Jewelry Metal Studio 6-Day Skill Courses

Our Jewelry Metal Studio 6-Day Skill Courses focus on mastering the fundamentals of metalsmithing and are designed to continually build on skills learned in previous courses. These are typically for the more serious student wanting to correctly learn basic metalsmithing skills, with the opportunity to acquire more advanced skills and learn new techniques as they progress. Students who continue through the series can learn everything needed to create a wide variety of custom jewelry.

Jewelry & Metalsmithing 101 – Sawing Fundamentals

This introductory course will focus on learning basic sawing and metalsmithing techniques as well as the proper use of a variety of tools.

In this 6-Day Course, you will learn to:

  • Layout your design onto metal
  • Saw with a jeweler’s saw
  • Use a drill press
  • Pierce a design in metal sheet
  • Texture metals using a variety of hammers and a rolling mill
  • Use disk and shape cutters to punch out metal
  • Use wood and steel dapping blocks
  • Chemically oxidize non-ferrous metals
  • Use round nose, flat nose, chain nose pliers, and flush cutters
  • File, sand, burnish, and polish

TUITION (includes ALL materials*): $380 for the 6-Day Course

*Copper, brass and/or nickel are used in all projects. Sterling silver will be available for purchase at current market prices during course time.

~ Dates, times, prices, and information are subject to change at any time. ~

Jewelry & Metalsmithing 202 – Soldering Fundamentals

Prerequisite: Jewelry & Metalsmithing 101 (Sawing Fundamentals) or equivalent

This course is intended for students with a basic understanding of metalsmithing who have acquired beginning skills, such as sawing, and who wish to expand their design possibilities by learning the fundamentals of silver soldering as well as creating a bezel and setting a cabochon stone.

In this 6-Day Course, you will learn to:

  • Anneal non-ferrous metals
  • Form metal using various mandrels
  • Safely use a torch
  • Use easy, medium, and hard solders
  • Solder several different types of joints
  • Make bezels for cabochon stones
  • Set a cabochon stone
  • File, sand, and polish

TUITION (includes ALL materials*): $380 for the 6-Day Course

*Copper, brass and/or nickel are used in all projects. Sterling silver will be available for purchase at current market prices during course time.

~ Dates, times, prices, and information are subject to change at any time. ~

Wax Carving 101*

Mandatory requisite: Introduction to Wax Carving

This introductory course will focus on learning basic wax carving techniques and the proper way to use a variety of tools to create wax forms that are suitable for casting. Students will saw and file various geometric wax pieces incorporating the techniques taught in this 3-week class to complete a basic pendant and ring. *This course does not include casting and finishing. Completed wax carvings can be cast in our Lost Wax Casting and Finishing class.

In this 6-Day Course, you will learn to:

  • Saw with a spiral wax blade
  • Use a double end wax file and wax carving tools
  • Work with both soft and hard waxes
  • Use a wax pen to make wax beads
  • Cut, carve and saw out basic geometric shapes
  • Carve a basic pendant and ring

TUITION (includes ALL materials): $380 for the 6-Day Course

~ Dates, times, prices, and information are subject to change at any time. ~

Wax Carving 202*

Mandatory requisites: Introduction to Wax Carving and Wax Carving 101

This class is intended for students who have mastered basic wax carving skills and wish to expand their design possibilities by learning to create intricate textures and wax forms that are suitable for casting. *This course does not include casting and finishing. Completed wax carvings can be cast in silver in our Lost Wax Casting and Finishing class.

In this 6-Day Course, you will learn how to:

  • Use gravers and more advanced wax carving tools
  • Work with wax burs to hollow out pieces
  • Work with ring wax tube
  • Form 2 styles of rings
  • Create various textures in wax forms
  • Add wax slices to forms to create more 3-dimensional and intricate designs
  • Work with a flex shaft

TUITION (includes ALL materials): $380 for the 6-Day Course

~ Dates, times, prices, and information are subject to change at any time. ~