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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Adjustable Leaf Ring [Workshop]

Instructor: Alicia Moya-Mendez

Moya-Mendez_Adjustable Leaf RingExplore biology and art of the leaf: anatomy, types, pollination and human use! Use wire and beads to make a beautiful, woven, adjustable leaf ring.

Sunday, January 27: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $20   II – $30   III – $30    Register for this class»

 

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Anodizing Niobium [Workshop]

Instructor: Amy Veatch

Anodizing Niobium_Amy VeatchLearn how to texture and color niobium. Colored niobium can be used as a piece of jewelry on its own or added to other metals to create more complex jewelry pieces. Students will do both things in this workshop, making two pairs of earrings and a pendant or brooch. All levels wlecome; intermediate and advanced students encouraged. Supplies included.  View Amy’s work on Instagram: amyveatch.art.

Saturday, February 23: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, February 24: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:I – $80 II – $ 115 III – $125    Register for this class»

 

 

 

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Beaded Embroidery [Workshop]

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

Beaded EmbroideryMake a unique beaded pin using a large focal bead surrounded by smaller beads. No pre-planning is necessary. The process is impromptu using the beads and colors you choose. The technique is easy to learn and you can use it to create other jewelry – neckpieces, bracelets, or embellished clothing. It can become addictive! Needle, thread, foundation and a variety of beads are all that is required. All supplies provided by instructor.

Saturday, March 30: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $15 II – $25 III – $30     Register for this class»

 

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

Tuesdays [6 weeks], January 8 – February 12: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $90   II – $ 140   III – $150    Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.

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Chains! Chains! Chains!

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Chains! Chains! Chains!For all skill levels. Working with a mix of wire sizes, during this 2 day workshop 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.

Mondays [3 weeks], April 1 – 15: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $75   II – $ 100   III – $105    Register for this class»

 

 

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Chaine Maille Bracelet [Workshop]

Instructor: Elisabeth Moore [an NC State student]

Elisabeth Moore - spiral braceletLearn the fundamentals of chaine maille including how to properly work with jump rings, selecting aspect ratio and material, and several basic weaves. Create a chaine maille bracelet using one of three weaves; Byzantine, box chain or spiral.

Saturday, February 2: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Sunday, February 3: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $50   II – $ 65   III – $70    Register for this class»

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing Metalsmiithing

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 skill 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], February 26 – April 9 [skip Mar. 12]: 6:30 – 9:30p

Prerequisites: Completion of Beginning Metalsmithing class or equivalent.

Class fees by level: I – $90   II – $ 140   III – $150     Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

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Embellished Anticlastic Bracelet  [Workshop]

Instructor: John Fetvedt

Embellished Anticlastic BraceletFor beginners as well as more advanced metalsmiths. Improve your basic metal working techniques while constructing an embellished anticlastic bracelet. We’ll 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, paid 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, April 13: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $30   II – $45   III – $50   Register for this class»

 

Open to all_blue circleGuided Jewelry Studio – Finish Those Projects!

Instructor: Leigh Griffin

Finish Those Projects! (1)If you have several projects that you started and haven’t finished – for whatever reason – this is the perfect time to stop “thinking about it” and take those projects to completion. You will be able to work at your own pace, provide the materials, the partially finished projects and the determination to finally do something with that idea. The Crafts Center will provide the space and equipment. Instructor will be available for design ideas and technical help with metalsmithing and stone setting projects [not enameling]. Oops – we just took away your excuses for that box full of partially finished things! Students are responsible for providing their own materials. Visit Leigh’s website:  araleighstudios.com.

Wednesdays [5 weeks], March 20 – April 17: 6:30 – 9:30pm

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

Class fees by level:  I – $60   II – $ 95   III – $105    Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

Guided Studio: Torch-Fired Enameling

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Guded Studio_Torch-Fired Enameling_Nididi KowalczykWant more time to finish or develop that torch-fired idea you started during class? Come spend time in the studio at your own pace and work out your almost-there projects. The Crafts Center will provide the space and equipment. Instructor will be available for design assistance and technical help with metalsmithing and enameling, (sorry no stone setting projects). Students are responsible for providing their own supplies including enamels and metals. Email instructor for enamel ordering details, if needed. Find Ndidi’s work at www.instagram.com/hothouseposey. 

Mondays [5 weeks], January 28 – February 25: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: Basic enameling skills are required but rudimentary metalsmithing knowledge such as sawing, drilling and soldering is helpful.

Class fees by level:  I – $60   II – $ 95   III – $105   Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

Hammered Settings [Workshop]

Instructor: Leigh Griffin

Hammered Stettings_Leigh CriffinIf your stone calls for a heavier, thick bezel, it’s often easier to use a hammer and punch to set the stone. Using a chasing hammer and a punch, we’ll learn this controlled stone setting technique.  We will also use common, inexpensive tools found at the hardware store to make our own punch. Other options, such as using a hammer hand piece on a flexshaft will also be covered. This class is for intermediate level students that have made bezels and set stones. Visit Leigh’s website: araleighstudios.com.

Saturday, February 16: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, February 17: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: Class is for intermediate level students that have made bezels and set stones.

Class fees by level: I – $70   II – $ 115   III – $125    Register for this class»

 

Beginner's green asteriskIntroduction 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.

Thursdays [4 weeks], February 21 – March 21 [skip Mar. 14]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $75   II – $ 105   III – $110    Register for this class»

 

 

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Leather Bohemian [Boho] Wrap Bracelet [Workshop]

Instructor: Barbara Gautreaux

Boho Bracelet_Barbara GautreauxFor all skill levels. Create a three-wrap boho bracelet using leather, beads and various cords/threads. Learn how to custom size your bracelet to fit your wrist while incorporating a variety of stitches and wrapping techniques – herringbone weave, silk knot, macramé square knot, laddering and infinity stitch. A materials cost approx. $15 is to be paid to the instructor at the workshop.

Saturday, January 26: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $25   II – $40   III – $45   Register for this class»

 

 

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Oh My Darling!

Instructor: Victoria Hevener

Oh My Darling!_Beaded Jewelry Set_Victoria HevenerThis beautiful necklace and earring set named “The Darling” will be sure to turn heads with its simple yet elegant and dainty design.  Participants will learn to bead around a mall Rivoli then use Herringbone technique to finish the chain of the necklace. Class is open to all beaders, even beginners. Visit Victoria’s website: https://creationsbyladyv.com.

Saturday, April 13: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $45   II – $60   III – $65   Register for this class»

 

 

 

 

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Rings, Rings and More Rings!

Instructor: Victoria Hevener

Beaded Rings-Victoria HevenerEveryone loves rings so come learn how to make your own!  In this fun-filled one day class, learn how to bead your own rings in several different patterns. Class is open to all beaders, even beginners. Visit Victoria’s website: https://creationsbyladyv.com.

Saturday, February 9: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $45   II – $60   III – $65    Register for this class»

 

 

 

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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 broom straw. We’ll also explore charcoal casting techniques. You’ll work toward creating charms, rings, or components that can be used in future jewelry pieces. Supplies included. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Saturday, April 6: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, April 7: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $75   II – $105   III – $110   Register for this class»

 

Open to all_blue circleSpinner Ring in Silver (Workshop)

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Spinner Ringin Silver_Saran TectorRings 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.

Saturday, March 30: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $60   II – $ 80   III – $85   Register for this class»

 

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Stacking Rings (Workshop)

Instructor: Sarah Tector

stacking-ringsCreate 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 suitable for all skill levels. Supplies included. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Sunday, March 31: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $55   II – $ 70   III – $75    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.