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Metals 100: Introduction to the Jewelry and Metal Crafts Shop

Class Handout-Metals 100

  • Prerequisite: none
  • Certification: no
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Prerequisite for: All certificate classes

Metals 100 is a comprehensive introduction to the Jewelry and Metal Craft shop within TinkerMill. It is a non-certificate class but is a prerequisite for any shop certification class. It introduces the shop's tool groups, safety and guidelines, self-study resources, and examples of the types of projects best suited to this shop.

Metals 100 covers:

  • Safety first
  • Shop rules, (Ferrous vs Nonferr.) priority use, scale matters
  • Tool groups in the shop
  • Overview of curriculum paths and classes to become certified for independent tool use
  • Resources for independent study and collaboration: books, magazines, shop web portal, TM experts, organizations, and suitable project suggestions

Metals 101: Basic Hand Tools & Fabrication

Class Handout - Metals 101

  • Prerequisite: Metals 100
  • Certification: Metals 101 - Hand tools
  • Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Required for: Metals 102 (Power tools) and Metals 201 (Single Fuel Torch) and specified project classes

Metals 101 is a certification class for independent use of the shop's basic hand tools. It provides:

  • Instruction on the safe and appropriate use of un-powered hand tools
  • List of tools included in this certification
  • Additional self-study references and list of resources: e.g.: Wire+Metals Text, Web
  • Time in class or at Open Studio times to practice using the tools and complete the sampler project required for certification
  • Certification sampler project: Described in class handout

Tools certified:

  • Jeweler’s saw
  • Hole punch
  • Files
  • Sanding media
  • Hammers
  • Ring mandrel, bench block, anvil
  • Dapping punch
  • Disc cutter
  • Pliers
  • Aviation shear
  • Calipers, Wire gauge, Jewelers’ rule
  • Bench pin
  • Stamps and punches
  • Jumpring maker

Metals 102: Power Tools & Uses

Class Handout - Metals 102

  • Prerequisite: Metals 100
  • Certification: Metals 102 - Power tools
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Required for: Specified project classes

Metals 102 is a certification class for independent use of the shop's listed power tools. It provides:

  • Instruction on the safe and appropriate use of shop's power tools
  • List of tools included in this certification
  • Additional self-study references and list of resources: e.g.: Wire+Metals Text, Web
  • Time in class or at Open Studio times to practice using the tools and complete the sampler project required for certification
  • Certification sampler project: Described in class handout

Tools certified:

  • Drill press
  • Flexshaft
  • Bench Buffer
  • Belt/Disc Sander

Metals 200: Introduction to Torch use: Theory and Safety

  • Prerequisite: Metals 100 and 101
  • Certification: none
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Required for: Metals 201 (Single Fuel Torches)

The Metals 200 is a non-certificate class to introduce the use of the shop's torches to anneal, join or fuse metal. You will hear about the certificate classes offered, and learn when you can use the torches independently at TinkerMill. This class demonstrates the differences between soldering, brazing, and welding, annealing and tempering metal. It also provides a bit of theory and terminology for this practice.

Metals 200 covers:

  • Safety first
  • Soldering station equipment, supplies, and conventions
  • Torch-related certifications
  • Single fuel vs dual fuel uses
  • Flame heat principles
  • Understanding annealing
  • Examples
  • Q&A
  • Resources: books, magazines, web, TM experts, organizations, and project suggestions
  • List of tools that are included in certifications

Metals 201: Torch use - Single fuel

Class Handout - Metals 200-201

Class Handout - Acetylene Torch Soldering Safety

  • Prerequisite: Metals 200
  • Certification: Metals 201 - Single Fuel Torches
  • Duration: 90-120 minutes
  • Required for: Metals 202 and specified project classes

This class is a certification class for independent use of the shop's single fuel torches (Butane, Propane, Acetylene-Air). It provides:

  • Theory: Annealing different metals, silver soldering
  • Instruction on the safe and appropriate use of torches for basic jewelry-making (annealing and silver soldering)
  • Instruction to use tools that may be used only with annealed metal
  • List of tools and techniques requiring annealing (e.g.: texturing, raising, folding, riveting, making headpins)
  • Additional self-study resources
  • Hands-on practice (supervised)
  • Open Studio time to practice using the tools safely and complete the sampler project required for certification
  • Certification sampler project: Described in class handout
  • METALS 200 Torch Use: References and Resources

Tools certified:

  • Butane torch
  • Acetylene/AIR torch (not Oxygen/Acetylene torch)
  • Propane Gas torch
  • Soldering station - materials and tools (solder, pickle, quench, hand tools, etc.)
  • Rolling mill
  • 3-in-1, bending brake
  • Review of dapping block and disc cutter, use of punches



Metals 202: Torch use - Dual fuel

Class Handout - Acetylene Torch Soldering Safety

  • Prerequisite: Metals 100-101, Metals 102, Metals 200-201
  • Certification: Dual Fuel torches
  • Duration: 90-120 minutes
  • Required for: casting and specific projects


This is a class certification for independent use of the shop's dual fuel torch rig (oxy-acetylene). It provides:

  • Theory: molten metal and high heat applications
  • Instruction of safe use of the torch for casting and larger structural soldering.
  • Safety review and introduction of dual fuel specific safety equipment.
  • References for self study
  • Hands on, supervised practice.
  • Open Studio time to practice using the tools safely and complete the sampler project required for certification
  • Certification sampler project: Described in class handout
  • METALS 200 Torch Use: References and Resources

Tools Certified:

  • Oxygen-Acetylene torch rig.
  • crucibles (silver, bronze)

Metals 300: Introduction to Enameling Basics, Dry processes

  • Prerequisite: Metals 100-101, Suggested requirements: Metals 102. 200-201
  • Certification: None
  • Duration: 3 hrs
  • Required for: Applying glass to metal. Metals 301-304


An introduction to our Enameling studio and the possibilities within. Students will experience hands on practice applying dry enamel to metal, creating a small object. It provides:

  • Safety first! -Learn how to protect yourself while using this process.
  • Introduction to Enamel as a material.
  • Covers the extended uses and possible techniques with Enamel.
  • Demonstration of set up, application, firing and cleaning.
  • Discussion of Kiln use and safety. NON-Cert.
  • Safe hands on practice of process.
  • Open studio time for completion of project.
  • Resources for self study and practice
  • Materials needed for first class.

Metals 301: Advanced Enameling, Intro to wet processes

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Metals 302: Enameling Techniques: Champleve

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Metals 303: Enameling Techniques: Limoge

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Metals 304: Enameling Techniques: Plique a Jour

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Metals 305: Introduction to Chemical and Electrolytic Surface Treatments

  • Prerequisite: none
  • Certification: no
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Required for: Metals 306 (Electrolytic Etching), Metals 307 (Chemical Patinas and Inks)

Metals 305 is a non-certificate class to introduce the use of the shop's equipment to alter the surface appearance of metal using an electrical charge and/or chemical means. You will hear about the certificate classes offered which allow you to use this equipment independently at TinkerMill. This class explains and gives some examples of the differences between these surface treatment methods. It also provides a bit of theory and terminology for this practice.

Metals 305 covers:

  • Safety first
  • Station equipment, supplies, and conventions
  • Certifications
  • Storage and disposal of chemicals at TinkerMill
  • Examples
  • Q&A
  • Resources: books, magazines, web, TM experts, organizations, and project suggestions
  • List of tools included in certifications

Metals 306: Electrolytic Etching

  • Prerequisite: Metals 305 intro to etching
  • Certification: utilization of the etching equipment.
  • Duration: 90-120 minutes
  • Required for: any etching related projects.


This class is designed to teach safe practices and methods for electrolytic etching, etching with electricity. It provides: >br />

  • Demonstration of equipment set up
  • Demonstration of applying resist
  • Demonstration of etching
  • Hands on application and practice from start to finish
  • Certification upon completion of set up, project complete and resulting clean up.

Metals 307: Applying Chemical Patinas and Inks


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Metals 308: Fold Forming

  • Prerequisite: Metals 100-101 Suggested prerequisites are Metals 102, 200-201
  • Certification: None-Technique class
  • Duration: 3-4 hrs
  • Required for: construction of folded forms, using folds in jewelry and sculpture


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Metals 309: Lost Wax Casting

  • Prerequisite: Metals 100-101, suggested prerequisite classes: Metals 102, 200-202, Metals 400
  • Certification: candidate may be certified for independent use of casting equipment upon completion of 3 successful casts
  • Duration: 3 classes,2-3 hours each
  • Required for: casting an object in metal. Independent use of casting equipment.


This class instructs on how to produce a metal object by way of the Lost Wax method. Wax is carved, then a mold is made of it. The mold is then placed in the kiln to melt out or lose the wax. The molten metal is then poured into the plaster cavity. It Provides:

  • Safety First!
  • In depth introduction to Wax carving
  • In depth introduction to mold making
  • Demonstration of processes
  • Hands on practice and safe use of equipment.
  • Open studio time for additional casts required for certification.
  • Materials needed for first class.

Metals 310: Raising

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Metals 311: Metal inlay

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Metals 312: Marriage of Metals

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Metals 313: Chase and Repousse

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Metals 400: Introduction to Kiln Use

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Metals 401: Using the Metal Craft Shop Kiln

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Metals 500: Introduction to Lapidary Use

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Certification: None
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Required for: Metals 501: Lapidary equipment


Designed to introduce the equipment, safety pertaining to and the action of cutting and shaping stones. This class provides the following:

  • Introduction and explanation of Lapidary.
  • Safety First!

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