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.
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Crafts Center classes are extracurricular, non-credit classes.
Beaded Spiral Magic (Workshop)
Instructor: Naomi Profesorsky
Bead weaving is the art of using beads, thread and needle to create wearable jewelry. In this class we will learn to create one of the most useful and quick beading stitches: the spiral rope. We will make a vibrant bracelet in a stitch that can be used for necklaces, earrings and more. No experience needed – come and create with us. This is a workshop and does not include a studio pass. Visit Naomi’s website: jewelrybynaomi.com.
Thursday evening, July 13, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
I = $ 15
II = $ 21
III = $ 23
Chains! Chains! Chains!
Instructor: Sarah Tector
For all skill levels. Working with a mix of wire sizes, each week you’ll form, solder and finish a different style chain and clasp: eye-hook, 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.
Saturday, June 10, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm & Sunday, June 11, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
I = $ 63
II = $ 85
III = $ 91
Needle Felted Cuff Bracelet (Workshop)
Instructor: Roberta Morgan
Learn the craft of needle felting by making a bold and colorful 2″ wide cuff bracelet or brooch. The craft of needle felting is the process of embedding colorful wool roving into a foundation fabric using barbed needles that snag the fibers. Beads and buttons are added and Ultrasuede® provides a comfortable backing. Once you learn this fun and easy process, you’ll discover that it can be used to enhance clothing or home decor. All supplies will be provided by instructor. This is a workshop and does not include a studio pass.
Saturday, June 10, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Note: to register for this class on the Ecommerce site, look for it under the Fibers section.
I = $11
II = $20
III = $22
Sandwich Pendant (Workshop)
Instructor: John Fetvedt
Expand your metalsmithing skills by making a sandwich pendant. Tools and techniques used will include the bench shear, rolling mill, hydraulic press, and riveting, as well as filing, sanding, polishing, etc. We will also use an acetylene torch to anneal metal. This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as more advanced metalsmiths. A $15 materials fee, paid to instructor at the end of the workshop, includes enough copper and supplies for two pendants. Additional metal and supplies will be available for purchase from the instructor. All necessary tools will be available for use in the workshop, although you might want to bring an Optivisor. This is a workshop and does not include a studio pass. Visit John’s website: bijoux-de-terre.com.
Saturday, June 3, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
I = $ 17
II = $ 30
III = $ 33
Turning Found Objects into Jewelry
Instructor: Leigh Griffin
For all skill levels. Remember that unique object you found? How would you like to take that beauty out of the box and turn it into a wearable piece of jewelry? Learn to bezel set found objects – perhaps it’s a bottle top, an old pin or button, even a pebble or a flat piece of sea glass – and turn it into a simple pendant. In this class students will receive a basic introduction to metalsmithing skills – sawing, drilling and soldering. We will explore setting irregularly shaped objects onto silver sheet and then develop a pendant for every day wear or to give as a gift. We’ll wrap up the class by finishing your pendant so it can be worn on a chain or leather strap. Items that either have a flat back, or that can be adapted to a flat back, will give you the most success. 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 5 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., May 17 – June 14
Prerequisites: Open to all skill levels, but basic metalsmithing skills such as sawing, drilling and soldering will be useful.
I = $ 42
II = $ 75
III = $ 83
Wax Working for Metal Casting
Instructor: Sarah Tector
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., June 6 – 27
I = $ 55
II = $ 82
III = $ 89
Register for classes
See Crafts Center registration guidelines and instructions »
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.
If you find you need to cancel out of a class you have registered for, please use our online Cancellation Form »
To get the most out of your class, we recommend you attend each session. We do not offer make-up sessions for missed classes.
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.