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Workshops

Workshop intensives, which last one to three days, help broaden and hone skills. Study with acclaimed artists and educators who share their expertise in specialized techniques.

  • Workshop (2 days)
    with Avery Lucas
    April 27-28, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $405.00
    Materials: $35.00

    Earrings are double trouble but essential for a jeweler to make and master. This two day workshop will be all about designing and making different kinds of ear baubles. Learn the basics of soldering posts and forming ear wires to crafting hinges for click top hoops. Techniques covered will include but are not limited to finding balance and troubleshooting designs vs fabrication. Beginners and advanced students will benefit from group demonstrations and one on one guidance from the instructor in order to grow their ideas.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Mary Stachura
    May 3, 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.

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  • Workshop (2 days)
    with Diane Lawton
    May 4-5, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $380.00
    Materials: $55.00

    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!

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  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Steven Manchini
    May 10, 201910:00am-4:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $125.00
    Materials: $40.00

    In this class you will learn how to hold a stone using only wire and create a tear-dropped styled, 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 techniques can be applied to other areas of artistry to accentuate your work with wire. No previous experience required, but patience is a must! 

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  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Michela Verani
    May 11, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00
    Materials: $60.00

    This one-day class on metal clay will show you how to use nature and natural items as a basis for your metal clay jewelry.  Students will use natural items directly as a substrate or textural component of their work, as well as use 2-part silicone molding compound to create molds so that repeat items can be make from a single natural item. Students will take home a finished piece of silver jewelry, as well as a mold or two for future use. This workshop is for beginner to advanced metal clay students.

    Class is full.
     
  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Donna D'Aquino
    May 17-19, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $530.00
    Materials: $30.00 Payable to instructor in class.

    In this workshop students will explore the use of line to build three-dimensional forms. Using wire, simple design basics and soldering techniques we will create these forms. The class will look at different approaches to translating these components into wearable jewelry pieces such as earrings, rings and necklaces. The class will use Plasti-Dip to add color. Students should expect to take home a completed piece of jewelry or sample parts depending on the complexity of their design. All students with basic soldering skills are welcome.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Karen Karon
    May 31, 20199:00am-1:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $80.00 $76.00
    5% discount until May 1
    Materials: $70.00

    This Chain maille is a two thousand-year-old art form originally used to create garments worn for protection by warriors from Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. Modern approaches use these classical patterns of cold-connected jump rings for sculpture and jewelry. For these non-traditional applications, hundreds of new patterns have been invented.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Karen Karon
    May 31, 20192:00pm-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $80.00 $76.00
    5% discount until May 1
    Materials: $25.00

    Scale maille is an extension of chain maille.  Using jump rings, scales are woven together in a staggered pattern to form sheets with a surface that resembles fish scales.  Traditionally these sheets formed protective battle armor. Today, these sheets are often transformed into statement jewelry pieces such as cuffs and elaborate collars. 

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Avery Lucas
    June 1, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until May 2
    Materials: $40.00

    The cuff is a classy and sassy piece of jewelry that can stand alone or be stacked with other pieces. Learning the basics of how to make this wardrobe staple will help progress your jewelry-making endeavors too. Students will learn how to design, size, cut, shape, anneal, and form strips of metal to entwine the wrist. Master the plain cuff first, then let your imagination take over — there are endless ways to customize. Techniques such as hammering, roller printing, stamping, and piercing will be covered in order to create all sorts of design outcomes.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with William Vanaria
    June 2, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until May 3
    Materials: $40.00

    Twisted wire elements have the potential to bring a lot to a piece of jewelry. Though the practice is deceptively simple at first glance (just get some square stock and twist it) there countless variations which, when applied, can fundamentally alter how the final product looks. In this workshop students will complete a series of samples utilize different methods and styles of twisting wire, leading to the creation of finished and wearable bangles, cuffs, and bracelets of their own design.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with William Vanaria
    June 7, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until May 8
    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.

    Class is full.
     
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Alanna Robbins
    June 8, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until May 9
    Materials: $50.00

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

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  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Nicole Mordecai
    June 9, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until May 10
    Materials: $45.00

    Learn how to utilize a tool you use every day to capture beautiful images of your work!

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Lauren Beaudoin
    June 14, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until May 15
    Materials: $20.00

    This introduction workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn the basics process of beginner small-scale one time use mold casting. Delft clay is a type of sand casting that allows you to make replicas of found objects or wax models. Unlike sand the delft clay is finer and more compactible making it a perfect reusable molding material that retains intricate details. During this workshop you will learn how to choose the right objects to cast, set up a successful mold, melt then pour molten bronze and silver as well as go through any trouble shooting if molds or pours fail.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Lauren Beaudoin
    June 15, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until May 16
    Materials: $40.00

    During this workshop students will refine and become confident in their sawing skills through guided exercises and patterns.  Learn how to use your saw frame to your advantage and tackle those straight lines, curves, spirals, tricky angles, and more. 

  • Past student work
    Workshop (3 days)
    with Sarah Doremus
    July 5-7, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $475.00 $451.25
    5% discount until June 5
    Materials: $60.00

    Have you always wanted to know how to make jewelry but never had the time? This weekend course teaches the basics of sawing, annealing, soldering, filing, texturing, polishing, and stone setting.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with William Vanaria
    July 8, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until June 8
    Materials: $45.00

    Learn how to use files to add embellishments to their work through decorative filing techniques. In addition, we will explore this deceptively simple hand tool in depth, and students will learn about the various types of files out there, their applications, how they function, and how to use them to greater effect. This workshop is intended for students who have a basic understanding of the file and jewelry practices, and as such Jewelry 1 or equivalent are required to take this course.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Patrick McMillan
    July 15, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until June 15
    Materials: $40.00

    The workshop will walk through introductory forging techniques to create a custom set of copper/silver chopsticks. We will practice how to taper, texture, and solder to create your personalized set of chopsticks to use at home. Time to heat up your metal and start hammering on the anvil. No experience necessary.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Karen Karon
    July 22, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until June 22
    Materials: $150.00

    This Chain maille is a two thousand-year-old art form originally used to create garments worn for protection by warriors from Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. Modern approaches use these classical patterns of cold-connected jump rings for sculpture and jewelry. For these non-traditional applications, hundreds of new patterns have been invented.  Our chain maille classes and workshops teach students how to transform some of these classic patterns of connected rings into striking pieces of jewelry.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Liz Clark
    July 29, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until June 29
    Materials: $45.00

    In this one-day workshop, students will learn a fun and fast way to make unique shaped links by soldering and forming them over shaped bezel mandrels. This workshop will help students fine tune their small-scale soldering techniques and will also show some quick, clean-ups tricks by using the flex shaft. Each student will come away with a handmade link necklace or pendant. For ambitious students who may finish early, there will be the opportunity to make a pair of earrings to match.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Alanna Robbins
    August 5, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until July 6
    Materials: $50.00

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

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with William Vanaria
    August 12, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until July 13
    Materials: $30.00

    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.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Kelly Conroy
    August 19, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until July 20
    Materials: $40.00

    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.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Marlene Richey
    August 26, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until July 27

    Discover the best ways to deal with customer relations, choose the right craft shows and galleries, speak about your work, and find a balance between making, marketing, and managing a business. This course is hands-on and fast paced with tons of handouts.

  • Profiting By Design by Marlene Richey
    Workshop (1 day)
    with Marlene Richey
    August 27, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until July 28

    Determine the best way to describe your product, identify potential clients, get work into the marketplace, and create a cost-effective marketing plan. From press kits to artist statements, pick up essential skills needed to promote a craft business.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Mary Stachura
    August 28, 201910:00am-4:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $105.00 $99.75
    5% discount until July 29
    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.

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Joy Raskin
    August 29, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until July 30
    Materials: $20.00

    Create ear wires, clasps, pin backs, hairpins and other findings! If you've been buying commercial findings or closures out of a catalog and are tired of the same old design and high cost, this course is the perfect solution! Techniques covered don't require a lot of tools so students can repeat the process at home without a substantial investment.

  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Bette Barnett
    October 4-6, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $530.00 $503.50
    5% discount until September 4
    Materials: $45.00

    Learn how to fuse steel and gold to create dramatic mixed metals jewelry! Techniques covered include how to work with mild (cold rolled) steel, and fabrication methods required to create jewelry from steel including sourcing, cutting, forming, texturing, adding Keum Boo, patinating and sealing. 

    Class is not open for registration yet.
  • Student Work, Shayla Vines
    Workshop (2 days)
    with John Kennedy
    November 16-17, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 2 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $405.00 $384.75
    5% discount until October 17
    Materials: $40.00 Payable to instructor in class.

    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 not open for registration yet.
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Mary Stachura
    December 6, 201910:00am-4:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $105.00 $99.75
    5% discount until November 6
    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 not open for registration yet.

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