Metalworking Classes

The silversmithing program is divided into three levels: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Each level runs approximately 18 weeks and must be completed before moving to the next level. The program is skills-based, with each project introducing new skills and building upon those already learned. It is anticipated that the students will do some work on their own outside of class, particularly as they progress beyond the beginning stage. Beginning projects include pendants, bracelets, and a ring. The program is not design-specific, and creativity and originality are encouraged. Students purchase their own handtools and materials. Click here to see some examples.

Chain Making

Students (beginner to advanced) will learn to construct and cut jump rings used in making chains. The class will have available instructions for creating a multitude of different styles of chains for necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more

Wax Carving and Casting

The wax carving and casting class meets for approximately 12 weeks. Students are introduced to the technique of carving ring blanks in wax. Students then cast their design using the lost wax method. Students also learn direct methods of casting such as cuttlebone casting, broom straw casting, and tufa casting. Students provide their own handtools and sterling casting grain. Click here to see some examples.

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