Jewelryclassdc has the best equipped metalsmithing shop in the DC Metro area. Though classes are kept to (10) students or less we have a total of (28) benches. Regardless of whether you are signed up for an two week, eight week session, or for an 12 month extended study session you will sit at a professionally outfitted Goldsmithing bench. No need to bring any tool, ever, and no waiting on a tool. The space is air conditioned with 15′ high ceilings, hardwood floors, and beautifully furnished with antique tools and art. With dedicated setting benches, wax carving station and an incredible collection of vintage metalsmithing tools there is simply no better place to study jewelry making in DC.

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(28) Each bench is supplied with a state of the art complement of tools including the benchmate system.

Demonstration equipment:

Instructor bench equipped Amscope trinocular microscope (displayed on 2 big screen TVs)

Instructor bench equipped Canon HR f 500 video camera and connected to big screen tv

Laser welders internal camera connected to big screen tv.

Soldering and welding equipment:

(10) Smith Little Torches with dual tanks, oxygen and propane

Nuetec Studio plus 125 Laser Welder with internal camera and display monitor


Dedicated setting bench w/En Set Plus powergraver

Dedicated setting bench w/Gravermax G8 powergraver

California Air Tools 1.0 hp, 6 Gal. ultra quiet compressor in CAT sound proof cabinet

Saeshin Precision Micromotor

GRS Powerhone w/dual angle fixture, GRS Standard block and Microblock engraving ball visesJura Ring holding assembly for microblock

Forging equipment:

Multiple forging stations with an array of vintage German, Swedish, and American anvils

Formidable assembly of new and vintage stakes and hammers

Kevin Potter 20 ton Hydraulic Press with electric motor and all forming accessories

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Polishing and texturing:

Durabull 6″ enclosed polishing machine

(25) Foredom SR Flex Shafts

(4) Foredom LX high torque Flex Shafts

(8) Badeco and Foredom Hammer handpieces (stonesetting and texturing)

Magnetic Pin Finisher

Multiple tumbling machines

 hammer wallOptics:

Each bench is supplied with an Optivisor

(2) Leica A60-f Microscopes

Gemoro Elite Precision Gem Microscope

Etching and Plating station:

Fully equipped with rectifiers, all solutions

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Forming Equipment:

Cavallin and Durston Rolling Mills for Wire and Sheet

Kevin Potter 12″ Heavy Duty Precision Shear

Swage blocks, large vises

Large collection of Draw Plates

Many Bezel Blocks

dark wood

Holding Tools:

(28) Benchmate Ring Clamps

(10) GRS Benchmate Bench Vises

Multiple Engraving Ball Vises



Full setup with Camera, Light box and Lighting in private space

General Shop Equipment:



6″ Grinder, Band saw, Belt sander, Pickle Pot, Compressor, Bead Blasting Cabinet

Wax Carving:

Fully equipped wax carving bench with wax pen

Carving tools and microscope at bench