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    Perforated Perfection:         
Explorations in Perforated Steel
November 17-19

Live online class
Class fee: $270
Kit of supplies: $30 plus $8.45 shipping (Note: Kit contains 10 sheets of perforated steel)


About This Live Online Workshop

Steel is the metal that “keeps on giving” for jewelry artists. Steel opens windows of creativity because it is affordable, light weight, tough and malleable. In addition, steel offers jewelers a wide range of forms to work with, including sheet, wire, rod, tube, mesh and perforated sheet.  


Of all the forms available, perforated steel is the most exciting and interesting.  Perforated sheet has been stamped or punched to create different holes sizes, shapes and patterns. It is produced in a wide range of patterns—circles, squares, honeycomb, slotted, octagon, expanded and more—and offers a whole new area of exploration. 


In this workshop, we’ll unlock the creative potential of perforated steel, starting with the fundamentals of sourcing and ordering it, cutting, forming and soldering it, and creating bezels, bails and frames with it. Then we’ll kick things up a notch to explore the creative aspects of perforated steel by learning to visualize different design possibilities. As part of this exploration, you will learn to combine different perforated steel patterns, create dimensional shapes with perforated steel, finish edges, ends, seams and corners, combine wire with perforated steel, and fuse metals to perforated steel.


You will have the opportunity to create at least two pieces of perforated steel jewelry. In addition, the class will end with a bang—a little friendly creative competition among class members. At the end of the class you will be invited to submit one or two of your class projects (whether finished in class or not) to the perforated steel competition. Experienced judges will evaluate the entries and select the top two based on technical capability and creative use of perforated steel. Winners will be announced within a week after the deadline ends and each will receive a $50 gift certificate from Rio Grande. More details will be announced in class. 


Skill Level

Students will need to have competent metal working skills, including cutting, sawing, filing, sanding and forming.

Registration Deadline

Nov. 10, 2021 for U.S. students
Oct. 20, 2021 for non-U.S. students (Note that shipping of kits may be limited for certain locations.)



$30 plus $8.45 shipping within the U.S.
For U.S. students, kits will be shipped approximately ten days before the class starts for U.S. For non-U.S. students the timing and shipping cost will be based on location. The kits will contain:


  • 10 sheets of perforated steel in different patterns 5"x8"

  • 2 sheets of 20g mild steel 5”x8”

  • Sample containers of brazing flux for steel and sealing wax

  • Stencils for creating perforated steel designs

  • Black annealed wire—1 foot of 10g, 2 feet of 16g

Student Supplies

Please click here for a list of the tools and supplies that you will need to provide for the workshop.


Workshop Format

The workshop will consist of three parts:

  1. Pre-class pre-recorded videos covering the basics of working with steel will be available Oct 22. If you are new to steel, the pre-class videos are a required pre-requisite to the class. The four videos, ranging from 6 to 12 minutes will be posted a week before the class begins and a link will be sent to all registered students. If you have taken one of my classes in the past or you are comfortable working with steel, the videos are not mandatory, but you are encouraged to review them before class. The videos will be available for 30 days after the end of class.

  2. ​Formal class time will occur Nov. 17-19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST. The class will consist of lecture, pre-recorded video demos and class discussion. 

  3. Open studio sessions will be held Nov. 17 and 18 from 3 – 4 p.m. PST. While these sessions are optional, they do offer a valuable opportunity to share progress, ask questions and troubleshoot any issues.

Class recording and demo videos will be available for two weeks after the class.

Workshop Schedule

(Note that all times are PST. If you are in a different time zone, be sure to note the proper time for your area.)

November 17 

Class One – Working with perforated steel – 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
•    Quick review of basics
•    Types of perforated steel available
•    Purchasing perforated steel (Includes pictural guide to perforated steel patterns and sizes)
•    Cutting perforated steel
•    Forming perforated steel
•    Soldering perforated steel
•    Bezels, bails and frames
•    Assignment (cutting blanks)

Optional Open Studio – 3 –4 p.m. PST


November 18 

Class Two – Designing with perforated steel (out of the box) – 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
•    Working with the perforated pattern—different ways of seeing the pattern (for example, using a stencil)
•    Layering perforated steel 
•    Combining different perforated steel patterns
•    Creating dimensional shapes
•    Assignment (designing with perforated steel)

Optional Open Studio – 3 – 4 p.m. PST


November 19

Class Three – Executing designs with perforated steel
•    Finishing edges, ends, seams and corners
•    Combining wire with perforated steel
•    Fusing metals to perforated steel
•    Patinas and sealing perforated steel (high level)
•    Perforated steel competition (entry deadline is Nov. 5)

Note: There will be no Open Studio the last day of class.


Cancellations before the registration deadline will be accepted. If the seat can be filled a full refund will be provided; otherwise 50% of the fee will be refunded.  Cancellations will not be refunded after the registration deadline.

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