Sarah Long | Pandora’s Box: hollow form beads with oodles of interest | Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | 9 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 (aka Brown Dog Studio)

Date of Class: Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Class Fee: $155

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

Type: A Project and Technique Workshop

Class Fee: $155

Kit Fee: $85*

*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 wire 16ga

My favorite sanding stick

Pro Polish Pad

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

Disc cutter for demo

Tumbler and burnishing compound

Torches and soldering stations

Crockpot, pickle and clean up station

Solder and flux

Dapping blocks and punches

Stamping tools for creating texture

LOS gel

Student Supply List

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

Third hand if you have one

Needle files (especially the round and flat ones)

Round nose pliers

Flat 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

Heavy (weighted) rawhide, plastic or Delrin mallet

Steel bench block and rubber block or leather for deadening noise

Hammer for metal stamps


#0000 steel wool

Soldering pick, tweezers, old jewelry pliers for soldering

Two pairs of copper tongs (one for pickle and one for patina)

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

Instructor Email Address: [email protected]

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