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Learn to take professional quality photos of your jewelry
without the full professional studio set up. We will teach you how to utilize every object and light source to showcase your jewelry in the best possible way.Required Material: Bring your own DSRL camera equipment.
In this class we'll explain why and how jewelry tarnishes and walk you through a few different techniques for refining, distressing, texturing, darkening, and coloring brass, bronze, copper, and silver. Metal for samples will be provided, but feel free to bring along any old jewelry or pieces that you've made in our casting or hand stamping class.
We will discuss how to develop a coherent line for production, promote sales, protect individual designs, and develop presentation skills. We will be talking about small scale production of a few pieces in a home studio, outsourcing locally, nationally and internationally. We will discuss topics such as production resources tips & tricks, whole
An intensive one-session workshop for those who would like to dive into the world of jewelry soldering. We will begin by reviewing the components of a jewelry soldering setup and torch safety. Next you’ll practice soldering, working your way from simple wire joints used in jump rings and chains to longer seams in sheet metal, such as those in wi
Promote your jewelry collection. Develop an understanding of the consumer’s frame of mind. Gain experience in creating displays, portfolio and showcases. Jewelry Merchandising is both a skill and an art. Thought about placement, display and packaging must be well planned for the jewelry to effectively convey quality and value. This class combine
Jewelry has been an important part of human culture since time immemorial. An understanding of the aesthetics, ethos and technology surrounding antique jewelry can provide surprising insights to the greater history of the world. Or perhaps you’d just like to understand the difference between carats and karats.This class will explore the history o
The students will explore the relationships between inspiration, design, and the final piece. Image and materials research will be taught in tandem with technical processes. The goal is to help you develop and strengthen your work. Developing your ideas is as important and informative as getting to know your materials. One informs the other. This c
In this 8 session course students will create a series of brooches that experiment with its distinct front and back format, its relationship with the body, and its mechanisms.Through experimentation and trial and error, students will explore traditional and nontraditional methods towards the making of the object and mechanical fasteners. Basic fabr
Students are familiarized with basic studio tools and fabrication techniques for working in sterling silver. Soldering, sawing and filing shapes, forming and joining, ring sizing, polishing and basic stone setting will be practiced in class. Students are encouraged to explore creativity within design parameters while learning the fundamentals of te
Students will learn to make amazing mixed-media statement pieces which combine chunky metal chain with simple crochet trimming in colorful cotton yarns. You’ll learn everything you need to know to create your own designs. No previous experience in jewelry making or crochet is required.Note: Class fee includes all the necessary materials to make o
Basic skills such as soldering, stone-setting and fusing are learned by students in our regular classes, through ongoing work on projects incorporating multiple techniques, rather than in courses devoted to a single topic. All our classes are taught through one-on-one instruction geared to each student’s skill level and interests. Since students
An intensive one-session workshop for students who have taken our Jewelry Soldering Workshop and would like to learn the basics of bezel setting. You'll leave with a finished setting or two and all of the knowledge you need to make custom settings on your own. The course fee includes all stones, silver, brass, solder, and other materials used in t
You will gain the knowledge to create letters, words, phrases, dates, symbols and more on flat metal surfaces to further customize your jewelry designs. Also learn the techniques using a hand engraver on different surfaces of metal. All materials are included. What you make in the class is yours to take home, along with any left over supply you do
Draw and render faceted gemstones and cabochons. Illustrate surfaces, shapes and textures in white and yellow metal. Make realistic renderings by understanding the behavior of light and shade. Students will leave with renderings for their portfolio. One of the most critical aspects of jewelry design is to render your image in such a way that its st
This is a class that helps kick start your confidence, develop your own personal drawing fingerprint and gives a step into jewelry design and presentation. If you can write your name, and make a mark, you can draw. Like your own signature, everybody has his or her own drawing style. Some people find it difficult and to others, it comes easier.Draw
This class will explore a wide range of sculptural shapes, surface textures, and hollow forms. Wax carving techniques using both hand tools and the flex shaft will be introduced for carving small objects and jewelry. Carving wax is a wonderful technique for creating jewelry. Intricate details can be created in wax that you can’t achieve in metal.
Learn to incorporate beads into your chain and charm jewelry designs. In this class, you will learn how to use nylon coated beading wire, crimp beads and crimp covers. All materials are included. What you make in the class is yours to take home, along with any leftover supplies you do not use. Tools are loaned out for the duration of the class and
The class will cover basic metalsmithing skills and techniques as related to the making of jewelry. These include sawing, filing, basic forming, soldering, and understanding the basic components of jewelry design. Get to know the studio and become familiar with the tools and equipment through this introductory class. No previous experience necessa
In this four week class learn the basics of the lost wax casting technique. This bronze-age process is still how most contemporary commercial jewelry is produced. First we build a plaster mould around wax or a found object. Next we burn the wax or object out of the plaster mould, using a kiln reaching temperatures around 1250 degrees F – thus “
Students will create either a ring or a pendant of their own design set with either a cabochon or rough gemstone. Various carving techniques will be covered, delving deeper into design transfer, layout, carving, and build-up. This is an intermediate level wax carving class which will explore in depth model making techniques. Both bezel and prong st
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