Your adventure starts here
Your adventure starts here
Even if you don't have a jeweler's bench set up at home, there are lots of things we can teach you. Just clear a space on your desk or dining room table. We've adapted a live online version of our most popular studio experiences for home study.
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The easiest way to get started creating jewelry is through a process known as soft wax model making. You just shape soft wax sheets and wires with your hands and a few simple tools. Then we'll cast your wax model into bronze, silver, gold, or even platinum.
For detailed, intricate, or symmetrical designs, sign up for a class where you learn to work with various forms of carving wax. While it's more difficult technically than soft wax modeling, we will help you master the tools and techniques that can bring your ideas to life.
Learn the basic concepts of working in metal in our metal fabrication classes. Beginner projects focus on techniques rather than design, and will be practiced in brass, copper, and nickel silver. Advanced projects can be completed in sterling or gold.
For advanced students with instructor permission, we offer introductory classes in flush, bead, prong, and bezel setting. After gaining a basic understanding and practicing these techniques, you can perfect them in small group tutoring sessions.
Do you want to create your own wedding rings? We offer several options for you to personally make a most meaningful symbol of your relationship. You can take our rings class and learn to make simple bands. Or for engagement rings or more complex designs, you can contact us about specialized tutoring.
Although we teach skills from beginning to expert levels, sometimes ideas exceed abilities. We can step in and complete any aspect of your jewelry vision that you're not quite ready to learn. From complex stone setting to line development, to molds for mass production, contact us for a consultation.
At Precious Metal Arts, we have a 23 year history of helping individuals realize their artistic goals, whether they want to make a single piece or design an entire line of jewelry. Our Main Street Santa Monica studio has welcomed students and professionals of all skill levels seeking to learn every imaginable aspect of jewelry design and creation. In response to the current health crisis, we have paused in-person teaching and are working to adapt our special teaching style to physically distanced workshops and tutoring.
If you are a current tutoring student and have a tools and a workspace set up at home, you are good to go. We will be starting our remote learning experiment with live tutoring sessions, limited to four students, on October 30.
If you are just getting started, we will soon be adapting our "in studio" foundation workshops to allow you to join an online class by purchasing a tool and material kit for a specific technique or class. Sign up for our mailing list and we will let you know when we are ready to launch the beginner programs.
Wax is the easiest entry point to jewelry making, with soft wax being simple enough for kids to join in. Modeling your designs in wax means you get to practice your ideas in 3D before deciding which ones to commit to precioius metal.
Metalsmithing allows you to see your designs take form before your eyes as you manipulate the actual metal. And you get to play with fire! Most students eventually feel they need to learn both wax and metal techniques.
Soft Wax Modeling uses a malleable wax available in sheets, wires, and blocks and is particularly suited to learning at home.
In the studio, you can "jump in" to tutoring even if you haven't made jewelry before. But many of our students have found it helpful to start with one of our sample kits and a basic technique project. The live online version of these workshops will have everyone learning and following the same steps as a group.
Tutoring sessions offer students at all levels a chance to pursue their individual skills and designs, in a group setting. Each person works independently, with instructor guidance and supervision. Online tutoring will endeavor to provide the community experience of our studio tradition through Zoom.
In our Santa Monica studio, customized tutoring allows couples to actually create their own wedding rings! We are working on a distance version of the same concept, using simplified techniques and home-appropriate tools. From a simple wedding band to your dream design, we will consult with you about your ideas and walk you step by step through the process.
In the meantime, please check out our new Wedding Band Designer website to see how you can start designing your customized classic band now!
For now, we are not able to welcome students into our limited studio space and meet the current guidelines for stopping the spread of Covid 19. We look forward to a day in the near future when we can go back to the wonderful chaos of six full benches at Precious Metal Arts! In the mean time, we are anxious to communicate by email or phone, as you prefer. We are currently open limited hours to provide consultations, by appointment only, for custom orders, repairs, and options for distance learning.