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with Melissa Muir
Online Class

Make the Most of Your Hydraulic Press

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 2h0m

Included in this Class

1. Get to Know Your Press

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

2. Next Steps With Your Die Cuts

Achieve new effects using your pancake dies, from forming custom shapes to piercing those shapes for fresh looks. You'll even discover riveting options for assembling layered pieces for a look with great texture and interest.

3. Silhouette Dies

3. Silhouette Dies

Explore best practices for using silhouette dies as you create a pendant form. And, learn how to apply jewelry techniques to domed pieces for professional-quality results.

Recommended with this class

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