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Intro to Goldsmithing

at Brooklyn Metal Works - Prospect Heights

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Location:
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
640 Dean St 2nd Fl
Btwn Vanderbilt & Carlton Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11238
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No classes on Apr 8 & May 20
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Description
Class Level: Intermediate
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 6
Teacher: Erin Daily

What you'll learn in this gold class:

Refine your jewelry making skills in this 8 session goldsmithing course. You will learn about the various alloys and their solders, what to watch out for when heating and cooling, and go over everything from flux to final polish. Fabrication techniques in gold will include hammer forging, using the rolling mill, drawing wire with draw plates, dapped bezel settings, and more. Students can combine gold with silver in their pieces for cost savings and will have the opportunity to melt scrap or new metal to pour ingots for milling sheet and drawing wire. Most students can complete all coursework for this class with 7 dwt of metal.

The first day of this course will be lecture and discussion followed by an alloying and ingot pouring demonstration. It is not vital that students purchase supplies and materials before the first session, and any questions about the list will be answered during class.  Students will have the opportunity to order metal through Hoover & Strong, a wholesale manufacturer.

Prerequisites: Basic jewelry fabrication and metalsmithing experience is required.

Required Materials


Tools

  • Small needle nose tweezers - 2 pairs (one for soldering and one for your bench)
  • Forming pliers – 1 pr. half round and flat, 1 pr. full round and flat
  • Chain nose pliers - small jaws
  • Round nose pliers - small jaws
  • Flush cutters
  • Parallel pliers
  • Shop shears
  • Sandpaper - at least one sheet of each 220, 320, 400, 600
  • Split mandrel - non-tapered
  • Small scribe
  • Metal ruler with mm
  • Firescoff ceramic spray flux – 4 oz. bottle
  • Charcoal soldering block – compressed high density
  • Miter-cutting vise and jig – economy
  • Cross locking soldering tweezers
  • Crossing needle file #2 Swiss cut - 6 in. long
  • Barrette needle file #2 Swiss cut - 6 in. long
  • Set of small needle files #4 Swiss cut
  • 3 in. paintbrush - economy (this is for collecting sweeps)
  • Several individual small containers (for keeping solder, small findings, scrap and bench sweeps)

Materials

  • During the first class we will discuss what to purchase for working with the alloy of your choosing. If you have gold sheet, wire, chains, and solder that you have worked with in the past, please bring it with you.
  • Small bezel settings will be taught and we will discuss in class what stones to purchase. If you already have material to consider setting, please bring it in.
  • If you have any gold scrap (old jewelry, snippets of sheet, or sprues from previous castings) we will look it over in class and see if it can be melted down into a new ingot.

Suggested Suppliers

For Metal and Tools

  • Allcraft Jewelry Supply - 135 W 29th St Rm 205 New York, NY - Discount to BKMW students
  • Zak Jewelry Tools - 55 West 47 Street 2nd Floor New York, NY
  • Metalliferous
  • Rio Grande

For Metal:

  • Hoover & Strong (Wholesale only. BKMW students can order with our registration info.)
  • Hauser & Miller
  • Myron Toback - 25 West 47th Street New York, NY 10036 (212) 398-8300
  • Ross Metals - 54 West 47th St. New York, NY 10036 (212) 869-1407


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Refund Policy
Withdrawals from class 7 days prior to the start of the class will receive a full refund for the class minus a 10% processing fee. If cancellation occurs 3-6 days prior to the class, we will provide a 50% refund. Cancellations 48 hours or less receive a 25% refund. Refunds will not be provided for no-shows or same-day cancellations.

We do not refund tuition for classes that students miss due to their own circumstances. Students enrolled in multi-session studio courses (excluding workshops and intensives) may make-up missed class sessions during open studio hours for up to two weeks after the last class meeting.

We reserve the right to cancel or discontinue any class, in which case you may choose to receive a refund, apply the class credit towards a different course, or receive a tuition credit for future use. Tuition credits are valid for up to one year. Refunds will be issued within 30 days.

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Reviews of Classes at Brooklyn Metal Works (44)

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Intro to Goldsmithing
Reviewed by Carson F. on 12/18/2019
Loved this class, and love Brooklyn metal works. This is my third class and I hope to take more.
Intro to Goldsmithing
Reviewed by Anonymous on 12/17/2015
Erin is a great and patient teacher, the studio is clean and well supplied!
Intro to Goldsmithing
Reviewed by Barbara T. on 6/11/2017
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