You can take this Silversmithing class at a
place near you...
Did you know that
Silversmithing is a classic American art form that you
can learn in only a weekend? It is and you can! This is
a two day beginning silversmithing 12 hour class where
you will learn how to make a sterling silver pendant.
You will discover how to solder a bezel, set a cabochon,
decorate your project with embellishments some of which
you will create. Then you will polish the finished piece to a
You will learn the
silver soldering techniques that contemporary
Silversmiths and Native American Indians have used
successfully for over a hundred years. The technique
allows you to use an inexpensive butane torch and a
minimum of tools, many of which you may already have.
Wouldn't it be great to be able to say "I made them"
about pendants similar to these? The soldering
techniques you learn in this class are also used in many
other types contemporary jewelry and other styles of silversmithing.
You will create an
embellished pendant like one of these and a pair of
earrings if time permits.
In this class you
will select a pendant design, chose a stone, make a
bezel, solder it, set the stone, embellish it and polish
Your class includes all the supplies needed
to complete your first jewelry project:
There will be a materials kit fee of $30.00
to $50.00 collected at class.
to use in class; you don't need to bring
handout on DVD;
handout on DVD; and
a documentation DVD of this beginning silversmithing class
that includes a slideshow of soldering
process and an e-Book of jewelry selling
techniques; and links to shows and expos to
sell your jewelry.
In the beginning silversmithing you will learn:
the basics of silversmithing for jewelry
solder sterling and fine silver;
differences in easy, medium and hard solder;
how an inexpensive torch (less than $60.00)
will help you make sellable jewelry worth
thousands of dollars;
and why to use spray on flux when silver
to use flux as indicator to start soldering;
purpose of flux and how it prepares the
to use sheet, strip, wire and paste solders;
a more expensive torch may make it easier
and faster to create your masterpieces;
it is less profitable to do repairs;
it is less profitable when you use a
NOT to use rouges;
'fire coat' or 'fire scale' when you are
soldering is relevant;
to make exceptional bezels the fast and easy
serrated bezels are best and easiest to use;
close a plain bezel without wrinkling
how to make embellishments and
secret of how to avoid returns for
We will also:
what types of silver jewelry are the easiest
to make and sell;
the methods for selling your silver jewelry;
review the tools and materials needed to be
a artisan in southwestern-style silver
metallurgical reasons of how solder flows
and combines to make seamless joints;
David Smith, a metal worker with over 35 years
experience, has been selling jewelry and providing
jewelry creation instruction for the past 12 years. David
is also a member of the Society of American
I will teach you the basics of creating stunning silver
jewelry and get you started on the road to becoming a
profitable Silversmith" David Smith
Cost: $295.00 plus a materials fee of $35 to $55 collected on class day depending on Silver Spot price and Pendant design selected
This class is 12 hours over 2 consecutive days Class size is limited to
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This was the greatest class and instructor EVER!
I went into this class thinking it would be very tedious,
something fun to try, probably make something cool, but not
anything I would try again. My main objective was to learn about
soldering without having to invest money in tools/materials I
might never use again.
Dave is a great teacher. The class was nonstop education. It was
a lot of info on selling, techniques, tips, etc. Never did I
feel rushed or bogged down. Dave took a great amount of time
individually helping each of us. Answering even unrelated
questions. He showed us ways to make silver smiting fast (big
fan) and profitable.
I completed 2 projects, and felt confident enough to help a
couple other students a bit. I am in awe of my projects, and
although they are not my usual aesthetic, I love them, and will
now set up a space to do more pieces, combining the techniques I
learned with some enameling techniques.
I can't rave about Dave enough. He is so organized, calm,
patient and funny. He is safety conscious and critiques your
work by teaching you what you could do better. He makes you feel
confident in what you are doing.
If you get the chance, take his class. I can't wait for the
Class review by Miranda Ackerley:
This is the perfect class for anyone wanting to learn how to be
a successful silversmith, whether for yourself or your business.
I’ve taken a silversmithing class before, but was unable to
continue making silversmithing pieces because of how expensive
the supplies were. Therefore, I was most impressed by how
affordable the tools and supplies used in this silversmithing
class were. Unlike other silversmithing classes, Dave taught me
how to use supplies that are less expensive and don’t require
their own room to keep from burning my house down. After the
class, I was able to purchase the supplies and set up an area on
my kitchen table to work without spending a small fortune. I
think Dave can make any unsure beginner feel like an expert, and
I left with the confidence to make beautiful pendants on my own.
Class Review By Alexis Brown
Just a note to thank you again for the great Intro to
Silversmithing class. I learned so much
in the 2 short days... and you gave me such a renewed
appreciation for Southwestern jewelry. I have a large
collection of Native American jewelry that I have collected for
many years... just looking at those pieces now, and realizing
what is involved to create these pieces... well, I'm in awe!.
Beginning Silversmithing class was AWESOME! Two days of nonstop
education. Dave is very organized, patient and entertaining. He
took time to help each person individually while keeping the
rest of the class working too. He is safety conscious and
critiques your work by teaching you what you could do better
while instilling confidence in what you are doing. I am quite
impressed with my project pieces and can't wait for the advanced
class. I have been making and selling beaded jewelry for about 4
years and while I love the creative aspect, I haven’t really
found my ‘nitch’. Until now! Thanks Dave,
Hi Dave, I just
wanted to thank you again for the Silversmithing class you
taught at Beadoholique in Spring, Texas. I had a great time and
FINALLY learned to solder without being scared of it. I am quite
happy with my piece and enjoyed your way of teaching. I too
teach jewelry classes and I'm a fine silver snob!! There's
nothing like it although I am told gold is wonderful to work
with but too rich for my 'not very deep' pockets! Thanks again
and I hope to be in another one of your classes somewhere in
This was so much more than a soldering class. I went home and
created jewelry for my wife and kids. They love it! Rick C.
OMG! I am so looking forward to the advanced silversmithing
class. I am the only student at my school who is making their
own sterling body art.
I tried learning in on-line silversmithing classes but there
just wasn't enough detail about how to solder a bezel or how to
handle the problems I was having. Dave covered all that in
class. My comfort level is enough now that I plan to start
selling as soon as I get enough pieces created. Amber T.