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Foundations in Metalsmithing: Bracelets

with Megan Auman

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  •   01 Prerequisite #1: Basic Metalsmithing Tools

  •   02 Prerequisite #2: Tools for Soldering

  •   03 Prerequisite #3: Soldering Basics


Class duration: 5h 50m

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About The Class

Expand your metalsmithing skills as you make a series of unique bracelets.

Whether you’re just getting started in metalsmithing or have been experimenting for years, Foundations in Metalsmithing: Bracelets will help you deepen your skills while exploring the exciting world of bracelets. From torchless techniques (like forming and riveting) to more advanced concepts (like hinges), you’ll walk out of this class with a heap of new metalsmithing skills! (And a pile of new bracelets).

In this class, jewelry designer and metalsmith Megan Auman will help you build your metalsmithing skills in a way that’s completely approachable - no matter what level you’re currently at.

You will learn how to:

  • Create unique cuff bracelets by forming wire and sheet.
  • Join metal without a torch by riveting.
  • Solder wire and sheet into different shapes.
  • Make hinges (with or without a torch) to take your bracelet designs to the next level.
  • Finish your designs and experiment with color on metal through patinas.

Whether you’re looking to grow your existing jewelry making knowledge or for a new creative outlet that you can proudly wear (and show off!), you’ll leave Foundations in Metalsmithing: Bracelets with a series of bracelets you can call your own - and a new set of metalsmithing skills you can expand into even more jewelry ideas!

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Prerequisite #1: Basic Metalsmithing Tools

  2. 02

    Prerequisite #2: Tools for Soldering

  3. 03

    Prerequisite #3: Soldering Basics

  4. 04

    Class Introduction

  5. 05

    Design Considerations for Bracelets

  6. 06

    Choosing Your Materials

  7. 07

    Sawing Bracelet Blanks

  8. 08

    Forming Cuff Bracelets in Wire and Sheet

  9. 09

    Determining the Length of a Riveted Bangle

  10. 10

    Creating a Standard Rivet

  11. 11

    Creating a Tube Rivet

  12. 12

    Making a Hinged Bracelet

  13. 13

    Drilling Holes Cutting Interior Shapes And Finishing Your Clasp

  14. 14

    Soldering A Basic Round Or Oval Wire Bangle

  15. 15

    Soldering Other Shaped Wire Bangles

  16. 16

    Soldering Wire to Sheet to Create Bangles

  17. 17

    Soldering a Basic Round or Oval Bangle from Sheet

  18. 18

    Soldering Other Shaped Sheet Bangles

  19. 19

    Pickling Metal After Soldering

  20. 20

    Filing, Sanding, and Basic Finishing of Bracelets

  21. 21

    Patinas: Achieving a Dark Finish with Liver of Sulfur

  22. 22

    Patinas: Creating a Heat Patina

  23. 23

    Patinas: Green and Blue Liquid Patinas

  24. 24

    Sealing and Finishing Patinas

  25. 25

    Taking Your Bracelet Designs to the Next Level


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 Bracelets Supplies List
  • pdf Hinge Bracelet Template
  • pdf Bracelet Sizing Cheat Sheet

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • user-d7f7ae

    July 2017

    This is a great addition to Megan's metalsmithing series. She makes the topic really approachable. Bonus that metal patinas were added in to the class. I loved the class!

  • Creativelive Student

    July 2017

    I really enjoyed this class! It was very informative and gave me a lot of ideas for expanding a jewelry line to include a variety of bracelets and finishes.

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