Hydraulic Press: Add Texture & Dimension to Your Work

Jewelry & Fine Metals

Hydraulic Press: Add Texture and Dimension to Your Work

Make three-dimensional shapes out of textured metal using acrylic dies in the hydraulic press.

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 4/13/2024 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  2. Sat, 4/20/2024 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sat, 4/13/2024 - Sat, 4/20/2024


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Jewelry & Fine Metals Studio

Jewelry Making


Learning how to form metal using the hydraulic press opens new possibilities for your work! In this skills-focused class, you'll learn how to:

  • Texture metal using the rolling mill
  • Create dimensional squares, diamonds, teardrops, and other shapes using pre-made dies in the hydraulic press
  • Cut metal shapes using pancake dies
  • Cut your own silhouette dies out of cast acrylic

You can use the metal shapes that you textured and formed as is or enamel them at a later date.


Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate


  • An $18 materials fee, included in the price of the class, covers all supplies for this class
  • In addition, you should bring:
    • Towels for drying your hands and metal
    • Pen, notebook, fine-point Sharpie or other pen that writes on metal
    • Optional: texturing punches, textures to run through the rolling mill


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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