Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Jewelry Shop Overview

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!

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




Consumables Provided


Consumables Not Provided


Buying Consumables

We have a small box of supplies for sale: solder, drill bits, saw blades, etc. Prices and directions for payment are in the box with the consumables.




Jewelry Shop COVID-19 Protocol

How to safely use the Jewelry Shop in the time of COVID-19.

Jewelry Shop COVID-19 Protocol


Time in Jewelry Shop must be RESERVED via Skedda.

No more than two users at a time (one per row of benches) plus one at kiln or pulse arc welder.

Masks required at all times.

Social distancing required at all times - make sure you are aware of others’ movements in the shared areas around the pickle, vises, etc.

NO gloves permitted, as they can cause injury while using rotary tools (flex shaft, polishing machine).

Each time you use the Jewelry Shop:

  1. Sanitize your workbench before and after using
    • Bottle marked “SANITIZING SPRAY” on shelf by entry to Jewelry Shop
    • Treated surface must remain wet for 1 minute. Wipe dry with a clean paper towel.
  2. Sanitize all borrowed tools and shared equipment handles before and after use, including but not limited to:
    • Outside of borrowed tool box, plus pliers, saw frame, files, etc.
    • Rolling Mill handle and dial
    • Vise handle
    • Pickle lid
    • Goggles
  3. Must use “SANITIZING WIPES” (not spray) on shelf by entry to Jewelry Shop before and after using:
    • Flex shaft handpiece
    • Torch handpiece
    • Acetylene tank regulator handle
    • Acetylene tank valve

    Have questions? Contact

    Jewelry Area Etiquette

    Jewelry Classes


    Classes offered in Jewelry/Metalsmithing can be found here.


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

    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. 7 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. 3 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 Review and Testing

    See Tool Review and Testing information here.


    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 Ilana Krepchin or Laurie Berezin (beryllinajewelry at

    Jewelry Tool Review and Testing

    Jewelry Tool Review and Testing

    Tool Review and Testing: Overview and Scheduling

    Tool Review: In one 2- to 3-hour session, students will get up to speed on our particular shop procedures and layout, as well as a review of safe use of the air-acetylene torches, forming tools, flex shafts, and polishing machine.

    Tool Testing: At least one week after the Tool Review session, you may complete your individual Tool Test with the instructor, by appointment. Successfully passing the Tool Test is required before being able to work independently in our Jewelry Shop.

    Those who are new to jewelry-making or metalsmithing must take Jewelry 101 first. Because this class does not teach jewelry-making skills, prior jewelry-making experience is necessary (whether you are a self-taught beginner or a professionally-trained metalsmith). Students must be at least 18 years old.

    How to schedule: During the Covid-era, rather than scheduling monthly Tool Review classes we will be holding by appointment sessions only (for the same price as the class, $95 with test included). Contact the jewelry shop lead (jewelry-lead at to inquire about scheduling a review and test. 

    Jewelry Tool Review and Testing

    Tool Review and Testing: Forming Bench

    Know features of the following tools:

    ☐ Commercial Hammer
    ☐ Watchmaker's Hammer
    ☐ Planishing Hammer 
    ☐ Rawhide Mallet 
    ☐ Delrin Mallet 
    ☐ Dapping Punches
    ☐ Disc Cutters
    ☐ Stamps
    ☐ Mandrels
    ☐ Bench vise
    ☐ Draw Plate
    ☐ Black-handled Shears (for 22g or thinner metal)

    Demonstrate Safe Operation:

    ☐ Know what hammer may be used for dapping block, disc cutter, or stamps
    ☐ How to use the dapping block (anneal metal first)
    ☐ How to use the disc cutter (punches must be cutting side down)
    ☐ Knows how to hold a mandrel in a bench vise

    Jewelry Tool Review and Testing

    Tool Review and Testing: Flex Shaft

    Know the following tool features:

    ☐ Flex Shaft Stand
    ☐ Chuck Key
    ☐ Hand piece
    ☐ On/Off switch
    ☐ Foot pedal
    ☐ Flex Shaft Accessories
    ☐ Drill press for the flex shaft: No loose clothing or jewelry, clamp or hold piece tightly with wood block underneath

    Demonstrate Safe Operation:

    ☐ Insert a bur or drill bit into the flex shaft
    ☐ Safely hold metal on bench pin for support when using flex shaft
    ☐ Troubleshoot a crooked drill bit

    Jewelry Tool Review and Testing

    Tool Review and Testing: Acetylene Torch

    Know the following tool features:

    ☐ Regulator Key
    ☐ Tank pressure dial
    ☐ Line pressure dial
    ☐ Y or 3 way adaptor
    ☐ Ventilation

    Demonstrate Safe Operation:

    ☐ Discuss emergency procedures, locate fire extinguisher
    ☐ Don goggles 
    ☐ Make sure all torches connected to tank are closed
    ☐ Turn on tank properly (first turn tank valve handwheel couterclockwise 1/4 turn, then turn the adjusting screw clockwise until line pressure dial reads 8-10psi)
    ☐ Anneal two pieces of metal
    ☐ Change torch tip
    ☐ Troubleshoot a torch that is not working or has excessive line pressure
    ☐ Turn off tank, bleed lines by lighting torch, back out regulator adjusting screw

    Jewelry Tool Review and Testing

    Tool Review and Testing: Buffing Machine

    Know the following tool features:

    ☐ Buffs & Grinding Wheels
    ☐ Switches
    ☐ Tightening Screws
    ☐ Polishing Compounds
    ☐ Air filter

    Demonstrate Safe Operation:

    ☐ Tie back hair, remove or secure loose clothing/jewelry
    ☐ Don goggles
    ☐ Load a buff onto the machine
    ☐ Apply polishing compound
    ☐ Show the safe zone for buffing
    ☐ Remove a buff from the machine
    ☐ Show how to polish a ring
    ☐ Demonstrate grinding wheel use
    ☐ Clean up

    General Knowledge:

    ☐ Knows why polishing chain is not permitted
    ☐ Knows the differences between Tripoli, Rouge, and Zam
    ☐ Knows what metals can be used on the buffing machine (NO STEEL, NO ALUMINUM)
    ☐ Knows proper attire to use the buffing machine
    ☐ Knows the symptoms of a buffer not adequately drawing air
    ☐ Knows what to do if someone is acting unsafely

    Jewelry Tool Review and Testing

    Tool Review and Testing: Metal Shear

    Know the tool features:

    ☐ Only use the metal shear to cut copper, brass, silver, or gold. NO STEEL OR ALUMINUM. 
    ☐ Only use the metal shear to cut 18g/1.0mm or thinner (20g, 22g, etc) - there is a B&S gauge in the island if you need to measure your metal
    ☐ If your metal's width exceeds the depth of the metal shear, cut half from each direction
    ☐ Position your metal at the rear, smallest opening in the jaws for best performance
    ☐ NO MESH materials may be cut on the metal shear because interrupted cuts and areas of work-hardening damage the blades

    Demonstration of Operation:

    ☐ Don goggles
    ☐ Make sure no one is walking behind you who may be hit with the long handle
    ☐ Cut a piece of sheet metal
    ☐ Cut a piece of wire with shear
    ☐ Cut a piece of sheet longer than the length of the blades

    Jewelry Tool Review and Testing

    Tool Review and Testing: Rolling Mill

    Know the tool features:

    ☐ Cloth cover is removed only when rolling mill is in use.
    ☐ Only use the rolling mill with copper, brass, silver, or gold, and natural or synthetic fibers from the provided box. NO STEEL OR ALUMINUM. 
    ☐ Metal must be dry to avoid rust formation on rollers.
    ☐ Do not touch the rollers with your fingers as our natural oils can corrode the rollers.

    Demonstration of Operation:

    ☐ Tie back hair, remove or secure loose clothing/jewelry
    ☐ Anneal metal first. Pickle, rinse, then thoroughly dry your metal.
    ☐ Tighten the rollers to the height of your metal, then turn counterclockwise to tighten just enough to create imprint with material. Not too tight or it will thin metal or you may not even be able to to crank lever.
    ☐ Return cloth cover when finished.