Beads and Yarn


About Us
Joe and Anat Silvera are metalsmiths, teachers and the founders of the Silvera Jewelry School in Berkeley, CA. Joe Silvera is the author of Soldering Made Simple: Easy Techniques for Kitchen Table Jewelers. Find out more about us...

and Retreats

Some students have told us that they've learned more in our 1, 2 and 3 day workshops than they did during a semester of jewelry! Each student receives full color handouts with step by step pictures, illustrations and instructions for the project. They're like mini-books! Browse classes now...

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Books and Tools

Need tools or can’t make it to a class? Shop for quality metalsmithing tools hand picked by the instructors and browse our books and classes on DVD. Check it out...

Wax Carving
What is wax carving? Well, have you ever wanted to cast your own designs in metal, like silver, gold or bronze? Then you need lost wax casting, and carving a wax model is how you prepare your piece for casting. Check out my pages on the lost wax process, my portfolio and more about how lost wax can help you cast your own original designs with custom wax models. Read more about wax carving...


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Everything included. Plus free parking. 
Your class fee includes all the materials to make the sample project, and often includes sterling, stones and more. Every student has a jewelry bench full of tools to use during class. And parking is free all day everyday. Browse classes now...

Make Jewelry at Home.

We teach people how to make their own jewelry, using techniques and equipment that are affordable, accessible and home studio friendly. Students include jewelers, designers, beadworkers and hobbyists - raw beginners and intermediates. Find out more about our classes now...

Classes and Private Lessons to 
Fit into Your Schedule

We teaches one, two and 3 day workshops and weekly courses, including classes in soldering, sawing, lost wax casting, enameling and stone setting. Need help with a specific technique or on your schedule? Try a private lesson

Small classes. Lots of help. 

Classes at SJS are small, 6 - 9 students max, with lots of hands-on-help and critique to accelerate your learning. Demonstrations are magnified live on a flat screen television so that everyone can see and understand the process. Tour the studio online...

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