Hydraulic Press Skills: Bangles, Plain and Fancy

Jewelry & Fine Metals

Hydraulic Press Skills: Bangles, Plain and Fancy

Make several bangle bracelets out of heavy-gauge copper wire.

Meeting Times
  1. Fri, 11/17/2023 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fri, 11/17/2023


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Has Prerequisite, Class

Jewelry & Fine Metals Studio

Jewelry Making, Holiday Gifts


Apply the skills you already have for cutting and soldering metal to making bangle bracelets out of heavy-gauge copper wire. You’ll learn how to use bracelet mandrels to shape the wire into round or oval bangles. You can leave some of your bangles plain, and add a wavy pattern to others using a bangle die in the hydraulic press.


Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate


    • A $10 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers materials needed.
    • Students should bring:
      • Apron
      • Towels for drying metal and hands
      • Pen, notebook, Ultra Fine-Point Sharpie or other pen that writes on metal


      It is recommended that you have taken the Introduction to Jewelry: Skills Class and Introduction to the Jeweler's Torch at BARN or equivalent classes elsewhere. 

      You must be able to cut, file, anneal, and solder metal. 

      Class Policies

      • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
      • For your safety, please:
        • Wear closed-toe shoes
        • Tie back long hair
        • Wear natural-fiber clothing
        • Avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry

      BARN Policies

      Instructors or Guides

      Joan Hammond

      Joan Hammond began working in metal in 1994, when she started taking metalsmithing classes as an antidote to documenting computer software. What she discovered was a medium that not only used her training in painting, printmaking, and ceramics, but also opened the possibilities of creating art that can be worn. Family artifacts and history, plants and animals, and the textiles and jewelry of non-Western cultures inspire her current work, which she executes using various fabrication techniques, including chasing and repoussé.

      Hammond exhibits locally and nationally. Her work has been published in Metalsmith magazine’s Exhibition in Print. She is a member of the Seattle Metals Guild and an active volunteer and instructor at BARN.

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