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Boost Your Custom Jewelry Game With Alan Revere’s Free Facebook Jewelry-Making Classes May 26, 2021 (0 comments)


San Francisco, CA—Master goldsmith and teacher Alan Revere (image) is offering professional jewelry-making classes online, available to anyone in the industry interested in boosting their custom or handmade jewelry skills. The award-winning designer, author, founder and director of the recently closed Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, now teaches jewelry-making via Facebook. 

His Facebook group, called “Let’s Make Professional Jewelry,” focuses on replicating the projects in his classic book, Professional Jewelry Making. The book includes photos and instructions on how to make 35 classic pieces of jewelry by hand. The group has grown to 20,000 members in 150 countries. 

“The group began when a few people decided they would like to follow the projects in my book and make them one-by-one together – but in different locations,” says Revere. “When the group got to six members someone contacted me, and I was invited to join. At that point I became the administrator, set up a schedule, and began guiding the program.”

Members sit at their own benches around the world. Every three weeks a new project is introduced. Members are invited to post their work along with comments. Then, administrators and other members respond and offer their own comments and suggestions to help the maker move forward.

Though there are dozens of online classes and tutorials about jewelry, “Let’s Make Professional Jewelry” is an affordable option. Aside from the cost of Revere’s book or even less ($9.99 for the eBook version) membership in the group, participation, instruction, and feedback are all free. 

The group is beginning a new year of projects in June. It welcomes everyone from beginners to professional bench jewelers, designers, manufacturers, hobbyists, students, serious makers, jewelry artists, and others who are interested in how jewelry is made by hand. The administrators include Revere and other professionals; Michael David Sturlin, Tim McCreight, and Melissa Muir.

Interested parties can find the group by searching for “Let’s Make Professional Jewelry” on Facebook. Hard copies of Revere’s book, Professional Jewelry Making, are available from a number of industry suppliers, such as Rio Grande and Otto Frei or through Amazon. 

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