Jewelry Essentials 1 – Part 1 of 6 :0130:1

Wed, Jan 30, 2019 -- 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Bracelet with handmade clasp by Beginning Jewelry student Mary Finch

Eighteen (18) hours of instruction presented on six (6) consecutive Wednesday afternoons 1 pm to 4 pm.

Ages 14 to adult; no experience needed  

This class is geared towards the complete novice jeweler. Over the course of this 6-week class you’ll learn the essential building blocks of jewelry making, from how to make and attach findings, to ways to cut and shape metal, to cold connections finishing techniques.  You will learn which jewelry tools are essential and how to choose the right one for your purpose. We’ll discuss essential design concepts for jewelry. Once you’ve completed this class, you’ll have the skills you need to begin designing and creating your own unique jewelry, and you’ll be all set to take more advanced jewelry classes. Over the course of the six weeks, we’ll make beaded bracelets, pendants with semiprecious stones, earrings and more!

Pendant by Beginning Jewelry student Shelly Graham

Curriculum Overview:

Basic wire work (wrapped loops, making findings such as ear wires and clasps,briolette wraps, making headpins, and more)

Cutting metal with saws, hand and bench shears, disc cutters, and hydraulic presses

Shaping metal with hammers, dapping blocks, and mandrels

Copper earrings with jasper

Texturing metal with hammers, stamps, and rolling mill

Filing and sanding

Attaching metal elements with cold connections (rivets, tabs, crimps, and more)

Polishing by hand and with power tools

Coloring metal with heat patinas and cold patinas

The Class Fee includes all instruction, use of studio tools and equipment and a complete set of the instructional handouts. It does not include the required $70 Materials Fee which will be collected during the first session of the class.

Confirmation of your reservation is subject to receipt of your payment in full. Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 14 days before a workshop. No cancellations are accepted after the 14-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you will receive a refund less a 10% cancellation fee.


Bookings are closed for this event.