Fred Zweig | Forged Collar | Thursday, February 1st, 2018 through Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 | 9 am until 4 pm


This workshop will concentrate on forging heavy gauge rod to create a stylish and versatile neck collar. We will be learning step reduction of the rod by using the rolling mill and the use of a simple leveraging tool to manipulate the metal.

Each student will create and complete a custom forged sterling collar.

This class will also explore the plasticity of metal under the blows of a hammer. It is important to understand the ergonomics of wielding a hammer so as not to create fatigue and stress on the arms and body. To watch the transformation of metal yielding under the force of the hammer is one of the most miraculous and freeing experiences in metalsmithing. Forging is one of the most rewarding metal processes providing direct contact with the material.

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Instructor: Fred Zweig

Class: Forged Neck Collar

Date of Class: February 01, 2018 through February 3, 2018

Time: 9:00 am until 4:00 pm

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Type: Project and Technique

Class Fee: $435

Kit Fee: none

Instructor will have the following for use in class

Polished anvils
Rolling mill
Heavy duty wire cutters
Simichrome polish
“Bag of Rags” for polishing
Wooden stakes for forming
I will be bringing forming tools for shaping
I provide a delrin adjustment tool that I will be sell for $8.50.
I will also be providing hammers and anvils that will be for sale if the students so desire to buy them.

Student Supply List

12” length of 6 gauge round sterling wire (You may choose to bring additional 12” lengths if you wish to start on more than one collar.

6” length of 6 gauge round copper wire

Bench pin (This is the type I suggest you bring)

We will be modifying the wooden pin.

1-lb. Forging hammer (I will bring extra hammers for use during workshop.) These hammers will be available for sale should you choose to keep it.

Anvil (I will bring extra anvils for use during the workshop.) These anvils are will be available for sale as well.

6” or 8” mill bastard file

6” or 8” coarse half round file

#2 cut half round file

Jeweler’s saw frame and saw blades

Sanding sticks. 220, 320, 400 grit

Wet & Dry silicon carbide paper 200, 320, 400 grit

Optivisor or reading glasses

Work light and extension cord

Heavy duty side cutters (optional)

Ring clamp

Ear plugs


Optional Supply List

Student’s favorite tools.

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Instructor Website:



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
  • 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!