Sarah Long (Brown-Dog Studio) | Pandora’s Box: hollow form beads with oodles of interest | Wednesday, February 7, 2024 | 9:00 am until 4:30 pm


A study of the bead as a simple hollow form. We start basic and build layers and texture, creating beads that have individual interest as well as a cohesive grouping for wear. We’ll turn one of these beads into a focal charm. Note that your beads do not have to be star-themed.

Techniques include texturing and stamping, using dapping block, creating a hollow form, sweat soldering and multi-step soldering of layers and finish work.

These skills can be applied in your home studio, even if you have a minimal soldering set up and lack fancy tools.

I will show my favorite low-tech finishing methods, as well as touch on using a flex shaft.

You will walk out of the class with several newly crafted beads for your wrist or the beginning of a stunning piece of neckwear.

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Instructor: Sarah Long

Title of Class: Pandora’s Box: hollow form beads with oodles of interest

Date of Class:  Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Level: all levels welcome, previous experience with a torch helpful

Type: A Project and Technique Workshop

Class Fee: $205

Kit Fee: $90 (collected by Vivi Magoo)

 *may need adjustment due to the fluctuation of metal prices

Kit includes

Silver to create 10 beads, instructor will have more silver on hand in case you have time/want to make more.

4 pre-cut sterling stars or diamond shapes

Sterling jump rings

My favorite sanding kit

Leather cord

Consumables (flux, solder, sanding paper, etc)

Instructor will have the following for use in class

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

Torches and soldering stations

Crockpot, copper tongs, pickle and clean up station

Solder and flux

Flex shafts

We will have a few sets of dapping blocks and punches to share, but if you live local or are driving, if you have your own, please bring them. It will be difficult to complete our projects if we rely on just the few provided in class.

shared charcoal block set up for creating decorative balls – bring your own if you wish to work faster

Stamping tools for creating texture

LOS gel

Student Supply List

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

cross-locking tweezers (I prefer these over third hand)

Needle files (especially the round and flat ones)

Round nose pliers

needle nose pliers

Jewelers Saw and 2/0 – 4/0 blades & cut lube or wax

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

Screw down hole punch (I will send you links to my favorites prior to class)

Flush wire cutters

Center punch and hammer

Heavy (weighted) rawhide, plastic or Delrin mallet

Steel bench block and rubber block or leather for deadening noise

Hammer for metal stamps


Soldering pick, tweezers, old jewelry pliers for soldering

Dapping block and punches if you don’t want to wait to use them

Metal stamps for decoration, if you have favorites

Pencil and notepad

Optional Supply List

Work light and extension cord

Magnification if required

Ear protection is strongly recommended

Eye protection

dust/face mask

Additional Class Comments

***I don’t necessarily recommend that you bring extra metal design stamps for this project. The space to decorate on the beads is very minimal and I will bring my FAVORITE stamps, the ones I regularly use on beads! I’ll discuss this more in the email I send out to students in advance of the class, but feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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!