Project Description

Class is Full! Please sign up on the Wait List to be notified of any openings &/or future classes.

The Joy of Metalsmithing, Part 1

Come explore the art of jewelry fabrication. No experience required! In this Part 1 class, beginning processes of using hammers, stamps, sheet and wire will be covered. Students will learn to make flower earrings or a pendant. A second project (earrings or pendant) can be included if time allows.

Class will be working with recycled copper and all materials and tools will be provided.

Future one day workshops will cover increasingly advanced techniques such as:

  • Soldering, riveting and cold connections
  • Chain making, clasps and ear wires
  • Constructing rings, making bezels and setting stones
  • Foldforming and creating volume


  • Day/Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
  • Times: 10 am – 1 pm
  • Length: 3 Hours
  • Cost: $45 Members/$70 Non-members
  • Materials Fee: All materials and tools will be provided.
  • Ages: 15+ (15 to 17 with adult)
  • Skill Level: Beginner

  • Student Supply List:

    • No open toe shoes
    • Casual clothes
    • Apron
    • Long hair tied back

  • Location: Lower Classroom, School Street Studios Building, OCAF Art Center 34 School Street, Watkinsville, GA 30677 United States

    Register Here for the Metalsmithing Wait List


    SYLVIA DAWEInstructor
    For Sylvia Dawe, what began as a casual interest in metalwork and jewelry design has bloomed into a full-time vocation, avocation and joyful enterprise. The pursuit of her passion now involves retailing her handcrafted jewelry and teaching metalwork classes at OCAF, Lyndon House, Gone with the Bead and through private lesson. She also continues to hone her skills by attending various classes and workshops and at UGA where she is currently taking courses in metalwork and design. Sylvia finds inspiration for her creations in nature, sentiment & architecture and then fabricates them from materials including metals, beads, found objects, recycled materials, feathers, bone, shell and other mixed media. Retailing under the name SD Designs, her unique, handcrafted jewelry is now sold locally, including at OCAF, and in Savannah.

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