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 Skill Levels & Pre-requisites

We want you to get the most out of your experience and every course you take at Metalwerx.  To ensure just that, our staff works with each instructor to set an appropriate skill level and requirement for each class offered.  Click here for a complete explanation of our skill levels and requirements. 

Registration Policy Overview 

If you need to cancel a workshop because of COVID-19, please let us know. We have waived withdrawal fees for onsite classes for any COVID-19 related withdrawals. Visit our Registration and Refund Policies page for information on cancellations, withdrawals and other special situations.

We're here to help! If you have any questions about our onsite or virtual courses, using zoom, ordering supplies, etc., please don't hesitate to ask! You can reach us by phone (M - F at 781-891-3854) or by email (   ). Your Virtual Courses Assistant's contact info will also be sent to you by email with the zoom class link. 

Click here to learn more about Scholarships available. 

Virtual Course FAQ

We’d love to have you join us for our online jewelry classes with your favorite Metalwerx instructors! Our Zoom Classes offer a supportive community for students and makers of all experience levels to learn together and from each other. 

Learning at Home 

Courses are live and interactive, from the comfort of your home! Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome. Students can watch demos, ask questions, and get individual help during class. Most two-hour,  two-day workshops do not involve in-class work time for students and are mainly focussed on instructor demonstrations. For longer workshops, students may have more in-class worktime, but observers are always welcome. It can be helpful to be in a work space during these workshops, but as they do not generally have as much in class work time, it is not necessary. If you are ever unsure whether you should set up your device in your workspace, please send us an email at   .  

Tool and Supply Recommendations 

We offer a variety of course topics featuring techniques, tools and materials meeting the needs of students with a few hand tools at home to people with access to complete metalsmithing studios. Students also receive discounts with Rio Grande and Otto Frei. Click here to read our home studio set-up recommendations 

Zoom Classes 

  • All virtual courses are listed in Eastern Time. 
  • Classes are taught live, using zoom, to provide you with an interactive, rewarding experience. 
  • Zoom is free to download and use on a phone, tablet, or computer. We recommend a laptop or desktop computer for maximum visual quality.  
  • Participants will receive the Zoom call information by email a few days in advance of the class, and again the day before it begins. There will be a link that directs students to the Zoom meeting (in a browser or using the app). Participants will use the same link for both class dates. 

If you have any questions, we’re here to ensure a positive experience! Each course is attended by one of our trained Virtual Teaching Assistants to assist you before, during, and after class.  

Class Recordings 

Each class is recorded and available for registered participants to review information. Students will receive a password protected link to class session recording within a day of its conclusion. 

Recording Access 

Registered participants will have access to all recordings to review information for one month after the course concludes. 

Course Materials 

On the Materials and Tools tab for each course page, you will see recommended tools and supplies used for course demonstrations and objectives. Some classes provide a materials kit option. Item numbers with recommended vendors are provided for easy reference. 

Class sizes: 

Online class sizes range between 4 to 20 students, and are determined with the teacher based on the topic being covered.  

Onsite Course FAQ 

Metalwerx was able to reopen its classroom last fall and ran a successful program with new safety procedures in place. Students and instructors enjoyed being back at the studio and most importantly, felt safe. We are planning our summer workshop program again this summer. Until further notice, we will continue operating with these policies in place. 

Click here to review Metalwerx's Health and Safety Procedures for Covid-19 

General Course information

Class sizes: 

Onsite classes may have up to 8 students enrolled. 


There is free parking directly in front of our building. 

Lunch: (in workshops) 

Because of the pandemic, Metalwerx will not be placing a group lunch order for summer workshops. All workshops have an hour scheduled for lunch, so students are welcome to get lunch from the many restaurants and delis in Waltham. If you to prefer to bring your lunch, we have a refrigerator, toaster and microwave for your convenience. Please visit our Travel Info page for more information about food in the area.

What to wear (for your safety!): 

  • No open toed shoes permitted in the studio. Wear appropriate, close toed shoes that give a sure footing. If you are working with heavy objects, boots or steel toe shoes are recommended. 
  • Long hair should be tied up. (Beards too.) 
  • No loose clothing. Ties, scarves, loose sleeves, etc, are not allowed when working in the studio. 
  • No Gloves, except safety gloves when working with hot objects (Kevlar) and chemicals (nitrile/latex). 
  • Avoid Flammable Attire. Fleece is not allowed. Cotton clothing and jeans are recommended. 
  • When working with chemicals, wear an apron to protect your clothing (and you!). 
  • Remove Jewelry. It can get caught in spinning machinery. 
  • Safety glasses and dust masks or respirators must be worn when using certain equipment. Metalwerx has these available for use and purchase. 

What to bring: 

Metalwerx is very fortunate to have plenty of tools available to use during classes.  It may be nice to have some of your favorite tools with you at class such as needle files, sanding sticks, and your "go-to" pair of pliers (items that fit in a tool box and are manageable to bring). Any tools that need to be shared must be disinfected between uses. Trays will be provided to students to keep Metalwerx's tools separated from other students while in use and limit sharing.

Most classes have Student Supply Lists, which includes things that would be ideal for each student to bring with them to class.  Beginner classes often only require a sharpie marker, notebook, and possibly a couple items you can pick-up at any local hardware store.  Advanced classes may require students to bring more specific tools.  These lists are sent to us by instructors and compared to what we already have available for students.  If you ever have questions, just ask! We try to keep student supply lists reasonable and accurate to what will be needed. 

Age Requirement: 

The typical minimum age to enroll in one of our classes is 18.  However, we do allow people under the age of 18 to take classes and workshops.  It is usually handled on a case by case basis. Please make sure to contact us before registering. Good to know: A parent or legal guardian must sign the release and waiver form. Also, our classes are mostly adults, so we would like to make sure the teacher and student will feel comfortable in this setting. 

Metalwerx admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate or collect information on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.