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Jewelry and Metals Classes

APPLIQUE SOLDERING: SILVER PENDANT [Workshop]

Instructor: Suijin Li

Craft a unique sterling silver pendant or brooch – dig into the design and the process of how to create it. Learn how to give dimension to a design by doing layered sweat soldering.
See Suijin’s work on her website: suijinli.com.

Mondays [3 weeks] June 6 – 20: 6:30 – 9:30pm 

Skill Level: Open to all skill levels

Prerequisites: Basic metal tools use experience (i.e., filing, sawing).

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $115      Public – $145      Register for this class»

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]] May 19 – June 16: 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]

BASSE-TAILLE ENAMELING [Workshop]

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Basse-Taille

Turn simple designs into eye-catching gems of color. Learn to use transparent enamels and a torch to highlight low relief textures on metal. You will texture copper either mechanically or chemically then apply enamel to create elements for earrings, pendants, or bracelet charms. Experience with vitreous enamels is helpful. Instructor will provide etchable images and etching material. A $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor during class for etchable images and etching material.
View Ndidi’s work at www.instagram.com/hothouseposey.

Saturday, July 30: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, July 31: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites:  Students must have some experience with vitreous enamels.

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

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 class you will have completed a beautiful custom made bracelet! 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] June 23 – July 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. You 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] May 17 – June 21: 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]

CHAIN SAMPLER [Workshop]

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Chains Chains Chains

For all skill levels. Working with a mix of wire sizes you will learn to form, solder, and finish three different styles of chain and clasp: eyehook, oval link and modified ladder. Come explore technique and design, gain experience in repetitive production, and build confidence in point and small-joint soldering! All sterling and fine silver is included in the class fee; acetylene torches and wire solder will be used to make connections. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Friday, July 22: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Saturday, July 23: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $75      Public – $110      Register for this class»

CHILD’S PLAY CLOISONNÉ – A TORCH-FIRED ODYSSEY [Workshop]

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Learn cloisonné using copper wires and opaque enamels to design a pendant. You will create color sketches of a design to create your pendant. You will then create your own colorful contemporary pendant while learning the basic steps of traditional cloisonné. This class is open to adventurous beginners. Some enameling and metalsmithing experience is required. Most supplies are included. Instructor will provide additional supplies and templates. A $15 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the class.
View Ndidi’s work at www.instagram.com/hothouseposey.

Wednesdays [5 weeks] May 18 – June 15: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites:  Some experience with vitreous enamels

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $60      Public – $110      Register for this class»

CONTINUING METALSMITHING

Continuing Metalsmithing

Instructor: Amy Veatch
Continue to build your 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 your skills and meet the imaginative challenges of making jewelry from sheet metal, wire, and tubes. View Amy’s work on Instagram: @amyveatch.art.

Fridays [6 weeks] May 20 – June 24: 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. Experiment with stencils (both positive and negative), work with decals, explore using enamel as texture, be introduced to luster powders, and more. You are encouraged to bring ideas and inspiration to enhance creativity. This is not a beginner level class – you 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.

Sundays [6 weeks] June 12 – July 24 [skip July 3]: 1:00 – 4:00pm

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, COLOR, SET! [Workshop]

Instructors: Ndidi Kowalczyk and Amy Veatch

Join Amy & Ndidi in this fun workshop that continues to explore using the hydraulic press and roll mill to create dimensional canvases to enamel. Completed enamel canvases will be set with tabs or prongs to fabricate a pendant or pair of earrings. This class is suited for those with beginning metalsmithing experience who are comfortable with a torch and saw. Enameling knowledge is helpful. Supplies are included but you are welcome to purchase an additional kit ($25) from the instructors. The kit contains patterns and materials needed to fabricate a pendant or pair of earrings
You can find Amy’s work on Instagram: @amyveatch.art. Ndidi’s work can be seen on www.instagram.com/hothouseposey.

Saturday, June 4: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, June 5: 9:00am – 4:00pm

 Skill Level: Open to all

 Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $90     Public – $140      Register for this class»

HANGING EARRINGS

Instructor: Suijin Li

Craft a unique sterling silver pendant or brooch – dig into the design and the process of how to create it. Learn how to give dimension to a design by doing layered sweat soldering.
See Suijin’s work on her website: suijinli.com.

Mondays [2 weeks] May 16 – 23: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Skill Level: Open to all skill levels

Prerequisites: Basic metal tools use experience (i.e., filing, sawing).

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $65      Public – $80      Register for this class»

TEXTURED STACKING RINGS [Workshop]

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Working with a variety of tools in the studio you will make three stacking rings with different surfaces. Learn how to form and solder each ring using either wire or sheet. Demos will include using a roll mill, flex shaft [burs, cutting discs, silicone wheels], hammers and hand files to help you create a variety of patterns and textures for each band each week. All sterling is included in the class fee.Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Saturday, June 25: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, June 26: 12:00 – 3:00pm

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 processing charge of 25% of the registration payment or $25 (whichever is less) will be assessed and the remainder refunded.
• 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.