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Beyond Jewelry 3: Skill Builder

Have you taken Jewelry 3 and feeling ready to take your skill sets up a level? This weekly class is your opportunity to go deeper into your jewelry practice and hone your skills. Techniques from previous classes will be refined, such as scoring and flush setting; and new techniques will be learned including building and setting prongs, making hinges and clasps, and practicing more advanced soldering skills including using the mini torch (enabling you to solder with pin-point accuracy). Previous projects can be brought in to be completed and new projects will be introduced to add to your jewelry making repertoire!

Meet the instructor

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Cristina Hurley was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was strongly influenced by art and culture beginning at an early age by her parents, who were classical musicians. She was first introduced to metalsmithing when she attended a class in her senior year of high school. The instructor took Cristina on as an apprentice, which she did for 2 years. Cristina also attended Escuela de Artes Plasticas de San Juan during her apprenticeship, a visual arts university located in the heart of the old city in Puerto Rico. She successfully completed her freshman year there. When her mentor saw a strong natural talent, she suggested Cristina try to attend Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Cristina took the suggestion to apply, got accepted and made the big leap to move to New England in 1993. She graduated from the Jewelry Department there in 1996. After graduation she moved to New York and worked for a prestigious goldsmithing company, Reinstein/Ross, for six years, where she refined her technical skills making one of a kind pieces in high karat gold, platinum, and precious stones.

Cristina Moved to Massachusetts in 2002 with her family. She worked for various Jewelry companies and then had her own retail store in her hometown from 2010 to 2015. She currently works from her home studio designing and fabricating her own collection of sterling silver jewelry. She also works indepentantly for other various jewelry designers, assisting them in making one of a kind pieces and hand fabricated collections.

Cristina has been making jewelry for 25 years and continues to explore and refine her technique. She currently sells her collection of jewelry online and in stores around New England.

Materials & Tools

There is a $125 materials fee for this class that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes three sizes of heavy gauge sterling silver tubing, large sheet of silver sheet in 20 gauge and 24 gauge, stone setting bur set, three sizes of cubic zirconia stones in large quantity, and other basic supplies needed for course objectives. 

Students should bring
  • closed-toe shoes - required for all Metalwerx classes

  • unfinished projects - if they want feedback

  • apron

  • any hand tools you already own

  • a box to keep your materials and in-progress projects in

  • notebook / pen or pencil

  • any tools they already like to use


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