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Electroforming, Etching, and Air Chasing Jewelry Techniques

with Jan Harris Smith

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What you will learn:


Class 1:

  • Intro and bio

  • Overview of what class will cover

  • What is it?

  • What equipment is involved?

  • Making an electroforming container (making a wire coil, making a wire bridge)

  • Hooking up to electricity

  • Copper solution

Class 2:

  • What kind of objects can be electroplated?

  • How to prepare items to be electroplated

  • Using two-part solid epoxy

  • Applying a protective coating

  • Protecting exposed stones and fragile organic items

Class 3:

  • Putting it all together

  • How to create bails and ring shanks

  • How to make a hook to hang pieces in solution

  • Plugging the solution in to plate

  • Troubleshooting


Class 4:


  • What is etching?

  • What equipment is involved?

  • Using Sharpie pens and solvent ink to make a mask

  • Using iron-on transfers to make a mask

Class 5:

  • Etching copper

  • Etchants used and safety consideration

  • Setting up an etching bath

  • Applying a design mask

  • Connecting to electricity

  • Using packing tape to protect exposed areas

  • Waiting for etch to complete

Class 6:

  • Etching silver

  • Etchants used and safety consideration

  • Setting up the etching bath

  • Applying the design mask

  • Connecting to electricity

  • Waiting for etch to complete

  • Troubleshooting

  • Disposing chemicals


Class 7:

  • Discussion of pipe to be used and sizes to cut for bracelets

  • Discussion of tools needed to form bracelet – demo on using MAPP

  • gas torch

  • Setting up work area

  • How to use hammers and anvil

Class 8:

  • How to measure wrist and determine length to cut from pipe

  • How to cut pipe

  • Hammering ends flat to establish “pillow shape”

  • Establishing initial pattern of indentations in pipe

  • What is annealing and how to anneal a copper pipe

  • Increasing depth of depressions

Class 9:

  • Forming folds

  • Using dapping tools to enhance hammer work

  • Finishing ends of pipe

  • Turning bracelet on bracelet mandrel

  • Finishing Techniques


  • BONUS CLASS: How to rivet mount a bezel cup on an air chased bracelet and set a stone
  • BONUS ITEM: Supplies list
  • BONUS ITEM: Handy-dandy handouts
  • BONUS ITEM: Chat transcript

About the course Electroforming, Etching & Air Chasing

Join us to learn how to create stunning jewelry by electroforming, etching and air chasing. So many skills are squeezed into this one class for added value and learning opportunities! I will show you how to use electricity and copper solution to make beautiful jewelry out of a variety of natural material in the electroforming segment. In the etching class I will show you how to create an image to apply to silver and copper and use electricity and etching to etch the image into your metal! And finally, I will teach you how to make a beautiful cuff bracelet from plain copper pipe from the hardware store using hammers and other small tools! We will have so much fun and you will come away with many new skills! Hope to see you all in this Electroforming, Etching & Air Chasing online class!!

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Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Jewelry makers, anyone who loves silversmithing, jewelry making, or want to start a new hobby or career

Main objective:
Learn how to create stunning jewelry by electroforming, etching and air chasing.



About the instructor

Jan Harris Smith

Jan Harris Smith began working with metal in college and was hooked on making metal jewelry from Jan Harris Smith began working with metal in college and was hooked on making metal jewelry from the first class. She has since completed several college level classes and independent workshops in metal working on her path to becoming an artisan jeweler.

In 2005, Jan took her first class in glass fusion. She has completed several classes and workshops in glass and her primary focus in glass is the use of reactive art glass to create unique colors and reactions.

Jan’s education includes university-level fine art classes and numerous workshops taught by professionals in the silversmithing and glass field. She has also had her art published in magazines and books and won several awards for her work, over the years.

Teaching art has been her passion for over 20 years. She enjoys introducing students to working in art and engaging in the creative process. She has taught in various venues across the United States and Australia, including art retreats, art stores, and art schools.

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