METALS/JEWELRY STUDIO

This studio is equipped with everything you need to make beautiful jewelry. We have all the tools to create sterling silver or copper bracelets, earrings and pendants by soldering, sawing, piercing and folding. We have currently expanded our class offerings to include enameling.

 

Pre-registration is required three days before the start of class or workshop.
You are not registered unless paid in full.

 Material fees are included in the tuition pricing. You do not need to bring any materials.

Questions about our programming? Need help registering?
Call or email info@explorearts.org

 

ADULT JEWELRY/METAL CLASSES

December

Earrings! with Beth Gautsch

In this workshop you will make at least 2 pairs of earrings to give as a unique, handcrafted holiday gift for someone special.  Or you just might want to keep one pair for yourself! No experience required.

Beginner Level. Good eyesight or magnification is necessary for this class.

Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants to this class.

4 days, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. December 9, 10, 11, 12th. From 6pm-9pm. $150

January

Ring in the New Year with a Ring Workshop with Beth Gautsch

In this workshop you make a variety of rings with different ring shanks.  This workshop is a great opportunity to learn to make rings or fine-tune your metalsmith ring making skills.  We will make at least one bezel ring.  Students are invited to bring small cabochons or stones for design consideration.

If students want to create rings out of sterling silver, they are encouraged to purchase their own sheet metal.  Recommend students purchase both 24 ga. and 18 ga. sterling silver sheet metal.

  • 24-gauge sterling silver sheet metal (Rio Grande product number 100-124) Dead Soft 6" x 1"
  • 18-gauge sterling silver sheet metal (Rio Grande product number 100-118) Dead Soft 6" x 1"

Experience: Beginner to intermediate.  Some experience in soldering helpful, but not required.  Good eyesight or magnification is necessary for this class.  Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

4 Sessions (Monday -Thursday)

January 13, 14, 15, 16th.  From 6-9pm.  $165

Painted Leather with Joan Huck

In this class you will be able to create earring, pendants, or a bracelet by pouring, dripping, swirling or dragging acrylic paints onto leather shapes.  You may use a Sizzix machine to cut out shapes or use templates to cut shapes by hand.  Beginners welcome.

4 Wednesdays in January, 8, 15,22, 29. From 12pm - 3pm. $140

Polymer Clay with Joan Huck

This class is geared toward the beginner to intermediate working with polymer clay.  You will be able to choose from a variety of ready-made canes and veneers to make your choice of beads, bracelets, earrings, pendants or miniature bowls.

4 Fridays in January, 10, 17, 24, 31. From 10am - 1pm. $140

February

Love Know Ring Workshop with Beth Gautsch

Create a simple but elegant love knot ring in the one-day workshop.  You will have fun creating a love knot ring out of sterling silver wire using basic soldering techniques.

Experience:  Beginner with some experience in soldering helpful, but not required.  We will create the first ring out of copper to help students gain soldering experience and confidence.  Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required.  Good eyesight or magnification is necessary.

1 Session (Sunday)

February 9.  From 10:30 - 4:30pm. $75

Enameling with Joan Huck 

In this class you will learn to properly clean pre-cut copper shapes for your enamel pieces that will be fired in a kiln.  Basic techniques will include dry-sifting and wet packing, sgraffito and stenciling.  Finished pieces may include earrings, pendants and/or bracelets.

4 Wednesdays in February 5, 12, 19, 26.  From 10am - 1pm. $140

Long Pendant Workshop with Beth Gautsch

Create a long 20" or 30" pendant that's fun to wear with sweaters and tunic.  In this workshop, students will learn to create different types of chain elements out of sterling silver or copper that will be put together to form a long pendant and showcase a mixed medal element at the end.  Students are invited to bring a variety of small beads for design consideration.

Experience:  Beginner to beyond.  Some experience in soldering helpful, but not required.  Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required.  Good eyesight or magnification is necessary.

3 Sessions (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)

February 17, 18, 20. From 6pm-9pm. $125

March

Leather Jewelry with Joan Huck 

In this class you will learn how to create stunning bracelets, earrings, necklaces and/or pendants from patterned and/or colored leather.  You may use templates to cut various shapes out by hand or use a Sizzix machine that uses different magnetic dies.  You will also learn how to incorporate a variety of multi-media elements such as: micro handware, studs, plain and jewel snap rivets, clasps, buckles and a wide assortment of found objects.

4 Wednesdays in March 4, 11, 18, 25.  From 10am - 1pm. $140

April

Hinge Workshop with Beth Gautsch

Students will learn to fabricate a variety of hinges from the simple to the more complicated, including the 3-knuckle hinge.  Students will create a unique bracelet incorporating the different hinge elements.

If students want to make their bracelet lengths out of sterling silver, they are encouraged to purchase their own metal.  Recommend they purchase 18-gauge sterilng silver sheet metal (Rio Grande Product Number 100-118) Dead Soft 6" x 1"

Experience:  Intermediate with some experience in soldering and sawing requested.  Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required.  Good eyesight or magnification is necessary.

5 Sessions (Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays)

April 27, 28, 30, May 4, 5.  From 6-9pm. $195