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Die Forming Beads Ancient Style


Jeanette K. Caines



Saturday-Wednesday August 17-21, 2024 10:00AM-4:00PM EDT

5 Day Workshop


Class Description

Modern metalsmiths, it's time to reconnect with a lost art and harness the knowledge of ancient goldsmiths. Join me to learn the ancient art of die making hollow beads! I've been working on this reclamation of ancient technology project for the last three years and my brand new, hollow-form dies from my Queen Puabi Collection are ready to debut in the studio. I will teach you how to use them to make gorgeous hollow beads, just as the ancient goldsmiths did. It is easier than you would think! There isn't any complicated equipment required, just a leather mallet, one of my dies, annealing, and 30-26 gauge sheet in either copper, fine silver, argentium, sterling silver, or 22k gold. The secrets of the past await you; reclaim these ancient techniques and let your imagination soar. You will learn how to use the dies to create multiple hollow forms as beads and design elements and explore all the ways to use them in your jewelry to suit your design aesthetic.


Students who have taken at least 3 beginner classes.

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Class Dates

August 17, 2024
August 18, 2024
August 19, 2024
August 20, 2024
August 21, 2024

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