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Foundations in Metalsmithing: Statement Earrings

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  •   01 Prerequisite #1: Basic Metalsmithing Tools

  •   06 Sawing Basics: Putting the Blade in the Saw Frame


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Learn the basics of metalsmithing to make stunning statement earrings (and more!) - no torch required!

Learn the basics of metalsmithing to make stunning statement earrings (and more!) - no torch required!

Getting started in metalsmithing doesn’t have to be scary. In Foundations in Metalsmithing: Statement Earrings, you’ll learn the basic skills you need to start making metal jewelry, as well as the design principles to create your own unique pair of statement earrings, all with less than $100 in tools! (And, you’ll be able to apply those tools and new-found skills to expand your ideas into a full line of jewelry!)

In this class, jewelry designer and metalsmith Megan Auman will show anyone how to get started making one of a kind metal jewelry.

You will learn how to:

  • Choose the right tools and materials for your metal jewelry projects.
  • Design incredible (and comfortable to wear) statement earrings with balance and movement.
  • Saw and pierce to create any shape from sheet metal.
  • File and finish your metal pieces so they look professional.
  • Create your own ear wires to finish off your unique design.

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 this class with your own pair of stunning statement earrings - and the skills and design chops to expand your ideas into a complete line of jewelry!  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Prerequisite #1: Basic Metalsmithing Tools

  2. 02

    Project Overview: Statement Earrings

  3. 03

    Designing Your Statement Earrings

  4. 04

    Choosing the Right Metal for Your Statement Earrings

  5. 05

    Transferring Your Earring Design to Your Metal

  6. 06

    Sawing Basics: Putting the Blade in the Saw Frame

  7. 07

    Sawing Basics: Bench Pin Setup and Hand/Body Position when Sawing

  8. 08

    Troubleshooting & Student Hot Seat

  9. 09

    Drilling Holes and Cutting Interior Shapes

  10. 10

    Drilling Holes for Jump Rings and Ear Wires

  11. 11

    Proper Workflow for Cutting Out Your Statement Earrings

  12. 12

    Finishing Your Metal: Filing the Edges

  13. 13

    Finishing Your Metal: Sanding the Surface

  14. 14

    Finishing Your Metal: Choosing a Finish and Polishing

  15. 15

    Finishing Your Metal: Sealing Brass and Copper to Prevent Tarnish

  16. 16

    Making Jump Rings to Connect Your Metal

  17. 17

    Making Ear Wires

  18. 18

    Assembling and Evaluating Your Statement Earrings

  19. 19

    Alternative Step: Soldering a Post onto Your Statement Earrings

  20. 20

    Adjusting your Workflow for Soldering & Hot Seat

  21. 21

    Taking Your Earring Design 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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100% of students recommend this class.
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  • user 1398976626171314

    July 2017

    One of the most special things about Megan, is that though she is a creative, she is extremely good at business. Her organized way of thinking and presenting material, and her genuine joy when empowering her students with the tools needed to be successful, is charming and so much fun. Somehow there is such seamlessness and flow to her class structure and explanations, that I can absorb what she says and easily retain it. I really can start a jewelry line just with this class. She is amazing and LOVE her style!!!

  • user-172aa6

    June 2017

    I really enjoyed this class! Megan provides a great foundation for using metal sheets to design/make jewelry and using wire to make unique findings. This was a great class for learning the fundamentals and sparking inspiration for new projects

  • Vernell Bevelander

    July 2018

    I LOVED this class! Megan is such a detailed teacher. She leaves no stone unturned. So much fun! Can't wait for my next class!

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