April Bower | Into the Curve: Synclastic Cuffs | Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 6 pm until 9 pm


Spend an evening learning how to create easy Synclastic shape bracelets with simple handtools.

Many of you have purchased the “April” hammer from me along with the swedge block but maybe never got a chance to give it a work out. Here is your chance! Bring your hammer and swedge block and maybe a friend and we’ll bang out a couple of cuff bracelets.  I’ll share with you a bunch of tricks and tips to be successful making these.  I will have some April hammers for you to use if you don’t have one and some to purchase if you decide you’d like one of your own. Wood swedge blocks too.

Not too much stress after a hard day of Gem shopping or workshop taking, but a fun, productive evening.

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Instructor: April Bower

Date of Class: February 7, 2019

Time: 6 pm until 9 pm

Class Fee: $85

Level: All – need some hand strength / endurance for hammering

Type: Techniques-Oriented

Kit Fee: $15 (payable to instructor at class time)

Kit Fee Includes

copper or brass for 2  6.5″ bracelets  approx 24 g.

*You are welcome to bring your own silver, or textured metal to work with.20 g max, 22-24g better.

Instructor will have the following for use in class

hammers & rolling mill for texture

torches & fuel for annealing

bracelet mandrels & mallets

flex shafts

Polishing lathe & finishing equipment,

scratch brush & patina

Student Supply List

Required tools: ( I will have some to share if you can’t bring)

Your “April” Hammer and wood swedge block

6″ hand file for edges

sanding sticks

Optional Supply List

if you have them and can bring so you don’t have to share:

bench pin & clamp

bench block

favorite texturing hammer

metal shears

work light and extension cord

Optivisor/safety glasses

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!