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 jackieroux@explorearts.org

 

Metals/Jewelry Open Studio 

Come and work on your projects during open studio hours. Open Studio with a monitor is offered to those with previous metals/jewelry experience and recommended for those who don't need hands-on instruction and feel confident working independently. If you have not been to our Open Studio before or attended one of our classes you must be pre-approved prior to registering by talking to one of the instructors.

Open studio is $35/session.  The cost includes gases, chemicals, enameling powders, and metal.

Open studio participants must be 18 or older to attend the adult open studio.

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ADULT CLASSES

March

BEGINNER - Ear Wire Workshop with Beth Gautsch - $90

In this workshop, you will learn to handcraft several different types of ear wires using pliers and other shaping tools. Starting with copper and then graduate to using sterling silver wire, you’ll create several finished pairs of ear wires to complement your unique earring design. You’ll never need to buy manufactured ear wires again!

Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.  Bring eye magnification if needed to see close detail. Bring a brown bag lunch.

1 Sunday, March 3rd. 10am - 4:30pm

BEGINNER - Torch Enameled Jewelry Fun with Trish Stalb - $50
Spend three fun-filled hours learning the basics of torch enameling glass onto copper shapes and completing several enameled pendants to take home!

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

1 Sunday, March 10th. 2pm – 5pm

INTERMEDIATE - Hinge Workshop with Beth Gautsch - $170

In this workshop, you'll learn to fabricate hinges to connect two pieces of metal. Some soldering experience is required.

Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Bring eye magnification if needed to see close detail.

4 days, Tuesdays/Thursdays, March 12, 14, 19, 21st. 6pm - 9pm

April

BEGINNER - Experimental Aluminum Cuff Bracelet with Trish Stalb - $60

Spend a fun and productive afternoon learning how to use an aluminum sheet and wire to form a one-of-a-kind cuff bracelet. Techniques covered will include anticlastic forming, riveting, surface design, and applying a patina to the metal.

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

1 Sunday, April 14th.  2pm - 6pm

BEGINNER - Introduction to Enameling in a Kiln with Trish Stalb - $50

This introductory class will cover the basics of firing glass enamels onto a copper surface using a kiln. Each student will create several small colorful enameled pieces.

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

1 Sunday, April 28th. 2pm - 6pm

BEGINNER - Multi-Element Bracelet Class with Beth Gautsch- $230

Join us for a three-week course in the basics of jewelry fabrication from stone setting to soldering and beyond! Practicing weekly is the best way to build skills that will last. During six bi-weekly classes, you will learn different skills, focusing on the basics of fabrication that includes sawing, filing and sanding, hammering and texturing, soldering, sweat soldering, riveting, and stone setting. You’ll make 5 to 6 different elements to create unique multi-element bracelets.

Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants to this class. Bring eye magnification if needed to see close detail.

6 days. Tuesdays/Thursdays, April 30, May 2, 7, 9, 14, 16th.  6pm - 9pm

June

BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE - Supersized Hollow for Pendant with Beth Gautsch - $130

Students will learn how to create hollow shapes, known as hollow forms, using copper or sterling sheet metal.  This technique allows the metalsmith to affordably increase the scale of the piece or to create shapes that might otherwise be challenging.  In this class, students will create a large hollow pendant.  Basic soldering and sawing experience is helpful, but not necessary.

If students want to make their hollow form out of sterling silver they are encouraged to purchase their own.  Recommend they purchase 22-gauge sterling silver sheet metal from Rio Grande.

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

3 days, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.  June 17, 18, 20th.  6pm-9pm.

July

BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE - Elegant Rectangle Frames with Beth Gautsch - $140

Learn how to create a precise box or rectangle shapes and embellish them with a mix of metals to create a one-of-a-kind piece.  Mastery allows makers to expand their fabrication techniques to include open framework pieces in their designs.

Basic soldering and sawing experience is helpful, but not necessary.

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

3 days, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.  July 8, 9, 11th.  6pm-9pm.