Online Jewelry & Metals Classes

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, September 30: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

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

 

METAL EMBOSSING

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.]

Sunday, November 8: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Saturday, November 14: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday, November 15: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Saturday, November 21: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

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

 

SOLDERING WITH A MICROTORCH

Instructor: Leigh Griffin

Did you set up a home studio, or will do so soon?  Let’s learn to use the microtorch and practice soldering by making a pair of earrings!  Hey, we can all use soldering practice.  Join us online as we use our home studio and get back to making jewelry.  We’ll use a microtorch, silver, small stones or objects and make a pair of earrings.  (The instructor will use sterling silver because she doesn’t have to buy any and it reacts quicker to the temperatures of a microtorch. The pandemic has greatly increased the price of silver so you can use brass or copper. Those metals have higher flow temperatures so it may take longer to solder). What’ll you need?  Metal, a couple of gemstones or found objects, solder, metal, wire for earwires, a microtorch, a charcoal soldering block, and assorted hand tools.  Three sessions:

  • Making a bezel and soldering it to the base
  • Making ear wires and prepping for setting
  • Setting the stones and finishing  so you can wear your lovely work

Visit Leigh’s website: araleighstudios.com.

Thursdays [3 weeks] October 15 – 29: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees:     NC State Students – $20    Public – $40       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] December 2 – 9: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

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

 

STACKING RINGS

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] November 11 – 18: 6:00 – 7:30pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:      Students – $15     Public – $30       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.