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Learn the art of metalworking in Chicago, where you can take classes in forging, welding, and jewelry making to hone your skills and create stunning metal pieces.

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Teen Metalsmithing (Ages 12-16)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Perfect for the novice and aspiring metalsmith. We will explore the field of contemporary jewelry, and how to create unique, one-of-a-kind and/or conceptual pieces. Learn basic fabrication skills such as using a jeweler’s saw, drilling, filing, sanding, polishing, soldering, riveting, basic forming and color.

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$375

10 sessions

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Color on Metal

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

This class is intended for students with previous fabrication experience.  The techniques taught during this course will help you further your creativity and aesthetic judgment when creating your jewelry. Surface treatments explored throughout this session will include:  Powder coating Color pencil Spray paint Patinas Alcohol inks Students are encouraged to engage in individual discussion with the instructor to facilitate the...

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$245

6 sessions

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Flat-Pack Lighting

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Explore some of the uses and techniques behind the equipment in our brand-new Maker Lab,  including Laser Engraving and 3D Printing. Integrate these techniques with traditional methods of fabrication to create your own flat pack light kit. This workshop will allow for time at the end to discuss projects, materials and techniques.

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Metal Coloration - Patina Processes

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Enhance your jewelry and objects by learning to achieve rich and diverse colorations on metal.  In this hands-on workshop, create a series of color studies on copper and brass using both hot and cold patina processes.  Buried, wrapped, fumed, sprayed, and brushed application methods will be demonstrated. In addition to traditional chemical patinas, workshop participants will learn to incorporate dyes, pigments, metal leaf, and colored...

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Fold Forming Workshop

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Fold forming is a rapid and direct way of achieving 3D forms from a single piece of metal. Watch amazing shapes emerge as you fold, hammer, roll, and unfold metal! Expect to try several fold forming techniques, with resulting forms that can be easily transformed into beautiful earrings, pins, and pendants. Numerous possibilities will be introduced, from simple to more complex forms. Supplies included.

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Create A Ring Dish (Ages 16+)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Are you constantly trying to find a safe place to put your rings when doing household chores? Learning the basic of sawing, forming, sanding, filing, and texturing, we’ll create a unique dish for your rings or a great gift. Brass and copper with be available for purchase from the instructor; all other materials will be provided.

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Earrings In A Day

Evanston Art Center @ 927 Noyes St, Evanston, IL

Using a metal folding technique called foldforming create a beautiful pair of leaf earrings! Use silver, brass or copper. Learn hammer texture techniques and how to use a torch. Working step by step with the instructor will guarantee satisfaction and a finished pair of earrings! Polish, patina and wear these one of a kind earrings.  No prior metal experience needed. Note: Copper, brass or silver will be available for purchase...

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Beginning Metal Sculpture

The Fire Arts Center of Chicago @ 1830 N Kostner Ave, Chicago, IL

This class focuses on how to work sculptural concepts from the drawing board to the scale model stage of construction. Students will be expected to keep a sketchbook of ideas which will be critiqued and refined at each class session. Students will learn basic metal fabrication technique. Please note:  Students should complete their classes within a year of purchase. Although the building has a Costner ave address, the mail slot, parking...

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$285

10 sessions

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Advanced Metal Sculpture

The Fire Arts Center of Chicago @ 1830 N Kostner Ave, Chicago, IL

This class deals with fabrication of large scale metal sculpture from models or free-form. As with Beginning Metal Sculpture, students will be expected to keep a sketchbook of ideas which will be critiqued and refined at each class session.  Students will learn advanced metal fabrication technique, gas forging, Acetylene welding, and gas and arc welding techniques as well as brazing and chasing techniques. Please note:  Students should...

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$285

10 sessions

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Intro to Blade Smithing and Forging

The Fire Arts Center of Chicago @ 1830 N Kostner Ave, Chicago, IL

This 2 hour intro workshop offers a unique opportunity to laymen to experience the hot steel forging process first hand. In this introduction to knife making and forging, students will learn proper tool use and shop safety, as well as the principles of design and fabrication of the forged blade and other projects in steel. The class format is both lecture and demonstration, however students will be able to get some hands on practice at the end of...

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Metal Furniture Studio

The Fire Arts Center of Chicago @ 1830 N Kostner Ave, Chicago, IL

Students will learn how to design and create basic table top furnishings in metal using basic techniques of metal fabrication and brazing. Please note: Repetition of this class will provide more advanced metal-working lessons.  Students should complete their classes within a year of purchase. Although the building has a Costner ave address, the mail slot, parking and entrance to the building is around the corner on the Cortland side.

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$100

4 sessions

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Metal Casting Workshop and DEMO

The Fire Arts Center of Chicago @ 1830 N Kostner Ave, Chicago, IL

At this metal pouring demo, participants will have a rare chance to see old school Chicago metalworking at is finest. We will be melting either bronze or aluminum to cast student projects. During this exciting process, all aspects of metal casting will be explored in question and answer format. Participants will need to provide heavy cotton clothing and heavy cotton or leather shoes. Anyone with long hair will need to be put it up and long beards...

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Automotive Fluids

Gearhead Workspace @ 840 W 35th, Chicago, IL

Want to know a secret? It’s about your blinker fluids…* In this class we will learn about all of the various fluids that are necessary to keep your car running like a champ. We will talk about why each fluid is important including your coolant, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. We will talk about when to change each of them and what will happen to your car if you don’t keep on top of this important maintenance step. We will also demonstrate...

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Welding Workshop

The Fire Arts Center of Chicago @ 1830 N Kostner Ave, Chicago, IL

In this class, students will learn basic techniques for welding steel. A standard vocational welding course takes 6 months to a year to complete. However, it is possible in a 3-hour class to gain enough information to safely operate simple welding equipment. Once armed with this knowledge, students are free to explore the subject on their own. Students will get a chance to try their hand in arc welding processes. We will also talk a little about...

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Intro to Metal Fabrication

Chicago Industrial Arts and Design @ 6433 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL

The fundamental steps used to fabricate any functional, decorative, or sculptural object from metal. Explore a variety of methods to cut, manipulate, join, and finish, and gain an understanding of the functional and aesthetic reasons to choose. New students will learn safety, tool use, material properties, and fabrication processes through assigned projects.  Returning students may immediately start on independent projects with instructor guidance....

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$258

5 sessions

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Metalworking for Teens (Ages 12-14)

Chicago Industrial Arts and Design @ 6433 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL

Fabricated metalworking involves 4 processes to create any 3D metal object:  cutting bending/shaping joining finishing.  Smaller pieces of metal are assembled to create the final object. Almost any item can be fabricated; it’s a favorite method of making both in manufacturing and art. Learn the safety, skills, and fundamental processes to fabricate 3D objects out of metal. Gain an understanding of the benefits and versatility of...

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$200

5 sessions

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TIG Welding: Steel, Stainless Steel, and Silicon Bronze

Chicago Industrial Arts and Design @ 6433 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL

How to safely and effectively setup and use the Gas Tungsten Arc Welder (GTAW -or- TIG) to weld mild steel, stainless steel, and bronze. This 3-hour Instruction Module is open to anyone who would like exposure to the benefits of joining metal with an electrical ARC welder with the versatility and control of the TIG process, and gain skill to make sound welds in various metals. Prerequisite:  FMF200-series Core Class or FMF300-series Core...

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TIG Welding: Aluminum

Chicago Industrial Arts and Design @ 6433 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL

Learn how to safely and effectively setup and use the Gas Tungsten Arc Welder (GTAW -or- TIG) to weld aluminum. This 3-hour Instruction Module is open to anyone who would like exposure to the benefits of joining metal with an electrical ARC welder with the versatility and control of the TIG process, and gain skill to make sound welds in aluminum. Prerequisite:  FMF200-series Core Class or FMF300-series Core Class or FMF530-01 Instruction...

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Reviews for Metal Working Classes in Chicago

Metal Working Classes in Chicago are rated 4.4 stars based on 95 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Intro to Blade Smithing and Forging

    Reviewed by Ralph W. on 9/9/2018
    Got there a bit early and was able to talk to both Jake and Vince. Vince did the class and answered my questions no matter how basic. I got lucky and got some hands on, don’t know if this always happens. Great overall experience and I actually learned something. Good intro, interested to take more classes.

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