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    Montante.green cab ring in silver
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    Montante.blue cab ring in silver

Introduction to Jewelry Making

Learn the essentials to jewelry making and explore fundamental metalsmithing techniques by designing and creating your own gemstone ring or pendant!

We will begin the workshop developing an understanding of the multitude of materials and tools at our disposal; jewelry essentials, including piercing using a jewelers saw, texturing metal, soldering (hot connecting) with an acetylene torch, bezel setting cabochon gem stones, and finishing techniques to help put a refined and elegant finish onto your jewelry pieces. This weekend workshop welcomes new metalsmiths and those looking to refresh their bench skills! Students are welcome to bring in inspiration and materials from home they'd like to incorporate or translate into their designs. 

Meet the instructor

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Genevieve is a multimedia artist based in Boston MA, whose practice draws inspiration from an early life rooted in the landscapes of the Pocono mountains and Philadelphia. Fragmented rural landscapes converge with the infrastructure of urban space, they create jewelry and sculpture that invites the viewer to embrace the ‘nostos’ of nostalgia, returning home, perhaps viewing familiarity through another lens. Piecing found objects with metalsmithing, ceramic, handwork, and fiber techniques in metal, Genevieve oscillates between observer and narrator; calling on the visual language of their hometown(s), religious and folk symbolism, collected ephemera, and observations from daily life in Boston to explore themes of environmentalism, community, and identity.

Materials & Tools

There is a $25 materials fee for this course which is payable upon registration. The materials kit fee covers silver sheet metal (20g), copper sheet metal (18g, 20g), cabochon stone, silver bezel wire (28g), silver round wire (14g), saw blades, rotary components, and use of other miscellaneous supplies needed for course objectives. 

Students should bring
  • any round or oval cab stones they like - flat bottomed - optional

  • studio apron

  • studio towel

  • notebook or sketchpad

  • pen or pencil

  • closed-toe shoes - required in the Metalwerx studio

  • lunch - Metalwerx has a fridge, toaster oven, and microwave


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