Thursday–Saturday, June 23–25 • 9:30am–5:30pm

Prerequisite: Metalsmithing 1


The Hydraulic Press has become a popular and in some cases, an essentiall tool in the jewelry studio. In this three-day intensive workshop we will cover the hydraulic press from all angles. The workshop will begin with an overview of the hydraulic press and accompanying tools, plus safety and care of equipment care and then move on to all the exciting and almost limitless ways to use this versatile tool. 


We will work with existing tools such as pancake dies, silhouette dies and impression dies and learn how to use and alter them to make your own jewelry stand apart. Did you know that there are things you need to do before using them? Once you have that down we get to work creating our own silhouette dies to create something really unique with the addition of pierced and riveted elements (not an easy thing to do on a curved form).


We will play with different techniques such as embossing and fold forming to create pendants, earrings and bracelets. You will learn and use the tools to make anti-clastic (concave) and synclastic (convex) forms and bracelets.


You should expect to finish several pieces of jewelry as well as multiple samples in this comprehensive workshop.


A Materials Kit is included in tuition,( a $55 value) and contains:

4 pieces 16 ga yellow brass sheet, 3x3"; 14 gauge wire and drill bit; textured silver, copper and brass sheet, wire for rivets and appropriate drill bits, 1/4" acrylic sheet



Bring any metalsmithing tools you may have and the following items

  • 14 ga Round Wire (Copper, brass and/or sterling silver)
  • 20 ga sheet metal; minimum 6x6" (copper, brass and/or sterling silver)
  • 22 ga sheet metal; minimum 6x6" (copper, brass and/or sterling silver)
  • 24 ga sheet metal; minimum 6x6" (copper, brass and/or sterling silver)
  • Any stones and settings and/or bezel wire
  • Students may bring any pancake, silhouette and impressions dies they would like to use.
  • Jeweler's Saw and 2/0 blades, beeswax/blade lube
  • Sandpaper/Sanding Sticks
  • Hammers (Planishing, texturing, riveting, nylon, rawhide)
  • Steel block
  • Pliers (Round, flat, chain, half round)
  • Wire Cutters
  • Calipers or Jeweler's ruler
  • Shears and nippers
  • Hand files (regular and needle files)
  • Center punch
  • Drill bits; including #51
  • Scribe
  • Safety Glasses
  • N95 mask/respirator
  • Sharpie


Under Pressure: Exploring the Hydraulic Press: June 23–25

SKU: 020643
  • Metalsmithing 1