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Make the Most of Your Hydraulic Press

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Learn safe and efficient techniques for getting the most from your hydraulic press as you make beautiful pendants, earrings and bracelets.

Skill Level


What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials list with tools & supplies recommended by Melissa
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Melissa Muir
  • 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.


Let your press do the heavy lifting with guidance from metalsmith and renowned instructor Melissa Muir. Start by discovering the essential operations of your press and making a stylish pair of earrings using a pancake die. Then, create custom forms, learn different techniques for piercing shapes and explore new riveting options for eye-catching layered pieces. Next, find out how to work with silhouette dies as you make a chic pierced pendant form. Moving on, Melissa shows you how to create bracelet blanks, before forming your pieces using two methods: anticlastic and synclastic. Finally, learn how to fold-form blanks and apply your new skills to stunning bracelets and pendants.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Get to Know Your Press
Meet Melissa Muir and start by learning basic operations and guidelines for using your hydraulic press. Then, Melissa will show you how to apply and release pressure, and remove or clean up your shapes, all while creating a pair of earrings using a pancake die.
2. Next Steps With Your Die Cuts
3. Silhouette Dies
4. Embossing
5. Bracelets
6. Fold-Formed Jewelry

Recommended with this class

  • Hydraulic press, including jack with gauge
  • Pancake die opener
  • Texture plates and urethane

Taught by

Melissa  Muir
Melissa Muir
Melissa Muir began making jewelry as a creative outlet during her career as a professional computer trainer. Today, she prides herself on never leaving her students "in the dust" as she teaches metalsmithing workshops across the county. Additionally, Melissa works with Potter USA.

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