Jewelry Workshops

Fall, Winter, and Spring Sessions:


Fall: October 17 to December 17, 2022 (8 weeks)
Winter: January 9 to March 4, 2023 (8 weeks)
Spring: March 6 to April 29, 2023 (8 weeks)
Late Spring: May 1 to May 27, 2023 (4 weeks)

Cloisonné Enamel on Silver

Days & Times:
January 26 and January 27 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
Level:
Beginner (some experience is helpful )
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - Studio J
Instructor:

This class will give students an opportunity to explore Cloisonne Enamel on fine silver, using transparent enamels. Students should be able to complete a simple Cloisonne design on a pair of earrings or pendant during the workshop.   

The class will include step by step demonstrations and student work time. Demonstrations will be given on enamel safety, metal preparation, sifting of enamels and kiln firing. Cloisonne steps to be demonstrated include design, use of gold foil, application of cloisonne wires, working with wet enamels, and finishing. 

If time allows, demos will be given on setting methods, soldering for enameling, and making ear wires. 

Class pieces will use fine silver as a base, and non-leaded transparent enamels. 

Students should have studio experience in metals, at least at a Beginning Jewelry level. Some enamel experience is helpful, but not required. 


Cloisonne Enamel on Silver Supply List

Layered Chunky Rings

Days & Times:
December 8 and December 9 - 1-4pm
Level:
Beginner
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - Studio J
Instructor:

Create a statement ring! In two days, you will develop a beautiful, comfortable ring by fusing layers of argentium, creating textured surfaces with hammers and the rolling mill, and using finishing techniques such as patinas and polishing.  Make even more of a statement, bezel settings with irregular stones and/or a textured disk topper will definitely add character to make it a one-of-a-kind to show off.  
Be comfortable soldering and sawing. Most materials are included to keep the cost down. However, students will still need to purchase items on the supply list. 


Layered Chunky Rings Supply List

Enameling a Copper Bowl

Days & Times:
Friday (December 2) - 10am-4pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - Studio J
Instructor:

Use powdered glass to develop rich, colorful surfaces on your own spun copper bowl.  Demonstrations will include enamel application and firing procedures using a kiln. Use the bowl as your canvas as a piece for yourself or someone else.  There are many purposes for bowls that are both functional and decorative. All materials are included in this workshop!  Please wear closed-toed shoes.

Move it, Move it: Hinges 3 ways

Days & Times:
February 22, February 23, and February 24 - 10am-4pm
Level:
Beginner Level (some experience is helpful)
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - Studio J
Instructor:

If you’re ready to get a little movement into your work, have tried hinges before and didn’t fall in love with them, let me help you. This workshop is going to show three ways to create a hinge that is incorporated into your piece, as well as a hinge you can attach later. I will also cover three different solder set-ups for creating those hinges with tricks on how to keep it stress free. Starting with a basic hinge we’ll consider how the hinge will open and close, the range of motion it allows for and what situations it best suits. We’ll then take that information and apply it to the next hinges as we move forward. A handout will accompany the class, laying out the hinges to be covered as well as variations.


Move It, Move It Hinges Supply List

Intro to Flush Setting and Bead Setting Faceted Gemstones

Days & Times:
March 6 and March 7 - 10am-4pm
Level:
Intermediate - Advanced
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - Studio J
Instructor:

This workshop will introduce metalsmiths to the basics of flush & bead setting small faceted stones. Students will explore different types of burs, burnishers, holding methods, and magnification as well as the anatomy of faceted stones. Projects can include making a simple ring, bracelet, or pair of earrings incorporating 3 & 4 mm CZs. Basic skills are required. Students should be comfortable soldering rings and using a flex shaft. All levels can expect to leave with a simple finished project or the skills to incorporate the techniques into their own designs.

Heavy Metal Shop

Days & Times:
Saturday, March 4 - 10am-4pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - Studio J
Instructor:

Make a hammer textured cuff or ting in a day while jamming out to some classic heavy metal! “DJ Devil Horns” will be spinning classic tracks while you beat on metal like it owes you money! Students will learn about forming, forging, simple soldering, and polishing. Everyone will leave with a heavy gauge bronze cuff or thick silver ring. This fast, fun, and loud intro class will have you leaving with your ears ringing & your
fingers blinging!

Let’s Get Connected

Days & Times:
Tuesday (April 11) - 10am-1pm
Level:
Beginner to Intermediate
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - Studio J
Instructor:

Developing connections is what a lot of jewelry-making is all about! In this workshop, you will learn ways of forming and soldering chains and links using sterling silver to create a bracelet. We will finish it all off with a handmade clasp to fit your design. Demonstrations of fabrication skills such as soldering, forming, and surface finishes will be covered.