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, September 30: 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, October 13: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday, October 14: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

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

 

 

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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], August 28 – October 2: 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.

 

Creating Texture with Vitrious Enamel

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Build your own basic enameling skills with techniques that explore texture, separation enamel and building layers with powdered or liquid enamel. All supplies included. View Ndidi’s work at www.instagram.com/hothouseposey

Thursdays [6 weeks], September 6 – October 18 [skip Oct. 4]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to Torch-fired Enamels or one of the Spinner Ring or Stacking Rings classes.

Class fees by level: I – $95   II – $140   III – $150    Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

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.

Mondays [5 weeks], November 5 – December 3: 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 – $70   II – $ 115   III – $125    Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

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Here’s to Herringbone!

Instructor: Victoria Hevener

Here's to Herringbone!Make a flat stitch Herringbone bracelet and Tubular Herringbone necklace with an embellished

cabochon as a pendant. Learn how versatile this fun beading stitch is in its many different varieties in

size, width, and style. Visit Victoria’s website: https://creationsbyladyv.com.

Wednesdays [3 weeks], August 29 – September 12: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $50   II – $75   III – $80   Register for this class»

 

Hydraulic Press

Instructor: Amy Veatch

Hydraulic PressLearn to use the hydraulic press with several different tools that texture, press, and form thin metal. Make a textured, anti-clastic bracelet and textured forms that can be used to make earrings, a locket, or a bead. Basic instruction to build skills using the hydraulic press will be given. View Amy’s work on Instagram: amyveatch.art.Tuesdays [5 weeks],

October 16 – November 20 [skip Nov. 6]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: Completion of Beginning Metalsmithing class or equivalent. 

Class fees by level:  I – $80   II – $ 120   III – $130    Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

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Introduction to Jewelry Making

Instructor: Emilie Wood

Intro to Jewelry Making_Emilie WoodLearn the basics of making jewelry in sterling silver. Begin with torch safety and simple soldering then progress through forming, texturing, sawing, chain-making, setting oval cabochon stones, and finishing techniques. Finish four pieces of jewelry including two band rings, a link bracelet with an “S” clasp, and a pendant. A materials fee of $45 to be paid to the instructor at the start of the class includes all of the materials necessary for each project: sterling silver sheet and wire, copper sheet, fine silver bezel wire, three grades of sheet solder, an oval cabochon, and a solder pic. View Emilie’s work at https://www.etsy.com/shop/emblazedesigns.

Mondays [8 weeks], September 10 – October 29: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $85   II – $ 150   III – $165    Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

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.

Tuesdays [4 weeks], October 9 – 30: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

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

 

 

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Necklace and Earring Set [Workshop]

Instructor: Alicia Moya-Mendez

Necklace with Butterfly_Alicia Moya-MendezLearn the fundamentals of wire wrap work by making a basic pendant and earring set. Choose from the following themes: pineapple, owl, bird, turtle, ladybug, elephant, butterfly or leaf.  

Sunday, September 30: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $25   II – $30   III – $35   Register for this class»

 

 

 

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Rustic and Irregular

Instructors: Leigh Griffin and Sarah Tector

Use your scrap metal to create your own cast silver [the rustic] and then set those cast pieces [and the irregular] to create one of a kind jewelry! We will explore casting silver using water, coffee beans, and frozen peas to create unique pieces that can be used in later classes to make jewelry. Students can also incorporate found objects and other irregularly shaped objects in their jewelry. After rustic casting, class will touch on principles of design and move into creating settings using bezels, prongs and tabs. Class is open to all levels but students with previous experience sawing, soldering and creating jewelry will have the best class experience. Visit Leigh’s website: araleighstudios.com and Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Wednesdays [6 weeks], September 19 – October 24: 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 – $95   II – $140   III – $155   Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

Sandwich Pendants  [Workshop]

Instructor: John Fetvedt

Sandwich PendantExpand 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. Visit John’s website: bijoux–de–terre.com.

Saturday, September 15: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

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

 

Open to all_blue circleSpinner Ring (Workshop)

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Spinner RingRings 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.

Saturday, October 20: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $40   II – $ 55   III – $60   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 suited for all skill levels. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Sunday, October 21: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $55   II – $ 70   III – $75    Register for this class»

 

 

Register for classes

See Crafts Center registration guidelines and instructions »

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.