Jewelry

Winter and Spring Sessions:

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)

Mondays

Wax Working and Casting

Days & Times:
Mondays (no class on January 16) - 10am-1pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - Studio J
Instructor:

In this class, students will learn to apply wax carving and construction methods to create a beautiful piece of jewelry in sterling silver. While using the wax, the class will focus on use of positive and negative space, surface texture, transferring images, experimental processes with natural objects (bugs, leaves, etc..), and converting wax weight to sterling silver. After the casting process, the class will go over finishing, polishing 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. 

Intro to Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Days & Times:
Mondays (no class on January 16) - 6pm - 8pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - 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 throughout this course and projects will include making rings, pendants, and earrings.​

Tuesdays

Intro to Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Days & Times:
Tuesdays - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - 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. Students will work with sterling silver, brass, and copper throughout this course and projects will include making rings, pendants, and earrings.​

Beginning Enameling

Days & Times:
Tuesdays - 6pm-8pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - Studio J
Instructor:

Beginners welcome! In this class we will explore the many ways of working with glass on metal. Starting with traditional sifting and layering, students will make a pendant and earrings then create an individual project using abstract elements such as silver foil, millefiori glass, and lusters. We will cover techniques such as champlevé, sgraffito, and decal application in the coming weeks and have fun doing it!

Intro to Chasing and Repoussé

Days & Times:
Tuesdays - 10am - 1pm
Level:
Beginning to Intermediate
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - Studio J
Instructor:

During this striking workshop, we will cover the basics of creating low-relief pieces using an ancient technique, Chasing, and Repoussé. We will learn how to transfer your design onto non-ferrous metal and the proper use of basic hand tools to develop decorative patterning with depth in a pitch bowl. These small-scale reliefs will be cold-connected to a back plate to make a jewelry. No experience is necessary! Although the Lighthouse provides most consumables and materials, please look at the student supply list for more details on how to prepare for this class.

Wednesdays

Soldering on a Large Scale

Days & Times:
Wednesdays - 10am-1pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - Studio J
Instructor:

Whether it is a display for a big fossil, a decorative element for your garden, a way to showcase your new glass piece, or something you’d like to add to your clay sculpture, we will achieve working with lines in space using thick (1-10 gauge) copper or brass wire/rod. Everyone will be able to hammer form their desired shape, solder/braze, and apply patinas. No experience is necessary. You must wear closed-toed shoes.

Jewelry Making Foundations & Beyond

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

Explore the art of jewelry and metal working! During this course, we will discover how to construct earrings, a cuff bracelet, and (if time permits) a pendant using silver or gold wire and strip. Using the element of line as the focus of our design, students will create their own unique piece that is both light weight and elegant. Demonstrations will include forming and soldering wire and strip of various sizes to give volume to your work and create clusters of stone settings.  Fall Session (Nov. – Dec.) will focus just on making a cuff bracelet. All other 8-week sessions will include additional jewelry projects.


Jewelry Making Foundations Supply List

Thursdays

Settings for Interesting, Unique Cut Stones

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

How can we capture stones, rocks, minerals, crystals, etc.. that is not a typical cabochon or faceted cut? In this class, we will review a few ways to include your unique gem into a ring, pendent, and/or bracelet. Demonstrations on tension settings, prongs, and hammered bezels will be covered. We will develop interesting designs around your special inclusion to give it a contemporary look.

Beautiful Jewelry

Days & Times:
Thursdays - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - Studio J
Instructor:

Jewelry lovers- are you ready to get creative in a warm, inspiring group atmosphere? Tracey will guide you through your own designs, or hers, using silver, gold, copper, or brass sheet, wire and tubing. Learn more about design, soldering metal, pearl stringing, and metal polishing to make beautiful jewelry.

Pearl kits are available to purchase from the jewelry studio

Intro to Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Days & Times:
Thursdays (starting February 9) - 6pm-8pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - 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 solder and set cabochons to create beautiful rings, cuffs or earrings. Students will work with sterling silver (optional) or copper throughout this course. Please see our small material list for details on supplies for this class.

Ceramic Jewelry

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

During this class we will explore the use of clay in jewelry design.  Everyone will learn the basics of hand building, applying texture, and making molds for small-scale ceramic objects for the purpose of creating jewelry. In order to fabricate functional jewelry, we will apply metalworking techniques to develop earrings, necklaces, and rings or pendants.

Saturdays

No classes are currently scheduled for this day.