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Explorations in Metalsmithing: Hollow Fabrication

with Megan Auman

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  •   01 Prerequisite #1: Basic Metalsmithing Tools

    18:08
  •   02 Prerequisite #2: Tools for Soldering

    14:21
  •   03 Prerequisite #3: Soldering Basics

    21:14
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About The Class

Learn to make three-dimensional forms in metal to create one-of-a-kind jewelry

There’s nothing quite like the magic of turning a two-dimensional sheet of metal into a three-dimensional form. In Explorations in Metalsmithing: Hollow Fabrication, you’ll learn how to create volume in metal through various forming and soldering techniques and how to take those forms and turn them into unique jewelry that will turn heads!

In this one of a kind class, designer and metalsmith Megan Auman will show you how to take your jewelry making skills to the next level to create unique and distinctive designs.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Make three-dimensional forms in metal - including spheres, cones, and organic shapes, and more.
  • Use hollow fabrication techniques to create your own ring.
  • Tackle more complicated soldering projects. (Without investing in more tools.)
  • Finish your forms so they’re sturdy and stunning.
  • Turn your hollow fabrication explorations into amazing earrings, bracelets, and pendants.

Whether you’re just getting started in metalsmithing, or you’ve been dabbling for years, you’ll leave this class with the skills and ideas necessary to take your jewelry designs to the next level. Plus, you’ll learn how to create distinctive three-dimensional jewelry - perfect to wear, share, or sell! Join us for Explorations in Metalsmithing: Hollow Fabrication!

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Prerequisite #1: Basic Metalsmithing Tools

    18:08
  2. 02

    Prerequisite #2: Tools for Soldering

    14:21
  3. 03

    Prerequisite #3: Soldering Basics

    21:14
  4. 04

    Class Introduction

    07:42
  5. 05

    Design Considerations: Making Paper Models and Thinking Three Dimensionally

    14:40
  6. 06

    Creating Non-Soldered Forms: Bending and Folding

    18:38
  7. 07

    Creating Non-Soldered Forms: Dapping and Sinking

    17:19
  8. 08

    Pendant Preparation & Soldering Basic Forms

    22:56
  9. 09

    Creating a Soldered Cone

    06:29
  10. 10

    Hollow Fabricated Ring: Sizing and Making the Internal Ring Band

    09:05
  11. 11

    Hollow Fabricated Ring: Making the External Shape

    37:59
  12. 12

    Hollow Fabricated Ring: Constructing the Ring Part 1

    22:05
  13. 13

    Hollow Fabricated Ring: Constructing the Ring Part 2

    38:06
  14. 14

    Hollow Fabricated Ring: Finishing the Ring

    04:18
  15. 15

    Variations on the Hollow Fabricated Ring

    05:02
  16. 16

    Building a Locket

    08:06
  17. 17

    Making a Tube Rivet Hinge

    11:45
  18. 18

    Creating a Hinge & Clasp from Tubing: Part 1

    14:26
  19. 19

    Creating a Hinge & Clasp from Tubing: Part 2

    21:32
  20. 20

    Adding a Pin Back to a Hollow Fab Form

    14:32
  21. 21

    Finishing Your Hollow Fabricated Jewelry

    07:59
  22. 22

    Turning Your Hollow Fab Projects into a Cohesive Jewelry Line

    07:54

Meet Your Expert

Megan Auman

Megan Auman is a designer, metalsmith, educator, and entrepreneur who has built a multi-faceted business around her passion for great design and sustainable business. Her eponymous jewelry line is sold in stores across the US and online. Her designs have been featured in Design Sponge, Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, and more. In 2009, Megan founded Designing an MBA to help designers and makers develop their business skills. Since then, she has created a number of successful e-courses, including Marketing for Makers, Wholesale Academy, and Do/Teach. She is a frequent speaker on pricing, wholesale, and business thinking for creatives. ... read more

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  • pdf Hollow Fabrication Supplies List
  • pdf Ring Blank Cheat Sheet

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  • user-d7f7ae

    July 2017

    After watching Megan solder in this class, I felt like it was something I could take on. There's a lot of soldering in this class! But there's also a lot you can do without soldering that's covered. I have a better understanding of how jewelry is made from this class. I'm looking at things that I own and thinking that I now know how to recreate them!

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