18 and older
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.
Basic jewelry fabrication and metalsmithing experience is required.Q&AQ:
Can I make up a class if I miss one?A:
Yes. Students who are absent for class are allowed to make up missed class time during open studio hours at no cost. This is an unsupervised working time. Teachers are not required to meet with students outside of class to make up missed information. Students may make up missed hours up to 2 weeks after their class ends. One missed class equals 3 hours.Q:
Is a certificate of completion available to me after completing their class?A:
Is a professional certificate available to me after completing their class?A:
Can I take home what I make in this class?A:
Is this class hands on?A:
Is there anything else I should be aware of to be prepared for class?A:
Yes. The school requires closed toe shoes and appropriate work clothing made from natural fibers. Long hair must be tied back when working in the studio. They provide safety glasses but you are encouraged to bring your own if you have them.Q:
Are the materials provided in the cost of the class? A:
No. Supply list includes:Tools:
- Small needle nose tweezers-2 pairs (one for soldering and one for your bench)
- Forming pliers-half round and full round
- Chain nose pliers-small jaws
- Round nose pliers-small jaws
- Flush cutters
- Shop shears
- Sandpaper-at least one sheet of each 220,320,400,600
- Split mandrel-non-tapered
- Small scribe
- Metal ruler with mm
- 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)
- 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.