METALSMITHING I, II and Open Studio
Instructor: Becky Burt
Wednesday EVENINGS 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May 8 – June 26, 2013 (8 WEEKS) *note early start date!!
also offered July 10 – August 28, 2013 (8 WEEKS)
Metals I This class is designed to teach students the foundations of metalsmithing -- sawing, piercing, filing, and joining metals with simple cold connections (no soldering will be taught in this class). Discussions will include the addition of design elements, wear-ability, stamping to add interest, methods of adding movement, and basic stone setting using cold connections. Projects will be assigned for earrings and a basic bracelet so that students will take home wearable pieces by the end of classes. If time allows, additional projects may be made available.
Metals II This class takes the techniques used in Basic Metalsmithing I and adds soldering. Students will learn to solder jump rings and the basics of constructing a bezel for a simple cabochon setting. Students should take home at least one piece of completed jewelry with additional pieces available if time allows.
Open Studio This class builds on the foundation obtained during Basic Metalsmithing I and II. Students will have the opportunity to work toward a complex project of their choosing while having the instructor available for consultation and guidance. The first week’s class will focus on design and an understanding of how to accomplish their project; subsequent weeks will be devoted to working at the student’s own pace to complete the project.
Students should have a good understanding of the basic principles of metalsmithing, and should be able to saw, file, and pierce. Students should have the tools included in the basic toolkit from Intro to Metals as well as the following: Dividers, Scribe, Metal ruler, Metal cutters
Students may work in any (or all) of the following metals: 22 or 20 ga sterling silver, 22 or 20 ga brass, 22 or 20 ga copper, Found objects
Register before April 24: $380, register April 24 – May 7: $410
Register before June 26: $380, register June 26 – July 9: $410
Materials fee: $20 materials fee for all students.
Toolkits for Metals I can be rented for $50 or purchased for $130. Please notify us of your choice when registering. Additional materials can be purchased from the instructor.
Class Size: Minimum 3, Maximum 8