Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making

  • $850.00
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Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making
Instructor: Dana Cassara
January 16-20, Five days, Monday - Friday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Class Fee: $850 | Basic materials included

Class format: in studio at Danaca Design

Prerequisites: Open to all levels including total beginners.

What could be more fun than spending a week totally immersed in learning to make jewelry? Spend five exciting days in a row doing just that. As part of a group, you’ll learn the fundamentals of working with precious metal including: sawing, disc cutting and dapping, hammer texturing, roll printing, basic forming and finishing, as well as bezel setting stones. In this beginning silversmithing class, students will use copper, brass, and sterling silver to make individualized jewelry pieces including a pin, a pendent, a ring, and a simple linked project. Each night you'll go home dreaming of what to create the next day, designing in your sleep. This class is an ideal way to explore a range of techniques and create several projects in a concentrated time.  No experience necessary.

Materials INCLUDED:

  • Copper and brass for brooch and other samples
  • Sterling silver sheet and wire for pendant, band ring and chain
  • Cabochon stone for pendant or ring
  • If you choose to work larger than the samples shown in class there may be an additional materials fee.

Students MAY Bring:

  • Additional silver sheet or wire (available in studio store)
  • Additional cabochons, ½” – 2” or (available in studio store)
  • Sketch book

Instructor Bio:

Dana Cassara began practicing the art of silversmithing at North Seattle Community College in 1992. She discovered her love for the craft after returning to school to pursue a teaching degree with a focus in social studies. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1998 with a B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas as well as Interdisciplinary Arts, because she just couldn’t stay out of the art department. She has been teaching jewelry design since 1999 and loves what she does.

Her aim as an instructor is to guide individuals through the learning process offering solid technical information, personalized attention, and lots of fun. With the intention of setting students on the path towards transforming their ideas into solid form, she hopes students will take the experience they gain in this studio beyond the classroom into their everyday life where problem solving skills and a profound sense of achievement always come in handy!

What students are saying:

“Dana is very patient with students, and maintains her sense of humor at all times. Deceptively simple skills - making jump rings, forging for example - got lots of attention. Soldering did too - one of my goals is to use the tiniest amount of solder possible and watching Dana was very helpful. The class was fun and worth every penny!" -Claire

Tools are available to purchase through Danaca Design Studio with 15% student discount code. Shop tools HERE. If you don’t see what you need please email us,

Review our class cancellation policy HERE.

All students must fill out and electronically submit the Danaca Design COVID-19 Studio Safety Protocol and Waiver form before attending class.