Jewelry

Early Fall, Fall, and Winter Sessions:

Early Fall: September 7th - October 16th (6 Weeks)
Fall: October 18th - December 18th (8 Weeks)
Winter: January 3rd - February 26th (8 Weeks)

Mondays

Intro to Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Days & Times:
Mondays - 6pm-8pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio J
Instructor:

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of metalsmithing through instructor demonstrations, one-on-one instruction, and hands-on experience with hand tools, flex shafts, and torches. Each student will learn to design, pierce, drill, solder, and set a cabochon stone, as well as use cold connections, such as rivets. Students will work with sterling silver, brass, and copper through this course and projects will include making rings, pendants, and earrings.

3D Printing and Jewelry Making

Days & Times:
Mondays - 10am-1pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio J
Instructor:

The first part of this class will focus on 3D modeling techniques using an online platform to print jewelry. Using repetition, multiples, and various surfaces, an abstract or representational object will become a fun piece of adornment. The second part of this class will teach students how to use jump rings, earrings, and lost wax casting process to finish turning one of their printed pieces into silver. This workshop is for all ages 16+.

Tuesdays

Intro to Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Days & Times:
Saturdays (Early Fall, Fall, Winter) - 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuesdays (Early Fall, Fall, Winter) - 1:30pm-4:30pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio J
Instructor:

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of metalsmithing through instructor demonstrations, one-on-one instruction, and hands-on experience with hand tools, flex shafts, and torches. Each student will learn to design, pierce, drill, solder, and set a cabochon stone, as well as use cold connections, such as rivets. Students will work with sterling silver, brass, and copper through this course and projects will include making rings, pendants, and earrings.

Wednesdays

Independent Study: Metalsmithing & Stone Setting for Beautiful Jewelry

Days & Times:
Wednesdays - 10am-1pm
Level:
Intermediate
Location:
Studio J
Instructor:

Turn sketches into reality. Tracey will guide students through their own designs, or hers, using silver, gold, copper, brass sheet, wire, and tubing. Learn more about design, soldering, forming, and metal polishing. Some of the many available techniques during this independent study include making bezel, tube and prong settings using faceted and cabochon stones.

Glass Jewelry

Days & Times:
Tuesdays - 9:30am-12:30pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio G and Studio J
Instructor:

Learn how to create beautiful stone-like elements out of glass for making a pendant or a ring. The first half of the session will be spent developing glass pieces, using various techniques and fusion processes. The second half of the session students will create tab and alternative prong settings to make rings and/or pendants. All materials are included.

Location: Studio G: Fall dates, Oct. 19, 26| Winter dates, Jan 4, 11

Location: Studio 385: Fall dates, Nov 2,9 | Winter dates, Jan 18, 25

Creative Wax Carving & Casting

Days & Times:
Wednesdays - 1:30pm-4:30pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio J
Instructor:

In this class, students will learn to apply basic wax carving and construction methods to develop a beautiful ring and pendant. While using the wax, the class will focus on use of positive and negative space, surface texture, transferring images, experimental processes, and converting wax weight to sterling silver. After the casting process, the class will go over finishing techniques. Students can use 50% scrap metal (old jewelry, failed projects, etc.) for casting and 50% new casting grain. Please see student material list for details on this method of recycling.

Thursdays

Intermediate to Advanced Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Days & Times:
Thursdays - 2pm-5pm
Level:
Intermediate
Location:
Studio J
Instructor:

Students will be introduced to intermediate and advanced techniques of metalsmithing through instructor demonstrations and one-on-one instruction. With 30+ years experience, Gustavo Hoefs will take students on a journey of more complex soldering and fabrication, faceted stone settings, and hammer forming (anticlastic and synclastic) to create beautiful, wearable jewelry. Moving through how to use various jewelry tools and when to use them, the purpose of dremel/flex shaft bits, and surface treatments (patinas, textures, polishing), students will come out with a unique, one of a kind piece of jewelry. Previous use of the torch/soldering and jeweler’s saw is required.

Mini Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) Class

Days & Times:
Thursdays - 10am-1pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio J
Instructor:

Due to the fun and success of The Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) event last year, Lighthouse ArtCenter has decided to bring it back. The theme is the same, upcycle old or broken jewelry into fabulous pieces of adornment. This will be a class dedicated to the RJM project and Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Jewelry Department, which will result in an exhibition at the end of the session. The class have PLENTY of donations from last year to incorporate into their designs. Students will pick one or two pieces they create during the class to be fully donated to benefit the mission of Ethical Metalsmiths, RJM, and Lighthouse ArtCenter. Demonstrations will include rivets, laying out a design, making an ingot into a sheet, prong settings, and more.

Fridays

No classes are currently scheduled for this day.

Saturdays

Seashells, Sea Glass, and Pearls! Oh My!

Days & Times:
Saturdays - 1pm-4pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio J
Instructor:

Students will transform their collection of seashells and sea glass into beautiful jewelry. During this class, students will learn how to incorporate their beach goodies into their jewelry designs by drilling and making chain links as well as other connections. Students will also dive into the proper technique of pearl (and bead) stringing and knotting. At the end, everyone will leave with a gorgeous necklace, bracelet, and/or earrings. A lot of materials are included, but not all. Please see student supply list for more information.

Intro to Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Days & Times:
Saturdays (Early Fall, Fall, Winter) - 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuesdays (Early Fall, Fall, Winter) - 1:30pm-4:30pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Studio J
Instructor:

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of metalsmithing through instructor demonstrations, one-on-one instruction, and hands-on experience with hand tools, flex shafts, and torches. Each student will learn to design, pierce, drill, solder, and set a cabochon stone, as well as use cold connections, such as rivets. Students will work with sterling silver, brass, and copper through this course and projects will include making rings, pendants, and earrings.