Sarah Long (Brown-Dog Studio) | A Charming Evening with Sarah | Tuesday, February 6, 2024 | 6 pm – 9 pm


Shot plate impression dies are a great way to add design interest to your work, as well as use scrap silver leftover from other projects.

Are you wondering about how to get started? Having trouble getting good impressions with the ones you have? How do you figure out how much silver to use for each little impression? Maybe you want to play with some and see how to use the finished pieces before making the investment.

We’ll begin our evening with a few demos that prepare us to jump into melting and hammering silver into oodles of little stampings using shot plate dies! I’ll show you how to clean them up and create little charms with several of your favorites.  A little know-how and extra finish-work really elevates the quality of these great additions to your jewelry.

Extra demos and supplies for a stack ring option and post earrings that use the stampings, too! I’ll also have multiple jewelry samples from my studio that incorporate shot plate impressions.

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Instructor: Sarah Long

Title of Class: A Charming Evening with Sarah

Date of Class:  Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Level: all levels welcome, students should be comfortable using a torch and sawing

Type:Technique with optional extra break-out projects

Class Fee: $105

Kit Fee: $40 (Vivi Magoo will collect Sarah’s kit fees for her)

 *may need adjustment due to the fluctuation of metal prices

Kit includes

sterling silver for creating shot plate balls for impressions

bronze casting grain for impressions

(5) sterling jump rings for your charms


hand outs

consumables (solder, flux, fuel, flex shaft bits, bench grinder wheels)

my favorite sanding kit

soldering and cleanup stations provided by Vivi Magoo

***instructor will have additional “mini kits” available for purchase for students who want to make the optional stack rings and stud earrings that will be extra demo projects.

Instructor will have the following for use in class

Torches and soldering stations

Crockpot, copper tongs, pickle and clean up station

Solder and flux

bench grinder and wheels

flex shaft and bits

shot plate dies and (2) hammers

(2) charcoal block set-ups, these are not used for soldering processes

(1) ring mandrel for students who choose to make the optional ring

(1) third hand for students who choose to make the optional post earrings

Student Supply List

  • small solderite board
  • solder brick

soldering pick

soldering tweezers

cross locking tweezers

old jewelry pliers for soldering

needle files

flat nose pliers (2)

wire cutters that will cut 12 ga wire

jewelers saw and 2/0 – 4/0 blades with cut lube or wax

bench pin AND 3” or 4” C-clamp to secure bench pin to table (tables vary and the clamps that come with most travelling bench pins may not fit on the tables)

center punch

heavy rawhide or plastic mallet

stamping/forging hammer for shot plates

steel bench block and rubber block or leather

NEW Sharpie very fine point marker (the very fine point/thin line version!)

pencil and notepad

EYE PROTECTION!!! this is NOT an optional supply for anyone hammering metal stamps or using a flexshaft tool or bench grinder.

Optional Supply List

Work light and extension cord

Magnification if required

Ear protection (this is a LOUD project!)

Face/dust mask

Extra silver, if you want to keep on working! For class time, I recommend clean sterling wire, although you can (and should!) use scrap silver at home.

ring mandrel if you plan to make the optional ring and don’t want to wait for mine.

third hand if you plan to make the optional earrings and don’t want to wait for mine.

Stamping/forging hammer, if you don’t want to wait for the TWO I am bringing for group use!

Small, hard charcoal block, if you don’t want to wait for the TWO that I am bringing for group use!

Additional Class Comments
  • I will have very reasonably priced “mini kits” for students who want to create the extra projects I will be doing as demos…a stack ring and stud earrings, both of which are great ways to use shot plate impressions! Otherwise, you are welcome to just keep melting and hammering away to make little charms or have little impressions to take home to play with!
  • I will have my personal (favorite) shot plates and 2 hammers like I use for the plates. I welcome you to bring random, additional shot plates (not press dies!) for this class, because I hope to devote some class time for trouble-shooting different shot plates! More info will come in a pre-class email. Feel free to message me in advance of class if you have questions about this!

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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!