April Bower | On the Edge | Monday, February 3, 2020 | 6 pm until 9 pm


Learn the technique of upsetting an edge with a texturing hammer, and create the hammer as well.

In this 3 hour class you will alter a supplied cross peen hammer into a texturing hammer, then practice upsetting edges of silver strips to create a pair of  Sterling earrings to wear home. If you have the soldering skills you can learn how to customize a commercial  latch back, finding for your earrings or use a post/ nut.

Qualified assistant Renee Garver will be there to facilitate

***Qualified assistant Renee Garver will be there to facilitate***

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Instructor: April Bower

Date of Class: 02/04/2020

Time: 6 pm until 9 pm

Class Fee: $85

Level: All

Type: A Project and Technique Workshop

Kit Fee: $30* (payable to instructor at class time)

* may need adjustment due to metals price change

Kit Fee Includes

Hammer to alter

6″ Sterling strip,

earring findings

copper or brass practice metal

Kit fee includes consumables ( fuel, solder, flux, patina, etc) and use of tools and equipment to create a studio for you where there is none.

Instructor will have the following for use in class:


soldering stations

3rd hands




scratch brush

rolling mill

polishing lathe

3m radial discs,

flex shaft, burs

drill press, drills

belt sander

cross peen hammers

rubber & leather mallets

Student Supply List

small bench block

Sharpie, fine point

flat nose pliers

sanding stick

safety glasses

Optional Supply List

If you have these so you can work faster or more efficiently, or so you don’t have to share:

Jewelers saw or heavy side cutters

sliding pocket gauge used to measure or dividers

Your usual hand tools: ruler, pliers,  files etc

optivisor or magnification

Work light and extension cord

Additional Class Comments

 I will have a few of all needed tools to share for those who cannot bring required items. Qualified assistant Renee Garver will be there to facilitate.

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!