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Foundations in Silversmithing

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Learn contemporary silversmithing techniques as you create a striking mixed-metal ring!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials list with tools & supplies recommended by Mark
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Mark Nelson
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Gain the skills to confidently craft silver jewelry, with trade secrets from Rio Grande's Mark Nelson! You'll learn best practices for silversmithing jewelry, from expert soldering setup to heat control, torch use, stone-setting and finishing techniques. First, find out how to cut, solder and shape a perfectly fit silver bezel. Then, learn sizing and forming techniques as you sweat-solder two sterling ring shanks together for a dynamic, double-banded design. Practice proper solder placement as you securely attach a handmade backplate to your bezel, and pick up Mark's expert tips for sawing, filing, and embellishing a decorative brass or copper element. Discover simple techniques that deliver professional-level results — and enjoy a ring that showcases your new skills!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Design & Solder a Bezel
Meet Rio Grande Event/Education Coordinator Mark Nelson and preview the techniques you'll learn to make a striking silver ring. Gain a deeper understanding of how to plan your project, from selecting materials to sketching out designs. Then, learn the proper way to cut, solder and shape a bezel to ensure the perfect fit!
2. Forming the Ring Shank
3. Soldering the Backing
4. Decorative Elements: Mixing Metals
5. How Soldering Works
6. First Finish
7. Setting the Stone

Recommended with this class

  • Cabochon
  • Acetylene torch, such as a Smith Silver Smith torch
  • Bezel rocker

Taught by

Mark  Nelson
Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson, Rio Grande Event and Education Coordinator, received a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Texas Tech University. He has been teaching jewelry making for more than 20 years, and appeared numerous times on the PBS show Beads, Baubles and Jewels. In addition to teaching with Craftsy, he is an instructor for Rio Grande and a former member of their technical support team.

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