Hydraulic Jewelry Press Classes

Hydraulic Jewelry Press Classes, along with guest silversmith Heather, from Towed Studio!  

The hydraulic press is a fabulous way to introduce dimension to your jewelry. You will have the opportunity to make 2 pairs of earrings or 4 pendants.  This technique  is also great for those who love to enamel.

You will learn to

  • prepare and form metal using the 20-ton imPress hydraulic press.
  • experiment using pancake dies, impression dies, and silhouette dies
  • roll textures on your metal
  • solder, assemble and finish your piece.


Supplies: will be provided by Cottonwood Silver and Lapidary Supplies



  • Two sheets of 22-gauge copper, 1.5” x 1.5”
  • Two sheets of 22-gauge sterling silver, 1.5” x 1.5”
  • 14-gauge drill bits
  • 16-gauge wire (for jump ring bails) – sterling silver
  • 19-gauge wire (for ear wire) – sterling silver

Heather will be in the Colorado Springs area for 2 weeks. If you would like to plan a private group or individual session or with her please contact Bonnie Nelson at cottonwoodsls@gmail.com or 719-231-7049

 Heather of Towed Studio is a primarily self-taught Silversmith.  Though, lately she has taken to learning everything she can from other teachers and colleagues.  She is now apprenticing with a master goldsmith in Tucson, Arizona when she, her husband, and two rescue dogs are not traveling the country in their RV.  Heather teaches at Xerocraft, a maker space in Tucson, in her home studio, and while traveling.  She specializes in Sterling Silver, large stones, sand casting, hydraulic press jewelry, and tool making.  She loves to teach as much as she loves to learn… and coffee… and chocolate.