Metal Jewelry Workshop

By Helen I. Driggs



This beginner’s guide shows how to create exciting wearable art using just 12 simple, inexpensive hand tools—no jewelry torch required! Learn the basics of materials and techniques with 8 practice exercises and 12 beautiful step-by-step projects.

Metal-smith Author


Helen Driggs is an experienced metalsmith, teaching artist, writer, maker of things, and now the author of the Metal Jewelry Workshop! Helen currently teaches jewelry classes on the Bead and Gem Show circuit around the country. She is the former Senior Editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry, a BFA graduate of Moore College of Art, and has studied jewelry independently with some of the most talented metalsmiths/jewelers of our time. In addition to her book, she also has a variety of DVDs: Metalsmith Essentials: Riveting & Cold Connections and Metalsmith Essentials Basic Fabrication. Her background as an illustrator of science and information; strongly influences her metalwork process. She collects a variety of potential jewelry materials and much like an evolutionary biologist, then groups and describes with sketches and notes before touching the metal.

Author Helen I. Driggs

Metal Jewelry Workshop will be published by Fox Chapel and released in the Fall of 2018.


Upcoming Events

August 17, 18 & 19, 2018

Bead Fest • Philadelphia, PA

Jewelry artists of all skill levels and techniques can indulge in their creative passion at Bead Fest. Featuring 200+ workshops and an Expo Marketplace perfect for creating and discovering jewelry art inspiration. Workshops Begin August 15th.

August 31 – September 3, 2018

JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Restock Show • Tucson, AZ

About 200 booths showcase finished pieces that skew from antique and designer to gold and silver. Those looking to create their own jewelry can browse an array of loose stones, gems, beads, findings, corals, turquoise, and Swarovski crystals.

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Available September 2018

Metal Jewelry Workshop


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Metal Jewelry Workshop

Metal Jewelry Workshop will give you 8 exercises and 12 step-by-step projects to master the use of jeweler’s tools and create beautiful industrial jewelry to show off your creative talents. The method that Helen uses in this book will help you build a foundation of proper technique with no torch required.

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