Necklace in a Day

Course Description

About this course

The necklace has endured the test of time as one of the oldest and most popular forms of body adornment. It has been made by every culture and in every single material imaginable, but yet the possibilities for this jewelry object are continuously expanded upon by makers almost every single day. In this one-day workshop, we will learn how to create a necklace from start to finish: students will design, fabricate, polish, and adorn themselves with dynamic and personalized neck piece in record time. 

Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.
William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."


Materials & Tools 

There is a $40 materials fee payable upon registration.  The materials kit includes sterling silver wire (18g and 14 g) , sterling silver sheet metal (20 g), and leather cord (3mm). 

Students should bring 
  • A sketchbook for taking notes
  • Metalwerx has plenty of tools to share.  Students are welcome to bring their favorite personal hand tools such as files, pliers, and Optivisors or magnifying lenses.



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


December 15, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Basic and above
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