login to my account
On The Fringe Tuesday, August 1, 9:00 AM  
Deryn Mentock $145  
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Process & Project
Prerequisite: None
Workshop Category: Jewelry, Metal-working, Soldering, Tools, Wire-working

Click on a picture to see it in a full-sized window

Out here on the fringe of traditional metalsmithing, I do things a little bit differently! I've always enjoyed using non-traditional materials in my jewelry making, mixing hard and soft, grunge with sparkle. This necklace brings all of that together with a boho twist.

I'll show you how to make your own, fabulously layered, leather tassel. You'll fabricate and solder a large cap for your tassel, from vintage filigree metal that I'll supply. This process includes creating a textured bail, for the top of your tassel cap. I'll cover cutting, shaping, filing, annealing, riveting, ring making, texturing, soldering (as well as pick soldering), pickle, patina and finishing. The combination of metal and leather makes for a beautiful, stand-out focal.

To finish your piece, I'll show you the skill of silk knotting. This method is traditionally used with pearls but we'll use it with gemstones, as well. You'll love the hand-feel that knotting gives your piece! I'll share my tips and tricks to successful knotting using silk cord. I'll also show you the most versatile wire link you'll ever need, and show you how to connect your knotted section to your links.

Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

  • $35.00 includes:
  • Leather
  • Adhesive for leather
  • Vintage metal trim
  • Riveting materials
  • Silk knotting cord
  • Adhesive for silk
  • Sterling crimping materials

Instructor Provided (for use in-class, and to share):

  • Texture hammers
  • Texture plates
  • Bailing pliers
  • Hole punch pliers
  • Disk cutter
  • Finishing tools and bits
  • Torches
  • Fuel
  • Trays
  • Pliers
  • Soldering picks
  • Flux
  • Silver solder
  • Pickle
  • Patina solution
  • Paper towels
  • Safety glasses
  • 0000 steel wool
  • Use of other tools and supplies

Student should bring:

  • Chain-nose jewelry pliers
  • Round-nose jewelry pliers
  • Large Wrap-n-Tap pliers (Click Here)
  • Flush cutters for wire (Click here)
  • Metal file #2
  • Fine-tip tweezers for jewelry (Click here)
  • Fine grit foam sanding block
  • Manicure stick or pad with very fine grit surface
  • Jewelry hammer with rounded face
  • Small 12 oz rubber dead blow hammer or rawhide mallet
  • Steel bench block
  • Bench pillow (or hand towel) for use under bench block
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Fine tip Sharpie
  • 4 inches, 14 gauge dead soft, round, sterling wire
  • 4-5 feet, 22 or 24 gauge dead soft, round sterling wire: bring wire to fit the beads you intend to use for links.
  • 1 square inch, 22 gauge sheet sterling
  • Beads for links; make sure holes fit 22 or 24 gauge wire
  • Beads, gemstones and/or pearls: center drilled beads and top drilled briolettes for knotting (see photo for approximate sizes). Bring a variety and avoid beads with large holes.
  • Battery powered task light -- (Required)


  • Texture hammers
  • Vintage (or new) metal trim
  • 1.80 size hole punch pliers
  • Bailing pliers
  • Vintage religious medal, rhinestone button or other element for a dangle

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site store when you arrive at AU, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
call: 602-956-0189

Questions: mocknet@sbcglobal.net
Website: derynmentock.net