Jewelry and Metals

 

You must be 18 or older, or a current NC State student, and have health insurance to take jewelry and metals classes and to use the studio. All classes include a pass for access to the Jewelry and Metals Studio for the semester. Workshops do not include a studio pass. The studio is available for use without taking a class.

Learn more about class and studio fees » 

Crafts Center classes are extracurricular, non-credit classes.

A Day of Silversmithing (Workshop)

Instructor: Gary McCutchen

A Day of Silversmithing

No experience needed as this is a quick introduction to the fabrication of 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 and supplies.) This is a workshop and does not include a studio pass.

Section A: Saturday, February 18, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Section A has ended.

Section B: Sunday, February 19, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Section B has ended.

Class fee

I = $ 19
II = $ 35
III = $ 39

Atomic Structure Pendants (Workshop)

Instructor: Alicia Moya-Mendez

atomic-structure-pendants

Science meets art! In conjunction with our spring exhibition, Art at the Atomic Scale, this 3-hour workshop explores the two-dimensional and three-dimensional structures of an atom in relation to its subatomic particles (protons, neutrons and electrons). Students will make one 2D hydrogen atom pendant and one 3D helium atom pendant each with accurately numbered and placed subatomic particles. Students will leave with a better understanding of atoms, a written tutorial, a lecture packet with photos, and two atom necklaces! No experience required. This is a workshop and does not include a studio pass.

Monday evening, February 20, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.   This class has ended.

Class fee

I = $16
II = $22
III = $24

Bead Embroidered Cabochon Pendant (Workshop)

Instructor: Naomi Profesorsky 

bead-embroidered-cabochon-pendant

Spend an enjoyable day learning the art of bead embroidery while creating a beautiful cabochon pendant. Using glass beads, thread and base material, you’ll stitch a sturdy beaded bezel around the cab. The shape of the final work is limited only by your imagination and the embellishment options are endless. Symmetry, colors, sizes and shapes of the beads will influence the end result. A selection of cabochons is included in the price of the class. This is a workshop and does not include a studio pass. Visit Naomi’s website: jewelrybynaomi.com.

Saturday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist »

Class fee

I = $31
II = $47
III = $51

Bracelets: Painting on Leather

Instructor: Barbara Gautreaux

bracelets-painting-on-leather

In this two-week class you will learn how to prepare leather for painting, background painting techniques, drawing your design and sealing the leather bracelets. Bring your doodles/designs to the first class. A $15 materials fee, paid to instructor at the beginning of the first class includes all materials for making two leather bracelets (3 /4” and 1-1/4” wide).
Thursday evenings for 2 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., February 23 – March 2   This class has ended.

Class fee 

I = $17
II = $30
III = $33

Cold Connections

Instructor: Linda Searcy

cold-connections

Get “connected” making pendants with rivets! Learn how to use the rolling mill for texturing, the hydraulic press with silhouette dies to create dimension, and put it all together with cold connection techniques (tube and wire rivets).  A materials fee of $25 to be paid to instructor at first class session will include enough metal (copper/sterling silver and wire) to make several pendants.  Visit Linda’s website: lindasearcydesigns.com.

Monday evenings for 5 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., March 13 – April 10  This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist »

Class fee

I = $42
II = $75
III = $83

Continuing Silversmithing

Instructor: Gary McCutchen

continuing-silversmithing

Join us in this expanded two-day follow-up to Gary McCutchen’s A Day of Silversmithing. Having learned the basic skills in the one-day introductory workshop, now you can turn your focus to creativity and have fun making more pieces in this new weekend class. 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 and supplies).

Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist »

Prerequisites: Completion of A Day of Silversmithing class or prior experience in silver jewelry fabrication.

Class fee

I = $47
II = $78
III = $86

DNA Pendant & Earrings (Workshop)

Instructor: Alicia Moya-Mendez

DNA Earrings

Science meets art! This 3-hour workshop covers DNA and teaches students how to make a DNA pendant and a DNA earring set, both AT/CG specific. Instructor will cover the basics of DNA (nucleic acids naming and pairing, shape, mutations, making complementary strands, codons, transcription & translation). Students will leave class with one DNA pendant, one set of DNA earrings, a written tutorial, a lecture packet with photos, and will have had a lesson on DNA. This is a workshop and does not include a studio pass.

Monday evening, February 6, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.   This class has ended.

Class fee

I = $16
II = $22
III = $24

Exploring the Possibilities of PMC³(Workshop)

Instructor: Kaleigh Hessel

Hessel_PMC_1_story block image

An introductory level, two-day workshop. 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 expressing your own creative style. A $75 supply 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.  This is a workshop and does not include a studio pass.

Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.    This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist »

Class fee

I = $28
II = $50
III = $56

Fold Forming and Corrugation on a Small Scale (Workshop)

Instructor: John Fetvedt

fold-forming-and-corrugation

Suitable for beginners as well as more advanced metalsmiths.  Hammer time!  Forge and fold form unique 3-dimensional sculptures using only a hammer.  Corrugation is a technique for adding ripples as a design element.  The techniques you learn can be applied to copper, with a big hammer, to create interesting lawn ornaments, or to silver, with a smaller hammer, to create unique jewelry.  A $15 materials fee, paid to instructor at the end of the workshop includes a sheet of copper.  Additional metal and supplies will be available for purchase from the instructor.  This is a workshop and does not include a studio pass. Visit John’s website: bijoux-de-terre.com.

Saturday, April 8, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist » 

Class fee

I = $22
II = $40
III = $44

Spinner Ring (Workshop)

Instructor: Sarah Tector

New Section B added!

Spinner Ring

Rings unite! Warm up your skills by making a pair of hammered hoop earrings and then 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; it does not include a studio pass. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Section A: Saturday, February 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This class has ended. 

Section B: Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist » 

Class fee

I = $ 41
II = $ 57
III = $ 61

Stacking Rings (Workshop)

Instructor: Sarah Tector

New Section B added!

stacking-rings

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 in 14kt gold and silver solder, fabricating, along with embellishing and forging simple bands in different gauges and types of metal. This workshop is suited for all skill levels; it does not include a studio pass. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Section A: Saturday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist » 

Section BSunday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

Class fee

I = $34
II = $50
III = $54

The Champlevé Pendant

Instructor: Lillian Jones

McEwen_champleve_story block image

Fuse silver sheet to create trough-like patterns that are then filled with brightly colored kiln-fired enamels. The topic for this introductory class lies in the making of a pure silver pendant adorned with a charming flower or leaf shaped champlevé design. Topics covered include fusing fine silver, enameling techniques and the shaping of the final pendant. Visit Lillian’s website: enamellist.com.

Thursday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., January 12 – February 16 This class has ended.

Class fee

I = $85
II = $125
III = $135

Three Beaded Pieces of Jewelry

Instructor: Naomi Profesorsky 

three-beaded-pieces-of-jewelry

For both new and experienced beaders.  Using needle, thread and a variety of colorful glass beads, you’ll learn three different stitching techniques to create three amazing ready-to-wear pieces of jewelry. In the first class session you’ll learn the flat herringbone stitch to weave a fashionable bracelet; next you’ll create a pendant or pair of geometric dimensional earrings using the versatile peyote stitch; and in the third class, you’ll learn the hubble stitch, one of the newest stitches in the beading world, to make a beautiful bracelet that will soon be one of your favorites!  Visit Naomi’s website: jewelrybynaomi.com.

Thursday evenings for 3 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., March 16 – 30  This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist » 

Class fee

I = $43
II = $63
III = $68

Torch-Fired Enameling on Copper

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Torch-fired Enameling on Copper

Light up your copper creations using the spontaneously wonderful processes of torch fired enamels!  In this four week introductory class, students will use torches to fuse powdered glass to copper. They’ll be guided through several torch fired enameling techniques needed to complete a pair of earrings and bracelet.  Instruction will focus on torching methods, learning good form and general studio safety as it pertains to enameling. View Ndidi’s work at etsy.com/shop/hothouseposey.

Wednesday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., March 15 – April 5  This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist »

Class fee

I = $ 53
II = $ 80
III = $ 87

Wax Working for Metal Casting

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Wax Working for Metal Casting

For all skill levels. Create jewelry mock-ups in wax before having them sent off to be cast in  bronze, sterling silver, gold (yellow, white, rose, palladium), or platinum. Learn and execute the basics or add to your repertoire of working with hard carving, sheet, and wire wax.  Explore the making of basic silicone putty open back molds for use with liquid wax.  We’ll wrap up the class learning finishing techniques needed to complete pieces that have been cast and returned. Class cost includes all supplies used during class. Expect an additional casting cost of $25 and up based on the amount/size and type of metal cast chosen. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Tuesday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., January 17 – February 7 This class has ended.

Class fee

I = $ 55
II = $ 82
III = $ 89

Wool Quilling Jewelry (Workshop)

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

wool-quilling-jewelry

Jazz up your jewelry wardrobe with wool quilling. Make a cuff bracelet, pin and neckpiece using recycled wool strips. This unique jewelry is fun and easy to make and will garner lots of compliments when you wear it. All materials needed are supplied by instructor.  This is a workshop and does not include a studio pass.

Saturday, January 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  This class has ended.

Note: to register for this class on the Ecommerce site, look for it under the Fibers section. 

Class fee 

I = $11
II = $20
III = $22

For NC State students only

Crafternoons: Session F.  View details and see more classes for NC State students only»

Register for classes

See Crafts Center registration guidelines and instructions »

Cancellations

To receive a refund, you must notify the Crafts Center staff of a cancellation at least seven days before the class or workshop begins; $10 is non-refundable. If the class or workshop is cancelled by the Crafts Center, you will receive a full refund.

Absences

To get the most out of your class, we recommend you attend each session. We do not offer 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.