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.

“Mary Ann Scherr taught me several times. Her work with unusual jewelry materials like industrial metals was very inspirational to me. She and I were in an art collective at the end of her life and I got to know her on a more personal level sharing that experience. It’s an honor teach a technique she taught here at The Crafts Center.”  –  Amy Veatch

Saturday, February 29: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday, March 1: 9:00am – 4:00pmPrerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $85   II – $ 120   III – $130    Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

BASSE-TAILLE ENAMELING [Workshop]

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

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, April 18: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, April 19: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: Some experience with vitreous enamels

Class fees by level: I – $95   II – $ 140   III – $150    Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

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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] January 21 – March 3 [skip February 18]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $90   II – $ 140   III – $150   Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

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BEZELS AND PRONGS – SETTING STONES, GLASS and OTHER OBJECTS

Instructor: Leigh Griffin

Learn to bezel set and make prong settings for cabochon stones and other objects you want to turn into jewelry! By learning the fundamentals of bezel settings and prong settings you’ll be able to decide which setting will work best for your design and stone. Use these techniques to make pendants, earrings, or any piece of jewelry.This class is for intermediate level students who are able to saw and solder. Students should supply their own stones or objects to be set. Visit Leigh’s website: araleighstudios.com.

Wednesdays [6 weeks] February 12 – March 25 [skip March 11]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: Class is for intermediate level students who are able to saw and solder.

Class fees by level:     I – $95     II – $140     III – $150      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

Z [Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

 

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CHAINE MAILLE BRACELET [Workshop]

Instructor: Elisabeth Moore

 

In this introductory class learn the fundamentals of chain maille, including how to properly work with jump rings and jeweler’s pliers, material choice, and several basic weaves. Create a chain maille bracelet using one of several basic weaves, including spiral and barrel weaves.

Saturday, February 8: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Sunday, February 9: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: None

 Class fees by level: I – $50   II – $ 65   III – $70    Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

 

 

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Instructor: Sarah Tector

Chains! Chains! Chains!

For all skill levels. Working with a mix of wire sizes you will learn to form, solder, and finish three different styles of chain and clasp: eyehook, oval link and modified ladder. Come 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. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com..

Saturday, January 25: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, January 26: 12:00 – 3:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     I – $80     II – $105     III – $110      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

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COLORED 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, February 15: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, February 16: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     I – $90     II – $130     III – $135      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

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] March 17 – April 21: 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»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

Z [Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

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FLOWER POWER NECKLACE [Workshop]

Instructor: Victoria Hevener

 

This will be a fun class playing with new beads such as Genko and Zoliduo beads to style them around a Rivoli!  Visit Victoria’s website: https://creationsbyladyv.com.

Saturday, March 28: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     I – $45     II – $60     III – $65      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

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FOLD FORMING

Instructor: Amy Veatch

Create fold formed copper pieces to be used in jewelry items by folding and unfolding copper sheet to create texture, form, and 3D pieces. Learn to use hammers, punches, and heat to create the folds. Suitable for beginners as well as more advanced students. Supplies included. View Amy’s work on Instagram: amyveatch.art.

Thursdays [5 weeks] January 30 – February 27: *10:00am – 1:00pM

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     I – $80     II – $ 120     III – $130      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

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

 

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FORM, FUNCTION, COLOR [Workshop]

Instructors: Ndidi Kowalczyk and Amy Veatch

FormFunctionColorJoin 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, Plexiglas, or old decorative interior hardware. By adding colorful torch fired glass enamel to the base students will complete the jewelry pieces. Supplies included.

Saturday, March 28: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, March 29: 9:00am – 4:00pm                   

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     I – $80     II – $ 115     III – $125    Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

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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.

Thursdays [6 weeks] March 5 – April 16 [skip March 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 – $70   II – $ 115   III – $125     Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

Z [Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

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INTERMEDIATE BEADING  [Workshop]

Instructor: Barbara Gautreaux

Learn the fundamentals of Peyote Warped Square technique while making a pair of unique and colorful earrings. During this workshop, you will learn how to warp [deform] even-count peyote stitch to create kite-like beaded square forms. The kite pattern designed by bead designer, Heather Collin, will be used to make a pair of earrings using the Peyote Warped Square technique. Each student will receive a copy of Heather’s pattern which includes instructions to make earrings and slider pendant. Heather Collin’s website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeatherCollinBeading.

Saturday, February 1: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: This workshop is for intermediate level students with experience and knowledge of beading Flat Even-Count Peyote Stitch

Class fees by level:     I – $35     II – $60     III – $65      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

INTERMEDIATE CHAINE MAILLE [Workshop]

Instructor: Elisabeth Moore

 

We will review the fundamentals of chain maille, including how to properly work with jump rings and jeweler’s pliers, in addition to several intermediate weaves. You will then create a chain maille bracelet using one of several intermediate weaves, including box chain and Byzantine weave.

Saturday, February 22: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Sunday, February 23: 1:00 – 4:00pm

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

Class fees by level: I – $50   II – $ 65   III – $70  Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

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.

Fridays [6 weeks] January 24 – February 28: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:   I – $85   II – $ 120   III – $130   Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

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MAKE A METAL CUFF: FROM SOLDERING TECHNIQUES TO HINGE BASICS

Instructor: Suijin Li

Mastering soldering techniques will open a new world of options to help in the construction of more advanced pieces. In this class you will learn the basics of soldering and how to make a hinge. Once learned we will use these techniques to design a sterling silver cuff.

Mondays [6 weeks] January 27 – March 2: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: Basic metal tools use experience (i.e., filing, sawing)

Class fees by level:     I – $180     II – $ 225     III – $240      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

Z [Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

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TEXTURED STACKING RINGS [Workshop]

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Working with variety of tools in the studio we will make three 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.

Saturday, January 11: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, January 12: 12:00 – 3:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     I – $120     II – $150     III – $155   Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

 


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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.