Jewelry Making 102 – Fabricating a Unique Pendant or Key Fob, January 27th, 7-9 pm


The i3Detroit Jewelry Zone is proud to announce:   “Jewelry Making 101 –  Creating a Unique Pendant or Key Fob”.  In this two hour class, you will make at least one unique pendant and/or key fob that you can wear with pride or give as a gift(s).  This low cost workshop is a great opportunity to learn how to texture, form, cut and patina sheet metal to turn it into a unique piece of art.  Enrollment is limited.

How long:  Two hours

Where:  i3Detroit Common Area

How many people:  No more than 12

Cost per person:   $10 non-refundable class reservation fee (donations toward tools and materials will be accepted at the class, but are not required)

To sign up, go to Eventbrite…

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Class Overview:

You will make at least one unique pendant and/or key fob that can you can wear with pride or give as a gift.
In addition you will learn:
–  An overview of many of the primary techniques and tools used in jewelry making
–  Properties of jewelry making metals, including work hardening and annealing
–  An understanding of sheet metal gauges and how to measure them
–  An overview of jewelry “findings” like clasps, jumprings and bails.
–  How to change the shape and texture of sheet metal using hammering, embossing, stamping, and other methods
–  How to cut, saw, drill, file and sand sheet metal for jewelry making
–  How to apply patina solutions
–  How to finish your piece with findings to create a unique, attractive pendant or key fob

Students must be at least 18 years old or be accompanied by a legal guardian who is also registered.   Having already taken 
Jewelry Making 101 Part One – Forging a Wire Twist Bracelet”  is recommended, but not required.

What to Bring:

Hair ties for long hair, closed-toed shoes and safety glasses (if you have them). All other materials needed for class will be provided.  Wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty or bring an apron.   Safety glasses will be available for those who do not have a personal pair to use. 

Leora Druckman

Leora Druckman has been making Jewelry for over 30 years.  Starting in college with beaded jewelry, she has since learned many additional techniques including metalsmithing, wirework, textile techniques in metal, enameling, polymer and metal clays and kiln glass work.  Her work has been displayed at juried exhibits at the Birmingham/Bloomfield Art Center, Ann Arbor Art Center and the Janice Charach Gallery at the Jewish Community Center of Detroit.  She has taken classes at both the Ann Arbor and Birmingham/Bloomfield art centers and attended a number of workshops taught by notable artists including Charles Lewton-Brain, Andy Cooperman, Linda Darty, Michael Boyd and others.  Leora is an experienced instructor with a Master’s Degree in Education from Michigan State University.  She is also a member of the Michigan Silversmith’s Guild and on the board of i3Detroit.  Leora lives in the Detroit area, with her husband Daniel.

Other important Information: Once you have taken this class, as a member, you will be able to work in the Jewelry Zone, but will still need training and certification to operate the kiln, Foredom rotary tool, and Acetylene/Air torch.  A sign up sheet will be available for training on those pieces of equipment.    If you are experienced on these pieces of equipment, contact the Jewelry Zone Coordinator at to schedule a certification session.
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