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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Open to all_blue circleBeaded Embroidery [Workshop]

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

Beaded EmbroideryMake a unique beaded pin using a large focal bead surrounded by smaller beads. No pre-planning is necessary. The process is impromptu using the beads and colors you choose. The technique is easy to learn and you can use it to create other jewelry – neckpieces, bracelets, or embellished clothing. It can become addictive! Needle, thread, foundation and a variety of beads are all that is required. All supplies provided by instructor.

Saturday, June 16: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $15   II – $25   III – $30    Register for this class»

 

Beginner's green asteriskBeginning Metalsmithing

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 15 – June 19: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Prerequisites: none

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

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

Open to all_blue circleColored Pencil on Metal [Workshop]

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Colored Pencil on MetalThis versatile technique adds color to any metal without heat or chemicals. Each student will create a small pendant or brooch and a pair of earrings. A materials fee of $8 must be paid to instructor at the start of the workshop. View Ndidi’s work at www.instagram.com/hothouseposey

Saturday, June 2: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 3: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $90   II – $130   III – $135    Register for this class»

 

Continuing Metalsmithing

Instructor: Amy Veatch 

Continuing Metalsmithing

Students 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 skills and meet the imaginative challenges of making jewelry from sheet metal, wire, and tubes. Supplies included. View Amy’s work on Instagram: amyveatch.art

Tuesdays [6 weeks], May 15 – June 19: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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.

 

Fold Forming and Corrugation on a  Small Scale  [Workshop]

Instructor: John Fetvedt

fold-forming-and-corrugationSuitable for beginners as well as more advanced metalsmiths. Hammer time! Forge and fold form unique three-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.  Visit John’s website: bijoux–de–terre.com.

Saturday, June 16: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Prerequisites: none

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

 

Open to all_blue circleGuided 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. 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 [6 weeks], June 18 – July 23: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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.

 

Intermediate goldstarHappy Endings: Torch-fired enamel jewelry findings

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Happy EndingsLearn to fabricate bead and cone ends, a toggle clasp, and embellished ball headpins using copper, vitreous enamel and a torch. Students can come to class with a jewelry piece to finish or simply have fun making finishing touches for future work. Supplies included. View Ndidi’s work at www.instagram.com/hothouseposey.

Thursdays [4 weeks], June 28 – July 19: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $75   II – $ 105   III – $110    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.

Thursdays [4 weeks], May 17 – June 7: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Prerequisites: None

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

 

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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 broom straw. We will also explore charcoal casting techniques. Work toward creating charms, rings, or components that can be used in future jewelry pieces. Supplies included. Vsit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Saturday, May 19: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 20: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Prerequisites: none

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

 

 

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Setting Irregular Shaped Objects

Instructor: Leigh Griffin

Setting Irregular Shaped ObjectsExpand your metalsmithing skills and learn to set irregular shaped objects, including cabochons. Not all cabochons [cabs] are round or oval. Techniques learned can easily be applied to setting other objects with flat backs. Work with sterling and fine silver to make prong and/or bezel settings for stones and objects. Bezel wire can be wrapped around the cabochon, or other flat backed object, soldered to sheet silver, and turned into a pendant, or silver wire can be used to create a simple prong setting. Expand your skills and work with silver to make custom settings. Students should supply their own flat-back cabochon or object to be set; round or oval practice cabochons will be available for purchase. Explore finishing your cab 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], May 16 – June 20: 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.

 

Open to all_blue circleSpinner Ring (Workshop)

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Spinner Ring

Rings 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, June 9: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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-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, 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, June 10: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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.