Jeanette Caines | NEW! Die Forming Beads in the Ancient Etruscan Style | Friday, February 2, 2024 | 9:00 am until 4:30 pm


Join me to learn the ancient art of die making hollow beads, it is easier than you think!

I’ve been working on this reclamation of ancient technology project for the last three years and my brand new, hollow-form dies from my Queen Puabi Collection are ready to debut in the studio.

I will teach you how to use them to make gorgeous hollow beads and forms, just as the ancient goldsmiths did.

COPPER, STERLING, ARGENTIUM, FINE SILVER, GOLD – 26-gauge to 30-gauge (thinner is better!)

There isn’t any complicated equipment or hydraulic press required, just a mallet, one of my dies, annealing, and 30-26 gauge sheet in either copper, fine silver, Argentium silver or 22k gold.

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Title of Class:
 Die Forming Beads in the Ancient Etruscan Style

COPPER, STERLING, ARGENTIUM, FINE SILVER, GOLD – 26-gauge to 30-gauge (thinner is better!)

Instructor: Jeanette K Caines

Date of Class:  Friday, February 2, 2024

Time: 9:00 am until 4:30 pm

Level: intermediate and up

Type: Technique Based – make all the beads you want for earrings and necklaces!

Type: combination project/ techniques

Class Fee: $205

Kit Fee: 

Kit Includes

Instructor will have the following for use in class:

One or two Ultralight kiln

One flex shaft

Student Supply List

  • Leather mallet (unleaded)
  • Joyce Chen Cutting shears
  • Tweezers
  • 30-26 gauge sheet in copper, fine silver, or 22k gold (thinner sheet is a little easier to manage, so if in doubt, go with a thinner gauge)
  • *26 gauge soft titanium sheet for making trivets for fusing (if you want to make your own trivets)
  • 30 gauge soft titanium binding wire(optional)
  • 400 grit sandpaper
  • 400 grit micron green sandpaper
  • Sharpie marker
  • Cut 2 half round file
  • Wood Dowels
  • Parallel pliers
  • Black floppy discs
  • G Glue

Optional Supply List

Work light and extension cord

Magnification if required-one clamp on magnifier lamp very helpful

Additional Class Comments

The Workshop Kit – You will choose from a selection of dies to purchase on the day of your workshop, they vary in price from 175.00-275.00, depending on their size.  You can also preorder your die to get it ahead of time here:

*I will also have premade titanium stands available for sale at $20 each

Instructor Email Address:

Instructor Website:



Many of our students have asked us to help streamline the process of gathering their supplies and tools for classes, and we have come up with a way we think will work for you.

SJ Jewelry Supply in Phoenix is owned and operated by a wonderful family, headed by Mario Morales. His wife, Erika, and son, Steven, round out the staff, and they are excited to help make gathering your supplies easy and stress free. We guarantee they will make life easier for you! No kidding!

Here’s how it will work….

  • Once you have determined what you will need for class, send an email with your request for products and/or tools to SJ Jewelry Supply
    • Go to our website, open the class description for the class, scroll down to the section “Student Supplies,” cut and paste the items you want to purchase into an email to Mario.
    • Here’s their email address
  • When they receive your email, they will send you a return email acknowledging receipt of your request
    • In this email, they will instruct you about payment methods 
  • Once your order is filled, they will send you a second email with confirmation stating your order is complete
    • Included in this email, they will give you instructions on how to pick up your orders upon arrival in September!

 Sound easy? We think it’s going to help take the stress out of preparing for classes!