Hydraulic Press Skills: Add Texture and Dimension to Your Work

  • Friday, January 20, 2023
  • Friday, January 27, 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • Friday, January 20, 2023, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (PST)
  • Friday, January 27, 2023, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (PST)
  • BARN Jewelry Studio, Class Code JE012023JH
  • 4


  • $232 Tuition + $15 Materials Fee
  • $179 tuition + $15 materials fee


    Registration closes on January 18th

Registration is closed

This class has prerequisites. Please see the description below before registering.

Learning how to form metal using the hydraulic press opens new possibilities for your work! In this skills-focused class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Texture metal using the rolling mill

  • Create dimensional squares, diamonds, teardrops, and other shapes using pre-made dies in the hydraulic press

  • Cut metal shapes using pancake dies

  • Cut your own silhouette dies out of cast acrylic

You can use the metal shapes that you textured and formed as is or enamel them at a later date.

Supplies Needed:

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


  • Prerequisites: Recommended that you have taken the Introduction to Jewelry-Skills Class and Introduction to the Jeweler's Torch at BARN or equivalent classes elsewhere. You should know how to: Cut metal using a jeweler's saw and a bench shear AND anneal and file metal. 
  • Level: Beginning/Intermediate class
  • $15 materials fee is included in the tuition
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.


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 she executes using various fabrication techniques, including chasing and repoussé.

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 currently the Lead for the Jewelry and Fine Metals Studio at BARN.

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