Silver Passport Workshops


Piercing is a smithing technique that uses precision sawing to create intricate designs. In this Silver Passport workshop you will tackle that illusive skill that is foundational to the jewelry artist.

the art of the saw

Come into the studio for your Silver Passport and keep a log of all that you have accomplished in your artistic journey!

piercing: the art of the saw

This project is a pendant by student Ruth Kiefer is Pierced. She has added a Bezel set cabochon (learned in Discover 2, or Beginning Silversmithing)

Tree branches are shown in this pendant are the width of a #3/0 sawblade.

What we will cover in this workshop:

    Exercises to make you a pro at sawing

    The principles behind what makes a good pierced design.

    The steps for piercing.

    What sawblades to use and why.


What you will walk away with:

    A completed pierced disc or band to be incorporated into a finished ring or pendant.

The Workshops:

  1. Etching (etched panel for future creations)

  2. Chasing/Repoussé (pendant)

  3. Metal inlay (inlayed panel for future creations)

  4. Textures w/Flexi Shaft (periodic table of textures)

  5. Keum Boo (24k gold gilding)

  6. It’s Riveting! (cold connections)

  7. The Chain (three chain samples)

  8. The Art Of The Saw (precision sawed piece)

  9. Charcoal Casting

  10. Fold Forming (sample tiles of the technique)

  11. Findings (hooks, toggles, earwires, pin backs)

  12. Married Metals

  13. Patinas

  14. Perfect Polishing

  15. Hinges

  16. Flush Setting Faceted Stones

  17. Painting With Fire NEW!