Core Classes

Metalsmithing

Pierce, solder, hammer, polish... our foundation metal fabrication classes will introduce you to all the basic concepts of working in metal. Projects focus on techniques rather than design, and include:

  • Sweat soldering a flat pierced pendant (Metals A)
  • Stack rings and mirror image earrings (Metals B)
  • Cab bezel ring and pendant (Metals C)
  • Handmade chain, clasp, and charms (Metals D)

Wax Model Making

Precision Wax Carving

Much of the jewelry that you see started out as a piece of wax. Our carving wax classes will introduce you to techniques for creating precision wax models for clean, professional castings in bronze, sterling silver, karat gold, or even platinum. You will learn piercing, shaping, hollowing, and electric wax pen build-up.

  • Stack rings and freeform carving (Wax A)
  • Pendant and mirror image earrings (Wax B)
  • D-blank: foundation for advanced ring designs (Wax C)

Soft Wax Sculpting

If you like the sound of almost "instant" jewelry models, than malleable soft wax sculpting is for you. These workshops begin with a basic introduction to soft wax in its many forms; students then go on to experiment and create their own variations on the techniques.

  • Sculpted pendant and faceted stone ring (Soft Wax A)
  • Flat pendant and cabochon stone ring (Soft Wax B)
  • Cap for stone (pendant) and wire design ring (Soft Wax C)

Stone Setting

Setting gemstones into metal is an art unto itself, and one that can take years to master. Our evening stone setting workshops will introduce you to the most common tools and techniques, but are really just a starting point. You may want to continue pursuing the skills that are most suitable to your ideas in our small group tutoring sessions.

  • Prong Setting is the most traditional method. It not only shows off a gem to its best advantage, but provides a safe method for setting fragile and unusually cut stones.
  • Bezel Setting involves surrounding a stone with a thin "rim" or bezel of metal, for a modern look and durability.
  • Flush Setting is a technique of setting small stones, usually round, "flush" with the surface of the metal.
  • Bead Setting features stones that are held in place by tiny beads of metal that are "raised" from the surface.

Special Offerings

Our evening and one day workshops offer the opportunity to explore a variety of more specialized techniques. The schedule rotates and new classes are always in the works.
See the current schedule for workshop descriptions and dates.

Metals Workshops:

Cuffs and Textures
Cold Connections
Creative Wire work
Setting Pre-made Bezels

Wax Workshops:

Charms
Wax Prong Head
Casting Gemstones in Place


Other Workshops:

Quick Design
Precious Metal Clay
Practical Gemology
Torch Enamel