Workshops

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 (3 days)
    with Liza Nechamkin
    October 15-17, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $530.00
    Materials: $5.00

    This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a working knowledge of chasing through detailed demonstrations, experimentation and different assignments. This class will equip students to further explore chasing with confidence and to fluidly express their own aesthetics through chasing. Liza teaches, lectures, and exhibits her chased works nationally, and is the creator of Nechamkin Chasing Tools™. She is a highly skilled and accomplished chaser, specializing in the creation of custom silver pieces that are rich with highly ornamental chasing and repousse designs.

    Class is no longer open for registration.
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Wendy Jo New
    October 23, 20196:00pm-9:00pm
    at Weston Art and Innovation Center
    Tuition:
     $75.00
    Materials: $30.00

    Add color and style to jewelry with resin inlay in this mini-workshop at the brand new Weston Art and Innovation Center!

  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Steven Parker
    October 25-27, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $530.00

    Discover and practice the basics of using Rhino, a CAD program used to create virtual models.  Gain an understanding of the Rhino environment, creating, locating in space, and manipulating points, lines, curves, and surfaces.  From there, students will learn the basics of 3D printing and print simple models in class.

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  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Sarah Doremus
    November 1-3, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $480.00
    Materials: $75.00

    This class will allow students with beginner skills to work on projects that they have started and/or imagined.  It is perfect for perfect for students who have explored jewelry and metals in another class or workshop, and wish to receive further instruction to develop new techniques and expand on their existing knowledge. Over three days, students will learn about basic hinges to create movement, box construction (for jewelry or small objects), and alternative setting techniques.  

  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Alanna Robbins
    November 6, 20196:00pm-9:00pm
    at Weston Art and Innovation Center
    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 Paulette Werger
    November 8, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00
    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! 

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  • Workshop (3 days)
    with Paulette Werger
    November 9-11, 201910:00am-5:00pmfor 3 days
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $530.00
    Materials: TBD Payable to instructor in class.

    Jump into this three day class for a fun exploration of all things ring! Combine fabrication techniques in gold and silver, argentium fusion, embossing, direct casting, creative use of scrap and more to create one-of-a-kind rings. Add value and color to your jewelry by adding a touch of gold to a silver piece. This class not only combines gold and silver, but also classical techniques with practical shortcuts for making work efficiently. From elegant to funky, we will look at ways to make rings that are unique to your taste. 

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  • Workshop (1 day)
    with John Kennedy
    November 15, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $125.00 $118.75
    5% discount until October 16

    Do you find yourself struggling with questions about studio equipment including proper care and maintenance for your tools? Have you ever wondered what the best flex shaft attachment may be for a particular task? These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed in this seminar with professional jeweler, John Kennedy. The day will be a mix of discussion and demonstrations as appropriate. Topics on the agenda include hand tools and proper use, shop equipment and supplies, metal preparation and finishing, polishing and cleaning, general jewelry repair / ring sizing, casting overview, bench tips, and of course, safety. 

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  • 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: $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 full.
     
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Karen Karon
    November 22, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until October 23
    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 $361.00
    5% discount until October 24
    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 $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 full.
     
  • Workshop (1 day)
    with Diane Lawton
    December 7, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until November 7
    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 $142.50
    5% discount until November 8
    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 Steven Manchini
    December 13, 201910:00am-4:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $125.00 $118.75
    5% discount until November 13
    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. 

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  • Workshop (1 day)
    with William Vanaria
    December 14, 201910:00am-5:00pm
    at Metalwerx
    Tuition:
     $150.00 $142.50
    5% discount until November 14
    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 $142.50
    5% discount until November 15
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Gemology is the study of gem materials, including their description, identification, origin and usage in jewelry and ornamentation. Gemstones are also used as a commodity, and being able to evaluate and identify them is focus of a gemologist’s job.

  • 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.

    Argentium is a sterling silver alloy that has some exciting advantages over traditional sterling silver. It does not firescale, is highly tarnish resistant, is more malleable and ductile than traditional sterling, granulates and fuses more easily than traditional sterling, and can be hardened using a toaster oven!

  • 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: $85.00

    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 (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

    Learn how to utilize a tool you use every day to capture beautiful images of your work! This workshop will cover how to photograph matte and shiny objects using a pop up tent kit and iPhone. The class will start out with students practicing the techniques demonstrated to photograph basic small objects provided by the instructor.  Then, students can photograph their own objects with the instructor's guidance. The last part of the workshop will focus on how to easily edit photos using simple tools on the phone.  Students will be able to practice simple editing right on their phones!

  • 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 we will explore the use of polymer clay and work-hardened wire as an armature that will enable the students to create their own designs from start to finish, instead of relying on pre-fabricated findings to dictate the forms for their polymer jewelry. Soldering will not be necessary for these pieces -- instead, students will learn how to form and harden wire to create a "skeleton" for polymer veneers. Additionally, student will be introduced to Apoxie clay as a means of creating sculpted forms.

  • 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. Explore of methods for fabricating custom settings and discover a treasure trove of tips and tricks.

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