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. Students will only have access to the studio for the duration of the class to practice during the timeframe in which the class is being conducted. Classes listed with this symbol: Z provide participants options to utilize a PunchCard and/or purchase a ClassPass:

OPTION 1: PunchCard can be utilized for three additional studio visits after the class has ended to complete [only] projects started in class. The card will be made available on the last day of class.

OPTION 2: ClassPass is offered for designated classes and extends studio access beyond the actual time frame of the class. Students enrolled in second session continuing classes [meaning halfway or more through the semester] will be able to purchase a ClassPass to utilize prior to the start of class – pending enrollment verification.

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 and Workshops 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: Prereq Icon Key


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ANODIZING NIOBIUM & TITANIUM  [Workshop]

Instructor: Amy Veatch Anodizing Niobium_Amy Veatch

Learn how to texture and color niobium & titanium. Colored niobium/titanium 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 welcome; intermediate and advanced students encouraged. Supplies included. View Amy’s work on Instagram: amyveatch.art.

Saturday, October 19: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, October 20: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $85   II – $ 120   III – $130     Register for this class»

 

 

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BASSE-TAILLE ENAMELING [Workshop]

Instructor: Ndidi KowalczykBasse-Taille

Turn 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’s work at  www.instagram.com/hothouseposey.

Saturday, October 26: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, October 27: 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

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], September 3 – October 8: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

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

Z This class qualifies for the PunchCard & ClassPass options.

 

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CHAINE MAILLE BRACELET [Workshop]

Instructor: Elisabeth Moore Elisabeth Moore - spiral bracelet

Learn 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, September 28: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Sunday, September 29: 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], October 22 – November 26: 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»

Z This class qualifies for the PunchCard & ClassPass options.

 

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EXPLORING BEADS

Instructor: Victoria Hevener

Come explore how to use multiple types of beads, including the ever popular Diamond Duo, and the brand new Ginko beads! We will be making earrings (Ginko Beads), bracelet (Diamond Duos), and an Imperial Ring (seed beads)! Visit Victoria’s website: https://creationsbyladyv.com.

Wednesdays [3 weeks], September 18 – October 2: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $55   II – $80   III – $85     Register for this class»    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FOLDFORMING AND CORRUGATION ON A SMALL SCALE [Workshop]

Instructor: John Fetvedt

Foldforming is a technique for moving metal to form unique 3D sculptures using a hammer. Corrugation is a technique for adding ripples as a design element to projects. This workshop will introduce you to fold-forming and corrugation on a small scale. These same techniques can be applied to larger pieces of metal, with a larger hammer, to create interesting lawn ornaments. This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as more advanced metalsmiths. The workshop will involve a considerable amount of hammering. You will also learn how to use a torch to anneal metal, and be introduced to the use of a patina to oxidize the metal. A $15 (tax included) materials fee, paid to instructor at the end of the workshop, includes enough copper and supplies for ten or more projects. 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, October 5: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $30   II – $45   III – $50     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 [6 weeks], October 2 – November 6: 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»

Z This class qualifies for the PunchCard & ClassPass options.

 

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 [6 weeks], October 14 – November 18: 6:30 – 9:30pm

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

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

Z This class qualifies for the PunchCard & ClassPass options.

 

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. You will also learn to make hammered tab settings! 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, November 2: 10:00am – 5:00pm
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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»

 

INTERMEDIATE CHAINE MAILLE [Workshop]

Instructor: Elisabeth Moore

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

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

 Prerequisites: Completion of an introductory level Chaine Maille class or equivalent experience

 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 [5 weeks], August 28 – September 25: 6:30 – 9:30pm 

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $85   II – $ 120   III – $130     Register for this class»

Z This class qualifies for the PunchCard & ClassPass options.

 

 

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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 spaghetti noodles. We’ll also explore charcoal casting techniques. You’ll work toward creating components that can be used in future jewelry pieces. Supplies included. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Saturday, September 21: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, September 22: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: None

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

 

 

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SAW AND SOLDER CHAMPLEVÉ

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Learn to use the Champlevé enameling technique where channels are created in metal and filled with enamel. A materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting. View Ndidi’s work at  www.instagram.com/hothouseposey.

Thursdays [6 weeks], August 22 – September 26: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $95   II – $ 145   III – $155     Register for this class»

Z This class qualifies for the PunchCard & ClassPass options.

 

 

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Instructor: Sarah Tector

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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, September 7: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: None

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

 

 

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TEXTURED STACKING RINGS [Workshop]

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Working with variety of tools in the studio we will make 3 stacking rings with different surfaces. You will form & solder each ring using either wire or sheet. Demos will include using a roll mill, flex shaft (burs, cutting discs, silicone wheels), hammers and hand files to help you create a variety of patterns and textures for each band each week. All sterling is included in the class fee. (There is an additional charge if you would like to upgrade the wire ring to solid 14k yellow gold.). Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Mondays, [3 weeks], September 9 – 23: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $120   II – $140   III – $150     Register for this class»

 

 

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WINTER SOLSTICE BOHEMIAN BRACELET [Workshop]

Instructor: Barbara Gautreaux

For all skill levels. This is a 6-hour class to create a 3-wrap leather bracelet in whites and silver to greet the coming of the winter solstice. The techniques you will learn include: how to custom size your bracelet to fit your wrist; securing your bracelet to a beading frame, and infinity stitch to attach components between leather cords. The single needle infinity stitch is similar to bead weaving on a loom using a needle and thread to ladder rows of beads between leather. Components in the bracelet: Swarovski pearls, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver charm, sterling silver beads, Czechmate beads, Toho beads, pewter (lead free) beads, and a vintage snowflake button. A materials cost [approximately $20 – $25] is to be paid to the instructor at the workshop.

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

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $25   II – $40   III – $45     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.