October, November & December

Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

This Beginning Series Workshop is an ideal introduction to the fundamental aspects of silversmithing. Explore jewelry design while learning all the valuable basics: to saw, file, texture, form and solder nonferrous metals like copper, brass, and silver. No experience necessary. More details...

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Wax Working for Jewelers

Lost wax casting is widely used today for mass producing jewelry and jewelry components but it is also perfect for creating unique one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Learn the fundamentals and some good tricks for designing and creating wax models for casting in this comprehensive workshop. Projects will include pendants, rings and charms. No experience necessary however returning students are welcome. *Students enrolled in multiple week classes are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours. More details...

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Cloisonné Enameling

The vivid color and unique beauty of enamel has been prized for centuries. The delicate beauty of Cloisonné, with fine lines of precious metal delineating patterns and images, is appreciated around the world. This is a beginner level class, no experience necessary however basic enameling helpful. More details...

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Soldering Essentials

Whether you've had a soldering class, attempted to learn from a book, or never even tried, if you are looking to learn how to silver-solder or just get better at it, this class is for you. Expect lots of hands-on time at the soldering table and practice with different torches. No experience necessary. More details...

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Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Applications: Round Stones

  • Instructor: Kirk Lang
  • October 28 and 29, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $285 | $85 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor; Materials list

Setting faceted stones doesn't have to be a daunting task. No... really! This intermediate level stone-setting class will teach you how to set round faceted gemstones safely, securely and with confidence. Three settings will be covered in detail including prong, flush, and thick bezel setting. Beginning Series or equivalent required. More details...

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Jewelry Making Basics with Wire

In this fun introductory class, students will learn the essentials of soldering and making jewelry with wire - a perfect class to create gifts for family and friends, or even start a little business. The techniques covered in class can be continued at home with a simple setup. No experience necessary. More details...

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

This Beginning Series Workshop focuses on the basic construction of fabricated rings, with and without stones. Each student will construct a simple, textured band ring as well as a ring with a bezel-set stone. No experience necessary. More details...

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Riveting Basics

Basic riveting is a fun and a simple way to connect metal to metal and/or metal to non-metal or even non-metal to non-metal! A new world of possibilities opens up to a jewelry designer when heat is taken out of the equation. This will be a fast paced, exciting class focused on designing, problem solving, practicing and producing work without soldering. No experiences necessary. More details...

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

This Beginning Series Workshop is an ideal introduction to the fundamental aspects of silversmithing. Explore jewelry design while learning all the valuable basics: to saw, file, texture, form and solder nonferrous metals like copper, brass, and silver. No experience necessary. More details...

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Fire, Forge and Flush-Stonesetting

  • Instructor: Jeff Georgantes
  • December 1 - 3, Friday - Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $395 | $35 Materials fee payable to instructor; Materials list

This class will lead you on a journey filled with twists and turns to explore a variety of core metalsmithing skills that culminate in a finished silver ring set with faceted stones. Class will begin with casting and end with polishing and in between you will roll, hammer and set stones. This class will be filled with tips and tricks and is open to all skill levels! No experiences necessary. More details...

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WELD IT! Pulse Arc Welding For Jewelers and Metalsmiths

Precision welding technology has revolutionized the fabrication process for jewelers and metalsmiths. This class will cover the basics of pulse arc welding and a pile of tips and tricks to help you reimagine how your work is created. No experiences necessary. More details...

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  • Instructor: Jeff Georgantes
  • December 1 - 3, Friday - Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $395 | $35 Materials fee payable to instructor; Materials list

This class will lead you on a journey filled with twists and turns to explore a variety of core metalsmithing skills that culminate in a finished silver ring set with faceted stones. Class will begin with casting and end with polishing and in between you will roll, hammer and set stones. This class will be filled with tips and tricks and is open to all skill levels! No experiences necessary. More details...

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Using the Smith Little-Torch

While there are several torch options, one of the most popular among bench jewelers is a mixed fuel, oxy-propane, and one of the best is the Smith "little-torch". Micki Lippe, a seasoned professional, will show you why as she demonstrates the versatility and precision of this well-loved tool. Basic soldering experience required. More details...

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Basic Bead and Wire Jewelry

Learn the simple tricks to cold working wire to create linkage systems for earrings, necklaces, ear wires and clasps. This class will give you the basic skills to start making jewelry for yourself, as gifts, or to begin selling! No soldering. No experience necessary. More details...

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Needle Felting Forms for Jewelry

  • Instructor: Cynthia Toops
  • December 16 and 17, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $285 | $30 Materials fee payable to instructor; Materials list

Needle Felting is an ancient craft that translates well into 21st century designs. Spend a relaxing and inspiring weekend learning to shape a ball of soft wool into amazing 3-dimensional objects. You will probably poke your finger a few times but you will have lots of fun and discover a new exciting medium. No experience is necessary. More details...

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Mentored Independent Study

  • Tuesday EVENING: 6:00 - 9:00
  • October 3 - December 19
  • Instructor: Juan Reyes
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  • Thursday MORNING: 10:00 - 1:00
  • October 5 - December 21 (no class 11/23)
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
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  • Class fees:
  • 3 weeks = $115; 4 weeks = $145; 5 weeks = $180; 6 weeks = $215;
  • Drop-in = $20/hour; Punch cards = $150/12 hours
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  • Materials are not included:
  • Students are required to bring project materials such as metal, saw blades, drill bits, sandpaper, and solder. Flux is provided.

Join a mentored independent study group to learn new skills in a consistently supportive environment. With instructor guidance, these on-going classes allow independent study students to explore a wide range of projects. Register for 3 - 6 weeks for a discounted rate; drop-in also welcome. Classes are offered both mornings and evenings. Basic metal working skills required. More details...

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PRACTICE HOURS

*Prepaid, consecutive week students have access to Practice Hours! DROP-IN STUDENTS AND PUNCH CARD HOLDERS DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO PRACTICE HOURS PRACTICE HOURS: Students enrolled in multiple week classes are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours. There is no additional charge to attend.

Practice Hours: Sundays and Thursdays, 5-9. Tuesdays, 10-2

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