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.

Monday, June 24: 6:30 – 9:30pm

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, June 8: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, June 9: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

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

 

 

 

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BASSE-TAILLE ENAMELING [Workshop]

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Basse-TailleTurn simple designs into eye-catching gems of color. Learn to use transparent enamels and a torch to highlight low relief textures on metal. Students will texture copper either mechanically or chemically then apply enamel to create elements for earrings, pendants or bracelet charms. Experience with vitreous enamels is helpful. Instructor will provide etchable images and etching material. A $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor during class for etchable images and etching material. View Ndidi’swork at www.instagram.com/hothouseposey.

Saturday, July 13: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, July 14: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: Some previous experience with vitreous enamels

Class fees by level: I – $95   II – $ 140   III – $150   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], May 21 – June 25: 10:00am* – 1:00pm

Prerequisites: none

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

Includes semester membership for this studio.

*Note: Parking on campus prior to 5:00pm requires a Visitor Parking Permit [$10 daily].

 

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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, June 1: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Sunday, June 2: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

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

 

 

 

 

 

CONTINUING METALSMITHING

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], May 21 – June 25: 6:30 – 9:30pm

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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DNA PENDANT & EARRINGS [Workshop]

Instructor: Alicia Moya-Mendez

DNA EarringsScience 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.

Monday, June 17: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Prerequisites: None

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

 

 

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INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRO-ETCHING [Workshop]

Instructor: John Fetvedt

Electro Etched PendantFor all skill levels! Get basic knowledge and experience electro-etching metal using simple equipment that can easily and safely be set up and used in your home studio. The advantages of electro-etching include: no caustic or highly dangerous chemicals are used, no dangerous gasses or fumes are created during the process, and many of the electrolyte solutions do not become exhausted and do not need to be refreshed. The techniques learned may be used to electro-etch copper, brass, bronze, nickel silver, steel, and silver, depending on the electrolyte. We will use 5 volt power supplies as power sources, and sodium chloride (salt) as the electrolyte. A wide variety of resists will be used and discussed during the workshop, including: vinyl, PnP Blue, etc. A $20 materials fee, paid to instructor at the end of the workshop, includes materials for several copper projects. Visit John’s website: bijoux–de–terre.com

Saturday, June 1: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

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

 

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END GAME [Workshop]

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Create the perfect finish for your jewelry work. If you’re taking the time to fabricate a beautiful

article of jewelry, this short lesson will show you how to integrate a well thought out finish.

Students will learn to fabricate simple but elegant findings for most any piece and are encouraged to

bring an item for which they want to craft a finding. Supplies included. View Ndidi’s work at www.instagram.com/hothouseposey.

Saturday, July 20: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, July 21: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: None

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

 

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FORM, FUNCTION, COLOR [Workshop]

Instructors: Ndidi Kowalczyk and Amy Veatch

FormFunctionColor Join us to fire up your imagination and press ahead with your creative spirit to make a set of jewelry – earrings, and a pendant or brooch! In this two day workshop, students will learn several specialized jewelry techniques such as using the hydraulic press to form a copper base with dies like wire, plexiglass, or old decorative interior hardware. By adding colorful torch fired glass enamel to the base students will complete the jewelry pieces. Supplies included.

Saturday, May 18: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, May 19: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

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

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GUIDED JEWELRY STUDIO – FINISH THOSE PROJECTS!

Instructor: Leigh Griffin

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], May 15 – June 12: 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.

 

INTERMEDIATE CHAINE MAILLE [Workshop]

Instructor: Elisabeth Moore [an NC State student]

Learn more advanced chaine maille weaves and how to work with different aspect ratios. Each student will create sample weaves and a bracelet.

Saturday, June 15: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Sunday, June 16: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $50   II – $ 65   III – $70  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.

Wednesdays [6 weeks], May 22 – June 26: 10:00am* – 1:00pm

Prerequisites: None

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

*Note: Parking on campus prior to 5:00pm requires a Visitor Parking Permit [$10 daily].

 

PEARL AND WIRE-WRAP BRACELET [Workshop]

Instructor: Alicia Moya-Mendez

Create beautiful, adjustable bracelet or hand piece using cultured pearls and wire-wrapping techniques while learning about the evolution and biology of pearls.

Monday, July 15: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: Previous experience in making wire-wrap jewelry

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

 

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SETTING IRREGULAR SHAPED OBJECTS

Instructor: Leigh Griffin

Finish Those Projects! (1)Expand your metalsmithing skills and learn to set irregularly shaped objects, including cabochons!  Not all cabochons (cabs) are round or oval. 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.  Bezel wire will be wrapped around the cabochon, or other flat backed object, soldered to sheet silver, and turned into a pendant or other jewelry or silver wire will be used to create a simple prong setting. You will expand those skills and work with silver to make custom settings for irregularly shaped objects. Students should supply their own flat-back cabochon or object to be set (round or oval practice cabochons will be available for purchase from the Crafts Center). We will also explore finishing your cabochon as a pendant or a ring. A materials fee of $25.00 must be paid to instructor the first day of class. Visit Leigh’s website: araleighstudios.com.

Wednesdays [6 weeks], June 19 – July 24: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

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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Instructor: Sarah Tector

Rings 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, June 29: 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 in 14kt gold and silver solder, 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, June 30: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: none

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

 

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THE ‘MARIA’ NECKLACE [Workshop]

Instructor: Victoria Hevener

Maria002Learn to make this beautiful “Maria” necklace which will include flat right angle weave stitch choker with a drop down separate chain and beaded pendant.  Explore the possibilities of changing embellishment around the pendant, and even designs in the choker to create your own unique masterpiece!. Class is open to all beaders, even beginners. Visit Victoria’s website: https://creationsbyladyv.com.

Saturday, July 20: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

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

 

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WAX WORKING FOR METAL CASTING

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Wax Working for Metal CastingFor 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.

Thursdays [4 weeks], June 13 – July 11 [skip July 4]: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Prerequisites: none

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

 

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WEAVING BRACELETS ON A BEAD LOOM [Workshop]

Instructor: Anne McLean

AnneMcLean_HourglassCollection_3Harness your skills in making loom-woven bracelets.  Learn the basics of how to create intricate designs, warp the loom, weave the bracelet, finish the ends and add clasps – all while employing tips to make the process faster and tricks to make the bracelet look flawless!  Interested in moving beyond the basics?  We will also talk about more advanced techniques to get you on your way to developing your own style. A materials fee of $15, payable to the instructor during the class, includes all bead and supplies need for the class. Bead looms used during class will be available for purchase separately for $10 at the end of the class. Visit Anne’s website: kairos-studios-nc.com.

Saturday, June 29: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday, June 30: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $50   II – $80   III – $90    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.