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with Kate Richbourg
Online Class

The Metalsmith's Toolbox

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Join jewelry educator Kate Richbourg and discover the answers to your metalsmithing questions and challenges! Start with an exploration of metals, and learn how to choose the best materials for your projects. Then, wield jewelry hammers with finesse as you discover a variety of ways to add unique texture to metal. Next, add curved shapes to your repertoire as you find out how to use a dapping block to take your work from flat to fully dimensional. And, add foolproof cutting and refining techniques to your skill set, for a professional-quality finish that will last for years. Finally, find out the secret to achieving rainbows of stunning patinas on your designs with organic compounds, flame and even inks! Master metalsmithing for beginners, and embark on your future designs with confidence.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h57m

Included in this Class

1. Know Your Metals

1. Know Your Metals

Meet jewelry designer Kate Richbourg and preview the creative techniques you'll learn in class to enhance your designs -- and make the most of your toolbox. Then, explore a variety of jewelry-making metals as Kate highlights their unique properties and offers valuable tips for working with them.

2. Forming Tools

2. Forming Tools

Gain confidence wielding your jewelry hammer! Discover the top five hammers every jewelry maker should own, then see how to effectively form your pieces using everything from brass and rawhide mallets, to chasing, raising, and planishing hammers. In addition, Kate demonstrates the proper riveting technique.

3. Texturing Tools

3. Texturing Tools

Discover how to add gorgeous texture and dimension to your jewelry with Kate's guidance. Practice transferring patterns onto metal using a wide array of tools, including everyday household objects. Plus, find out how to make your own texturing hammers to create truly one-of-a-kind designs.

Recommended with this class

  • Torch
  • Hammers, variety
  • Dremel with cutting blade