Jewelry and Metals Classes

BASICS OF BEADED JEWELRY

Instructor: Carrie Jones

Have you ever been to the craft store and saw strands of jewelry beads, but didn’t know how to get started? Do you have “found objects” that you would like to turn into beaded jewelry? If so, this introductory class is for you! In this class, you will learn the basic tools needed to get started, how to string aesthetically, and different closure techniques. Each week will focus on different skills, and by the end you will have completed at least a bracelet, necklace, earrings, and a ring.

No prior beading experience is necessary. Supply kits may be purchased from the instructor for each class for $5-10, or you can bring your own materials [a list of required supplies will be sent after registration].  

Thursdays [5 weeks] February 10 – March 10: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $50     Public – $100      Register for this class»

Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

BEGINNER BEAD STITCHING

Instructor: Carrie Jones

Each week will focus on different bead stitching pattern: Spiral Rope, Right Angle Weave, and Peyote stitch. By the end of this three week class you will have completed at least three different bracelets! No prior beading experience is necessary. Supply kits may be purchased from the instructor for each class for $5-10, or you can bring your own materials [a list of required supplies will be sent after registration].  

Thursdays [3 weeks] March 24 – April 7: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $30     Public – $60      Register for this class»]

 

 

 

BEGINNING METALSMITHING

Instructor: Amy Veatch
Design and construct a pendant and earrings by learning basic metal working techniques. Students will learn to saw, file, texture, rivet, and solder using sheet metal and wire in this basic techniques class. Knowing these skills and completing these projects is a great first step to feeling comfortable in the Jewelry/Metals studio!  Supplies included. View Amy’s work on Instagram: @amyveatch.art.

Tuesdays [6 weeks] January 11 – February 22 [skip Feb. 1]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $95   Public – $150     Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

CONTINUING METALSMITHING

Instructor: Amy Veatch
Continuing MetalsmithingStudents will continue building skills by using basic metalsmithing techniques while learning to bezel set a stone and make hollow forms using soldering and forming techniques. This class offers a chance to further skills and meet the imaginative challenges of making jewelry from sheet metal, wire, and tubes. View Amy’s work on Instagram: @amyveatch.art.

Tuesdays [6 weeks] March 8 – April 19 [skip Mar. 15]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of Beginning Metalsmithing class or equivalent.

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $95 Public – $150      Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

CONTINUING TORCH-FIRED ENAMEL

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Delve deeper into working with vitreous enamel and a torch. Students will experiment with stencils (both positive and negative), work with decals, explore using enamel as texture, be introduced to luster powders, and more. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas and inspiration to enhance creativity. Students must have enameling experience or have taken the Intro to Torch Fired Enamel class. A $15 supply fee is due to instructor at the beginning of first class.
View Ndidi’s work at www.instagram.com/hothouseposey.

Wednesdays [6 weeks] February 23 – April 6 [skip Mar.16]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Prerequisites:  Students must have enameling experience or have taken the Intro to Torch Fired Enamel class.

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $95      Public – $150      Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

FORM, FUNCTION, COLOR [Workshop]

Instructors: Ndidi Kowalczyk and Amy Veatch

FormFunctionColorJoin us to fire up your imagination and press ahead with your creative spirit to make a set of jewelry – earrings and a pendant or brooch! In this two day workshop students will learn several specialized jewelry techniques such as using the hydraulic press to form a copper base with dies like wire, Plexiglas, or old decorative interior hardware. By adding colorful torch fired glass enamel to the base students will complete the jewelry pieces. Supplies included.

Saturday, February 26: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, February 27: 9:00am – 4:00pm                                     

Skill Level: Open to all

 Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $80     Public – $125      Register for this class»

 

HOW TO SET UP A TEMPORARY HOME METALSMITHING STUDIO [ONLINE via Zoom]

Instructor: Leigh Griffin

If you want to solder at home, here’s how you can set up your first simple studio in a spare room or even on your kitchen table! Join Leigh while she demonstrates and discusses using a Butane torch, “must have” supply lists, and other essentials such as mixing pickle and storing your material, so you can get your feet wet soldering bezels and ring bands at home!

Visit Leigh’s website: araleighstudios.com.

Wednesday, February 2: 6:30 – 8:30pm EST

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $15    Public – $25      Register for this class» 

 

INTRODUCTION TO TORCH-FIRED ENAMEL

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk
Intro to Torch-Fired EnamelIn this introduction to enameling, learn a traditional method of fusing powdered glass on copper using a torch while creating simple charms for earrings, bracelets, or necklaces. Supplies included. View Ndidi’s work at www.instagram.com/hothouseposey.

Sundays [6 weeks] January 16 – February 20: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites:  None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $95      Public – $150      Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

MIX’T & MATCHED: MAKING JEWELRY FROM UNCOMMONLY COOL BITS

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Students will experiment with mixing metals, resin, pigments, found objects and various ways to connect them to fabricate a one-of-a-kind accessory. Participants are encouraged to bring found objects to include in or be inspired by for their work. The instructor will bring objects and ephemera. A $25.00 kit and supply fee payable to the instructor the first day of class. View Ndidi’s work at www.instagram.com/hothouseposey.

Saturday, April 9: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Skill Level: Some metalsmithing experience required

Prerequisites:  None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $95      Public – $150      Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

PRECIOUS METAL CLAY FOR BEGINNERS [Workshop]

Instructor: Gail Kenyon

In this three-day workshop you will learn what PMC3 is and how to handle the medium. You will learn techniques for forming, texturing, and molding PMC3, how to dry and finish your pieces and how to prepare the pieces for firing. Then you will learn how to use patina and various methods for polishing your pieces. Interested students can explore making rings on the third day of the class. The instructor will use demonstration, examples, and oral instruction to give you the opportunity to design and construct two PMC3 objects or pieces of jewelry. Finally you will take your knowledge and your 0.999% fine silver pieces home. A $45 materials fee* payable to instructor on first day of the workshop, includes 15 grams of PMC3 [*fee may change based on changes in the market price of silver]. Additional precious metal clay will be available for purchase from the instructor.

Friday, April 1, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Saturday, April 2, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, April 3, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $70      Public – $130      Register for this class»

 

RUSTIC CASTING [Workshop]

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Rustic CastingFor all skill levels. Experiment with alternative casting techniques that can be used in almost any environment. We will explore ways to cast silver objects using water, frozen peas, coffee beans, rock salt, and spaghetti noodles. We’ll also explore charcoal casting techniques. You’ll work toward creating components that can be used in future jewelry pieces. Supplies included. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Saturday, March 26: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, March 27: 10:00am – 4:00pm 

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $85      Public – $130      Register for this class»

 

SOLDERING WITH A MICRO TORCH [ONLINE via Zoom]

Instructor: Leigh Griffin

Let’s learn to use the micro torch and practice soldering by making a pair of earrings! We’ll use a micro torch, silver, small stones or objects and make a pair of earrings. In this class Leigh will demonstrate using sterling silver because it reacts quicker to the temperatures of a micro torch. The pandemic has greatly increased the price of silver so note that you can also use brass or copper with this soldering style, although these metals have higher flow temperatures so it may take longer to complete your piece. Supplies: Metal, a couple of gemstones or found objects, solder, metal, wire for earwires, a micro torch, a charcoal soldering block, and your preferred assorted hand tools.
Visit Leigh’s website: araleighstudios.com.

Wednesdays [3 weeks] March 2 – 23 [skip Mar. 16]: 6:30 – 8:30pm EST

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $30    Public – $50      Register for this class»  

 

SPINNER RING IN SILVER [Workshop]

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Rings unite! Create your own spinner ring using a forming technique known as anticlastic raising. In this process an outer band is formed in such a way to creatively “capture” one or more moving rings. Learn to size, shape and solder sheet metal and wire into rings. Basic soldering, forging, and forming techniques will be covered. Ample silver will be provided to complete one spinner ring. This workshop is suited for all skill levels. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Sunday, March 6: 10:00am – 5:00pm 

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $85      Public – $105      Register for this class»


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Cancellations

Most of our classes fill quickly so there is often a wait list. Late notice cancellations require considerable processing and labor to try and fill the reserved seat. Therefore, cancellations under 10 days are not able to be refunded unless we can fill the space.
• If cancellation occurs 10 or more days prior to the start of a class, a 75% refund of payment will be issued; 25% of payment is assessed for processing charge.
• If cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the start of a class, a refund cannot be issued unless the space can be filled. If the space is able to be filled, a 50% refund of  payment will be issued.
If you find you need to cancel out of a class you have registered for, you must drop the class via Reporter», our new online registration system

Cancellation requests will not be accepted at the main desk or via phone or email.

Absences

To receive an optimal experience and get the most out of the class, attendance is important as there are no provisions for make-up sessions for missed classes.

Wait Lists

Names are accepted on waiting lists via Reporter» after a class is full until the day the class begins.  Wait lists are only valid for the current semester’s class – wait lists are not carried over to the next semester.