April, May, June

Fantastic Fold Forming!

Fold forming is an exciting technique wherein sheet metal is manipulated and hammered to create fabulously textured, 3-dimensional, organic forms. This is a quick process, so students will have the opportunity to create a variety of basic forms in this abbreviated quickie. All levels. More details...

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It Ain't Just a Drill: Getting the Most From Your Flexible Shaft

  • Instructor: Andy Cooperman
  • Sunday, April 7, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $125 | Tool kit available

The flexible shaft machine is one of the most versatile and important tools on the jeweler's and metalsmith's workbench yet many people use it for only a few basic jobs. Everything from Abrasives to Zam. Expect some eye opening, innovative tricks as well! All levels. More details...

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Introduction to Hollowware

This introductory class is designed to expose students to the fundamental techniques involved in creating a piece of Hollowware such as a bowl, vase, cup, pitcher, or teapot. An emphasis will be placed on the forming and fabrication of copper sheet transformed under the careful strike of a hammer. No experience necessary. More details...

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Survey of Stone Setting

This fast-paced workshop packed with demonstrations will introduce students to a wide variety of stone setting techniques. For those with experience it will provide review and/or perhaps a missing link of information. For beginning students this course will offer an excellent overview of what is possible with stones and simple techniques to jump in and try. All levels. More details...

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Secret Agent Anodizing I: Building Your Own Rectifier

  • Instructor: Julia Heineccius
  • Saturday, April 13, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $95 | Materials Fee: $75 payable to instructor

Harness some voltage and explore the world of magnificent battery operated color! In this class you will build your very own anodizer with simple materials. By the end of the class you will have a selection of colorful metal samples, and the ability to go home and continue to anodize! All levels. Knowledge of electronics soldering helpful but not necessary. More details...

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Secret Agent Anodizing II: Coloring and Cold Connecting Titanium and Niobium

  • Instructor: Julia Heineccius
  • Sunday, April 14, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $95 | Materials Fee: variable, expect to spend approximately $20

Go beyond the look of those 80's rainbow earrings and learn how to further utilize the versatile and colorful properties of titanium and niobium. After reviewing the different grades of Titanium and Niobium, we will begin 'designing with voltage' by discussing masking maps and making an anodized color chart using our anodizers. Prerequisite: Ninja Anodizing I. More details...

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Beginning Series Workshop:

Introduction to Designing and Silversmithing Jewelry

A great place to start, the Beginning Series workshop is an ideal introduction to the fundamental aspects of designing and silversmithing jewelry. Learn to saw, file, texture, and form nonferrous metals like copper, brass, and silver. No experience necessary. More details...

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3D Etching: Imagery and Space in Metal and Other Possibilities

  • Instructor: Carol Webb
  • April 25-28, Four days
  • Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $425 | $45-$55 Materials fee payable to instructor, Materials list

Do you think you've learned all there is to know about etching and you're looking for more ways to apply the process? Are you looking for ways to expand and explore new concepts for design that will help you further develop your own signature style? Join me in a design oriented exploration of 3D etching as I introduce you to various sources and kinds of artwork for etching. Prerequisites: Basic jewelry making skills. More details...

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Pewter Spoons and Servers

Pewter is a food-safe metal which lends itself to creating forms quickly because it is extremely malleable and has a low melting temperature. Modern day pewter is fairly inexpensive compared to other metals and is just plain fun to work with! No experience necessary. More details...

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Precious Metal Clay Basics I

  • Instructor: Suz O'Dell
  • Saturday, May 11, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $95 | Materials Fee: $75 Payable to Instructor

Discover what can be made with Precious Metal Clay+ (PMC+), a marvelous material that can be worked just like clay yet when fired results in pure silver. No experience necessary. 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 discussion and practice with different torches. No experience necessary. More details...

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Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

Get a taste for colored glass on metal in this fast-paced, one-day class. Using a kiln for control over your results, learn how to apply richly colored opaque enamels on copper. No experience necessary. More details...

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Kiln Fire Enameling Basics II

If the first class left you inspired but out of time, this is the class for you. Practice and refine the techniques you've learned and expand your enameling repertoire by adding transparents, glass shards and rubber stamp images. Prerequisite: Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I. More details...

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Intermediate Series Workshop:

Designing With Cold Connections

This Intermediate Series workshop aims to take what students have learned in their beginning classes and start to focus on designing with specific components, incorporating rivets and simple hinge mechanisms. Students will design two to three projects with a simple moveable/kinetic element and/or riveting system. Prerequisite: Beginning Series or equivalent. More details...

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Beginning Series Workshop:

Rings for Beginners

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

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Chasing and Repoussé: Beginning & Intermediate

Since the Bronze Age, Chasing and repoussé has been used to create relief as well as to add refined and expressive detail to jewelry and vessels. Chasing and repoussé in pitch and a little tool making will be covered in this begining and intermediate level workshop. No experience necessary; intermediate level students are encouraged. More details...

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Anticlastic Forming in Metal

Anticlastic raising allows you to create exceptionally strong, flexible, lightweight, and organic-looking forms in metal. Focusing on "open" or "mono-shell" forms made from a single piece of thin sheet metal students will create striking dimensional shapes that curve in opposite directions. Some facility with a hammer like "fold-forming" will be helpful.More details...

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Beginning Series Workshop:

Nifty Links and Hollow Forms for Jewelry

Vastly improve your soldering skills while focusing on small hollow forms and linked elements. In this installment of the Beginning Series, Students will be introduced to roll-printing, a technique for creating elaborate and organic textures in metal, and handy tricks for creating custom linked chains and clasps. No experience necessary. More details...

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Low Tech Enameling

Using a torch and a few simple tools, students will learn the basics of enameling in this exciting three-hour workshop. This is a great opportunity to learn how to add vibrant color to your copper and fine silver jewelry. Moderate comfort level with a jeweler's torch is helpful. More details...

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Setting Pointed Stones: Theory and Applications Part II

  • Instructor: Kirk Lang
  • Weekend Workshop: June 22 and 23
  • Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $245 | Some materials included; Materials list

Learn not to be apprehensive when it comes to setting challenging stone shapes. Building off the Intermediate Series workshop, Facet Stone Setting, this more advanced level workshop will instruct you how to set faceted gemstones with pointed corners safely, securely and confidently. Prerequisites: Basic jewelry fabrication skills and Theory and Application Part I or equivalent. More details...

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Digital Photography for Jewelry

This workshop will cover some essential tools and techniques needed to successfully photograph your own work for your portfolio or promotional purposes. Learn how to best use your digital camera's settings and how understanding the basic photography terminology can help in taking better shots. All levels. More details...

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Mentored Independent Study

Join the 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. Basic metal working skills required. Each section is five weeks or available on a drop-in basis.* Classes are offered both mornings and evenings. More details...

  • Tuesday Evening: 6:00 - 9:00
  • Instructor: Juan Reyes
  • Two five week sections:
  • April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • May 14, 21, 28 June 4, 11
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  • Thursday Morning: 10:00 - 1:00
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • Two five week sections:
  • April 11, 18 May 2, 9, 23 (no class 4/25, 5/16)
  • May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27
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  • *Class fee: $180/five week section; $15/ hour to drop-in; punch cards also available.
  • (Section "subscribers" will have space priority and access to free practice hours).
  • Materials are not included. Students are required to bring project materials such as metal, saw blades, drill bits, sandpaper, and solder. Flux is provided.

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