Hollow Form Vessels

with the Hydraulic Press

Explore how the Bonny Doon press can be used to create a small scale, three-dimensional vessel.

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Register for this workshop today.



  • +$50
    Additional Kit Fee
  • 3-day Workshop
    Price includes all days, tools
  • 10am - 5pm
    Each day
  • Cyd Rowley
  • Dates Offered

Call to register for this workshop (919) 732-9702 or register online.

In this 3-day workshop you will be exploring how the Bonny Doon hydraulic press can be used to create a small scale, three-dimensional vessel. 

The workshop will familiarize you with the press and with the following techniques:

  • designing a vessel
  • texturing/patterning metal with pattern plates using the rolling mill
  • creating your silhouette die from cast acrylic
  • pressing your metal to create two symmetrical halves
  • preparing your halves for soldering (removing flange, filing, refining, fitting, et. al.)
  • soldering your vessel
  • refining, finishing, polishing

We will consider and discuss bails for attaching the piece to a chain.  However, we most likely will not have time to fabricate these. 

Tools & Supplies

A kit fee of $50 is due the first day of class and payable to the instructor. This kit contains pieces that Cyd prepares to get students started. Other materials and use of tools are included.

Kit Contents
  • 3 pieces copper 3” x 3”, 24 gauge
  • 2 pieces copper 3” x 3”, 22 gauge
  • 1 piece of brass 3” x 3” for face plate
  • 2 pieces acrylic 3” x 3” x ¼” high
  • 1 piece of acrylic 3” x 3” x ½”
  • 1 sanding block 5” x 6” with 240 grit paper
  • 1 soft solder brick
  • 1 stick of argentium solder
  • 1 tube of paste solder
  • 1 Bonny Doon Catalogue
  • 2 pieces rubber intensifier
  • Small index cards

Workshop Handouts

To get the most out of the workshop, you should download, read over and bring the following notes and handouts to class.

Studio Tools & Equipment

Tools for each student will be available for use through OQZO Metalsmith.
  • Jeweler's saw/Saw blades/Lubricant

  • Files

  • Scribe

  • Calipers

  • Scissors

  • Pliers

  • Sanding sticks

  • Flex Shaft Burs

  • Drill Bits

  • Sharpie

  • Ruler

The Studio

Take a Class • Teach a Class • Open Studio Time Available

OQZO Metalsmith is located in the beautiful and quiet woods of Hillsborough, North Carolina and provides a well-lit, well-equipped studio enviroment perfect for teaching and creating handmade sterling silver jewelry.

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