Tuesdays in September: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th 6-9pm
Ages 13+ to Adult, Beginners Wanted! Are you ready to start learning the traditional set of skills that all jewelers and silversmiths must possess before pursuing a career in the jewelry industry? Whether you want to be a bench jeweler for a fine jewelry store or create your own line of work for resale, a solid foundation of the tools, processes, as well as studio safety is a must!
In this 4-week course you will first be introduced to the basics beginning with the saw frame. Learn how to load your sawblades correctly, how to pierce metal and cut out shapes. Once you're comfortable with the saw we'll move on to your main project, a pendant, pin or earrings using the piercing and sawing process.
A variety of techniques will be demonstrated along the way with ideas for adding dimension to your pieces. Choose one or more of these methods and we will work one-on-one throughout the course to make your designs come to life. We will also demonstrate how to make your own findings such as ear wires, bails and clasps.
Soldering techniques will be covered such as sweat soldering. We will discuss which solder to use when and why, as well as soldering safety. Throughout the course you will learn about the finishing processes including filing, sanding and basic polishing.
All tools are provided by Quench for you to use (and are available for purchase if you'd like to start your own tool box). Copper and brass are included in the class fee. Sterling silver is extra and can be purchased throughout the course or as needed. 8 seats available. When it's sold out please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on a waiting list. Unfortunately, most cancellations don't happen until the first day of class so please make a note on your calendar.
If you need to cancel your registration for this Metalsmithing 1 session a full refund will only be given if you contact us one full month prior to the class. If you cancel with less than a months notice you will receive a credit for half of the workshop price to be used toward a future offering. If you cancel with less than a weeks notice no refund or credit will be given.