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Intro to Jewelry Making

The Pendant Project

(registration instructions below)

This project is a great introduction to the craft of making jewelry!  I will introduce you to the basic tools and techniques including:

forming and forging wire;

sanding, texturing, and finishing sheet;

how to create a hole; and

opening and closing a jump ring.

If you are just considering whether making jewelry might be a fun hobby, or looking to learn the scope of basic skills as I prefer to teach them, this class is perfect for you!  (If you don’t yet have your own tools, let me know as I have a couple sets that can be borrowed.)


Desert Jewel Studio, 26839 N 44th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. You will receive directions upon registering for class.


Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 2- approximately 5pm

How do I sign up?

Class will be $50/person. E-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com or call Jen at (480)635-2402 to register any time from noon to 10pm.

What will I need to bring to class?

Kit available for sale in class ($10)

  • .75″ x 1.5″ piece of 20ga copper sheet
  • 2″ length of 18ga dead soft sterling silver wire
  • (1) 5/32″ ID 16ga sterling silver jump rings
  • 18″ leather necklace with a sterling silver clasp

Tools: (please inquire about renting a set of tools if you don’t have your own yet)

  • Flush cutter
  • File(s) – half-round #4 cut is recommended
  • Wrap n’ tap pliers (Beadsmith # PL46 or Eurotool equivalent – 13mm,16mm,20mm steps)
  • Step pliers (Beadsmith # PL48)
  • Bail-making pliers (optional) (Beadsmith #PL42)
  • Embossing hammer
  • steel block and silencing pad
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Flat pliers
  • Sharpie marker (ultra fine tip)
  • 3M sanding sponges – various grits / slurry coated polishing cloths
  • Magnifying glasses– most people don’t think they need them until they are faced with seeing the detail of jewelry close-up.
  • Covered water or other refreshing beverage
  • Snacks are always welcome as well. 🙂

The following will be provided for your use in class, but feel free to bring your own if you have them…

  • pin vise
  • cup bur appropriate for 18ga wire
  • silicone lubricant
  • rubbing alcohol
  • 1.5mm hole punch
  • 2 and 3mm round bur
  • pear shaped plastic forming hammer


The majority of the above items are available locally at C&D SilverSJ Jewelry SupplyLonnie’s Jewelry Supply or other on-line jewelry supply sources. If you have any difficulty or questions about obtaining any of these items, please contact Jen to inquire about your options.