Jewelry Silversmithing 

Jewelry Bootcamp
Join us for a full week of jewelry-making boot camp! Spend a full five days learning to fabricate jewelry with renowned instructor Barrie Edwards. You will start by making a basic ring and during the week will progress through different projects expanding and perfecting their skills along the way. There will be a variety of projects to choose from to ensure each student creates something they enjoy while still working at their own pace. With the number of dedicated hours involved, you will be encouraged to work on multiple projects at a time and most can expect to complete at least three or four pieces with the potential for many more! Materials fees will vary with chosen projects, though you can expect minimum costs to run approximately $150. Most projects will consist of sterling silver though many projects can be done in copper to keep costs down. Tools will be supplied with the option of purchasing the basic tool kit at the end of the week at a special price.

ABBOTSFORD campus

(40200 TRD JWL20 A9A) Barrie Edwards, 5 sessions, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 9 am–4 pm, $695. Starts Jul 21


Jewelry Silversmithing Beginner
This introductory course is designed for those who would like to make jewelry for themselves or as gifts. You will create two or three different pieces of sterling silver jewelry using the basic techniques of sawing, filing, soldering, and basic stone setting. A basic tool kit is required, available from the instructor at first class for approximately $85 (cash only please). Sterling silver and gemstones are available from instructor once the basic tool kit is purchased. Estimated cost of the first project is $25. If you already have a gemstone you wish to use, bring it to class to have its suitability determined. No previous experience or art background is necessary. Wear casual clothes.

CHILLIWACK — Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(20235 TRD JWL1 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 8 sessions, Tue, 5:30–8:30 pm, $375. Starts Feb 18


Jewelry Silversmithing — Advanced
This is a continuation of our beginner’s jewelry making class and will focus on more advanced techniques. While working on different projects, you will learn hinges, clasps, simple claw settings, surface treatments, advanced chain making and more. An understanding of basic fabrication techniques is required.

CHILLIWACK — Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(20020 TRD JWL2 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 8 sessions, Tue, 5:30–8:30 pm, $375. Starts Apr 22


Flower Earrings
Learn to shape wire, layout the pattern and solder these delicate filigreelike earrings. Light as a feather, these will catch everyone’s attention! This class is suitable for those with little or no experience soldering. Supply fee of $40 payable in class. Cash only please.

CHILLIWACK – Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(20248 TRD JWL19 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm, $69. Feb 15


Etched Copper Bracelet
Using a mild acid solution, we will create a unique texture on copper sheets. Then learn to turn your etched creations into one-of-a-kind bracelets. No experience is necessary for this class, though students with some jewelry-making skills will find it informative as well. Supply fee of $35 payable in class. Cash only please.

CHILLIWACK – Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(20244 TRD JWL7 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm, $69. Feb 22


Soldering — Chain Bracelet
Discover the basics of silversmithing and make a bracelet that you’ll want to show off to friends. In this class you will learn to use sterling silver or copper wire to create coils with wooden dowels, cutting them with a jeweler’s saw, annealing and soldering the individual links and subsequently joining them together to create a bracelet. Learn to use a torch to solder, some basic texturing and shaping of links, and how to use a tumbler to polish your finished projects. Whether you have wire-working skills or not, this is a great way to ease into soldered jewelry. Supply fee of $50 for sterling silver or $20 for copper payable at class. Cash only please.

CHILLIWACK – Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(20243 TRD JWL8 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm, $69. Mar 1


Viking Knit Bracelet
Learn to weave fine-gauge wire into a flexible rope-like chain. We’ll show you how to finish it off with beautiful end caps, and how to add a few beads and a handmade clasp, and you’ll be the envy of all your friends! Once you get the hang of it, you’ll love making these! Supply fee of $35 payable in class. Cash only please.

CHILLIWACK – Canada Education Park
(20249 TRD JWL12 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm, $69. Mar 8


Simply Charming Bracelet
Learn to create a personalized charm bracelet by texturing and stamping messages on metal shapes and turning them into charms. Create your own chain and clasp and add an assortment of beads to finish off these personal treasures. Supply fee of $65 for sterling silver or $35 for copper payable at class. Cash only please.

CHILLIWACK – Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(20250 TRD JWL13 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm, $69. Mar 15


Fold Forming
Fold-forming is a technique for creating three- dimensional items with flat sheets of metal. Using simple tools, we will create a variety of leaf-shaped forms, which we will then turn into earrings or pendants. No experience is needed for this class, though students with some jewelry-making skills will find it informative as well. Supply fee of $35 payable in class. Cash only please.

CHILLIWACK – Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(20251 TRD JWL9 C9A) Darlene Gray, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm, $69. Mar 22


Heavy Duty Fused Bracelet - CANCELLED
Learn to fuse, hammer and form each link in this chunky bracelet. It’s easier than you think and definitely a head turner! This class is suitable for all levels of experience or no experience at all!. Supply fee of $85 for sterling silver or $35 for copper payable at class. Cash only please.

CHILLIWACK – Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(20252 TRD JWL15 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm, $69. Apr 5


Introduction to Chainmaille
You will be introduced to the ancient art of chainmaille and will learn to manipulate and weave small rings into beautiful jewelry. Once you figure out the pattern of the weave, you’ll be amazed at how easy this technique is. It’s also very addictive! We’ll start out with a simple shaggy loops weave then will progress to the more complicated (yet still easy) Byzantine weave. The kit fee includes materials for two complete bracelets. Supply fee of $35 payable in class. Cash only please.

CHILLIWACK – Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(20253 TRD JWL11 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm, $69. Apr 12


Wrapped Copper Bracelet
No soldering necessary for this fabulous copper bracelet! Different textures will be explored as well as riveting and forming. This class is suitable for all levels of experience (or none at all!). Supply fee of $45 payable in class. Cash only please.

CHILLIWACK — Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(20254 TRD JWL18 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm, $69. Apr 26


Landscape Pendant
Sawing and layering multiple metals and making a small bezel are the star techniques in this fun pendant class. This class is suitable for all levels of experience. Supply fee of $40 payable at class. Cash only please.

CHILLIWACK — Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(40196 TRD JWL14 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm, $69. May 3


Soldering — Spinning Rings
Learn to texture sterling silver, then cut and solder to size. They will then learn to create spinners for their rings and finally put everything together. No experience is needed for this class. Supply fee of $40 payable in class. Cash only please.

CHILLIWACK — Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(40195 TRD JWL5 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm, $69. May 10


Riveted Necklace
Cold connections are used to create each of the unique links in this funky necklace. Many textures, patterns and shapes will be explored along with several different cold connection methods. This class is suitable for all levels of experience (or no experience at all!) Supply fee of $50 payable in class. Cash only please.

CHILLIWACK — Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(40197 TRD JWL17 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm, $69. May 31


Exploring Reticulation
Reticulation is a (nearly) magical technique using a torch to texture silver, making it look like crinkled tin foil. Learn to use your flame to create dimension and texture to your silver with reticulation. The excitement of watching your metal move and wrinkle as you warm it strategically never gets old! Use the organic shapes to create a beautiful pendant and earring set. Some soldering experience would be helpful but not necessary! Supply fee of $50 payable at class. Cash only please.

CHILLIWACK — Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(40198 TRD JWL10 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm, $69. Jun 14


Cabochon Bracelet
The centerpiece of this simple bracelet does double duty! Unhook it from the bracelet and you can hang it as a pendant! Learn to bezel set a large cabochon as well as the forming and shaping heavy wire into a bangle. This class is suitable for students with some soldering experience. Supply fee of $85 for sterling silver or $35 for copper payable at class. Cash only please.

CHILLIWACK — Trades and Technology centre, Canada Education Park
(40199 TRD JWL16 C9A) Barrie Edwards, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm, $69. Jun 28

Last updated December 2013

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