Create Cuff Bracelets Using the Hydraulic Press

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, October 21, 2021, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Jewelry Studio, Class Code JE101921JH
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  • $212 tuition + $30 materials fee
  • $163 tuition + $30 materials fee

    This class has a prerequisite. Please do not register unless you have previously completed the prerequisite.

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This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.

Using the hydraulic press and specially-designed forming dies, you can create synclastic and anticlastic cuff bracelets. These dies allow you to design and finish your cuff first and then form it into a cuff without distorting the design.

In this two session class, you will learn what synclastic and anticlastic shapes are, and how to design a cuff for comfort and strength. You will be able to produce cuffs of different widths and shapes. You can use the studio's pattern plates to texture your metal or bring your own texturing material to run through the rolling mill.

Students should bring:

Pen, notebook, fine-point Sharpie or other pen that writes on metal, and a 6” metal ruler. If you want to work in silver, please bring your own 18 or 20 gauge sterling sheet at least 2" x 9" (if you have a larger piece, don’t cut it prior to class). 


  • Prerequisite: Students must have taken “Add Texture and Dimension to Your Work Using the Hydraulic Press.” Please login to your BARN account and click "Events" to confirm that you have completed this class before registering. If you have not completed the prerequisite yet, you can register for this class being held on September 21st by clicking here.

  • There is a $30 Materials included in tuition for 18 and 20 gauge copper, and 20 gauge brass. 

  • 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. 

Instructor Bio:

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 various fabrication techniques, including 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. She is an active member of BARN.

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