Weekly Classes

Weekly Classes

Weekly classes provide students with the fundamental skills needed to enter and explore the field of jewelry making and metalworking. Classes run from three to ten weeks.

  • Student Work, Shayla Vines
    Workshop (2 days)
    with John Kennedy
    November 16-17, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $405.00
    Materials: $85.00

    This course will help students advance stone setting skills with hands-on experience and knowledge from an expert in the jewelry industry. Students will be taken step by step through the process of channel setting through up to two ring projects.

    Class is no longer open for registration.
  • Private lesson (1 day)
    with David Baird
    November 19, 201910:00am-4:00pm
    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 Karen Karon
    November 22, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00
    Materials: $120.00

    Our chain maille workshops teach students how to transform some of classic patterns of connected rings into striking pieces of jewelry with expert chain maille jeweler, Karen Karon.  This workshop teaches two  weaves, Orc Weave (by Laura Hepworth) and Gridlock Orc, through the construction of an bracelet and a pair of earrings in sterling silver.  

  • Workshop (2 days)
    with Alanna Robbins
    November 23-24, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $380.00
    Materials: $60.00

    Have you always wanted to learn to make jewelry but never had the time? If that is the case, this condensed three-day exploration of beginning jewelry basics may be your ideal solution. While completing a ring or pendant with a stone set in it,  students will learn foundational skills that are necessary for all metalsmithing projects. 

    Class is full.
     
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Mary Stachura
    December 6, 201910:00am-4:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $105.00
    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 Diane Lawton
    December 7, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00
    Materials: $25.00

    Ring in the holiday season by creating your very own jingle bell! Over the course of just one day, students can expect to learn the forming and finishing techniques needed to create a bell that rings. Participants will start by cutting out their bell shape template from flat sheet metal.  Then, using simple forming tools, discover how to hammer the form of the jingle bell, and finish it off by polishing and adding wire for hanging as a necklace or decoration!

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Alanna Robbins
    December 8, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00
    Materials: $50.00

    This one-day workshop shows students of any skill level how to make a series of silver, stackable rings. Gain basic soldering, stone setting, texturing, and stamping knowledge and enhance each band for a one-of-a-kind look.

    Class is full.
     
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Steven Manchini
    December 13, 201910:00am-4:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $125.00
    Materials: $40.00

    Learn how to hold a stone using only wire and create a tear-drop style silver pendant. We will be using a variety of wires and pliers to bend, tie, and form a pendant with a secure center stone. This will include learning different weaving, coil, and framing patterns. These are all cold-fusion techniques, no heat or glue involved, and no hammers necessary. These wire working methods can be applied to other areas of artistry to accentuate your work with wire. 

    Class is full.
     
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with William Vanaria
    December 14, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00
    Materials: $40.00

    Braided and twisted wires have been a traditional ornamentation element in the world of jewelry and blacksmithing for centuries. Though the process is deceptively simple at first glance there are so many different variations and factors that can dramatically alter this form. Complete a series of samples utilizing different methods and styles of twisting wire, leading to the creation of finished and wearable bangles, cuffs, and bracelets! Expect to walk away with at least one finished piece, and samples for future reference.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with William Vanaria
    December 15, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00
    Materials: $40.00

    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. Learn how to create a necklace from start to finish: design, fabricate, polish, and adorn yourself with a dynamic and personalized neck piece in record time. 

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Wendy Jo New
    December 20, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until November 20
    Materials: $40.00

    Keum Boo provides a cost efficient means of introducing high-karat gold to jewelry designs while simultaneously adding texture, pattern, and color. Embellishment techniques such as roller printing and adding a patina, will also be demonstrated to enhance and emphasize metal surfaces.The class will be a combination of teacher demonstrations with ample time built in for student practice and fabrication. 

    Class is full.
     
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Liz Clark
    December 21, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until November 21
    Materials: $55.00

    Explore various ways of making ear ornaments from posts, hoops to dangles using sterling silver wire, sheet and tubing. Add a pop of color by incorporating natural stone beads! Students will learn how to use the Smith Little torch, fine-tune their soldering skills, and some fun shape and texture making tools to spice up their earring game. Each student will leave with at least three pairs of earrings.

    Class is full.
     
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with William Vanaria
    January 4, 202010:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until December 5
    Materials: $35.00

    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 and produce several of these finishes on pre-made ring bands. Students are also encouraged to bring in personal work to get feedback and suggestions on how to finish it.

  • Weekly Class (8 weeks)
    with David Baird
    January 6-March 9, 2020weekly on Mondays10:00am-1:00pmfor 8 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $430.00 $408.50
    5% discount until December 7
    Materials: $10.00

    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 (8 weeks)
    with Kelly Conroy
    January 6-March 9, 2020weekly on Mondays1:30pm-4:30pmfor 8 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $430.00 $408.50
    5% discount until December 7
    Materials: $30.00

    Structured as an "open studio" concept for enameling, this weekly workshop's technical demonstrations will respond to participants' interests and needs; from transparent enamels, wet packing, painting overglazes & underglazes to liquid enamels, decal & imagery transfers, and various other enamel techniques like champleve and plique-a-jour.

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with William Vanaria
    January 7-March 10, 2020weekly on Tuesdays10:00am-1:00pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $480.00 $456.00
    5% discount until December 8
    Materials: $60.00

    This weekly class presents students with the fundamentals of jewelry and metalsmithing skills. Among the many techniques we will cover, students will learn how to effectively shape, join, polish, texture, and patina metal. 

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with William Vanaria
    January 7-March 10, 2020weekly on Tuesdays1:30pm-4:30pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $480.00 $456.00
    5% discount until December 8
    Materials: $60.00

    Students who have completed Jewelry 2 and wish to engage in a challenging technical project may look no further than the aptly named Jewelry 3. Dive into design and conceptual considerations, make findings, alter/refine metal stock, and use the language of embellishment to design and create something where every element has been considered and serves the piece in a visual or conceptual way. 

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with Diane Lawton
    January 7-March 10, 2020weekly on Tuesdays6:30pm-9:00pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $430.00 $408.50
    5% discount until December 8
    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 8-March 11, 2020weekly on Wednesdays10:00am-1:00pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $480.00 $456.00
    5% discount until December 9
    Materials: $10.00

    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 8-March 11, 2020weekly on Wednesdays1:30pm-4:30pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $480.00 $456.00
    5% discount until December 9
    Materials: $50.00

    This class will cover a broad array of new applications for stone setting, ranging from taking thick-wall bezels and modifying them by filing, drilling, and texturing to using sheet metal or wire to create cones that can be shaped into unconventional, free-form prong settings for irregular or odd-shaped stones. This course will also cover explanations of custom tools, modification of existing tools, and learning to use your flex shaft to make the most of it’s capabilities.

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with William Vanaria
    January 8-March 11, 2020weekly on Wednesdays6:00pm-9:00pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $480.00 $456.00
    5% discount until December 9
    Materials: $55.00

    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.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Paulette Werger
    January 10, 202010:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until December 11
    Materials: TBD Payable to instructor in class.

    Join us for a special hands-on workshop devoted to barware! Make a sterling cocktail stir spoon and a set of martini picks. Forging, forming, fabrication and surface embellishment techniques will be demonstrated. Students are invited to stay after class for a cocktail hour with special guest mix master, Michael Tzannes, who will finish the day with recipes and tasting of artisanal bitters for the craft cocktail! 

    Class is full.
     
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with William Vanaria
    January 11, 202010:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until December 12
    Materials: $40.00

    Low temperature brazing, (otherwise known as soldering) is one of the most important, fundamental, and at times tricky technique employed by the modern jeweler. In this workshop students will brush up on soldering techniques and learn strategies to hot join even the most perplexing solder joints.

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with Cristina Pabon
    January 16-March 19, 2020weekly on Thursdays10:00am-1:00pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $430.00 $408.50
    5% discount until December 17
    Materials: $85.00

    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 in Jewelry 2. Students will elaborate on those basic techniques 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 and hard work. 

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with Cristina Pabon
    January 16-March 19, 2020weekly on Thursdays1:30pm-4:30pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $430.00 $408.50
    5% discount until December 17
    Materials: $45.00

    If you love jewelry and have always wanted to try to make a piece you can wear, this class will introduce the fundamental metalsmithing skills you need to let your creativity flow! Learn about the tools, solidify 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. Basic stone setting will also be introduced. We will focus on making samples as well as finished pieces such as pendants and rings.

  • Weekly Class (9 weeks)
    with Cristina Pabon
    January 16-March 19, 2020weekly on Thursdays6:00pm-9:00pmfor 9 weeks
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $430.00 $408.50
    5% discount until December 17
    Materials: $125.00

    This course is designed for people who want to continue learning new and more advanced techniques to add to their repertoire. Some of the techniques students can expect learn through new projects are advanced soldering techniques, scoring (for perfect angles, bends, and corners) , fabricating hollow forms, stone setting, and more! Students are welcome to bring their own ideas for what they might want to cover in class as well as unfinished work so they can have support and guidance completing past projects. 

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Joy Raskin
    January 17, 202010:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until December 18
    Materials: $25.00

    Lightweight earrings are the perfect accessory. This fun and fast paced earring intensive covers essential jewelry making skills using wire and sheet metal to create hoops and dangles you can wear home!

  • Workshop (2 days)
    with Raquel Alonso-Perez
    January 18-19, 202010:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $380.00 $361.00
    5% discount until December 19

    In this course, we’ll look at many different specimens with a focus on the most common gemstones used in the jewelry trade.We will also learn about different enhancements/treatments, artificial gemstones, and how to identify them with gemological tools.

    Upon completion of this practical workshop on gemstones, students should be familiar with the most common gemstones in the gem/jewelry trade in terms of name, physical properties, and optical properties.  In addition, participants will be able to describe these stone’s internal and external characteristics and identify the mineral. 

  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Cynthia Eid
    January 24-26, 202010:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $530.00 $503.50
    5% discount until December 25
    Materials: $110.00 Payable to instructor in class.

    This course is for people who want to become comfortable working with Argentium® Sterling Silver sheet and wire.  Demonstrations will include annealing, soldering, fusing, hardening, and finishing. Demonstrations will alternate with hands-on practice time. Participants may choose to practice on samples, or to create finished designs. Students with basic jewelry and metalsmithing skills, as well as professionals, are welcome.

  • Workshop (2 days)
    with Arthur Hash
    February 1-2, 202010:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $405.00 $384.75
    5% discount until January 2
    Materials: $140.00 Payable to instructor in class.

    In this workshop students will explore a variety of stone setting techniques, specifically pave, bead setting, and French cut. In depth demonstration and numerous samples will be thoroughly covered and executed throughout the workshop. Due to the level of detail and hand strength required to execute these techniques, students should have excellent vision (with the aid of magnification) and ample hand strength to push over prongs and cut metal using burs in the flexshaft. Previous stone setting experience strongly encouraged. 

  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Cristina Pabon
    February 7-9, 202010:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $530.00 $503.50
    5% discount until January 8
    Materials: $80.00

    In this workshop, students will learn the techniques needed to design and fabricate a sterling silver locket from start to finish. These techniques will focus on creating hollow or 3-dimensional forms for the locket body, hinge making, and snap closures for the final piece. Stone setting, surface textures, and other decorative elements will also be explored. Bring your artistic ideas to life with the technical know-how which will enable you to create a family heirloom that will be cherished for generations! 

  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Tanya Crane
    February 14-16, 202010:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $530.00 $503.50
    5% discount until January 15
    Materials: $80.00

    Explore the exciting potential of screen-printing original drawings, existing imagery, and repetitive patterns onto an enameled surface while also learning to adapt these methods for use in the sgraffito technique. 

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Wendy Jo New
    February 21, 202010:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until January 22
    Materials: $40.00

    Learn fabrication and soldering skills for making jump rings, bails, head pins and eye pins, ear wires/posts, and simple soldered terminations like hooks, S-clasps, and toggle clasps.

  • Workshop (2 days)
    with Wendy Jo New
    February 22-23, 202010:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $380.00 $361.00
    5% discount until January 23
    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 (2 days)
    with Patrick McMillan
    February 29-March 1, 202010:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $405.00 $384.75
    5% discount until January 30
    Materials: $50.00 Payable to instructor in class.

    In this workshop students will learn how to forge a seamless ring from start to finish -- beginning with pouring an ingot, punching and drifting the metal, and then hammer forming the final product. Explore and practice different forging techniques to create varying degrees of texture and form seamless fine silver rings you can wear home! 

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Nicole Mordecai
    March 6, 202010:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until February 5
    Materials: $50.00

    This workshop will cover how to photograph matte and shiny objects using a pop up tent kit and iPhone, as well at editing photos using simple tools on the phone. The students will learn these techniques with objects provided by the instructor, and then move on to their own objects with the instructor's guidance. 

     

  • Workshop (2 days)
    with Munya Avigail Upin
    March 7-8, 202010:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $405.00 $384.75
    5% discount until February 6
    Materials: $50.00

    Create alluring surfaces and structures using woven metal techniques. This hands-on class will introduce students to twining, braiding, weaving, knitting, and soumak weaving.

  • Workshop (2 days)
    with Bonnie Bishoff
    March 14-15, 202010:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $405.00 $384.75
    5% discount until February 13
    Materials: $45.00

    In this class, students will explore the use of polymer clay and wire to create an armature, instead of relying on pre-fabricated findings to dictate the forms for their polymer jewelry. Demonstrations will focus on creating a flexible hook and loop bracelet, a tall cuff, and a sculptural cuff. 

  • Jewelry by Paulette Werger
    Workshop (3 days)
    with Paulette Werger
    March 20-22, 202010:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $530.00 $503.50
    5% discount until February 19
    Materials: TBD Payable to instructor in class.

    This workshop will focus on design concepts and techniques for unusual settings that are applicable for uniquely-shaped stones, pearls, enamels, and found objects. Students will explore methods of fabricating custom settings and discover a treasure trove of tips and tricks.

    Class is full.
     
  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Brie Flora
    March 27-29, 202010:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $530.00 $503.50
    5% discount until February 26
    Materials: $20.00

    “Guidelines” is a contemporary jewelry project where jewelers/makers create work based on pre-set guidelines. In this workshop, students will create new shapes and patterns through the use of repeated elements and negative space, resulting in a cohesive wearable piece or object. Spend 3 days experimenting, exploring, investigating, multiplying, and challenging yourself to create a piece of jewelry or an object inspired by this innovative "Guidelines" concept. 

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