Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication with Helen Driggs Video Download

Instantly take your skills and jewelry designs to the next level with the versatility of metal jewelry making.
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Join artist and experienced metalsmith Helen Driggs in 9 watch-and-learn lessons as she shows you step by step how to fabricate metal jewelry pieces! Gain immediate access to take your skills and jewelry designs to the next level with the versatility of metal jewelry making.

Master metalsmithing basics as you boost your jewelry-making skills with these essential techniques for getting started with metal, including how-tos in sawing, filing, hammering, forging, and much more!

Discover the different types of metal and learn how to use them in your own jewelry. Making expert techniques easy to use, Helen covers the fundamentals of metal jewelry making with copper, brass, and silver metals.  

Instantly enter a new era in your jewelry designs as you:

  • Stay safe and get started the right way with a comprehensive metal jewelry making  tools and materials overview.
  • Master metalsmithing must-knows:  punch and drill holes for your own cold connections, saw shapes for one-of-a-kind jewelry designs, and more.
  • Make your mark on your metal jewelry designs with texturing, stamping, and forming.
  • Discover the "secrets of the bench" with tricks to making the most of your metal.
  • Add dimension and intrigue to your pieces with grove and fold techniques.
  • Create professional-quality metal jewelry designs with filing and finishing how-tos.
  • And more!

Plus! Learn Helen's tricks to making your own sanding stick, sawing out your own designs, creating a sample texture bracelet, and more!

Watch two full hours of exciting metal jewelry making essentials on your own time. This two-part, digital version allows you to start and stop when it's convenient for you. Get a front-row seat to this master metal jewelry making class you can watch again and again!


Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU EP2505
Product Type Video Download
Author/Designer Helen I. Driggs
Technique Metalsmithing
Customer Reviews (6)
I was a bit hesitant to purchase because I'm not a TOTAL beginner. I needn't have worried. As others have said, excellent instructor, great tips, good camera work, very professionally done AND she doesn't waste your time with a bunch of chit chat. Just good relevant information.
Very pleased with my purchase.
Review by Jennifer (Posted on 2/12/2017)
Five stars aren't enough!
I just finished my first silversmithing course, but wanted a video for more information. This video covers just about everything but soldering, and is perfect for a beginning metalsmith. My class didn't have the formal presentation of techniques that this video does, and it was very helpful to see it all methodically covered. Helen Driggs is an excellent instructor, and I hope I can take one of her classes in person sometime. Even if I'd had some of these things formally presented in class, the camera can zoom in closer on the work than a student can see in a classroom, and that's extremely helpful. It's also helpful that I can go back over this information again and again. It's also very helpful that she covered some issues that I didn't know I needed. Now, when I look at other people's completed projects, I know more about how they achieved their results. That helps me plan future projects, and know which skills I need to develop before starting them. I cannot emphasize enough how pleased I am about that aspect of the video. This video is very highly recommended for anyone who's just starting out and wants an overview of methods, tools and techniques.

Criticisms: I have no criticisms of Helen's presentation whatsoever. I'm a video producer's nightmare, however, because I used to be a television producer, and I tend to be very critical of instructional videos I view. Had this video been a little more meticulously planned, camera angles could have been adjusted so that Helen's hands didn't get in the way of viewing the progress she was making. That is a problem in nearly ever video I've viewed, ever. Camera angles are difficult to plan for. It also would have been good to have examples of certain projects in various stages, so that Helen could pick up a pre-annealed piece during a project, and just proceed from there, instead remarking that she should have started with an annealed piece of metal, etc. There was one point where she needed a planishing hammer and didn't have one. Better planning could have avoided that. But these are minor, fairly picky criticisms, and if you're interested in this video, don't let them stop you from buying.

I will RIP Interweave on one thing. During the video, Helen showed a sawing template, and mentioned that it could be found on the Jewelry Making Daily website. I couldn't find it, after several minutes of searching. The link to that template should be in this product listing, easy to find and ready to go. The student should be able to find that link with little effort, and there's no excuse for it not being there. Alternately, it could be part of the list of "downloadable materials" in the customer's account.

Even with my (admittedly picky) criticisms, I have to say this is an excellent product, and you'll get a lot for the money you'll spend. Anyone who's interested should go ahead and purchase it. You won't be sorry!
Review by Jenny (Posted on 12/16/2015)
What a wonderful, clear, and helpful resource. Helen's lessons are well presented and full of practical tips and tricks. Everyone can learn something from these, especially a novice. I look forward to taking an in-person class with Helen. Review by HP_Fan (Posted on 1/8/2015)
This was a very well done production with a teacher that was down to earth and knows her stuff. As a beginning video, Helen could not have been more instructive! I learned so much...I wish I could take her class..
Great job, highly recommended!!
Review by Pamela (Posted on 8/12/2014)
Wonderful resource!
I just love Helen's confident, laid back, style of teaching. I consider myself an advanced beginner in metalsmithing and was thrilled to find that Helen's instruction moved at just the right pace; not so slow as to be boring and not too fast as to overwhelm a beginning student. Many of us don't have the luxury of attending local metalsmithing classes. Thank you, Helen, for sharing your knowledge and a bit of yourself with us. Review by Sharon Ivy (Posted on 4/18/2011)
Three cheers
Three cheers for video downloads. I only wish the store had 'downloadable' as a category when searching. This introduction to basic metalworking skills (not including soldering- which would fill a 2 hour class on its own) is terrific. Easy to follow, good visuals, I would recommend this for any jewelry artist who is self-taught or even has had some face to face instruction. I learned something or picked up a tip in every section. If you are a 'show me' learner like I am, this is a great addition to your library. I hope Helen Driggs produces many more video classes like this in the future. Review by Hope Nesmith (Posted on 1/30/2011)
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