Class project examples (top) and
locket (bottom) by Andrea Zatarain
Making Hinges


Andrea Zatarain

Level: Intermediate and above
Requirements: Jewelry II or equivalent, and confidence at the torch
Program: Spring
Status: Closed
Tuition: $ 425
Materials: $ 70
Date: April 12, 2012 - June 07, 2012
Time: Every Thursday at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Metalwerx

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Hinges can be intimidating but with the right tools and this course, students will learn the necessary skills for at least three basic hinge styles as well as come to understand more challenging hinged mechanisms. See examples of how these moving joints are used in lockets and small boxes, as well as in connections for bracelets and necklaces.

Students will learn each technique through a series of projects including a pendant with hinged sections, a basic locket that can be decorated as desired and a pair of sterling earrings with a jump-ring hinge. As time permits and based on interest, students may have a chance to practice other types of hinges in class.

In addition to the hinges covered in class, time will be spent going over the theory and basic geometry of various hinges and how to build them. Each student will take home the samples made in class as well as at least one finished piece.

If you'd like to see more of Andrea's work, please visit her website

This class is 9 sessions long. Each session is 3 hours. If a make-up class is necessary, it will be held on June 14.

Materials & Tools

A materials fee of $70 is payable when signing up. It includes base metal and silver to complete class projects as well as a parallel round file for making hinges and a soft soldering board.

Students Should Bring:

  • 2/0 sawblades
  • sanding sticks (320, 400 and 600 grit)
  • sand paper sheets for lapping down flat surfaces (320, 400 and 600 grit)
  • favorite files and needle files
  • a pair of old needle nose pliers


  • 6" long 1/8" dia. Cut 2 round parallel file. (Please do not go out and buy this for the class. It may be useful later on in the semester.)
  • Miter Jig, if you have one


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