures inspire her current work, which Hammond executes using the techniques of chasing and repoussé. Her long-time interest in Asian art, which deepened when she studied calligraphy and tea ceremony in Kyoto, Japan, continues to influence her aesthetics and sense of design.

    Hammond exhibits locally and nationally, and her work has been published in Metalsmith magazine’s Exhibition in Print. She is a member of the Seattle Metals Guild; has served on the Board of Northwest Designer craftsmen; and co-chaired a national conference for the Society of North American Goldsmiths.



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