Jewelry Studio at the Hop

The Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio

A well-equipped jewelry and metalsmithing makerspace.

As Dartmouth transitions back to in-person classes, the Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio is building off of last year's highly successful Make it at Home remote program. 

This summer we are very excited to offer in-person jewelry classes again! Each week we will offer a new project that will be fun, creatively fulfilling and no previous jewelry-making experience is required.  Absolute beginners are welcome.

In order to balance current room capacity and safety protocols, each class will have three groups per day of up to four students. Each group will meet for two sessions (either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday depending on the week). There will be an hour in between each group session to allow for cleaning and air exchange. 

When students arrive in the studio, they will be assigned a fully equipped, traditional jeweler's bench. All the project's materials and tools will be at each bench. Students will also be assigned a drawer at their jeweler's bench to store their projects and materials for the week. 

Anyone who takes a Make it in the Studio jewelry class is welcome to sign up for a free Jewelry Directed Studio session on Fridays to practice what they learned in class. Information on Jewelry Directed Studio is below.

Questions? Email:

Summer 2021 Make it in the Studio Jewelry Classes

Registration will open on Wednesday, June 23.

• Four students maximum per group
• All classes $10
• Must pre-register online and pick your group number and time slot for each week
• Limited availability. Please commit to attending if you sign up
• Must attend both sessions per week. No switching groups are allowed
• Agree to follow all of Dartmouth's safety protocols, including wearing a mask
• Open to all on-campus Dartmouth students

Hand Stamped Silver Band Ring – stamping, shaping and soldering
Tuesday, July 6 & Thursday, July 8
Registration deadline: Thursday, July 1
Group #1: 11 am – 12 pm
Group #2: 2–3 pm
Group #3: 4–5 pm

Hand-Sawn Key Chain – intro to precision jeweler's saws
Monday, July 12 & Wednesday, July 14

Registration deadline: Thursday, July 8
Group #1: 11 am – 12 pm
Group #2: 2–3 pm
Group #3: 4–5 pm

Bezel Stone Set Pendant – cutting, shaping, soldering and setting
Tuesday, July 20 & Thursday, July 22

Registration deadline: Thursday, July 15 
Group #1: 11 am – 12 pm
Group #2: 2–3 pm
Group #3: 4–5 pm

Introduction to Jewelry Casting – model making, casting and finishing
Monday & Wednesday, July 26 & 28

Registration deadline: Thursday, July 22
Group #1: 11 am – 12 pm
Group #2: 2–3 pm
Group #3: 4–5 pm

Loop-in-Loop Fused Silver Chain – fusing vs soldering, fabrication
Tuesday, Aug 3 & Thursday, Aug 5

Registration deadline: Thursday, July 29
Group #1: 11 am – 12 pm
Group #2: 2–3 pm
Group #3: 4–5 pm

Earrings – forging, shaping, cold connections
Monday, Aug 9 & Wednesday, Aug 11

Registration deadline: Thursday, August 5
Group #1: 11 am – 12 pm
Group #2: 2–3 pm
Group #3: 4–5 pm

Sequential Link Chain – join links to create a very cool pattern
Tuesday, Aug 17 & Thursday, Aug 19

Registration deadline: Thursday, August 12
Group #1: 11 am – 12 pm
Group #2: 2–3 pm
Group #3: 4–5 pm

Jewelry Directed Studio

• No Charge
• Open to any Dartmouth student who takes a summer jewelry class to practice what they've learned in their class.
• Must be reserved in advance. To reserve a spot: email
• Limited availability. There are only eight spots possible within the two groups every Friday. If you sign up for a spot, please commit to attend the session. 
• Four students maximum per group
• Supervised and mentored by a Claflin Jewelry Studio Instructor.

Fridays July 9 – Aug 20
Group #1: 12–2 pm
Group #2: 3–5 pm

Claflin Jewelry Coffee Hour Chat
with Sháńdíín Brown '20, Diné

Tuesday, July 13, 5 pm ET, Zoom
Free and Open to All 

Sháńdíín was the moderator of last term's highly successful Indigenous Jewelry Today panel discussion. She is also a jeweler and primarily works with Diné juniper seed beads. Since graduating from Dartmouth in 2020, Sháńdíín has been an Anne Ray Intern at the School for Advanced Research, Indian Arts Research Center in Santa Fe, NM. We wanted to catch Sháńdíín before she heads off to the Rhode Island School of Design Museum to work as the Henry Luce Curatorial Fellow for Native American Art. Join us for a candid conversation about Sháńdíín's career, artistry and all of the exciting things that she's done since leaving Dartmouth. 

Plus, watch for Pop-Up Jewelry Making throughout the Summer!

Updates from the Jewelry Studio

Workshops Spring 2020 Exhibition

Featuring the artwork of over 40 Dartmouth students

How to Find the Jewelry Studio

How to Make a Bezel Stone Set Pendant

J-Shop Testimonial

Making a Silver Band Ring

Stories from the Student Workshops 2019/2020

During a time of remote learning, students reconnect to the workshops by sharing stories about their favorite projects and the skills they learned.

Makerspaces at Dartmouth

How to Make Hoop Earrings

Creating Your Own J-Hook Clasp

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Questions about the Jewelry Studio?

The Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio is located in the basement of the Hopkins Center, across from the Paddock Music Library.