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The Metalsmith's Toolbox

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Become a more confident metalsmith with must-have shop secrets! Learn how to use the tools of the trade for sophisticated results.

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What You Get

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

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Texturing Tools
4. Shaping Tools
5. Cutting & Finishing
6. Organic Patinas
7. Synthetic Patinas

Recommended with this class

  • Torch
  • Hammers, variety
  • Dremel with cutting blade

Taught by

Kate Richbourg
Kate Richbourg
Kate Richbourg is the popular instructor of three Craftsy classes. She has led jewelry-making workshops around the world for twenty years, and her designs have appeared in numerous publications, including Bead & Button, Art Jewelry and Beadwork. Kate is the author of Simple Soldering: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making, as well as the Design Team Lead at Gaston Collective.

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