Course Description

RISD CE course: Introduction to Jewelry: Fundamentals at the Bench

This course will introduce many of the fundamental tools and skills necessary for jewelry making. To prepare for soldering (which begins in Soldering for Professional Practice) every jeweler must learn to use essential metal working tools with precision. In this course students will learn how to properly work at the bench using the jeweler’s saw, metal files, flexible shaft rotary tool, and assorted other hand tools to make jewelry using “cold connection” methods. At the end of this course students can expect to have developed an eye and feel for the level of detail and precision required in jewelry making, and to have explored concepts including wearability, suspension and scale. These skills will serve the jeweler and any artist working in three dimensions in all future endeavors.


Students must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Jan 10, 2022 to Feb 21, 2022
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $425.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jan 31, 2022
Transfer Request Deadline
Jan 03, 2022
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jan 10, 2022 to Feb 21, 2022
Necessary Supplies

Because this is an introductory course, you will need to purchase supplies and materials to set up your home studio. You can expect to spend $200-300 (estimate) on supplies, but note that many of these will be used again as you take other courses in this area. A supply list will be available on the course site in Canvas at least 30 days prior to the first day of class.

Once you have received your enrollment confirmation and logged in to Canvas, navigate to Upcoming Courses on the left-hand side of your dashboard. Supplies will be listed on your course homepage under the supplies heading. Some or all of your course supplies are available at the RISD Store.

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