The Original Imaginative Captures

2 images of jewelry
 a wide metal ring
 2 images of metal jewelry
 a necklace and a colorful tall ring
 2 small metal disks for jewelry

Date: June 16-19, 2021 (Summer, 3 day)
Medium: Tool Technique
Instructor: Andy Cooperman (email)
Skill Level: All

They used to call me—Andy Cooperman—“The Crusher” for my heavy hand in stone setting. I had to find a new way to include stones without breaking them. What began as a work-around became a way of working: This is Capturing.

If you’re tired of manufactured prongs and bezels; If you just can’t find an elegant way to incorporate that special stone, enamel sample or little found treasure into your work; If you just need to shake things up, then Imaginative Captures is for you! This information-packed workshop is full of tips and tricks and can help you develop new, more integrated setting (capturing) solutions and break down some of the rigid walls that exist between ideas, process and materials. We’ll get up close and personal with the flex shaft, soldering, riveting and cold connecting.

Participants must have basic jewelry skills and experience with the rolling mill, torches, hammers, buffers, etc. Required skills include drilling with the flex shaft machine, sawing, filing, silver soldering and basic bezel setting. Those who enroll must be able to solder unattended.

At this time, The Original Imaginative Captures has reached the enrollment limit.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

Students Should Bring: Since each of your projects will be for the most part personally driven, there is no set list of materials.. But, you will need metal to work with...


Whatever metal you think that you may wish to make one (or several) small brooches, or jewelry/objects from. This can include sterling, copper, brass, bronze (even small amounts of gold). ∙Remember, we can always roll down thicker material or roll & draw down wire.

  • Sheet:  18-22ga. Appox. 6 X 6 
  • Wire for riveting:
  • Brass, copper, silver: 18 or 20 gauge round

This can be handy--but not required: Clean (no solder) scrap (sterling, gold, bronze)

  • This can be handy to melt for wire or small amounts of sheet or simply to play with, fuse, etc.
  • Wire for possible forging or forming (if your design might include that): 8,10 or 12 ga. (We can even make wire from scrap…)

I Will Bring:

Bronze sheet--if you want to try it.

Stainless wire and pin materials.

Separating discs and mandrels

Other stuff

Bring, If You Have:

MISC: Favorite hand tools that you like to use such as:

  • pliers
  • sawframe
  • files
  • hand vice, ring clamp, etc.
  • burnisher (curved or straight)

Small riveting or goldsmith’s hammer

Solder pick (if you use one)

Flex shaft tools

  • any burs, buffs, abrasives, etc. that you might have
  • drills: any you have, especially:
    • 1mm (18ga) approx. #58
    • .8mm (20ga) approx. #66

Magnifiers (loupes/optivisors)—if you need them


  • 2/0
  • 6/0

Silver solder: wire or sheet

  • easy, medium and hard

Finishing materials, such as sandpapers

  • emery (fine or medium)
  • 220
  • 400

Measuring devices (if you have or use them)

  • MM guage or Degree guage

Sketchpad and pencil

Several objects to incorporate (see below **)

Dust mask

Safety Glasses

Do NOT freak out if you don’t have any of the above…

What IS important is that you bring the object that you want to incorporate in your work --a stone, a mineral, a bead, a button, a found object, an enamel, what have you-- since this will be what we will focus on.⇐

<< in addition, a supply fee of $30.00 will be collected>> 

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

About the Instructor

Andy Cooperman makes all sorts of things from all sorts of things and is known for applying the ethos and discipline of High Craft Metalsmithing to a wide variety of often disparate materials. He has been a jeweler and metalsmith for over thirty years and a writer and educator for close to that.

Andy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in public and private collections as well as books and publications that include Art Jewelry Today (I, II & III), The Penland Book of Jewelry, Humor in Craft and many more.

Andy teaches and lectures nationally and has spoken at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference, the annual CoMA (Colorado Metalsmithing Association) conference and as keynote speaker for both the International Society of Glass Bead Makers and the Eastern Carolina University Materials Topics Symposium .