Sarah Long (Brown-Dog Studio) | Hollow Hearts aka “baby hearts” | Monday, February 5, 2024 | 6 pm until 9 pm



Chunky, dimensional and lighter than they appear, hollow forms add substantial weight to a bracelet, pendant or earrings without weighing you down! I call these “baby hearts” in the studio and people are always surprised at how light and comfortable they are for wear. Create a statement piece using less silver than you would think!

Techniques covered: silver prep and using a jewelers saw, designing and creating a box form, helpful set-up for multiple stages of soldering, proper considerations for hollow form construction and soldering, refining and finish work.

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Instructor: Sarah Long

Title of Class: Hollow Hearts aka “baby hearts”

Date of Class:  Monday, February 5, 2024

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Level:all levels, but having previous soldering and sawing experience will be very beneficial

Type:Combination technique and project class

Class Fee: $105

Kit Fee: $55 (Vivi Magoo will collect Sarah’s kit fees for her)

 *may need adjustment due to the fluctuation of metal prices

Kit includes

all sterling silver needed for the project


handouts and templates

soldering and cleanup stations provided by Vivi Magoo

my favorite sanding kit

expendables for flex shaft (wheels, disks and drill bits)

Instructor will have the following for use in class

Torches and soldering stations

Crockpot, copper tongs, pickle and clean up station

Solder and flux

Flex shaft and finishing bits although most of our finishing will be done by hand

bench grinder/polisher and wheel

My favorite pliers for shaping the hollow forms. You may borrow mine or purchase your own if you wish to work more quickly. I’ll send link for purchase in advance of the class.

Student Supply List

Small solderite board and chunk of kiln brick to carry project to stations and as soldering surface. I like having both

jewelers saw and blades (2/0 -4/0)

blade wax or lubricant

bench pin and 3” or 4” C-clamp to secure bench pin (tables vary in thickness)

files (one large straight file)

needle files

rawhide or nylon mallet

steel bench block and leather to deaden noise

needle nose pliers, 2 pairs

round nose pliers

center punch and hammer

flush wire cutters

Soldering pick

tweezers for solder placement

 old jewelry pliers for soldering

cross lock tweezers (I use these almost exclusively instead of a third hand)

very fine sharpie, pencil, notepad

Optional Supply List

Work light and extension cord

Magnification if required

Eye protection

Dust mask highly recommended

Mandrel pliers. You may use mine or bring your own if you wish to work more quickly. I will send these details in the class email.

Additional Class Comments

Because this is not a dedicated jewelry/metals studio, we ask you to bring a lot of tools. Some people will be willing to share, but don’t rely on that if there are certain tools you usually work with.

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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!