Metalsmith Essentials Basic Fabrication with Helen Driggs DVD

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! 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.  

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 set 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!


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: 11BD08

Author/Speaker/Editor: Helen I. Driggs

Format: DVD

ISBN 13: 9781596684119

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Customer Reviews

Excellent! Review by Pamela

Helen is an outstanding teacher..I will watch this again. I love her down to earth and functional ways. She always takes into account that some people cannot afford to buy every fancy tools, so her suggestions for doing it the old fashioned way was superb!!
Ten stars for Helen..

(Posted on 8/12/14)

Great for Beginners Review by Brenda

I purchased this DVD set as one of the reviews indicated that it was for beginners and intermediate metalsmiths. I consider myself the latter. Helen does a very good job of explaining everything as she demonstrates, but I got nothing from the DVD's. I would consider this a very good purchase for beginners, but a waste of time/money for intermediates.

(Posted on 1/28/14)

WOW Review by Diane

I was watching the DVD's and my husband started watching too. The instructions and demonstrations were great. Helen Driggs did a great job of explaining and I'm ready to learn new projects! Hurray!

(Posted on 12/27/13)

GREAT!!! Review by Benjamin Pastrana

I learned a lot of tips! Very professional teaching. Recommended!

(Posted on 8/17/11)

MY PRIVATE WORKSHOP Review by Christine Dycio

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! This is what I have been waiting for, a private workshop! I don't have to take notes and I can go back over and over in between practice sessions. Wonderful suggestions for practice metal. Whether you are a beginner or intermediate, do not hesitate, there is something for you. Clear, concise directions with some novel new ideas (for me)on tools. Please tell me that this is a series and that the next tape is in post-production and ready for sale.

(Posted on 1/3/11)