Beyond an Introduction to Jewelry

Course Description

About this course

This class will allow students with beginner skills to work on projects that they have started and/or imagined.  It is perfect for students who have explored jewelry and metals in another class or workshop, and wish to receive further instruction to develop new techniques and expand on their existing knowledge. Over three days, students will learn about several new jewelry techniques including basic hinges to create movement, box construction (for jewelry, locket, or small objects), and alternative setting techniques for stones or unusual objects. 

Each student is welcome to come with an idea(s) for a piece that goes beyond the basic skills learned in a prior course. Please note that students do not have to come with a project in mind - participants are welcome to explore the demonstrated techniques and design a piece in class. The intensive nature of this workshop will allow students to get one-on-one instruction tailored to their project with time to complete it. Expect to create at least one piece of jewelry to wear home that can incorporate demonstrated techniques learned in class. 

Meet the Instructor

Sarah Doremus

Sarah Doremus lives and works in Deer Isle, ME. She has taught Jewelry at Dearborn Academy in Arlington, MA. She earned both a BS in Art History from Northeastern University and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art. An active sculptor and metalsmith, her work has been shown in numerous publications and galleries, both invitational and solo, throughout the United States. Her most recent work was shown in 'Toys Designed by Artists' at the Arkansas Art Center and Museum, Where she won the purchase award.

Materials & Tools 

The $75 materials kit includes plenty of sterling silver sheet and wire for a project and samples. It also includes copper, saw blades, and other miscellaneous supplies needed at class.  The instructor will have some additional odds and ends such as tubing and cabochons or other items that students may want to incorporate into projects available for purchase as needed.

Students should bring 
  • Past unfinished project(s) they may have question about or would like to finish at class.
  • A stone or small object for an alternative setting (although the instructor will bring some items like computer keys that students can use if they don't already have something in mind)
  • Any of their favorite tools they have that they may like to use at class such as files and sandpaper.
  • Sketchbook and ultra fine tip sharpie marker.



Materials Cost



Sarah Doremus


November 1 -3, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


3 days

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