WEEKLY CLASSES - JULY

YOUTH JEWELRY MAKING (11-13)
4 Tuesdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM • July 5 - 26

Have fun making earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings using copper & brass (sheet and wire). Students will learn how to cut, texture, drill, polish and wire wrap connections with beads. The FUNdamentals of jewelry making will be explored through demonstrations and plenty of hands-on bench time. 

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $15

Experience: No experience necessary.

WIRE WRAPPING 101
4 Tuesdays 1:00 - 3:00 PM • July 5 - 26

Working with wire is a quick and accessible way for beginners to start assembling jewelry with minimal tooling making it perfect for a home based hobby or business. Learn how to connect objects together using a double wrap, make dangles with a single wrap, create ear-wires, headpins and simple clasps. This class is also perfect for beaders who want to expand their skills and eliminate the need to buy findings. The use of beads will add color and value to the

simplest design you’ll be proud to “show & sell”.

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: None

Materials: $15

Experience: No experience necessary.

BASICS for the HOME STUDIO
Tuesdays  6:00 - 8:00 PM • July 6 - 27

This class will focus on techniques useful to beaders and hobbyists who don’t necessarily want or need the full blown studio experience. Participants will learn how to make head-pins, ear-wires, and simple clasps; make textured sheet metal domed discs to dangle beads from; hammer thick wire to form links for a chain or a solid cuff bracelet. The emphasis will be on breaking out of the need for widely available components and maximizing

the ability to create unique designs without breaking the bank!

Tuition: $150

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $15

Experience: No experience necessary.

CHAIN MAKING (All Ages)
4 Wednesdays 12:00 - 3:00 PM •  July 6 - 27

This weekly class allows participants the ability to learn a wide variety of chain styles, both heatless and loop-in-loop (see full descriptions in the workshop listings for July 16-17). The week between classes will provide ample time for a length of chain to be assembled as homework that can then be finished with a clasp. All ages are welcome to attend this class, however children 12 and younger should be accompanied by an adult. 

Tuition: $150

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: TBD, payable in class

Experience: No experience necessary.

BASIC JEWELRY MAKING 1 (For the Absolute Beginner)                 
Wednesdays  5:00 - 8:00 PM •  Jul7 6 - 27

Be immersed in this fast paced course on the basic tools & techniques used in making jewelry. Demonstrations will be plentiful with hands-on bench-time to cement the knowledge. Sawing, drilling, texturing, filing, sanding, polishing, riveting and basic soldering techniques will make time fly. Learn to recognize quality craftsmanship in the pieces you currently own or want to buy. The skills acquired in jewelry making

come in handy on many levels, even fixing and altering things!

Tuition: $150

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $15

Experience: No experience necessary.

TEENS JEWELRY MAKING (14-16)
4 Thursdays 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM • July 7 - 28

Have fun making earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings using copper & brass (sheet and wire). Students will learn how to cut, texture, drill, polish and wire wrap connections with beads. The FUNdamentals of jewelry making will be explored through demonstrations and plenty of hands-on bench time. Projects include a ring, cuff bracelet, nameplate and wire wrapped beaded earrings.

Tuition: $150

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $15

Experience: No experience necessary.

FORGING and FORMING
4 Thursdays 2:00 - 5:00 PM • July 7 - 28

Get an in depth understanding of a variety of hammering techniques using sheet and wire to make jewelry, functional objects and components. Forge heavy wire to create bracelets or handles for utensils; dap sheet metal to make bowls for spoons, small dishes or even beads. Students are encouraged to combine these 2 techniques and spoons are a perfect example. Hammering is a productive way to exercise your mind, body and spirit.

Tuition: $150

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: TBD, payable in class

Experience: Basic skills including soldering

BASIC JEWELRY MAKING 2
Thursdays  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM • July 7 - 28

Expand your basic skills by exploring more in depth aspects of jewelry making and silversmithing. Students will get more familiar with soldering techniques and planning out a design while learning how to set a cabochon stone in a sterling silver piece of their own design. The stone can be set into a pendant, ring, earrings, or anything else you can dream of. This is where the fun REALLY begins!

Tuition: $150

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students may bring their own or purchase from the school.

Experience: Basic 1 (sawing, drilling, finishing)

1 & 2 Day Weekend Workshops

BASIC JEWELRY MAKING 1 (For the Absolute Beginner)
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM • July 2 - 3 & 30 - 31

Be immersed in this fast paced course on the basic tools & techniques used in making jewelry. Demonstrations will be plentiful with hands-on bench-time to cement the knowledge. Sawing, drilling, texturing, filing, sanding, polishing, riveting and basic soldering techniques will make time fly. Learn to

recognize quality craftsmanship in the pieces you currently own or want to buy.

The skills acquired in jewelry making come in handy on many levels, even fixing

and altering things!

Tuition: $180

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $15

Experience: No experience necessary.

WAX WORKING for CASTING
Sat. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM • July 9

Lost wax casting dates back to the Bronze age and is still being used today although there have been many advances in the industry. This workshop will focus on the wax aspect of the process; we will carve, file, melt and manipulate to create designs for rings, pendants, pins and earrings that can then be sent out to a casting house. The wax will be turned into the metal of your choice (sterling, white or yellow gold, bronze or even platinum). Once the castings are back they can be cleaned up using files, sandpaper and polishing. Casting is an excellent way to explore jewelry making without investing a lot of time or expensive metals in the process. It is also used as a method of production. A full explanation of the process will begin the day with plenty of hands on time to play with various techniques.

Tuition: $90

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $15

Experience: No experience necessary.

CHAIN MAKING INTENSIVE (Loop-in-Loop)
Saturday July 16  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Byzantine style Etruscan chains date back to antiquity and are still made by hand to this day. Students will learn the basics of taking fine silver wire and wrapping it around a dowel to make a coil, cutting it into individual links that are fused closed using a torch, shaping and then assembling a variety of different chains. We will focus on learning the various “stitches” allowing students to continue their studies at home. This technique requires very minimal equipment and the results are professional quality chains that impress everyone and are truly a labor of love.

Caution: Extremely addictive!

Tuition: $90

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: 25’ Fine Silver Wire (market price, approximately $45)

Experience: No experience necessary. Good eyesight is!

CHAIN MAKING INTENSIVE (Torchless)
Sunday July 17  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This workshop will introduce students to chain making using simple hand tools making it perfect for beginners and hobbyists of all ages. It is much like knitting in that it is a repetitive and addictive technique, resulting in amazingly beautiful chains in virtually any metal because the links are not soldered or fused closed. Chains covered during this 1 day workshop are: Helm Parallel, Egyptian Spiral & Dragon's Tail.

Students will learn the “stitch” of each chain out of non-precious metals during the class so they have the knowledge & materials to confidently work on their own. A list of suppliers & materials will be provided.

Tuition: $90

Lab Fee: None

Materials: $20

Experience: No experience necessary, but good eyesight is!

WIRE WRAPPING 101           
Sat. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM • July 23

Working with wire is a quick and accessible way for beginners to start assembling jewelry with minimal tooling making it perfect for a home based hobby or business. Learn how to connect objects together using a double wrap, make dangles with a single wrap, create ear-wires, headpins and simple clasps. This class is also perfect for beaders who want to expand their skills and eliminate the need to buy findings. The use of beads will add color and value to the simplest design you’ll be proud to “show & sell”.

Tuition: $90

Lab Fee: None

Materials: $15

Experience: No experience necessary.

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BENCH TIME (non-instructional)

For current and former students only

$ 10 / hour

Tuesdays 3:00 - 6:00 PM

Wednesdays 3:00 - 5:00 PM

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