Beginning & Intermediate Videos
This series was designed for the true novice with no experience, to take them to skill level that will allow them to create for the pure joy of it or on to becoming a selling Silversmith. Our Beginning Silversmithing Learning Series is 15 hours of hands on close up High Definition Video. It includes 7 full screen high quality videos and 1 data archive with lots of resources. They are available for online streaming, USB/Lightning Drive or in High Definition DVD format. You will gain the fundamentals and safety knowledge that will help you gain the confidence and experience to be comfortable creating without out the need for personal instruction. You start by doing exercises on copper so that you get torch control before you start on the more expensive Fine and Sterling Silver. It is not possible to learn all you need to know in one or two projects. Some of our projects are similar but you will learn a little more on each project. In this series you will focus on creating Southwestern and Contemporary Pendants.


The Intermediate Series will let continue your journey of enlightenment. Yes enlightenment.   Once you master this art form it is an almost Zen like experience when you  practice your art. In this 7 hour series your focus will be creating three Rings with three different types of Ring Bands, Single Band, Split Band and Wide Band. You will also create an interchangeable cuff bracelet with a step bezel cabochon mount and a split band bracelet. You will learn to saw including how to chose the correct blade.  You will learn a few production techniques and how to create a bending jig. These videos teach you the fundamentals bending, shaping and sawing.

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Beginning Silversmithing Series Fundamentals & Pendants

Video Index
Pendant projects are:

  1. Two Leaves and Flowers
  2. Leaf and Flower
  3. Four Balls
  4. Three Leaves
  5. Rectangle Contemporary
  6. Diamond Contemporary
  7. Hummingbird
  8. Three Feathers

Bonus Projects

  1. Single Band Ring
  2. Stud Earrings
  3. Embellished S Clasp
  4. Ball Embellished Clasp
  5. Twisted Wire Rope Clasp
  6. Fancy Head Pins
  7. Southwest Spiral, Triangles and Squares
  8. Chain Chain Chains
  9. Squiggles
  10. Squiggle Flower
  11. Multi-loop Clasp
  12. Random Balls Pendant

Intro, Safety & Tool Information

  1. Introduction
  2. General Safety
  3. Tools You Supply
  4. Unpacking Tools
  5. Table Cover
  6. Basic Tools Overview
  7. Ring & Bracelet Tools
  8. Pickle Preparation
  9. Pickle Disposal
  10. Flux Preparation
  11. Flux Bottle Problems

Copper Exercises

  1. Copper Preparation
  2. Soldering Animations
  3. Soldering Exercises
  4. Solder Preparation
  5. Metal Characteristics
  6. Fluxing
  7. Understanding Fire Scale
  8. Bezel Creation
  9. Back Plate Texturing
  10. My First Bail
  11. Its Solder Time
  12. A Silver Solder Flow Example

Rectangle & Diamond Contemporary Pendants

  1. Materials Kit
  2. Classic Hammered Finish
  3. Soldering Bezel
  4. Rectangle Clip Bail
  5. Setting Cabochon
  6. Polishing
  7. Materials Kit Modification
  8. Patterned Hammered Finish
  9. Triangle Clip Bail
  10. Polishing

Ropes, Balls & Embellishments

  1. Bezel Types & Pointers
  2. Cutting and Sizing Bezel
  3. Inspecting Bezel Joint
  4. Soldering Bezel To Plate
  5. Making Rope
  6. Annealing & Preparing Rope
  7. Soldering Rope to Bezel
  8. Creating Balls
  9. Preparing Embellishments
  10. Two Leaves & Flower
  11. Leaf & Flower
  12. Four Balls
  13. Three Leaves

Bails & Polishing & Hummingbird Part 1

  1. Removing Excess Material
  2. Spider Hold Down
  3. Preparing and Soldering Bail
  4. Setting Cabochon
  5. Polishing and Ring Clamp
  6. Hummingbird
  7. Cabochon to Loose
  8. Positioning Bezel
  9. Preparing Embellishments
  10. More Balls

Hummingbird Part2 & Three Feathers

  1. Soldering It All Together
  2. Remove Excess Material
  3. Patina & Polish
  4. Rope Bail
  5. Three Feathers
  6. The Bezel
  7. The Rope
  8. The Balls
  9. Trim & Grind
  10. Design Change
  11. Fabricate & Attach Feather Loop
  12. Attaching The Bail
  13. Set The Cab & Polish
  14. It's Feather time

Things That Can Go Wrong &
Special Bonus Single Band Ring

  1. Moving Solder Bumps
  2. Bad Flux Symptoms
  3. How Not To Mark Your Piece
  4. Solder Flowed Into Bezel
  5. Dressing The Charcoal Block
  6. Fix a Split Bezel
  7. Torch Running Out Of Butane
  8. Ball Making in Depth
  9. Removing Balls
  10. Removing Bails
  11. Moving Soldered Bezels
  12. Straightening Wire Rope
  13. Adjusting a Bail
  14. Why I Lay My Torch Down
  15. Torch Striker Repair
  16. Bezel Boo-Boos
  17. Replacing a Bezel
  18. Polishing Marks & Pressure
  19. Removing Cabochons
  20. Single Band Ring

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Intermediate Silversmithing Rings & Bracelets

Intro, Safety & Tool Information:

Safety

  1. Material Safety Data Sheets MSDS
  2. Beginning Tools
  3. Intermediate Tools
  4. Ring Bending tools VS Ring Mandrel
  5. Bezel Creation


Single Band Ring

  1. Annealing
  2. Fabricating Step Bezel
  3. Bending Ring Loop
  4. Sizing Ring Loop
  5. Soldering Ring Loop
  6. Resizing Ring loop
  7. Attaching Ring Top
  8. Bezel Setting Stone
  9. Polishing


Double Split Band Ring

  1. Creating Rope Embellishment
  2. Forming Rope to Bezel
  3. Soldering Rope to Back Plate
  4. Trim and File Top
  5. Sizing Split Ring band
  6. Shaping Band
  7. Splitting Band with Jewelers Saw

Wide Band Ring

  1. Embellished Ring Top
  2. Forming the Band
  3. Soldering the band
  4. Attaching the Band

Bracelets

  1. Universal Mount
  2. Fabricate Universal Mount Bender
  3. Galley Wire Quick Mount

Bracelets Soldering Mount

  1. Fabricating Interchangeable Cuff
  2. Forming Cuff
  3. Cuff Split Band
  4. Dual Split Band Cuff

You will require tools to create Jewelry of the quality you desire. In addition to what most students already have at home we have assembled  2 tool kits to assist you on your journey. They comprise a minimum of what you will need. If you purchase them with the videos we will extend a 10% Discount immediately.

There are common things that you already have or can get locally. They are not in either kit. You will need them before you are ready to start creating 
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Beginning Tool Set Contents   

$443.45

Intermediate Tool Set Contents   

$261.70

Value of Both sets   

$705.15

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Eddie F., November 20, 2013

I always wanted to try silversmithing.  I got hurt on the job and can't work and needed something else to do.  I liked working with tools and metals so making silver jewelry came to mind.  I tried other well known Silversmithing videos I found on the internet but didnít get much out of it.  Silversmithing studios were  is too far away for me.   I had heard of Dave Smithís classes so I decided to try his videos.  Daveís program was fascinating.   It cuts to the chase.  The videos are excellent and very detailed.  Dave showed how to fix problems and how to handle the tools properly.  It helped me immensely and got me going.  I bought the silversmithing kit and have used all the tools. I have other kinds of torches but since the butane torch does not have a hose it is the easiest to use.  It was like double security to be able watch the video in addition to reading the directions for using the chemicals.  I have used the index a couple of times to look at a bracelet project again but the basics stuck in my head and it comes naturally.  I have made pieces of metal into beautiful things.  I have more to learn so I will pick up the next set of videos.  I have sold a few pieces and will open at a store in December.

 

 Corey Webb,  Sacramento, CA July 7. 2014

Thank you, Dave, for teaching me how to silversmith. Your Beginner Silversmithing kit has changed me from a jewelry admirer to a jewelry creator- and I'm loving it! My friends and peers are being amazed when I show them the pieces I've created and they learn that I've made them myself! I want you to know that I'm taking these opportunities to describe your product and give my good recommendation for it. I've never taken a class, no one has taught me or showed me how to do this stuff- I'm purely educated by your Beginning Silversmithing DVD set, and now I am a confident silver (and copper) jewelry builder, with confidence in my work station, tool selection and use, chemical and fire use, safety and design. You've even addressed the subject of selling my final products! I'm just very thankful for this new part of my life - I've got a handful of pieces under my belt now, and I am very excited to explore my creativity and hone my jewelry-making skills as I build more. Thanks again, Dave, and God bless you in all your endeavors.

 

 

Devon C., June 15, 2013

Hi Dave, I just wanted to thank you for making this so easy for me. I have been wire wrapping for a couple of years and wanted to expand my abilities somewhat when I ran across your class advertisement on Facebook. Your classes were not going to be anywhere near me in the foreseeable future so I was really reluctant until I talked with you on the phone. I bought the video and a couple of hours in you made it look so easy that I decided to buy your box of tools also and got started. I really felt like you were sitting there beside me. About three hours into videos and after doing the copper exercises and making a couple of pieces I was not afraid to work with the silver. My pendants turned out great and I am excited now to start on a ring. PS I just ordered the Hummingbird Kit and the intermediate videos. Thanks Again, Devon.

Marty C. October 12, 2013

Dave, I wish I had bought your videos first. I was ready to give up. I spent over $1500 online for videos, tools and materials and spent 20 hours trying to do what a bunch of people on you tube told me to. I failed every time. After seeing your videos I realized that my torch was way to hot and was causing me to melt everything.  I especially liked the way you showed me how to control the solder flow. I thought the projects  would be redundant with so many pieces that looked similar, but your method of introducing a little more information on each one was very helpful.  I have already used several of the tips and tricks and made a few of the bonus projects.

Judy S.,  July 21 2013

I have been selling beaded jewelry at craft fairs for the last three years. Some of the little shows have had as many as ten booths out of thirty that are also selling beaded jewelry and many of them the Chinese stuff that looks very much like mine. I wanted to expand into some of the more upper scale shows but didn't feel like my beaded pieces would be enough. I got your videos and WOW! I was making beautiful professional quality rings and pendants in less than a week and even sold one to my neighbor before it was finished. I have never felt like I could learn something like this from a video. Thanks so much, Judy

 

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