Jewelry and Metals

You must be 18 or older, or a currently enrolled NC State student, and have health insurance to take classes at the Crafts Center.

Classes are available in varying session lengths as an ongoing study in a specific studio. For classes that are 15 hours and over, students will have access to the studio in which they are enrolled for the duration of the semester. For classes less than 15 hours, students have the option to sign up for other classes and/or purchase a membership.

Workshops are focused sessions that are held for several consecutive days. Workshops do not include additional studio access; however, students will have access to the studio during the time in which the workshop is being conducted.

Crafts Center classes are extracurricular, non-credit classes.


Class Prerequisites:

Each class is designed specifically for a designated level of experience. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR AN INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED COURSE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED EXPERIENCE.Please refer to this key, which designates each class level:

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Beginner's green asteriskA Day of Silversmithing (Workshop)

Instructor: Gary McCutchen 

A Day of Silversmithing

No experience needed as this is a quick introduction to the fabrication of silver jewelry. All students will have the opportunity to walk away with at least one piece of wearable jewelry. Whether a simple pendant, bracelet, ring, or pin – think ahead about what you want to make and come ready to bring your ideas to life. Bring your cabochons, fused glass, or other suitable art pieces made in Crafts Center classes and spend the day turning them into jewelry. Gary will have solder, metal, stones and other materials available for purchase during the workshop. (Expect to pay $25 – $100 for materials.)

Section A: Saturday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Section B: Sunday, October 22, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class fee

I = $ 37
II = $ 56
III = $ 60

Open to all_blue circleAlternative Color (Workshop)

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Alternative Color

With this versatile technique, add color to any metal without heat or chemicals. Create a small pendant or brooch and a pair of earrings. A materials fee of $8 must be paid to instructor at the start of the workshop. View Ndidi’s work at etsy.com/shop/hothouseposey.

Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Class fee

I = $ 95
II = $ 130
III = $ 139

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Beaded Rivoli Pendant and More

Instructor: Naomi Profesorsky 

Beaded Rivoli Pendant

In this class we will be bezeling a beautiful Swarovski Rivoli crystal with fine beads to create a sparkling pendant. We will use circular peyote stitch and netting to create one pendant then make a second pendant using Brick stitch decorating around a focal bead. In the third class you will be learning the Right Angle Weave [RAW] stitch to create a necklace to go with your new pendant piece. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced beaders. Visit Naomi’s website: jewelrybynaomi.com.

Thursday evenings for 3 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., October 12 – 26

Class fee

I = $ 54
II = $ 77
III = $ 83

Beading with ZoliDuo Beads (Workshop)

Instructor: Naomi Profesorsky 

Beading with Zoliduo Beads

For experienced beaders. Spend a day working with these new beads – ZoliDuo – two-holed paisley shaped, which allow for interesting and fun designs. Come and play, see what you can make out of these beads – we will talk about structure, weight, open space and symmetry. Make an existing design or change it. By the end of the workshop you will have a beautiful piece to wear. Visit Naomi’s website: jewelrybynaomi.com.

Saturday, November 4, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class fee

I = $ 48
II = $ 66
III = $ 70

Beginner's green asteriskBeginning Metalsmithing

Instructor: Amy Veatch 

Beginning Metalsmithing

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 studio! View Amy’s work on Instagram: amyveatch.art.

Section A: Friday mornings for 6 weeks, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., August 25 – September 29

Section B: Monday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 28 – October 9 (skip Sept. 4)

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $ 90
II = $ 136
III = $ 148

Continuing Metalsmithing

Instructor: Amy Veatch 

Continuing Metalsmithing

Students 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 skill and meet the imaginative challenges of making jewelry from sheet metal, wire, and tubes. View Amy’s work on Instagram: amyveatch.art.

Monday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., October 16 – November 20

Prerequisites: Completion of Beginning Metalsmithing class or equivalent experience.

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $ 90
II = $ 136
III = $ 148

Continuing Silversmithing (Workshop)

Instructor: Gary McCutchen 

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Join us in this expanded two-day follow-up to Gary McCutchen’s A Day of Silversmithing workshop. Having learned the basic skills in the introductory workshop, now you can turn your focus to creativity and have fun making more pieces in this weekend workshop. Bring your cabochons, fused glass, or other suitable art pieces made in Crafts Center studios. Gary will have solder, metal, stones and other materials for purchase during the workshop (expect to pay $25 – $100 for materials.)

Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class fee

I = $ 70
II = $ 107
III = $ 116

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Embellished Anticlastic Bracelet

Instructor: John Fetvedt

Embellished Anticlastic Bracelet

For beginners as well as more advanced metalsmiths. Improve your basic metal working techniques while constructing an embellished anticlastic bracelet. Use a torch to anneal, a rolling mill to texture, and a hydraulic press for shaping the form. The use of a patina to oxidize the metal will also be introduced. A $20 materials fee, payable to instructor at the end of the workshop, includes all materials for one base metal bracelet. Additional metal will be available for purchase from the instructor.
Visit John’s website: bijoux–de–terre.com.

Saturday, September 9, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm 

Class fee

I = $ 33
II = $ 51
III = $ 55

Beginner's green asteriskExploring the Possibilities of PMC3 (Workshop)

Instructor: Kaleigh Hessel 

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Precious Metal Clay (PMC3) can be molded, sculpted, and carved to create jewelry. When fired in a kiln, this versatile material becomes 99.9% silver! PMC3 is suitable for making earrings, pendants  and other jewelry components embellished with stones set either before or after firing. Basic techniques will be demonstrated along with the opportunity to design and complete several pieces.  A $75 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day includes one 25g package of PMC3, along with stones and special supplies used to embellish your  jewelry.

Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Class fee

I = $ 56
II = $ 91
III = $ 100

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Happy Endings: Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry Findings

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Happy Endings

Learn to fabricate bead and cone ends, a toggle clasp, and embellished ball headpins using copper, vitreous enamel and a torch. Students can come to class with a jewelry piece to finish or simply have fun making finishing touches for future work. View Ndidi’s work at etsy.com/shop/hothouseposey.

Wednesday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., September 6 – 27

Class fee

I = $ 72
II = $ 102
III = $ 110

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Rustic Casting (Workshop)

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Rustic Casting

For all skill levels. Experiment with alternative casting techniques that can be used in almost any environment. Explore ways to cast silver objects using water, frozen peas, coffee beans, rock salt, and broom straw. Explore charcoal casting techniques. Work toward creating charms, rings, or components that can be used in future jewelry pieces. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Saturday & Sunday, September 30 & October 1, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class fee

I = $ 114
II = $ 144
III = $ 152

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Setting Irregular Shaped Objects

Instructor: Leigh Griffin

Setting Irregular Shaped Objects

For all skill levels. Expand your metalsmithing skills and learn to set irregularly shaped objects, including cabochons! The techniques learned in setting cabs can easily be applied to other objects with flat backs. Work with sterling and fine silver to make prong and/or bezel settings for irregularly shaped stones and objects. Students should have a basic understanding of sawing and soldering. You will expand those skills and work with silver to make custom settings for irregularly shaped objects. Students should supply their own cabochon or object to be set (round or oval shapes). A materials fee of $25.00 must be paid to instructor the first day of class. Visit Leigh’s website: araleighstudios.com

Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., October 4 – November 8

Prerequisites: Open to all skill levels, but basic metalsmithing skills such as sawing, drilling and soldering will be useful.

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $ 68`
II = $ 114
III = $ 126

 

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Spinner Ring (Workshop)

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Spinner Ring

Rings unite! Create your own spinner ring using a forming technique known as anticlastic raising. In this process an outer band will be 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 and copper will be provided to complete one spinner ring. This workshop is suited for all skill levels. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Sunday, October 29, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Class fee

I = $ 38
II = $ 56
III = $ 60

 

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Stacking Rings (Workshop)

Instructor: Sarah Tector

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Create a sweet stack of rings from 14kt yellow gold–filled wire and silver while learning or refreshing the use of wire solder. By the end of the workshop you’ll be proficient at single seams, fabrication, along with embellishing and forging simple bands in different gauges and types of metal. This workshop is suited for all skill levels. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Saturday, October 28, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Class fee

I = $ 52
II = $ 70
III = $ 74

Register for classes

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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 our online Cancellation Form »

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 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.