Jewelry

Early Fall, Fall, and Winter Sessions:

Early Fall: September 6 to October 15, 2022 (6 weeks )
Fall: October 17 to December 17, 2022 (8 weeks)
Winter: January 9 to March 3, 2023 (8 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.​

Wednesdays

Upcycle Your Own Jewelry NEW!

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

Want a new look to your old jewelry?  Lost one earring and don’t know what to do with the other one?  In this class, we will upcycle your personal jewelry into a fantastic new piece of adornment!  Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings will be melted down, reassembled, and collaged into a more contemporary jewelry piece. We will go over rivets, basic soldering, prong settings, and bezels. Reconfigure your old, broken jewelry and give it new life!  Some experience with a jewelers saw and torch is helpful. 

Materials: Bring your jewelry!

Fall: October 19, October 26, November 2, and November 9

Winter: January 11, January 18, January  25, and February 1

Independent Study: Metalsmithing & Stone Setting

Days & Times:
Wednesdays - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Level:
Intermediate
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - Studio J
Instructor:

Jewelry lovers – are you ready to get creative in a warm, inspiring group atmosphere? You will guided through your own designs, or the instructors, using silver, gold, copper, or 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, prong, and flush settings using faceted and cabochon stones.

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.

Thursdays

Teen Jewelry

Days & Times:
Thursdays - 3:30pm-5:30pm
Level:
Ages 12-16
Location:
385 Tequesta Drive - Studio J
Instructor:

Learn the fundamentals of wire wrapping while creating your own custom pieces of Jewelry in class. We will cover stone setting, wire weaving techniques, and framing techniques. Create your own pendant, earrings, or ring. The objective of this class is to empower students at all levels. Wire wrapping is a cold technique, meaning there is no heat or fusion of the metal. Stone settings are obtained purely through tension using wire. All you need is a bit of wire, some creativity, and a smile.

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.

Wire Wrapped Jewelry

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

Learn the fundamentals of wire wrapping while creating your own custom pieces of Jewelry in class. We will cover stone setting, wire weaving techniques, and framing
techniques. Create your own pendant, earrings, or ring. The objective of this class is to empower students at all levels to take their wrapping to
the next level. After this session, you will be confident in creating custom jewelry. Wire wrapping is a cold technique, meaning there is no heat or fusion of the metal. Stone settings are obtained purely through tension. All you need is a bit of wire, some creativity, and a smile.

Saturdays

Seashells, Sea Glass, and Pearls! Oh My!

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

Students will learn the proper technique of pearl (and bead) stringing, knotting, and drilling sea glass and seashells. Then students learn how to make the chain links from wire and connect them together into their one-of-a-kind jewelry.