Bench Jewelry at FUSE

Bench Jewelry at FUSE

Bench Jewelry Studio

FUSE is currently offering Open Studio Hours for those who have previously taken the CNM Bench Jewelry Classes or FUSE Extended Operation and Safety Classes for Bench Jewelry.  

What you would need to do:

  1. Sign up for a monthly membership.
  2. Bring a copy or email of your unofficial CNM transcript to [email protected] 
  3. Create a user account in Supersaas, the program FUSE uses for members to reserve studio time. If you are having any issues you can come always call or come in for assistance scheduling too. 
  4. You can see the available studio hours times and reserve your spot today here.  


Bench Jewelry Techniques Programs

Hydraulic Forming 

Is there anything a Bonny Doon press CAN’T do?

Very little! With a Bonny Doon hydraulic press, you can create everything from statuesque vessels to intricate (sometimes very small) seamless works of art and jewelry pieces. A press can literally turn a vessel inside-out and create detail as fine as seen on coins. In these two-day workshops you will learn all about hydraulic die-forming, a process empowering the artist with 20 tons of strength, increased productivity and the potential to create in ways other methods cannot. Come learn the tooling and techniques to bring your work to the next level July 21-24. The Beginning Hydraulic Forming and Intermediate Hydraulic Forming are two-day back-to-back workshops with Peter Gilroy using Bonny Doon tooling. Sign up today and bring your metalsmithing to the next level, whether you have experience or none at all.

 Check out Rio Grande’s article on the 5 Reasons to Put Hydraulic Press to work at your Bench

Beginner to Hydraulic Forming: 

In this two day workshop, you will learn: 

In this 2-day workshop, you will learn: 

  • Texturing metal with Rolling Mill Plates by embossing on the press or rolling through the rolling mill.
  • You’ll learn about the die-making process, including design and layout, starting with simple die-making techniques you can do in minutes.
  • You’ll gain an understanding of “appropriate engineering” and “appropriate designing” so that you can use the simplest and most effective techniques to get the desired finished piece.
  • Get fired up and ready to try the thousands of ways you can add more dimension and volume to your work and to realize your designs in three dimensions.
  • Learn fundamental techniques including doming, forming, bending, and embossing while you become familiar with urethanes and their various applications.
  • Get hands-on experience using both the innovative silhouette die kit, the High-pressure container, and the various bracelet formers.
  • Effortlessly form rings no matter how thick the metal is or how complex the design.
  • Learn all about press tooling safety and maintenance.
  • Finally, you’ll quickly discover that with hydraulic forming, there’s no limit to what you can do with metal!

Demos: deep-draw, ring forming, tube making, brake bending, and more.

Material Kits and Tools: Providing during the workshop


Instructor: Peter Gilroy

Location: 101 Broadway NE Suite 3100, Albuquerque, NM 87102, Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico


Intermediate Hydraulic Forming:

**To take the Intermediate class, you must have already taken the beginning class from Phil Poirier or Peter Gilroy. The workshops are best taken together.

In this 2-day workshop, you will learn:

  • Advanced techniques in all the areas covered by the introduction class (silhouette dies, bracelet and ring forming, and non-conforming dies)
  • We will cover all the elements involved in creating hollow forms, vessels, and tubing using the amazing technique of deep draw.

You will also get to see demos in the use and creation of steel conforming and coining dies.

Demos: Creating conforming and non-conforming dies in steel, heat-treating and more.

Material Kits and Tools: Providing during the workshop


Instructor: Peter Gilroy

Location: 101 Broadway NE Suite 3100, Albuquerque, NM 87102, Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico

Upcoming Workshop Dates:


Summer 2022

Beginner Hydraulic Forming 

2 Day, 9 AM-4 PM (July 21-22)

Intermediate Hydraulic Forming 

Date: 2 Day, 9 AM-4 PM (July 23-24) 

Other Resources:

CNM Ingenuity Funding Sources

Traveling from out of town. Check out Visit Albuquerque website


Workshop Partners:  

Rio Grande and Bonny Doon


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