Mary Hettmansperger – Day One

Hinges + Portholes, Books + Lockets


Using copper sheeting, students will design a hinged locket. Students may bring a personal photo, image or favorite paper to place in the locket, or use papers and images that Mary has selected. Mica is used to protect the image and cold connections hold it in place. Students will make one locket with a copper back and a sterling silver accent on front and will have material to make more books and lockets using just the copper. Patinas, texturing, and metal applications, including cold connections will be covered. The focus of this class is to master the hinge using tabs to create a variety of moveable doors. It is a low-tech process with fabulous results. Students will make several different designs.


• Metal and wire work
• Patinas
• torch work
• cold connections
• cutting holes
• making portholes
• using images and mica

Workshop Image Gallery (click on the thumbnail to see full images):

Mary Hetts

Duration of Class:

One Day (6 Hours)


Jewelry and Book Arts

Skill Level:


Student Supply List:

  • Ball pien hammer
  • Small bench block
  • Flush wire cutters
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Metal scissors

Provided by instructor:

  • Kit/Materials Fee – $48 (payable to instructor at class time)
  • Kit fee provides for the following: copper sheeting, small accent of silver sheeting, beads, wire, embellishments, mica, all patinas, use of torches and some tools

Class Size:

Min # of students: 7
Max # of students: 20