Jewelry making tools


Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
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Are you interested in jewelry production, but not sure where to start or what materials to invest in? Discover the basics of jewelry design in this introductory jewelry workshop. Instructor Tarina Frank will demonstrate how to saw out your metal setting and add design elements to make a truly unique piece. During the workshop, learn how to tab set a large cabochon stone. Tab setting, also known as turtle setting, is an easy way to set a stone without using traditional soldering techniques. (No soldering tools are needed for this workshop!) You will also practice how to saw metal, which is one of the most important skills to learn when beginning jewelry making.

Registration fee includes live instruction via Zoom, an informational packet, and one-on-one support through Zoom coaching. Required tools and materials are not included in this fee but can be purchased from Houston-based Jemco Jeweler’s Supply prior to the workshop date. Jemco has assembled a $75 kit specifically for this workshop. If you have any of the tools included in the Jemco kit (see list below), you can remove them and pay only for the items you need. You can also choose to upgrade your kit to sterling silver for an additional fee.

All tools and materials purchased for the use of this workshop are essential to jump starting your jewelry studio practice. Find out if metalsmithing and jewelry making is your calling!

Non-member: $35
Member: $25
Note: Required tools and materials must be purchased separately from Jemco for $75.

Register online here.

Registration is open through March 25th and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The class is for adults only (age 18 and over) and requires a minimum of 5 participants to hold. The Zoom link for the workshop will be emailed to registered participants the day before the workshop date. The link will be sent to the email address used to register for the workshop. For questions about materials or registration, please email

Kits can be purchased for $75 and picked up prior to the workshop date at Jemco Jeweler’s Supply during their normal business hours:  Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM, and Saturday, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Call Jemco directly to inquire about shipping options and fees.

Jemco Jeweler’s Supply
6610 Harwin Dr., Suite 110
Houston, Texas 77036
Phone: 713-541-4242

Required Materials – Included in Jemco Kit
–6×6 inch copper sheet (or upgrade to sterling silver for additional fee)
–Plastic mallet
–Saw frame
–Saw blades size #1/0
–V-slot bench pin and clamp
–Needle files (10 pcs)
–Sandpaper 280 grit, 400 grit, and 600 grit
–30 mm x 40 mm cabochon
–Leather necklace cording
–Three jump rings

Required Materials – Not Included in Kit
–Masking tape
–Thin sharpie

Optional Materials – Not Included in Kit
–Sheet of sterling silver
–Sterling silver chain
–Drill press with drill bits

Workshops are subject to cancellation or change due to low enrollment. Registrants will be notified seven (7) days in advance if the workshop is cancelled by HCCC. If registrants need to cancel their reservation, they must do so at least 14 days in advance to receive a full refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to workshop date. To cancel your registration, email HCCC at, so that someone on the waiting list can attend the workshop.