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IMPORTANT NOTICE! Please DO NOT register using a cell phone until further notice 

Sat/Sun Oct 15-16 • 10:00 - 4:00PM

Immerse yourself 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 and basic soldering techniques will make time fly. Students can expect to complete 2 projects, a flat pendant or keyring out of sheet metal and a simple ring. 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! This workshop is perfect for those interested in taking more advanced classes requiring basic skills during the Nov/Dec session. 

Skill level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

Sat Oct 22 • 10:00 - 4:00PM

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!

Skill level: No experience necessary, Good eyesight is!

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: 20’ Fine Silver Wire (market price, approximately $45)

Sun Oct 23 • 10:00 - 4:00PM

This workshop will introduce students to chain making using simple hand tools making it perfect for beginners and hobbyists of all ages. 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:

Egyptian Spiral & Helm Parallel. All ages are welcome to attend this class,

however children 12 and younger should be accompanied by an adult.

Skill level: No experience necessary, Good eyesight is!

Tuition: $100 (Lab Fee: None) 

Materials: $20

Sat Oct 29 • 10:00 - 4:00PM

There are many ways to connect materials using methods that don’t require soldering, making it ideal for it’s versatility. Metal, plexiglass and wood are just a few examples of materials that can easily be combined. A variety of different rivets will be the main focus of this workshop, however linking, pronging and simple wire techniques will also be discussed. The basic concept is how to mechanically secure objects without the use of glue (a tacky 4 letter word). Attaching pieces without the use of a torch and full soldering set up makes it far more conducive to the home based studio as well. The range of potential materials and minimal tooling make it an ideal way to create pieces with more size and substance. 

Skill Level: Basic 101 (or the equivalent)

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $10

Sun Oct 30 • 10:00 - 4:00PM

This one-day workshop is geared for students interested in learning how to solder everything from jump rings to elaborate constructions. Get an in-depth knowledge of what torch is appropriate for your needs, the difference between solders and fluxes, as well as a variety of soldering techniques including butt joints, sweat and point soldering. The use of heat sinks, binding techniques and set-up will be covered as well. There are many approaches to soldering, this workshop will help make you more comfortable with a torch in your hand. 

Skill Level: Basic Skills

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $15


Non-instructed use of the studio, tools and equipment is a convenience for jewelers wanting to work independently. Materials are not included, Supplies (sawblades, solder, polishing compound, acetylene, drill bits, etc.) are included in the membership fee.

Available to current and former students of HVS.

Times to be announced the first week of classes.

Please contact Raychel prior to showing up and to register (preauthorization and payment are required in advance)."> / 845-901-2806

Initial payment: $150

6 month membership fee: $50

10 hour Punchcard @10./per hour: $100

Receive the 11th hour free.

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