April Bower | Feathers and Hammers – Bi-metal Feather Bracelet and the Hammer to make it| Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 | 9 am until 4 pm


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Bi-Metal? What’s that?

Learn about working with these interesting materials made with karat golds, sterling silver and brass and take home a striking feather inspired bracelet or pair of earrings along with knowledge to use in future projects. You will learn about the different kinds of bi-metals available, protective fire coats, annealing, some great pickles to make, as well as forming without damaging the precious metal layers. Your bracelet will be made with sterling silver/brass bi-metal.

You will also be customizing a hammer to keep and use for this project and again and again in future designs.

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Instructor: April Bower

Date of Class: 01/30/2018

Time: 9 am until 4 pm

Class Fee: $145

Student Level: All

Kit Fee: $49 (payable to instructor at class time)

will include – to use and keep

A hammer to customize

1.5″ x 6.5″ silver bi- metal strip for bracelet (or metal for earrings. let me know ahead if you can) and also if you need a larger than 6.5″ bracelet blank.

* price may need adjustment for significant change in silver/gold spot price closer to class time Quoted at 17$/oz spot

use of all tools & equipment to complete project

Instructor will have the following for use in class

torches for annealing




scratch brush

Belt sanders

polishing lathe

Flex shafts and accessories

use of hammers, mandrels, tools & equipment to complete projects.

Student Supply List

contact instructor if you can’t bring these. I have a few to supply

Bench pin & clamp

jewelers saw & 2/0 or smaller blades

needle files,

your usual hand tools like pliers, files, rulers, shears


small anvil or bench block





Many of our students have asked us to help streamline the process of gathering their supplies and tools for classes, and we have come up with a way we think will work for you.

SJ Jewelry Supply in Phoenix is owned and operated by a wonderful family, headed by Mario Morales. His wife, Erika, and son, Steven, round out the staff, and they are excited to help make gathering your supplies easy and stress free. We guarantee they will make life easier for you! No kidding!

Here’s how it will work….

  • Once you have determined what you will need for each class, send an email with your request for products and/or tools to SJ Jewelry Supply
    • Go to our website, open the class description for each of the classes in which you are enrolled, scroll down to the section “Student Supplies,” cut and paste the items you want to purchase into an email to Mario.
    • Here’s their email address mailto:info@sjjewelrysupply.com
  • When they receive your email, they will send you a return email acknowledging receipt of your request
    • In this email, they will instruct you about payment methods 
  • Once your order is filled, they will send you a second email with confirmation stating your order is complete
    • Included in this email, they will give you instructions on how to pick up your orders upon arrival in Tucson

 Sound easy? We think it’s going to help take the stress out of preparing for classes!