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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Beginner's green asteriskA Day of Silversmithing (Workshop)

Instructor: Gary McCutchen 

A Day of SilversmithingNo experience needed as this is a quick introduction to the fabrication of silver jewelry. All students will have the opportunity to walk away with at least one piece of wearable jewelry. Whether a simple pendant, bracelet, ring, or pin, plan your project come ready to bring your ideas to life. Bring your cabochons, fused glass, or other suitable art pieces made in Crafts Center classes and spend the day turning them into jewelry. Gary will have solder, metal, stones and other materials available for purchase during the workshop. (Expect to pay $25 – $100 for materials.)

Section A: Saturday, February 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Section B: Sunday, February 18, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $36     II – $54     III – $58

 

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], January 9 – February 13, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $90     II – $136     III – $148
Includes semester membership for this studio.

Open to all_blue circleChains! Chains! Chains! (Workshop)

Instructor: Sarah Tector                  Chains! Chains! Chains!Working with a mix of wire sizes during this two-day workshop, learn to form, solder and finish three different styles of chains and clasps: eyehook, oval link and modified ladder. 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. Supplies included. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Saturday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Sunday, March 18, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $77     II – $102     III – $108

 

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], March 13 – April 17, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Prerequisite: Completion of Beginning Metalsmithing or equivalent

Class fees by level:  I – $90     II – $136     III – $148
Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

Continuing Silversmithing (Workshop)

Instructor: Gary McCutchen 

Continuing SilversmithingJoin us in this expanded two-day follow-up to Gary McCutchen’s A Day of Silversmithing workshop. Having learned the basic skills in the introductory workshop, now you can turn your focus to creativity and have fun making more pieces in this weekend workshop. Bring your cabochons, fused glass, or other suitable art pieces made in Crafts Center studios. Gary will have solder, metal, stones and other materials for purchase during the workshop (expect to pay $25 – $100 for materials.)

Saturday, April 14, 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. & Sunday, April 15, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Prerequisite: Completion of A Day of Silversmithing or prior experience in silver jewelry making

Class fees by level:  I – $72     II – $106     III – $115

 

Beginner's green asteriskExploring the Possibilities of PMC3 (Workshop)

Instructor: Kaleigh Hessel 

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An introductory level, two-day workshop. Precious Metal Clay (PMC3) can be molded, sculpted, and carved to create jewelry. When fired in a kiln, this versatile material becomes 99.9% silver! PMC3 is suitable for making earrings, pendants and other jewelry components embellished with stones, set either before or after firing. Basic techniques will be demonstrated along with the opportunity to design and complete several pieces expressing your own creative style. A $75 supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day (may fluctuate with silver prices) includes a 25g package of PMC3, along with stones and special supplies used to embellish your jewelry.

Saturday, March 24, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Sunday, March 25, 11:00 a..m – 5:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $49     II – $79     III – $87

Open to all_blue circleFrom Beads to Beautiful Jewelry

Instructor: Naomi Profesorsky 

From Beads to Beauiful JewelryStudents will create bracelets and necklaces from beads and components. Use bugle beads to create a 3-D necklace using the Cubic Right-Angle Weave (CRAW). Learn to create “windows” to decorate a Peyote bracelet. The third class will incorporate new beads in netting. Suitable for both beginners and experienced beaders. Supplies included. Visit Naomi’s website: jewelrybynaomi.com.

Thursdays [3 weeks], April 12 – 26, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $54     II – $77     III – $83

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. Supplies included. View Amy’s work on Instagram: amyveatch.art

Fridays [6 weeks], January 19 – March 2 (skip February 16), 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.*

Prerequisite: Completion of Beginning Metalsmithing class or equivalent experience.

Class fees by level:  I – $90     II – $136     III – $148
Includes semester membership for this studio.

*Note: Parking on campus prior to 5 pm requires a Visitor Parking Permit ($5 daily). Visit this web page for more info.

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], February 8 – March 1, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $71     II – $101     III – $109

Open to all_blue circleLeather Jewelry (Workshop)

Instructor: Barbara Gautreaux

Leather JewelryCreate unique leather jewelry (earrings, bracelets, cuffs, pendants, or rings) while learning leather making techniques. Embellish your leather jewelry with rivets, studs, eyelets and/or decorate with paints, pyrography, punches and stamps. Students may bring their own genuine leather (jackets, coats, skirts and/or belts) to repurpose into jewelry. Supplies included.

Saturday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $33     II – $48     III – $52

 

Sandwich Pendant (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. A $15 materials fee, payable 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, April 21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Prerequisite: Completion of Beginning Metalsmithing or equivalent

Class fees by level:  I – $30     II – $45     III – $49

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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], March 14 – April 18, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Prerequisite: Basic metalsmithing skills (sawing, drilling, soldering) would be useful.

Class fees by level:  I – $68     II – $114     III – $126
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, April 7, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $38     II – $56     III – $60

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Stacking Rings (Workshop)

Instructor: Sarah Tector

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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, April 8, 10:00. .am – 5:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $52     II – $70     III – $74

Open to all_blue circleTrash to Treasure

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

Trash to TreasureCelebrate Earth Month by making jewelry from plastic tubing and plastic drink bottles. Clear plastic tubing, with the addition of colorful paper and beads, become one-of-kind necklaces and earrings. Plastic drink bottles and nail polish can be recycled into an attractive cuff bracelet. A $5 materials fee payable to the instructor includes jewelry findings and beads. All other materials needed are supplied by instructor.

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $13     II – $23     III – $26

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Wax Working for Metal Casting

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Wax Working for Metal CastingCreate jewelry mock-ups in wax before having them sent to be cast in bronze or a precious metal. 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. The class will wrap up with learning finishing techniques needed to complete pieces returned from being cast. Class fee 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], March 29 – April 19, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $72     II – $102     III – $110

 

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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 our online Cancellation Form »

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 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.