Hydraulic Press Skills: Forming Cuff Bracelets

Jewelry & Fine Metals

Hydraulic Press Skills: Forming Cuff Bracelets

Learn how to use the hydraulic press and create cuff bracelets.

Meeting Times
  1. Thur, 10/12/2023 12:30:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  2. Thur, 10/19/2023 12:30:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Thur, 10/12/2023 - Thur, 10/19/2023


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Jewelry & Fine Metals Studio

Jewelry Making


Using the hydraulic press and specially-designed forming dies, you can create synclastic and anticlastic cuff bracelets. These dies allow you to design and finish your cuff first and then form it into a cuff without distorting the design.


Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate


You will create several cuff bracelets using copper that you’ve textured.


  • A $25 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers the materials needed.
  • Students should bring:
    • Apron
    • Towels for drying metal and hands
    • Pen, notebook, Ultra Fine-Point Sharpie


It's 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 metal using a jeweler's saw and a bench shear
  • Anneal and file 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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