Classes in Albuquerque, New Mexico

NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in our classes.

What you'll take home with you:

  • The pieces you make in class.
  • A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry making in new and exciting directions.

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Mokume Gane with the Masters- Pattern Development

Dates: February 19-23, 2018

Chris Ploof Price: $1200

Mokume gane is known as one of the most challenging techniques in the field of jewelry making, but it doesn’t have to be!

Over five days, you will learn the fundamentals necessary to start becoming a mokume gane master from TWO world-renowned jewelers! Mokume gane--the technique of making wood grain–patterned metal--can add an incredible depth and beauty to your jewelry that can't be attained any other way. There's no short-cutting the creation of mokume gane and, in this class, you will jump-start your adventures with this technique by studying with Jim Binnion and Chris Ploof, two internationally recognized masters of mokume gane.

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Here's what you'll learn in this five-day class!

NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class. Mokume Gane billets are supplied for projects, one being a Pd500/silver billet for ring patterning and creation. Lunch and morning refreshments are also included. 

  • How to properly clean and prepare metal for creating mokume gane billets.
  • The secrets to preparing and firing a well-bonded billet in a kiln, and how to reduce it to usable stock using hand tools or a hydraulic press.
  • Discover what metals bond well with other metals, and what temperatures you should use.
  • Which metals are appropriate for mokume gane jewelry projects
  • Discuss patterning, then get hands-on as you use a combination of burs and files, twisting and cutting to pattern your mokume stock.
  • How to make a ring using Palladium 500/silver mokume gane.
  • The use of stainless Damascus including soldering, safe etching and patina. 
  •  A ton of tips on safety and good studio practices from two guys who live at the bench!
What you'll take home with you:
  • The pieces you make in class.
  •  A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry making skills in new and exciting directions.
This class is held in conjunction with the Bonny Doon Master Die and Deep Draw class. There will be shared demos and lectures in both classes. Lunch and morning refreshments are provided.

And next, try a hydraulic forming class or, as Chris suggests, 'I think everyone should take a serious, in-depth blacksmithing/hotwork class!'

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CAD with 3DESIGN®

Dates: Multiple (see list below)

David Swallow Price: $925

Designed BY a jeweler, FOR jewelers, 3DESIGN® allows you to design anything and everything. This three-day class shows you how to do it!

You'll spend three days getting hands-on training—actually working in the software—with David Swallow, the best 3DESIGN® instructor in the U.S. Experience the intuitive ease of using 3DESIGN and quickly understand why it's the top CAD software in the jewelry industry. This 3DESIGN class from Rio Grande is the least expensive training out there; we're talking hundreds of dollars less!

Multiple class dates throughout 2018:

April, 25–27

July, 25–27

October, 24–26

Here's what you'll learn in this three-day class! 
NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class.
• Get familiar with the program's tools, create and manipulate simple forms, and design your own ring. 
• Continue learning CAD at home with a 30-day license of the full 3DESIGN® package—more than five hours of online video tutorials and access to a very active worldwide users' forum (not to mention support from Rio's Technical Support team). And, if you decide to purchase the 3DESIGN package, you get the 3Shaper sculpting module free!.

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Bonny Doon Master Die and Deep Draw

Dates: Feburary 19–23, 2018

Phil Poirier Price: $995

This class is ideal for students who have already taken the beginning and intermediate hydraulic forming classes with expert and innovator G. Phil Poirier and experienced metalsmith and teacher Peter Gilroy.

This exciting next-level class offers a deep dive into more advanced techniques using your Bonny Doon hydraulic press. Spend five days learning how to create your own conforming dies and hollow forms with incredible depth and volume, practicing and applying the techniques as you learn them.

In this Bonny Doon Master class, you will expand your knowledge into die design for both one-of-a-kind designs and production work. Take an in-depth look at creating volume and form in your designs using the hydraulic press and get your hands on the metal, the press and the accessories to feel the metal move like never before. Add high levels of detail and complexity of form to your work using conforming and non-conforming dies and rolling mill plates.

Here's what you'll learn over these five intensive days ... 

  • Discover the basics of making steel conforming dies by hand and at your bench. Learn how to use the die you’ve made to press another piece of steel for use as a mating die.
  • Create conforming dies in tool steel, hardening and tempering them.
  • Design and produce your own non-conforming dies to use in the high pressure container.
  • Learn advanced silhouette die techniques for hollow form creation.
  • Learn deep drawing techniques for forming vessels, bezels, and ring stock. 
  • Acquire problem-solving know-how, time-saving tips and tricks, and the benefit of your instructors' years of experience using the hydraulic press.
  • Learn how to design conforming dies for manufacturing in a CNC milling machine or a reducing replicating machine.

 NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class. Lunch and morning refreshments also included. 

 What you'll take home with you:

  • The dies and formed pieces you make in class.
  • An incredible depth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry making and metal.
This class is held in conjunction with the Mokume Gane Master class. There will be shared demos and lectures each day in both classes. Lunch and morning refreshments are provided.

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Bangles & Baubles with Bill Fretz

Dates: March 5-6, 2018

Bill Fretz Price: $350

Take the satisfaction of using a few classic tools to transform sheet metal to a whole new realm with Fretz stakes.

In this in-depth two-day course, master goldsmith and renowned tool designer, Bill Fretz shows you how to use his remarkable miniature forming stakes to add a wide range of effects to flat, convex and concave designs.

On day one, create thin bangle bracelets with hammered textures and thin concave and convex shapes.

On day two, create large hollow beads and baubles that can be strung together to create a dramatic necklace. 

NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class

  • Learn about Fretz tools and how their versatility, ease-of-use and comfort allows you to form metal to your artistic heart's content. 
  • Gain the important understanding that choosing a particular stake is a design decision—the metal will adopt the form of the stake. Once this becomes clear, choosing the right stake and the right hammer for your design becomes a simple, natural process. 
  • Get hands on with various forming and hammering techniques as you make a cuffs and hollow beads.
  • Finally, as you begin to master these tools, you will be able to explore creating unusual shapes and forms, expanding your design possibilities! What you'll take home with you: • The formed pieces you make in class.

What you'll take home with you:
• The formed pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and inspiration to take your jewelry making and metal forming in new and exciting directions.

After this class, we suggest taking our three-day class with Bill, Large Concave & Convex Cuffs, to take your forming skills even further.  Register Now

Large Concave & Convex Cuff with Fluting with Bill Fretz

Dates: March 7–9,2018

Bill Fretz Price: $450

In this in-depth three-day course, expand your forming techniques with master goldsmith and renowned tool designer, Bill Fretz.

Lead by Bill Fretz, learn how to use his innovative miniature forming stakes to add a wide range of fluted effects to flat, convex and concave designs. Create seven distinct jewelry designs as you continue to broaden your skills using this foundational metal-forming technique.

The three-day workshop covers forming large concave and convex cuff bracelets. The projects start with simple forms and advance to fluted contours with specialized stakes and hammers. The skills learned on the cuffs can be used on any type of jewelry formed over stakes. This workshop is about silversmithing techniques, classically used to form hollowware, that are scaled down for jewelry-sized projects.

NOTE: We suggest taking our Bangles & Baubles class with Bill Fretz before this class to help you better hone your hammer and stake forming skills.

Here's what you'll learn in this three-day class:

NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class.
  • Learn about Fretz® tools and how their versatility, ease-of-use and comfort allow you to form metal to your artistic heart's content. 
  • Gain the important understanding that choosing a particular stake is a design decision—the metal takes on the form of the stake. Once this becomes clear, choosing the right stake and hammer for your design becomes an obvious, natural process. 
  • Get hands-on experience with various forming and hammering techniques, as you make a fluted cuff, convex fluted bracelet, a fluted Mobius pendant and more!
  • Finally, as you begin to master these tools, you will be able to explore creating unusual shapes and forms, expanding your design possibilities!

What you'll take home with you:

  • The formed pieces you make in class.
  • A wealth of knowledge and inspiration to take your jewelry making and metal forming in new and exciting directions.
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Coin Ring Making Using Seamless Ring Construction

Dates: March 21-23, 2018

Jason Stinchfield Price: $450

Learn to make incredibly beautiful and detailed rings from minted coins in this class offered by Rio Grande and taught by metalsmith and innovator Jason Stinchfield.

Learn the techniques he developed and apply them to cut, fold, shape and size rings while preserving their depth and detail, outside and inside. Virtually any coin can be made into a ring, so the possibilities are endless. With this technique, you can also make seamless rings using tooling such as the Bonny Doon pattern plates and Durston rolling mills and a variety of materials including mokume gane. 

NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class, including four coins to use for making rings.

Here's what you'll learn in this three-day class!
• Learn where and how to choose your coins (four coins are provided, but feel free to bring additional coins with you if you like).
• Discover the aspects of custom orders you may receive when making a coin ring from coins supplied by the customer.
• Learn the concepts of seamless ring construction and the advantages of the technique.
• Discover new possibilities to increase your jewelry making portfolio:
– annealing techniques
– patina techniques
– basic and advanced techniques for coin ring/seamless ring making using innovative tools.

What you'll take home with you:
• The pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and ideas
• The spark to expand your jewelry making skills into new and intriguing areas.

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A Wax-Carving Intensive with Kate Wolf

Dates: April 9–13 and October 16–20, 2018

Kate Wolf Price: $995

A wicked week of wax! Work with Kate Wolf in this 5-day intensive class learning what an amazing material wax is when it comes to jewelry design.

Wax is a more amazing material than you may ever thought it to be. In this five-day, hands-on workshop, you will explore with Kate the innovative approaches to working with wax, to carving wax with an emphasis on developing your confidence and creativity. Explore how to transform scribbles into resolved designs and then into a ready-to-use layout. Together with Kate's shared expertise, and working with Wolf Milling Wax™, you will discover a whole new world of wax. There will be live, highly magnified demos of many wax techniques. Students can expect to finish a couple of projects, and leave with a few more pieces in process. All skill levels welcome.

Here's what you'll learn in this five-day workshop! 
NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the workshop (but take a peek at the Materials tab for a glimpse of the tools you will be using and may want to add to your toolbox back at your studio).

• Work on carving rings, bezels and partial bezels for both cabochon-cut and faceted stones.
• Learn how to contour and fit shadow bands; hollow forms and mirror images.
• Learn and practice flame techniques.
• Create textures and faux granulation.
• Construct pierced work.
• Get familiar with hollowing, finishing and repairing techniques.
• Learn how to make tools to suit your design needs and more.
• Learn how to rapidly and accurately remove excess material using the flex shaft for affordable lathe and milling processes.
• Learn how to make a ring from a ring tube and using affordable flex shaft lathe 
techniques.

What you'll take home with you:
• The wax designs you make in class and an incredible depth of skill to take back to your studio and put to use, continuing to explore these techniques. 
• A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry making to the next level.


After this class, we recommend you move on to a basic casting class, learning to cast your great new wax carvings!

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Bezels to Bead Setting with Phil Scott

Dates: April 9-13, 2018. 9am-4:30pm

Phillip Scott Price: $995

Knowing how to set a stone into your custom designs is just one of the ways to move your designs from 'Wow' to 'Pow!'. In this five day intensive class from Rio Grande, you will learn the valuable skill of stone setting and how to apply the various techniques to your jewelry making skills.

Here's what you'll learn in this 5 day intensive class 
NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class. 

  • Jump right in on the first day as you learn how to effectively set up your bench and hear all about the various tools you'll be using. Discuss which type of optics/magnification are the best to use.
  • Learn the basics of how stone setting works so that you can go back to your studio and continue to practice, practice, practice.
  • Learn how to properly hold and use a flex shaft for ultimate control while setting stones
  • While using stone-setting burs, learn how to properly cut seats, both deep and shallow, and how to precisely fit stones into the various types of settings.
  • Using various techniques and tools, you will set CZs into brass and silver to make practice pieces. 
  • Techniques covered include:
    • Bezel setting
    • Tube setting
    • Prong setting
    • Channel Setting
    • Bead Setting
    • Pavé
    • Gypsy/ Flush setting

 

What you'll take home with you:
• The pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry making and stone setting in new and exciting directions. After this class, It’s time to take it all home and Practice, Practice, Practice. 

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Carving Wax Figurative Pieces with Kate Wolf

Dates: April 16–18, 2018

Kate Wolf Price: $450

In this three-day workshop, under Kate's expert and entertaining guidance, you will learn how to carve figurative wax pieces, such as animals, leaves, flowers and skulls.

Learn design development, layout, carving and finishing using Wolf Waxes, Wolf's Wicked Sharp Wax-Carving tools and other, dare we say, "addictive" tools. If you're a fabricator working in metal, learning to carve wax can greatly expand your design vocabulary. And if you're already carving waxes, Kate will show you techniques to make your process more efficient and fun! You'll leave this class fired up about the wax-carving process and appreciative of this versatile, forgiving medium that allows you to create carved pieces ready for casting.

Here's what you'll learn in this three-day workshop! NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the workshop.

  • Learn how to go from an idea to a finished piece, and how to find images and then turn those images into patterns to transfer onto the wax.
  • Learn helpful shortcuts and use handy, efficient tools (such as a drill press and the Wolf Trimmer) to rapidly and accurately remove the bulk of excess material, so you can get to the fun part faster.
  • Explore the logical, progressive removal of material using carving tools and the flex shaft for affordable milling processes to create a completed form.
  • Kate will discuss how to minimize casting problems so you get the beautiful, professional results you want!
  • Learn how to hollow the wax and create smooth surfaces––lowering casting charges and reducing casting defects.

What you'll take home with you:

  • The wax-carved pieces you make in class and lots of great ideas to continue working on back at your studio.

 
Along with this class, we recommend you try out our Basic Casting class and learn to cast your new wax carvings!

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Basic Casting with Scott Bradford and Gregg Burgard

Dates: April 19–20, 2018

Scott Bradford Price: $360

Cast with confidence! In this two-day class from Rio Grande, learn casting basics and appreciate why manufacturers and designers—from large production houses such as Tiffany to smaller custom design studios—use casting in their processes.

See how much more you can do in your studio by adding this valuable skill!

Here's what you'll learn in this two-day class! 
NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class. 

• Learn step-by-step casting basics as well as the purpose and deliverables for each step so that you are better prepared to manage and adjust your process. Learn how to:
 –Carve a ring from wax.
 –Build a tree and prepare your flask.
 –Invest the flask and tree and perform a burn-out overnight. 
 –Measure and weigh the metal you will need for your casting. 
 –Remove the flask from the oven, then cast it using the centrifugal process. 
 –Quench the flask and remove your cast tree from the mold. 
 –Pickle the tree and clip castings from the tree. 
• Learn about and watch several different casting techniques.
• Watch a demonstration of the molding and wax injection processes. 
• Inject wax into molds (using existing molds). 

What you'll take home with you:
• The pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry-making and casting skills in new and exciting directions.

This class is a great class to take right after Kate Wolf’s “Carving Figurative Wax Pieces” class

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Form and Function—Engineering for Multiples

Dates: August 7–10, 2018

Jayne Redman Price: $750

Learn how to make blanking dies that can quickly create multiples of the same shape in metal sheet, increasing your production capabilities. In this four-day intensive workshop, Jayne Redman takes you through the design process from initial drawings to final prototypes and finished pieces.

Jayne Redman is known for her unusual way of working with metal in three dimensions, often using multiples of the same shape to convey a single idea. Using nature as her inspiration, she considers combinations of form and function, integrating mechanics with design and applying innovative engineering methods. How petals are attached to each other can generate an idea for an assembly process. Studying the curve of a leaf can lead to a new forming technique. The graceful bend of a flower stem can become an ear wire design.

In this class, Jayne will teach the principles behind centrally radiating forms, properly nested forms, spacing for slotted forms, using faux hinging, tab construction and cold connections, as well as soldering techniques. You will learn how to make blanking dies, allowing you to create more work faster. Without a restrictive investment in time, you can get lost in the design process, experimenting with forming and assembling those shapes.

Prerequisite: This class requires experience with basic metalsmithing skills, specifically sawing, filing and using a flex shaft.

Here's what you'll learn in this four-day class!
• Learn the anatomy of a blanking die. 
• Learn how to develop patterns for the blanking die process.
• Learn a method for sawing dies from tool steel flat stock. As you make and use your own blanking dies during class, you will be astonished at how quickly you can go from your original idea to producing perfectly duplicated shapes.

NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class.

 See Jayne demonstrate her own inventive methods for:
– forming metal.
– connecting components.
– engineering pattern designs.

Though this is a process-oriented, rather than a project-oriented, class, you are encouraged to bring any specific design you may have in mind and work with Jayne to execute your idea—analyzing and resolving any challenges that arise.

What you'll take home with you:
• The pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your metal-forming and fabrication skills to a higher level.

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Hydraulic Forming

Dates: Sep 11–12, 2018

Peter Gilroy Price: $395

See and learn what the strong arm of machinery can do in your jewelry-making and metal-forming work in this two-day hydraulic forming class.

Is there anything a Bonny Doon press CAN'T do? 

Very little! With a Bonny Doon hydraulic press, you can create everything from statuesque vessels to intricate (sometimes very small) seamless works of art and jewelry pieces. A press can literally turn a vessel inside-out. In this two-day workshop class you will learn hydraulic die-forming, a process empowering the artist with 20 tons of strength, increased productivity and the potential to create in ways other methods cannot. 

Here's what you'll learn in this two-day class (NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the workshop):

• You'll learn about the die-making process, including design and lay out, starting with simple die-making techniques then progressing to more complex methods. 
• You'll gain an understanding of 'appropriate engineering' and 'appropriate designing' so that you can use the simplest and most effective techniques to get the desired finished piece. 
• Get fired up and ready to try the thousands of ways you can add more dimension and volume to your work and realize your designs in three dimensions. 
• See what it feels like to manipulate metal with 20 tons of strength as you get hands-on practice using a Bonny Doon press. 
• Learn fundamental techniques including doming, forming, bending and embossing while you become familiar with urethanes and their various applications.
• Get hands-on experience using both the innovative silhouette die kit and the synclastic bracelet former.
• Learn all about press tooling safety and maintenance. 
• Finally, you'll quickly discover that with hydraulic forming, there's no limit to what you can do with metal!

What you'll take home with you:
• The formed pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry making and metal forming in new and exciting directions.
This class pairs nicely with a keum-boo class...finish the pieces you've made with highlights of gold! And, deepen (pun intended!) your metal-forming skills using a Bonny Doon press by moving right into the Intermediate Hydraulic Forming workshop that follows this one!

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Intermediate Hydraulic Forming with G. Phil Poirier

Dates: June 28–29, 2018. 9am–5pm

Phil Poirier Price: $395

In this two-day intermediate hydraulic forming class, you gain a deeper understanding of the underlying processes involved in hydraulic forming, helping you to use your press more effectively to form metal for your one-of-a-kind designs.


In this two-day intermediate hydraulic forming class, you continue to expand your knowledge and refine your skills using this exciting technique, reaching the full potential of a Bonny Doon press. Leave this class better equipped to make decisions on how to use the press, allowing you to create pieces that set you apart.

Here's what you'll learn in this two-day class:

NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class. 

• You'll learn tricks of the trade and the nitty-gritty details of the hydraulic forming technique that will help you create designs that are uniquely yours.
• You'll learn the WHY and HOW of making face plates for use with silhouette dies as well as how to create more volume with them.
• You'll work with highly detailed tool steel dies and learn all about the differences between conforming and non-conforming dies and coining.
• You'll learn tricks of the trade and the nitty-gritty details of the hydraulic forming technique that will help you create designs that are uniquely yours. 
• After in-depth instruction, you'll carve your own acrylic die; watch a demo on carving, hardening and tempering steel dies. 
• Watch and learn about new ways to create much more volume, size and detail in metal. 
• Continue to build a strong framework using the press to dome, form, bend and emboss metal. 
• There are numerous ways to form bracelets, and you'll learn when and how to use the right technique with the right die to get the desired results. 
• Get hands-on experience forming bracelets and using the deep-draw technique to make shaped forms including hemispheres and egg shapes.

What you'll take home with you:

• The formed pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and the inspiration to take your jewelry making and metal forming in new and exciting directions.

After this class, it's time to embark on an intensive advanced hydraulic forming class!

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Intermediate Hydraulic Forming

Dates: Sept 13–14, 2018

Peter Gilroy Price: $395

In this two-day intermediate hydraulic forming class, you will gain a deeper understanding of the underlying processes involved in hydraulic forming, helping you to make better judgements on how to form metal for your one-of-a-kind designs.

Now that you've seen what a Bonny Doon press can do, discover what it can do for your unique designs!

In this two-day intermediate hydraulic forming class, you will continue to expand your knowledge and refine your skills using this exciting technique! You will leave this class better equipped to make decisions on how to use the press, allowing you to create pieces that will set you apart. The full potential of a Bonny Doon press will be yours for the taking!

Here's what you'll learn in this two-day class!

NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class. 

• You'll learn tricks of the trade and the nitty-gritty details of the hydraulic forming technique that will help you create designs that are uniquely yours.
• You'll learn the WHY and HOW of making face plates for use with silhouette dies as well as how to create more volume with them.
• You'll work with highly detailed tool steel dies and learn all about the differences between conforming and non-conforming dies and coining.
• You'll learn tricks of the trade and the nitty-gritty details of the hydraulic forming technique that will help you create designs that are uniquely yours. 
• After in-depth instruction, you'll carve your own acrylic die; watch a demo on carving, hardening and tempering steel dies. 
• Watch and learn about new ways to create much more volume, size and detail in metal. 
• Continue to build a strong framework using the press to dome, form, bend and emboss metal. 
• There are numerous ways to form bracelets, and you'll learn when and how to use the right technique with the right die to get the desired results. 
• Get hands-on experience forming bracelets and using the deep-draw technique to make shaped forms including hemispheres and egg shapes.

What you'll take home with you:

• The formed pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry making and metal forming in new and exciting directions.

After this class, it's time to embark on an intensive advanced hydraulic forming class!

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Hydraulic Press Bracelet and Ring Forming

Dates: June 27, 2018

Phil Poirier Price: $150

Learn how to form rings and bracelets quickly and easily using the Bonny Doon hydraulic press in this one-day intensive class taught by G. Phil Poirier.

Learn to form rings using die sets and contained urethane to shape beautiful closed and open rings in both traditional and contemporary shapes. Create a range of bracelet styles from organic convoluting shapes to highly refined anticlastic and synclastic shapes using a variety of tooling and techniques in your press. Students take away a better understanding of how to create rings and bracelets with more precision and less effort.

Here's what you'll learn in this one day class ...

  • Learn all about how hydraulic presses work and how to use them safely and correctly. 
  • Learn how to form rings and understand the tooling and how each configuration works.
    • Sizing rings
    • Open vs. closed rings
  • Learn how to form bracelets.
    • Understanding the various bracelet forming die sets
    • Synclastic techniques
    • Anticlastic techniques
    • Convoluting technique

NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class. 

What you'll take home with you:
• The many pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge .
• The inspiration—and skills—to take your jewelry making and stone setting in new and exciting directions.

After this class, take the Hydraulic Forming or Intermediate Hydraulic Forming classes. 

 Links to video of some of the techniques used in class:

Synclastic Bracelet Kit

Forming a cuff bracelet

Anticlastic Bracelet Kit

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Cancellation policy: full refund with at least two weeks’ written notice.

Have questions? Contact us at events@riogrande.com.

Welcome to Albuquerque, Our Land of Enchantment!


Immerse yourself in the rich culture and heritage of the Southwest. Soak in our blue skies and year-round sunshine. Breathe in the high-desert air scented with sage and piñon, and you'll understand why New Mexico is truly the Land of Enchantment.

Where to Stay: Special rates are available to our students at Hampton Inn & Suites West, Hotel Albuquerque, La Quinta Inn & Suites and Best Western.

In order to get the corporate rate, you must call the local number listed below, and mention you are taking a class at Rio Grande. All prices are subject to change without notice.

Hotel Albuquerque

hotelabq.com

Rate*: $96

800 Rio Grande NW

505.843.6300

(*must ask for Rio Grande/ Bell Group rate when reserving rooms)

NOTE: Near Old Town Plaza.

La Quinta Inn & Suites

lq.com

Rate*: $60

6101 Iliff Road NW

505.839.1744

(*must ask for Rio Grande rate when reserving rooms)

NOTE: Limited walking-distance access to restaurants and other conveniences.

Hampton Inn

hamptoninn3.hilton.com

Rate*: $85

6150 Iliff Road NW

505.833.3700

(*must ask for Rio Grande rate when reserving rooms)

NOTE: Limited walking-distance access to restaurants and other conveniences.

Best Western Rio Grande

riograndeinn.com

Rate*: $63 (M-Th), $73 (F-Su)

1015 Rio Grande NW

505.843.9500

(*must ask for Rio Grande rate when reserving rooms)

NOTE: Has restaurant, bar & grill, pool and complimentary airport shuttle 7am–10pm.