This weekly class provides training and solutions for a range of stone settings and techniques aimed at dressing up or enhancing your jewelry designs. Over several weeks, students will make, manipulate, and alter bezel, tube, taper, prong, and bead settings that will be made from scratch.
Jewelry 2 presents projects designed to expand student's skill sets and solve setbacks with finishing and soldering. Practice both flush and tube setting for faceted stones, form a hammered cable link chain, add pattern and color to metal, and much more!
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.
Pursue independent projects with questions and guidance offered by the instructor on a case by case basis. 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.
Lost wax casting techniques have been used by jewelers for thousands of years to create volumetric metal forms through wax working. In this class students will learn how to carve and shape wax, cast the wax, and then clean up and finish the metal castings. Students can expect to walk away with several pieces of cast jewelry or small-scale metal objects.
Are you a jewelry lover ready to break into making your own shining jewels? This class will introduce the fundamental metalsmithing skills you need to let your creativity flow! Students will learn to saw and pierce, file, make cold connections such as rivets, basic soldering, and finishing techniques. Basic stone setting will also be introduced. Focus will be placed on making samples as well as finished pieces such as pendants and rings.
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.
In this course, students will elaborate on basic techniques learned in Jewelry 1 and use them as a stepping stone to create more complicated pieces and designs. Topics covered will include intermediate to advanced soldering techniques, piercing and filing skills, creating settings for stones or other objects, fabricating hollow forms and/or boxes, scoring, and of course, finishing. The instructor will also demonstrate tricks and shortcuts she's learned over many years of experience in the field.
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, create inlay, and more while creating one-of-a-kind jewelry!
Applying the right finish to a piece of jewelry is one of the most important aspects of creating successful work. There are countless ways to finish jewelry, from the flawless mirror finish seen in commercial jewelry, to the matte brushed finish popular with many art jewelers. In this workshop, students will learn industry level tips, tricks, and techniques, while producing several of these finishes on numerous ring blanks. Students are also encouraged to bring in personal work to get feedback and suggestions on how to finish it.
During this one-day course, participants will be turning a found beach treasure into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Students will learn how to cut, drill and carve into their glass or stone, while adding silver accents to make a pendant.
Metalsmithing master Michael Good will lead students through a series of exercises designed to teach the principles of Anticlastic Raising - moving metal from flat sheet into complex curved forms.
Every jeweler eventually tires of buying typical stones and setting them in conventional settings. Come spend three days with Michael Boyd and learn how to cut and polish your own cabochons with limitless shape, size, and color options.
Learn how to integrate stone and metal as a whole, rather than as separate objects. Demonstrations include how to shape rough stones, drill through them, make perfect bezels for unique shapes, set stones on top of stones, add decorative rivets, and more.