Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication with Helen Driggs (Video Download)

Instantly take your skills and jewelry designs to the next level with the versatility of metal jewelry making.
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Join artist and experienced metalsmith Helen Driggs in 9 watch-and-learn lessons as she shows you step by step how to fabricate metal jewelry pieces! Gain immediate access to take your skills and jewelry designs to the next level with the versatility of metal jewelry making.

Master metalsmithing basics as you boost your jewelry-making skills with these essential techniques for getting started with metal, including how-tos in sawing, filing, hammering, forging, and much more!

Discover the different types of metal and learn how to use them in your own jewelry. Making expert techniques easy to use, Helen covers the fundamentals of metal jewelry making with copper, brass, and silver metals.  

Instantly enter a new era in your jewelry designs as you:

  • Stay safe and get started the right way with a comprehensive metal jewelry making  tools and materials overview.
  • Master metalsmithing must-knows:  punch and drill holes for your own cold connections, saw shapes for one-of-a-kind jewelry designs, and more.
  • Make your mark on your metal jewelry designs with texturing, stamping, and forming.
  • Discover the “secrets of the bench” with tricks to making the most of your metal.
  • Add dimension and intrigue to your pieces with grove and fold techniques.
  • Create professional-quality metal jewelry designs with filing and finishing how-tos.
  • And more!

Plus! Learn Helen’s tricks to making your own sanding stick, sawing out your own designs, creating a sample texture bracelet, and more!

Watch two full hours of exciting metal jewelry making essentials on your own time. This two-part, digital version allows you to start and stop when it’s convenient for you. Get a front-row seat to this master metal jewelry making class you can watch again and again!


SKU: EP2505

Author/Speaker/Editor: Helen I. Driggs

Format: Standard Definition Video

Table of Contents

Metalsmith Essentials: Part 1

  • Introduction: Metal Types and Gauges
  • Measuring Metal
  • Sawing Patterns
  • Filing and Finishing Edges
  • Filing Shapes and Textures

Metalsmith Essentials: Part 2

  • Punching and Drilling
  • Stamping Patterns
  • Notching and Scraping
  • Hammering Shapes and Textures
  • Forging and Forming



SKU: EP2505

Author/Speaker/Editor: Helen I. Driggs

Format: Standard Definition Video

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Customer Reviews

Excellent! Review by Pamela

This was a very well done production with a teacher that was down to earth and knows her stuff. As a beginning video, Helen could not have been more instructive! I learned so much...I wish I could take her class..
Great job, highly recommended!!

(Posted on 8/12/2014)

(Posted on 8/12/2014)

Wonderful resource! Review by Sharon Ivy

I just love Helen's confident, laid back, style of teaching. I consider myself an advanced beginner in metalsmithing and was thrilled to find that Helen's instruction moved at just the right pace; not so slow as to be boring and not too fast as to overwhelm a beginning student. Many of us don't have the luxury of attending local metalsmithing classes. Thank you, Helen, for sharing your knowledge and a bit of yourself with us.

(Posted on 4/18/2011)

(Posted on 4/18/2011)

Three cheers Review by Hope Nesmith

Three cheers for video downloads. I only wish the store had 'downloadable' as a category when searching. This introduction to basic metalworking skills (not including soldering- which would fill a 2 hour class on its own) is terrific. Easy to follow, good visuals, I would recommend this for any jewelry artist who is self-taught or even has had some face to face instruction. I learned something or picked up a tip in every section. If you are a 'show me' learner like I am, this is a great addition to your library. I hope Helen Driggs produces many more video classes like this in the future.

(Posted on 1/30/2011)

(Posted on 1/30/2011)