Jewelry Arts Classes, Tools & Lapidary
Welcome to jewelry classes at Veberod Gem Gallery! We have a long history of offering all sorts of jewelry-making and metalsmithing classes to our artists community. Our goal is to make learning the jewelry arts enjoyable and more accessible to everyone. Starting summer 2023 we will not be requiring vaccine records. Class descriptions may still need updating and we will re-evaluate as conditions warrant but lets hope things continue to improve! Mask requirements will be based on CDC recommendations. If you have any symptoms prior to a class, please let us know and we will be happy to reschedule you to a later date!
We have found that students in Silversmithing 1 are the most likely to need individual attention so we are currently limiting those classes to four students. Because of that, and the limited number of Saturdays available in each month, the Saturday Silversmithing 1 classes are the most likely to be sold out. We encourage new silversmithing students to try and sign up for one of the weekday options which are nearly always available and less expensive!
Cancellations are inevitable and we will do our best to work with you, but since our class sizes are so small, we need as much advance notice as possible. Cancellations more than 30 days in advance can be refunded, credited or rescheduled. Cancellations between 30 days and 10 days of class will be given store credit or rescheduled. Cancellations with less than10 days advance notice - no refund. If cancelling with no refund, students can use the RETAKE code to sign up for a future class at half price
To become comfortable at silversmithing requires lots of practice! If you have trouble continuing at home we have options for practicing in the classroom. Hosted open studios sessions for Veberod students with Harry are almost every Friday from 10-5 at no charge. You can also sign up to retake any of the classes for half the price. Please check with us the Friday you wish to come in and make sure Harry is available.
There is a discount available for retaking a class (RETAKE). Please use the code only when applicable.
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We have one of the most extensive collection of jewelry-making tools stocked in-house in the Twin Cities! Why shop online when you can get guidance from a professional and see what you're purchasing up close!
We have everything to get you set up with a home workshop! Whether you’re a beader/pearl knotter or looking to do full-on metal smithing, we’ve got you covered. Plus, we offer expert advice on what’s the best tool for the job you’re working on. Come in to see our selection of:
Jewelry benches, lights and work surfaces
Flexshafts and a full range of finishing bristles, brushes, discs and more
Saws, shears, die cutters and dapping blocks
Hammers for stamping, texturing, fold-forming and beyond
Lost wax casting supplies and materials
Torches small and large
Findings and pre-made settings for small cabochons and gemstones
Metals, gemstones, gemstone beads and pearls and cabochons
We carry Lortone lapidary equipment as well as a full line of sintered diamond carving points and tumbling supplies. If you want to learn to make cabochons, we teach one-on-one classes in that as well with purchase of equipment.
Lortone tumblers are known for their durability and quiet operation. Their all rubber barrels have been the standard in rotary tumblers for many years. We stock Lortone tumblers from 3# to 12# capacity.
Rotary tumblers (Lortone) polish rocks through a series of four steps which are outlined below:
Coarse grind 60/90 grit 1Tb/pound
Medium grind 150/220 grit 1Tb/pound
Fine grind 500 grit 1Tb/pound
Polish Titanium Oxide 1/2Tb/pound
Barrels should start out about 3/4 full and not be allowed to drop below 2/3 full. If too much rock grinds away and the barrel becomes less than 2/3 full just add some polished rocks or use plastic pellets to refill. If you do use plastic pellets, keep a separate bag of pellets for each grit so that you do not carry some embedded grit forward and contaminate the next step. To figure the amount of grit, just weigh the barrel empty then fill to 3/4 full with rocks and weigh again. Add enough water to make a slurry (like gravy) with the grit if possible. Too much water just allows the grit to ride on the bottom of the barrel. Each step should run about a week. Step one does all of the shaping so if you are not happy with the roundness after one week, repeat step one with fresh grit. It is common practice to follow the polish step with a one day tumble in water containing a powdered soap like Dreft.
The most common problem is to not get everything properly washed off between steps. Just 1 or 2 grains of grit carried forward can do a lot of damage when they are tumbling around for a week!
Enjoy your tumbler! Be sure to let us know if you're having problems. We'll be happy to try and help you figure out what the problem is. If you're having great success, we love to hear about that too! Bring in some stones for show and tell!