Online Jewelry & Metals Classes

 

EMBOSSED METAL ART

Instructor: Deval Patel

In this four session class you will create a piece of embossed metal art suitable for framing. Metal sheet embossing is a process for producing raised or sunken designs or relief in a sheet of metal. The design is traced on the metal and then the metal is pushed with an embossing tool or stylus in order to create a raised effect on the opposite side.  Students are responsible for providing their own supplies – a list will be provided. [Expect to pay from $45-$75 for supplies, depending on the items and brands purchased.]

Fridays [4 weeks] February 19 – March 12: 6:00 – 8:00 pm EST

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:      Students – $30     Public – $55       Register for this class»

 

FOUND OBJECT JEWELRY

Instructor: Leigh Griffin

Found Object? Think sea glass, shell, pebble, or something you found at a yard sale (hopefully you were wearing a mask and social distancing!) that you’d like to turn into jewelry.  If you’ve had a beginning metalsmithing class and want to practice setting objects that aren’t calibrated and perfectly shaped, then this class is for you!  Using silver, we will explore bezel settings, adding in prongs and turning something beautiful into something to wear.  Rings will be featured but you can turn your found object into a necklace or a brooch or earrings (if you have 2 similarly shaped objects). This class requires soldering!  You should have access to a studio, either your own or at the Crafts Center.

Students are responsible for providing their own supplies:

  • Your Found Object(s) – pebble, sea glass, bits and pieces of whatever
  • 24 gauge or thicker Sheet silver wide enough for your object to sit on it with room around it (for example, if your object is 1” at its widest, you should have a minimum width of 1.5” of silver) Sheet is sold in 6” lengths but you can find precut silver shapes online (please do not get silver plate – you cannot solder on it!). Remember that metal gauges go backwards from our traditional counting – 20 is thicker than 24.
  • Fine silver bezel wire to wrap around your object, and high enough to cover the sides. Depending on the height of your object, I recommend 3/8” and 26 gauge.  You can also cut your own bezel strips from sterling sheet if you have access to a guillotine shear.
  • Sterling silver wire for prongs or making a bail (18 gauge round)
  • For ring band: #12 flat wire, at least 6 inches (this is a flat wire, approximately 18 gauge, 1mm thick and 4 mm wide)

Visit Leigh’s website: araleighstudios.com.

Fridays [3 weeks] January 29 – February 12: 6:30 – 8:00 pm EST

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees:     NC State Students – $20    Public – $40       Register for this class»

 

HANGING EARRINGS

Instructor: Suijin Li

Do you want to learn or practice metal sawing? Learn to make a pair of hanging Sterling silver earrings. In this class we will learn and review your sawing skills, filing, texturing and wire bending, finishing to give you a pair of fabulous earrings. This class is for all levels.

Students are responsible for providing their own supplies:

  • Sterling Silver 6” sheet 20g ½ hard
  • Sterling Silver round wire 20g ½ hard
  • Saw frame 3” or 4”
  • Saw blades 2/0
  • Half-round file #4 cut
  • Wooden pin clamp
  • Needle Nose Pliers, Round Nose Pliers, Wire Cutters and Bent Nose Pliers
  • Steel block
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Masking tape
  • Shapes templates
  • Riveting hammer
  • Ruler
  • Safety glasses

Visit Suijin’s website: https://www.suijinli.com/

Mondays [2 weeks] January 25 – February 1: 6:30 – 8:30 pm EST

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees:     NC State Students – $20    Public – $40       Register for this class»

 

 

HOW TO SET UP A TEMPORARY HOME METALSMITHING STUDIO

Instructor: Leigh Griffin

Stay-at-Home orders have shown us that the arts are essential, especially to our mental health!  But shutting down access to community studios and workshops has another distinct disadvantage – you may not be able to solder!  If you want to solder at home, here’s how you can set up your first simple studio in a spare room or even on your kitchen table.  Join me to discuss using a Butane torch, supply lists, and other essentials such as mixing pickle, so you can solder bezels and ring bands at home!  Visit Leigh’s website: araleighstudios.com.

Wednesday, January 20: 6:30 – 8:30 pm EST

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $15    Public – $25     Register for this class»

 

RUSTIC CASTING – LIVE DEMONSTRATION* Workshop

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Rustic CastingLearn how to shape, form, and temperature determine the final outcome! Experiment with alternative, free form, organic casting techniques that can be done in almost any environment. Explore the instant gratification of casting silver components and objects using water and organic materials (frozen peas, coffee beans, rock salt, and spaghetti). One and a half hour online demo with Q&A. *A list of supplies used in the demo is provided below though you are NOT expected to have them on on hand during the demo lesson. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Instructional demonstrations include:

  1. Seasoning a fresh crucible
  2. Rustic/freeform casting with water, frozen peas, coffee beans, rock salt, and spaghetti

Supplies used and discussed:

  • Metal (the following will work for this method of casting):

-Sterling silver
-Fine silver
-Argentium

  • Ice
  • Large bag of coffee beans (not ground)
  • Box of Rock salt
  • Family sized bag of Frozen peas
  • Family sized box of Spaghetti noodles

Tools used and discussed:

  • Bowl crucible with tong hangle (order from contenti.com; the ones from riogrande.com crack easily)
  • Coffee cans  or large Tomato cans (empty for casting)
  • Large (tall/deep) bucket

Wednesday, March 3: 6:00 – 7:30 pm EST

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:      Students – $15     Public – $25     Register for this class»

 

SPINNER RING 

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Spinner Ringin Silver_Saran TectorRings unite! Create your own spinner ring from silver (or copper and silver) 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. Silver and copper will be provided to complete one spinner ring. This is intended as a class for students that have some sort of studio available to them – see the list below of studio equipment needed. Students will need to order/provide their own materials for making this ring [expect to pay $25 – $35 for materials]. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

This class is beginner to intermediate skill level. Someone who has never worked with metals before could do this, but it is also a great refresher. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Studio Tools needed:              

  • Basic soldering set up
  • Steel ring mandrel
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Metal dapping set
  • Steel block/rubber pad
  • Bastard files/needle files
  • Sanding blocks/sand paper
  • Metal hand shears
  • Safety glasses or goggles

[You may email the instructor to check if what you have will work if you aren’t sure: stectormetals@gmail.com.]

Wednesdays [2 weeks] February 17 – 24: 6:00 – 8:00 pm EST

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:      Students – $20     Public – $40       Register for this class»

 

STACKING RINGS [Workshop]

Instructor: Sarah Tector

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 in 14kt gold and silver solder, fabricating, along with embellishing and forging simple bands in different gauges and types of metal. This is intended as a class for students that have some sort of studio available to them – see the list below of studio equipment needed. Students will need to order/provide their own materials for making this ring [expect to pay $30 – $40 for materials]. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

This class is beginner to intermediate skill level. Someone who has never worked with metals before could do this, but it is also a great refresher. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Studio Tools needed:              

  • Steel ring mandrel
  • Basic tool set (wire cutters, round nose, chain nose, flat nose pliers)
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Chasing hammer
  • Steel block/rubber pad
  • Bastard files/needle files
  • Sanding blocks/sand paper
  • Charcoal block
  • Basic soldering set up
  • Third hand
  • Safety glasses or goggles

[You may email the instructor to check if what you have will work if you aren’t sure: stectormetals@gmail.com.]

Wednesdays [2 weeks] January 27 – February 3: 6:00 – 7:30 pm EST

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:      Students – $15     Public – $25       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.