Jewelry: Intro to Finish and Polish

  • Tuesday, November 23, 2021
  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 9:00 AM 11:30 AM (PST)
  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 9:00 AM 11:30 AM (PST)
  • BARN Jewelry Studio, Class Code JE-AJA112321NA
  • 0


  • $102 tuition + $10 materials fee
  • $78 tuition + $10 materials fee

Registration is closed

Stack of rings with different finishes and texturesIn this two session class, we will explore creating different finishes on copper and brass while learning multiple ways to clean and polish other jewelry metals. Flex-shaft and burr use for creating finishes will be demonstrated. The importance of pre-polishing parts to get uniform finishing after assembly will be covered. Polishing compounds and cleaning processes will be explained.

The safety procedures for use of tools to create textured finishes such as hammer texture, magnetic pin finishing and bright polishing with Buffing wheels are all covered and will be tested in this class. Participants may bring current projects and their own material to experiment on. No chemical finishing (patinas) will be covered in this class.

Safety in the Studio 

Please read the Jewelry and Fine Metals Studio safety protocols here. BARN-wide safety protocols can be found here. All participants will be required to wear a mask.

To avoid injury, please follow these guidelines:
  • Wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Tie long hair back.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing, dangling jewelry, scarves, ties, or any item that could get caught in machinery. 
  • Wear hearing protection when using noisy equipment. 
  • Wear safety glasses and/or a dust mask when using specific equipment.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to fill out our simple form.  

Instructor Bio:

Nanz Aalund’s wide ranging career as a jewelry designer, goldsmith, and educator, began with high school shop classes. After serving as a fine jewelry designer and marketing consultant for Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co., Aalund taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington and at the Art Institute in Seattle. Earning a Masters of Fine Art (MFA/Metals) and a Masters of Education/College and Technical Teaching Curriculum (CTTC). Her work has been exhibited both national and internationally since the 1980’s. She authored the book, “Masters Gold,” published by Lark Books in 2009 and her most recent publication, “A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeship” published in 2017 for MJSA, received a national AM&P Excel Award in 2018.

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