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3-Day Embellishing Jewelry with Handmade Prong Settings Workshop with Joanna Gollberg

  • Friday, September 11, 2020
  • 10:00 AM
  • Sunday, September 13, 2020
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5353 Buford Highway NE Doraville GA 30340
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3-Day Workshop

Embellishing Jewelry with Handmade Prong Settings Workshop

instructed by

Joanna Gollberg

September 11 - September 13, 2020

Friday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Through fabrication methods and proper soldering techniques, students will learn how to create a wire prong setting to trap objects in their jewelry.  We'll also learn a variety of soldering techniques (such as sheet & wire applique, open filigree wire work, and simple kinetics) which will help students add surprising and delightful details to their work.  Many other short cuts, tips & tricks, and techniques will be covered as we go along!  Soldering small to large components will be a major part of this class.  Students should be prepared with ideas of jewelry designs they want to complete or the instructor can give assignments.

Please note: We will only be using a torch with two gases in this class, such as the Smith Little Torch.  Be prepared to have a mind-blowing experience working with this tool!

Joanna received her A.A.S. in Jewelry Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1997. She has been a self-employed studio jeweler for 20 years, selling her work at craft & jewelry galleries and fine craft shows in the US. She has authored four books on making jewelry (all published by Lark Books), and her work been included in numerous publications, such as Metalsmith Magazine, Ornament Magazine, 20th Century Jewelers, and 500 Wedding Rings. She teaches jewelry making for metalsmithing groups, and craft schools, such as Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont, and Haystack Craft School.

Workshop Artist Assistant:  Mary Pettignano

Student Supplies:

Easy & Hard wire solder. 5(ish) feet of each.

Sheet metal: 24-18 gauge of any metal of your choice or whatever you have on hand

Wire: 24-12 gauge of any metal of your choice or whatever you have on hand. 20, 18, & 16g are best for most prongs.

Found Objects, gemstones, beads, buttons, whatever you want to trap.

Do not fret if you are not sure what metal to buy. You will be able to buy it or trade for it in class once you know what you need. Just bring materials you think you might want to use for making the jewelry you like.


Saw frame & size 3/0 blades, steel ruler with millimeters, chasing hammer, rawhide mallet, Drill bits of various sizes (.8mm, 1mm, 1.2mm or corresponding sizes for 18, 16, and 14 gauge wires), 220- and 400-grit wet/dry (gray color) sandpaper, scribe, snips, flat-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, titanium solder pick, protective eyewear, apron, notebook for sketching & taking notes. Bring any flex shaft accessories you want.

Please bring a cheap metal cookie tray with a lip. This will be used for all your soldering tools. You will keep all your soldering needs on this tray and carry it back and forth to the soldering station. This is extremely helpful!

Do not fret if you do not have a complete set of tools. You can use what the studio has or you can borrow from me or classmates.


Highly Suggested purchases:

Green Pumice wheels: Rio Grande product #332-722 (pack of 10)

Advantedge Silicone polishing wheels:

Black (medium) #332-621 (pack of 10)

White (coarse) #332-601 (pack of 10)

Penetrable soldering block: Kaiser Lee Board, size 1” x “8” x 9”

(Joanna will have Kaiser Lee boards to sell for $10.)


$375 Members

$400 Non-Members


MAGG Studio, 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340


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Cancellation / Refund Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the workshop contact as soon as possible.  A cancellation fee of 20% of the workshop tuition will be charged on cancellations received more than 28 days before the start of the workshop.  Cancellations received less than 28 days but more than 7 days before the workshop will receive a 50% refund; cancellations received 7 days or less before the start of the workshop will receive no refund.  If your seat in the workshop can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.

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