Processes and techniques
The jewelry design studio at MSSU is fully equipped to allow students to learn jewelry processes and metal-smithing techniques. Beginning classes learn essential skills for basic fabrication with precious metals such as silver soldering, stone setting, and the lost wax casting process. Attention to design is stressed; building upon the department's foundation courses, with particular focus on three-dimensional concepts.
The classroom studio has sixteen individual student workstations. For group use there are five natural gas soldering stations, two Grobet Flex-shafts, four buffing stations, a recently refurbished Highland Park lapidary machine, various raising stakes, a Durston rolling mill, and a metal shear.
Our casting station is equipped with a programmable Paragon Kiln, oxy/acetylene torch, ventilation booth, and vacuum casting machine.