Acquire the basic metalsmithing skills needed to fabricate your own handmade jewelry in this introductory class. Learn about sawing, filing, soldering, and stone setting with materials such as sterling, brass, and copper. With your new knowledge, create and take home several finished wearable pieces and the techniques to inspire your next creations. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Learn the foundations of traditional metalsmithing and bring your ideas to life! Explore techniques such as sawing, stamping, soldering, stone setting, and much more. Challenge three-dimensional design using metal sheet, wire, gemstones, and/or alternative materials. Gain the skills to create heirloom-quality jewelry and objects with a focus on sustainable and ethical studio practices.
Learn a completely new and amazingly simple way to form flat sheet copper into 3-D shapes with texture—no soldering required. Using basic tools such as a hammer, anvil, and torch, you will be able to create 3-D shapes with a natural, organic quality, perfect for everything from small jewelry to large yard sculpture pieces. All levels welcome.
Create a beautiful, elegant, bead woven and embroidered jewelry ensemble. Learn fundamental stitches and techniques as you make an embellished cabochon and spiral rope beaded necklace from the instructor’s kit. Detailed instruction and guidance will give you the skills and confidence to create your next project on your own. Best suited for beginners or those who need a refresher.
Learn the basic skills needed to create a piece of sterling silver jewelry you will be proud to wear. Through a week of immersion in jewelry construction concepts, gain valuable skills such as soldering, piercing, and basic tool use. Return home with an understanding of working with sterling silver fit for making your own quality jewelry designs. Good eyesight, magnification, and hand-eye coordination are necessary.
Discover new ways to make jewelry using silver metal clay. This clay made of metal particles allows you to sculpt and create pieces that transform into solid silver when kiln fired. Explore techniques including shaping and constructing, making your own texture/design plate, setting faceted and cabochon stones, ring making, chain link construction, bail making, and finishing. Use what you have learned to design and execute multiple projects of your choosing. All levels welcome. Note: materials..
Learn the basics of metalsmithing on a small scale. Build your skills in sawing, soldering, and creating surface patterns on copper and brass through embellishment and patination. Follow demonstrations on forming hollow constructions, basic chain making, and creating rivets and simple clasps, then choose your own adventure! Earrings, chain bracelets, and necklaces are just a few of the week’s possibilities.
Your journey into the tools and processes of metalsmithing begins here! This class for newcomers and novices will open up a wealth of knowledge for learning the skills behind the fabrication and forming of metal into wearable and sculptural artwork. Demonstrations will include how to design, saw, solder, sand, polish, and texture precious metals. Leave with a great foundation to build upon for future endeavors in the metal arts.
Produce beautiful, etched copper and brass jewelry. Learn how to make a simple saltwater and battery setup, prepare the metal, create unique designs, and etch. Create pendants, beads, and other pieces that can be completed with cold connections (no soldering required) and finished with findings. Depart with your wearable art and plenty of knowledge to continue making fantastic pieces of your own at home. All levels welcome.
Do you have an enamel sample, gemstone, or small, found treasure that is ready to become a piece of jewelry? Learn how to design and create custom settings to showcase your treasures. Use soldering and cold connection techniques as you explore tab setting, prong setting, and bezel setting options. Bring your own objects for setting or use stones provided by the instructor. Students can expect to finish several jewelry pieces. All levels welcome.
Learn the basics of metalsmithing on a small scale. Build your skills in sawing, soldering, and creating surface patterns on copper and brass through embellishment and patination (coloring the copper and brass). Follow demonstrations on forming hollow constructions, basic chain making, and creating rivets and simple clasps, then choose your own adventure! Earrings, chain bracelets, and necklaces are just a few of the week’s possibilities.
Master jewelry making fundamentals such as sawing, filing, soldering, and stone setting. Study design and layout, bezel fabrication, and more as you work with copper, brass, and sterling silver. Build your knowledge and hand skills throughout the week and fabricate your own design and vision.
Learn the ancient art of cloisonné enameling with basse-taille (low-relief) background while making a pair of earrings, a pendant, or a jewel for your own metal setting. Use sparkling transparent enamels on silver and focus on shading techniques while also learning about wire work and the properties of enamel. We'll cover etching, roll printing a pattern onto silver, applying enamels, working with a kiln, particulars in making matching earrings, and troubleshooting. All levels welcome.
Every journey begins with a first step. Uncover the secrets of silver and copper to create your own one-of-a-kind jewelry. Gain experience with soldering, forming, stone setting, and texturing metal. Good eyesight and/or magnification and a steady hand are necessary. All levels welcome. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Design and construct a series of jewelry pieces based on a story or stories that are important to you. Working with small objects of personal significance such as pendants, ornaments, or small sculptures, we will discuss ways to integrate narratives into your work and explore design strategies and construction techniques. Expect to design and create up to three small works that represent a meaningful idea, person, or memory. All levels welcome.
Explore all the fun possibilities of bracelets. Learn to use the hydraulic press to form metal under pressure, the rolling mill to emboss texture onto copper, and air chasing to create dimensional bracelets. Return home with an armful of fabulous copper and/or silver bracelets and bangles. All levels welcome. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
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