April Bower | Formed and Fabulous – an abbreviated course | Monday, January 29th, 2018 | 6 pm until 9 pm


Formed and Fabulous – an abbreviated course – click here

This is a taste of anticlastic metal forming; where you will create a pair of anticlastic spiral earrings in Sterling/Brass Bi-Metal. Anticlastic forming requires several different hammers and wood forms ( supplied). April and Renee will guide you through the process to create this impressive and fun project.

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Instructor: April Bower

Date of Class: January 29, 2018

Time: 6 pm until 9 pm

Class Fee: $75

Level: experienced beginner/ very basic soldering. There will only be some light soldering of ear wires, posts

Type: Techniques-Oriented

Kit Fee: $20 (payable to instructor at class time)

Kit Fee Includes

silver/ brass bi-metal

20g sterling wire for wires or posts

all expendables

use of torches, fuel, hammers, anvils and hand tools to share

Instructor will have the following for use in class

cross peen hammers

nylon cross peen forming hammers

rubber mallets

wooden forming stakes to share

torches for annealing /soldering



grinder/ buffer

rolling mill

scratch brushes

mounted vises, anvils, stumps, hammers & mallets and a few saws & hand tools and a flex shaft to share

Student Supply List

needle files

metal shears

sanding stick

bench pin with clamp

optvisor and/or safety glasses.

Your own sturdy clamp on vise with 3″ C-clamps ( we will have 6 if you cannot bring your own, email me to reserve one for your use.)   * ones with rubber jaws really don’t hold well enough for this work.

Optional Supply List

Work light and extension cord

Additional Comments

***I will have nylon cross peen hammers/ mallets and wood stakes available for purchase.***

These links show the type of tools we will be using:

nylon forming hammers in several different sizes like these

micro nylon mallet

small nylon mallet

small closing hammer

* Feel free to contact me for suggestions for tools. and vise set up

Instructor Email Address: AprilBowerJewelry@gmail.com

Instructor Website: AprilBower.com



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!