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Summer with the Masters

Our "Summer with the Masters" program is a unique alloy of renowned instructors, inspired students, and contemporary metalworking and jewelry techniques. Classes are three to five days long, offering more time to explore topics in depth.

  • Workshop (2 days)
    with Munya Avigail Upin
    November 17-18, 201810:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $375.00
    Materials: $50.00 Payable to instructor in class.

    This weekend introduction to jewelry making is perfect for those who've always wanted to learn but never had time, or need a refresher. Learn to saw, anneal, solder, file, texture, rivet and polish metal, while making a pendant, ring, and earrings.

    Class is no longer open for registration.
  • Private lesson (2 days)
    with Wendy Jo New
    November 27-28, 201810:00am-1:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $400.00
    Materials: $35.00

    Micro pulse arc welding is widely known to be a useful tool to increase efficiency with basic bench tasks such as ring sizing, connections near heat-sensitive stones, and repairing porous castings. It works well on gold, silver, stainless steel, titanium, platinum, and copper, whether connecting tiny jewelry components or larger elements for small metal sculptures. Our pulse arc welder can go well beyond these general jobs to include tacking complex pieces before soldering, welding long seams for hollow construction, and connecting dissimilar metals such as titanium to gold.

    Class is full.
     
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Alanna Robbins
    November 29, 20186:00pm-9:00pm
    at Society of Arts and Crafts
    Tuition:
     $75.00
    Materials: $20.00

    This fun and fast paced workshop will cover two techniques for creating silver earrings that are simple to make and striking to wear.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Wendy Jo New
    November 30, 201810:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $145.00
    Materials: $25.00

    Resin Inlay is a great way to add absolutely any color you can think of to your jewelry! This workshop covers the entire process of adding resin to a fabricated design that students create during class.

    2 spots leftREGISTER NOW
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Diane Lawton
    December 1, 201810:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $145.00
    Materials: $30.00

    Ring in the holiday season by forming and fabrication your very own jingle bell! Over the course of just one day, students can expect to learn the forming techniques needed to create a bell that rings. Participants will first cut out their bell shape from flat NuGold sheet metal, then using dapping punches and blocks they will hammer the form of the jingle bell, and finish off by polishing and adding wire for hanging. 

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Alanna Robbins
    December 2, 201810:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $145.00
    Materials: $25.00

    Celebrate the holidays with a handmade ornament!  Ornaments can make for a perfect gift, honor a loved one, or even commemorate a special occasion.  In collaboration with Halstead and the Metalwerx Ornamental Peace Project, this class will teach students how to design and fabricate an ornament using traditional metalsmithing techniques. Students can expect to come away with a finished handmade ornament, and learn how to saw/ pierce, rivet, texture, and patina metal.

  • Private lesson (2 days)
    with David Baird
    December 4-6, 201812:00pm-3:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $400.00
    Materials: $35.00

    Micro pulse arc welding is widely known to be a useful tool to increase efficiency with basic bench tasks such as ring sizing, connections near heat-sensitive stones, and repairing porous castings. It works well on gold, silver, stainless steel, titanium, platinum, and copper, whether connecting tiny jewelry components or larger elements for small metal sculptures. Our pulse arc welder can go well beyond these general jobs to include tacking complex pieces before soldering, welding long seams for hollow construction, and connecting dissimilar metals such as titanium to gold.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Mary Stachura
    December 7, 201810:00am-4:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $100.00
    Materials: $55.00 Payable to instructor in class.

    This course is about pearls and all you need to know about nature's fantastic beauties — how to buy, care for, knot, and terminate the ends of necklaces — with pearl expert Mary Stachura.

    Class is full.
     
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with William Vanaria
    December 8, 201810:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $145.00
    Materials: $40.00

    When you think about it, the standard ring is a very simple form: a squat tube or a torus. Typically, we make these rings out of precious materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and so on. But what if you could make them out of other materials such as plastic or even wood? In this one-day workshop, we will bring this exciting prospect to life! Students will utilize a few very simple hand tools to create finished, wearable rings out of what most would consider to be strictly non-jewelry materials.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Michela Verani
    December 9, 201810:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $145.00
    Materials: $50.00

    Learn to make unique hollow form silver hoop earrings. This technique allows for larger, yet lightweight, metal clay pieces.

  • Private lesson (2 days)
    with Wendy Jo New
    December 11-12, 201810:00am-1:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $400.00
    Materials: $35.00

    Micro pulse arc welding is widely known to be a useful tool to increase efficiency with basic bench tasks such as ring sizing, connections near heat-sensitive stones, and repairing porous castings. It works well on gold, silver, stainless steel, titanium, platinum, and copper, whether connecting tiny jewelry components or larger elements for small metal sculptures. Our pulse arc welder can go well beyond these general jobs to include tacking complex pieces before soldering, welding long seams for hollow construction, and connecting dissimilar metals such as titanium to gold.

    Class is full.
     
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Joy Raskin
    December 14, 201810:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $145.00
    Materials: $60.00

    In this workshop we will make fun earrings using sterling tube bezels and faceted CZs to make sparkly stud and hanging earrings. We will make 3 pairs of earrings, 1 pair of studs, 1 pair of dangling earrings and 1 pair of whatever design you wish to do!   Demonstrations will include how to solder on ear posts, how to make your own ear wires and how to set stones in the tube bezels.   You will go home with 3 pairs of wonderfully sparkly earrings, just in time for the holidays!

     

     

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Charley Freiberg
    December 15, 201810:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $145.00

    Having great photos or your work is necessary for marketing your business, having a compelling website, applying to shows, grants and more. But every jeweler and metalsmith knows how difficult it is to photograph these tiny, shiny and sometimes sparkly objects well. Come spend a day learning how to photograph your work and edit your images with product photographer Charley Freiberg!

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Joy Raskin
    December 16, 201810:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $145.00
    Materials: $15.00

    Ever struggle with soldering and wish you had a set of troubleshooting tricks to help? Not sure how to set up your own soldering torch and tank? This one day workshop will cover all the soldering basics to advanced, from butt joints to stick soldering, to supporting metal to solder hard to reach solder joints. We will work on soldering and help you gain confidence in your soldering skills.   Great for those who have been taking jewelry classes but want to improve on soldering as well as those who want to understand soldering.

    Class is full.
     
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Kelly Conroy
    January 5, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $145.00 $137.75
    5% discount until December 6
    Materials: $35.00

    If you are an experienced jeweler or metalsmith and have always wanted to explore the possibility of enameling, but weren't ready to take an intensive course, this workshop is the one you have been waiting for. Kelly will introduce students to both kiln-firing and torch-firing enamels, making this process completely accessible to anyone with a torch in their studio.

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  • Weekly Class (8 weeks)
    with David Baird
    January 7-March 11, 2019weekly on Mondays10:00am-1:00pmfor 8 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $425.00 $403.75
    5% discount until December 8
    Materials: $25.00

    Make your bezel stand out!  The tapered bezel (or cone-shaped) setting can be used as a bezel, and can also be filed and carved into any number of custom prong designs from wide, narrow, to rounded, and odd numbered – your imagination is the only limit!

  • Weekly Class (8 weeks)
    with David Baird
    January 7-March 11, 2019weekly on Mondays1:30pm-4:30pmfor 8 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $425.00 $403.75
    5% discount until December 8

    Pursue individual projects with questions answered by a professional jeweler. Finish up work hiding in your bench and get advice on new pieces. This class is loaded with great bench tips to guide students through projects with success.

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with William Vanaria
    January 8-March 12, 2019weekly on Tuesdays10:00am-1:00pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $475.00 $451.25
    5% discount until December 9
    Materials: $65.00

    Build upon the basic techniques covered in Jewelry 1 to open up design possibilities and create more complex pieces.  Discover some advanced soldering techniques, trickier cold connections, and strategies to design and produce jewelry. Students will set stones, fabricate hollow forms, and more!

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with William Vanaria
    January 8-March 12, 2019weekly on Tuesdays1:30pm-4:30pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $475.00 $451.25
    5% discount until December 9
    Materials: $30.00

    Students who have completed Jewelry 2 and wish to engage in more challenging techniques and processes may look no further than the aptly named Jewelry 3. In this class students will learn more advanced surface treatment techniques, trickier soldering operations, and higher quality polishing processes via a challenging and in-depth project culminating in either a pendant or a brooch. Techniques pertaining to etching and the creation of jewelry findings will be covered to ensure that this project achieves a truly handmade status. Jewelry 2 or equivalent experience are required.

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with Diane Lawton
    January 8-March 12, 2019weekly on Tuesdays6:30pm-9:00pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $425.00 $403.75
    5% discount until December 9
    Materials: $50.00

    This introductory course focuses on developing fundamental hand skills, good studio habits, and an appreciation for quality craftsmanship. Students will learn essential fabrication techniques by designing and producing unique, handcrafted jewelry.

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with David Baird
    January 9-March 13, 2019weekly on Wednesdays10:00am-1:00pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $475.00 $451.25
    5% discount until December 10

    Pursue individual projects with questions answered by a professional jeweler. Finish up work hiding in your bench and get advice on new pieces. This class is loaded with great bench tips to guide students through projects with success.

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with Joy Raskin
    January 9-March 13, 2019weekly on Wednesdays1:30pm-4:30pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $475.00 $451.25
    5% discount until December 10
    Materials: TBD

    Ever want to try your hand at working with gold? Add gold to your silver jewelry? Afraid of getting started? This workshop is for perfect for anyone who wants to step up their bench working skills and expand their metal palette to conquer the fear of gold

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with William Vanaria
    January 9-March 13, 2019weekly on Wednesdays6:00pm-9:00pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $475.00 $451.25
    5% discount until December 10
    Materials: $65.00

    Build upon the basic techniques covered in Jewelry 1 to open up design possibilities and create more complex pieces.  Discover some advanced soldering techniques, trickier cold connections, and strategies to design and produce jewelry. Students will set stones, fabricate hollow forms, and more!

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with Cristina Pabon
    January 10-March 14, 2019weekly on Thursdays10:00am-1:00pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $475.00 $451.25
    5% discount until December 11
    Materials: $60.00

    Creativity begins with a desire to have the skills to make an idea into a reality. If you love jewelry and have always wanted to try to make a piece you can wear, this class will introduce you to the fundamental metalsmithing skills you will need to let your creativity flow! This weekly course will include everything you need to get started. Learn about the tools you will use, solidify your ideas through models and drawings, and get your hands dirty with basic techniques. Students will learn to saw and pierce, file, make cold connections such as rivets, basic soldering, and finishing.

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with Cristina Pabon
    January 10-March 14, 2019weekly on Thursdays1:30pm-4:30pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $475.00 $451.25
    5% discount until December 11
    Materials: $60.00

    Once basic metalsmithing techniques and skills are learned for creating jewelry, a desire to expand on those skills is probably the first feeling a student will experience! If you have experienced this feeling, this is going to be a perfect class for you. One of the most important things a student should do after learning basic metalsmithing skills is to practice them as much as possible, and you will get the opportunity to do just that. You will also get to elaborate on those same basic techniques and use them as a stepping stone to create more complicated pieces and designs.

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with Alanna Robbins
    January 10-March 7, 2019weekly on Thursdays6:00pm-9:00pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $475.00 $451.25
    5% discount until December 11
    Materials: $40.00

    Big, small, bold, and always beautiful! Discover the art of designing and fabricating jewelry for the ear, from snap closure hoops to fold form dangles, this class will teach you many tips and tricks for designing earrings for any occasion!

    We will begin with the basics, with simple stud earrings, and making earring wire jigs which can expedite your earring making process. The class will then will explore more technical projects such as a snap clasp hoop earring and a fold formed leaf dangle earring!

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with William Vanaria
    January 11, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $145.00 $137.75
    5% discount until December 12
    Materials: TBD

    For most metalsmiths the torch is the be-all and end-all in joining metals. However, there are many situations where the application of heat is not appropriate, and many more where the visual stylings of cold connections can create a unique design unmatched by comparatively boring solder seams. In this one-day workshop, students will learn several versatile cold connection techniques: from the three main types of rivets to the mechanical wonder of the tap and die (screws).

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Marlene Richey
    January 12, 201910:00am-4:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $145.00 $137.75
    5% discount until December 13

    So many jewelers call themselves designers, without so much as giving a second thought to what exactly a designer is and does. The concept of what is good design and what is bad design is very subjective, but in this fast paced, highly interactive, fun and creative class you are going to learn first-hand some answers to these questions. 

  • Workshop (2 days)
    with Barbara Seidenath
    January 19-20, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $400.00 $380.00
    5% discount until December 20
    Materials: $20.00

    This two-day weekend workshop will cover techniques to create textures on metal surface to enhance the appearance of transparent enamels. Whether it is used to increase light reflection or add another layer to your designs, this process offers exciting possibilities to add to the complexity of your enamel pieces. We will cover metal etching, application of roller printed textures and templates and the use of chasing and engraving tools. This is a hands-on workshop where technical demonstrations will alternate with time to practice and apply your new skills.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with William Vanaria
    January 25, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $145.00 $137.75
    5% discount until December 26
    Materials: $25.00

    In this one-day workshop students will create a ring with a free spinning, kinetic element in the center. This project will teach tight tolerance fabrication techniques, selective soldering strategies, decorative surface treatment considerations, and proper polishing protocols. Students can expect to walk away with a finished ring and knowledge for future projects. Completion of Jewelry 1 or equivalent is required.

  • Workshop (2 days)
    with Lindsay Mis
    January 26-27, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $400.00 $380.00
    5% discount until December 27
    Materials: $45.00

    Make delicate, textured bangle bracelets utilizing not-so-delicate blacksmithing techniques on copper and silver! Students in this two-day workshop will learn how to hammer-draw, planish and shape heavy gauge wire into these wearble forms. 

  • Workshop (2 days)
    with Erika Jorjorian
    February 2-3, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $375.00 $356.25
    5% discount until January 3
    Materials: $55.00

    Explore the ancient Roman art of chain making! The seductive quality of fine silver will be brought to life through the repetitive and meditative process of weaving together fused circular links created using an acetylene torch. With a mix of demonstrations and hands-on studio time, participants can expect to leave class with the knowledge of how to make a beautiful new pair of earrings or a single chain for a bracelet or necklace. Single loop and double loop methods will be covered. No previous soldering skills required. 

  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Cynthia Eid
    February 8-10, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $525.00 $498.75
    5% discount until January 9
    Materials: TBD Payable to instructor in class.

    Students will raise a bowl using hammer and stakes, learning to let the hammer do the work for them.

  • Workshop (2 days)
    with Michela Verani
    February 16-17, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $375.00 $356.25
    5% discount until January 17
    Materials: $100.00

    Curious about metal clay? It's a perfect way to add texture and volume to jewelry. Spend two days acquiring the basics with stamping, cutting, making bails, and polishing while creating silver jewelry to wear home.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Wendy Jo New
    February 22, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $145.00 $137.75
    5% discount until January 23
    Materials: $35.00

    Keum Boo provides a cost efficient means of introducing high-karat gold to jewelry designs while simultaneously adding texture, pattern, and color. Learn how to create your own foil and employ a variety of embellishment techniques.

  • Workshop (2 days)
    with Wendy Jo New
    February 23-24, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $375.00 $356.25
    5% discount until January 24
    Materials: $40.00

    This condensed exploration of metalworking fundamentals is perfect for those who have always wanted to learn jewelry-making but never had the time. Saw, anneal, solder, file, texture, solder inlay, and more while creating one-of-a-kind jewelry!

  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Pat Flynn
    March 1-3, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $525.00 $498.75
    5% discount until January 30
    Materials: TBD Payable to instructor in class.

    Swing the door open to add hinge mechanisms to your work! Catches, latches, and other findings are the focus of this intensive three-day workshop. Special attention will be given to simplifying the fabrication process for assured, secure results.

    Class is full.
     
  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Paulette Werger
    March 8-10, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $525.00 $498.75
    5% discount until February 6
    Materials: TBD Payable to instructor in class.

    This workshop focuses on strategies for making unique chains and linkages. A wide range of chain styles will be demonstrated and explained including a variety of fused, cold-connected, woven, and soldered link chains. Students will become exposed to the rich tradition of classical techniques as well as the practical shortcuts for making work efficiently. 

  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Jill Hurant
    March 15-17, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $525.00 $498.75
    5% discount until February 13
    Materials: $65.00 Payable to instructor in class.

    The ancient technique of granulation is demystified in this workshop. Granulation is the process by which small spheres of gold or silver are fused onto jewelry. Learn to make granules, properly prepare metal, set up a design, fine silver, and clean-up.

  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Jayne Redman
    March 22-24, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $525.00 $498.75
    5% discount until February 20
    Materials: TBD Payable to instructor in class.

    Jayne Redman has developed ways of working that dramatically speed up the production process. In this course, she will share what she has learned about making multiples using blanking dies and designing jigs for findings.

  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Pauline Warg
    March 29-31, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $525.00 $498.75
    5% discount until February 27
    Materials: $50.00 Payable to instructor in class.

    So much emphasis is often placed on designing a piece of jewelry around a beautiful stone, but what about the design of the bezel itself? This 3-day workshop investigates the sculpted bezel and how one can transform a stone setting from ordinary to extraordinary.

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