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The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

Discover the secrets of designing and creating beautiful handmade jewelry using an array of metals. Learn essential fabrication techniques and unleash your creativity in this comprehensive jewelry design course. Join us for an immersive and hands-on experience in the art of metalsmithing.

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Class Description

Description

What you'll learn in this metalsmithing class:

Learn how to design and create handmade jewelry. You will learn how to use studio tools and many fabrication techniques for working with metals such as gold, sterling silver, copper, silver nickel and/or brass.

You'll also learn:

  • How to design jewelry
  • How to think and see as a jeweler
  • Filing 
  • Forming
  • Joining
  • Soldering
  • Chain making
  • Granulation
  • Filing Shapes
  • Ring Sizing
  • Sanding
  • Wax Carving
  • Polishing
  • Texturing
  • Stone Setting
  • Finishing
  • About marriage of metals, gems, textile techniques on metal
  • About manufacturing tricks and considerations
  • How to recycle

All of these techniques will be practiced in class.

Students will learn basic design drawings and how to develop concepts for creating jewelry pieces and collections. You will become familiar with the jewelry studio, tools and equipment. Students will be encouraged to create, experience, play and explore to accomplish their own jewelry designs.

Students will also receive a list of suppliers (tools & materials) jewelry art galleries & worldwide jewelry artists to provide students with a full introduction to the jewelry universe and industry.

Important: Studio is on the 4th Floor and there is no elevator.

FAQ

Q: Can I make up a class if I miss one?

A: Yes. If you need to miss a class, make-up classes may be able to be worked out depending on available future schedules of classes. We recommend checking to see what other schedules are currently available.

Q: Is a certificate of completion available to me after completing their class?

A: Yes

Q: Is a professional certificate available to me after completing their class?

A: No

Q: Can I take home what I make in this class?

A: Yes

Q: Are materials included in the price of the class?

A: No. Only tools will be provided for the entire duration of the class. Materials will also be provided ONLY for the first day of class then you must purchase materials for the subsequent sessions. A list of suppliers will be provided during the first class meeting.

Refund Policy

No refunds are allowed. We can reschedule your class, but you need to notify us 4 business days prior to the class. No exceptions.

Reviews of Classes at NYC Jewelry Lab by Carolina Iwanow (99)

(4.9-star rating across 99 reviews)
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Reviewed by Andy A. on 4/16/2024
    Carolina is awesome. Very knowledgeable and patient to beginners. I made a few rings under her guidance but with complete creative freedom. I'd love to stay in touch with her in the future for any advice I might need as I continue to make jewelry. I'd definitely take her class again.
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Reviewed by terri p. on 3/29/2024
    Great class. Great teacher
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Reviewed by Naidre M. on 1/29/2024
    Carolina is a patient and attentive teacher.
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Anonymous review on 1/3/2024
    Loved the class! It was so informative, educational and hands on. It’s perfect for beginners. 100% recommend!
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Anonymous review on 11/7/2023
    unfortunately she had an emergency and had to postpone the classes, I have attended 2 classes so far and have not heard from her since. update - unfortunately her mother had passed away. She is back in the US and and she will be continuing her classes
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Reviewed by Steve S. on 10/7/2023
    This course opened my eyes to the world of jewelry making and make me want to set up a bench at home. Particularly valuable were the list of connections in the Diamond District. These new connections will reduce my material costs by half. Highly recommend this course for those who want to take their jewelry to the next level.
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Reviewed by Jody E. on 8/11/2023
    Wonderful class! I’ve learned so much from Carolina, she is an excellent instructor.
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Reviewed by Jeannine b. on 5/29/2023
    These have been the best summer Saturdays I have spent in a very long time. Carolina is instantly lovable, with so much knowledge that she freely, enthusiastically gives to us. Not just about making jewelry, but the art of alchemy and the history and chemistry that threads its way through the craft. I love this class so much, and I plan to continue my relationship with her if I’m able.
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Anonymous review on 4/3/2023
    This class and the instructor Carolina are amazing, so helpful and so knowledgeable. I will be enrolling for a second session!
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Reviewed by Isabelle P. on 3/1/2023
    Carolina is extremely knowledgeable with a warm personality. She fosters an environment of creativity and learning, all while remaining high energy and positive. 100% recommend!
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Anonymous review on 2/14/2023
    Carolina is a fantastic instructor. No matter what direction you want to take jewelry making, hobbyist-professional, Carolina will be able to help you along your journey. It is important to know what you get out of this is what you put in. Metalsmithing is thousands of years of knowledge and won’t be compressed into a short amount of time. The first set of classes you will begin to work on basic fundamentals while working on your first pieces. This will require you to interact with businesses up on 47th street, while at times this can be frustrating, the finished jewelry will be worth the time put in. Carolina is very passionate about the art form, and you will learn a tremendous amount in the class. She is very easy to reach if you have questions.
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Anonymous review on 12/5/2022
    Great class! Love the teacher! Fun environment.
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Anonymous review on 10/25/2022
    The instructor is creative and friendly and very experienced. There was much to learn in the class. Unfortunately, for me, being based in Manhattan, it was too difficult to get to the location in Williamsburg so I did not continue the class.
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Reviewed by Gayle W. on 7/6/2022
    I am really enjoying the Metalsmithing class. Carolina is not only a very talented jeweler and metalsmither; she is a wonderful teacher and person.! We have many hours to learn and she finds time for each of us. There are usually only 3 other people in the studio at the same time. I am learning the basics of metalsmithing and Carolina is immensely supportive and I made a ring already after only 3 classes. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn metalsmithing, be creative and have some relaxing craft time with a wonderful educator.
  • The Art of Metalsmithing by Carolina Iwanow

    Reviewed by Anna Marie H. on 6/30/2022
    The Art of Metalsmithing Jewelry Design with Carolina was an amazing experience! It was the perfect introductory class for someone who has never worked in metalsmithing before, and I felt comfortable learning and growing throughout the 5 week curriculum. Carolina offers a wide variety of expertise and also makes class fun! She gives total creative freedom to her students and ensures that their pieces turn out the way they envisioned. I would absolutely recommend this class for anyone looking to explore a new art medium or solidify skills they already possess in the art of jewelry making. This class is great for people of all levels! I walked away with three beautiful new pieces that I can't wait to show off!
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Students highly recommend The Art of Metalsmithing Jewelry Design classes for artisans of all skill levels, particularly emphasizing the expertise and dedication of the instructor, Carolina. They particularly appreciated her knowledge, energy, and ability to foster a positive and creative learning environment. The small class size allows for personalized attention and instruction. The students learned essentials of metalsmithing, including cutting and attaching metal, polishing, grinding, wax carving, casting, and earned a valuable list of Diamond District connections. Even as beginners, they were able to complete multiple projects by the end of the course, including rings, pendants, and earrings. Quotes: 1. "Carolina is instantly lovable, with so much knowledge that she freely, enthusiastically gives to us." 2. "It is important to know what you get out of this is what you put in...the finished jewelry will be worth the time put in." 3. "Carolina is an amazing and inspiring teacher. Absolutely loved this class and would take more with her."

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Question from Pia M.
Hi Carolina, Will you be offering the metalsmithing course in spring 2024? I would love to take your class but due to a busy holiday season, I can't. Thank you.
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Patrice! Yes, the school will offer this class again in 2024. You can add it to your wish list so you can be notified via email when new updates are made on the website.
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Question from mickaella m.
hello! what is the approximate price of material needed for the 4 last sessions.
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Question from kevin k.
Can I start my first class this week and take the second class in 3 weeks?? I have to travel often and don’t think I can do consecutive weeks..
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Hi I am a true beginner without experience, would this class be appropriate for someone like me?
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Question from Ginnita D.
Are the supplies expensive and ate they easy to fond?
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
HI Ginnita thank you for your inquiry. Expect around $100 on materials.
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Question from Gina
How much does the average student end up spending on materials? And is the ‘materials’ just the metals for the jewelry or including other things like solder, flux, etc?
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
HI Gina thank you for your inquiry. Expect around $100 on materials.
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Question from Sarah h.
hello, what is the average amount one might spend on supplies for this class?
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
HI Sarah thank you for your inquiry. Expect around $100 on materials.
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Question from India E.
Can I bring my 10 year old son with me? Can I bring my gold jewelry (14k that I don’t want to wear anymore or lost earring etc.) to melt down and make something out of?
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
Hi India, thank you for your inquiry. if your son can stay doing something during the class, I don't have any problem. Also yes we can repurpose and melt your gold to fabricate a new piece.
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Question from Harry
Are their classes in Virginia?
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
Hi Harry, unfortunately in person classes only in NYC but I have online classes options.
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Question from Charlene L.
Are these classes ever offered on Long Island, NY?
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
Hi Charlene, unfortunately in person classes only in NYC but I have online classes options.
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Question from Mary F.
Hi, do you have classes in the evening or on weekends?
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
Yes there are weekly evening and saturday classes
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Question from Wanett C.
Hi! Do you know if your recommended suppliers are open during the pandemic lockdown?
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
Of course what I recommend is opened
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Question from Victoria C.
Hi there, I'm really interested in taking this course, but I'd like to understand what the estimated costs are for the materials the students will need to purchase on their own. Thanks!
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
Hi there, expect a minimum of $60/ $70 for materials.
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Question from Anonymous
What materials are included in this course?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Materials are not included. Materials list will also be provided ONLY for the first day of class then you must purchase materials for the subsequent sessions. A list of suppliers will be provided during the first class meeting.
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
Also all the tools are included on the course
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Question from Keishma G.
Hey there, I took your class a couple of years ago and I loved it, unfortunately, I couldn't finish completing the course then. I'm interested in giving it another and this time deepens my knowledge with the craft. Would I have to start from the beginning again?
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
Hi there, I don’t think so but I don’t know if you ever practice again or not so I will see what is your current level and teach you accordingly!
Answer from Keishma G.
Thank you so much for your response... I will be signing up in March.
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February*
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Question from Danielle W.
Hi. I am wondering if some of the sea glass I found around the world may be incorporated into pieces we are working on in class.
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
Hi there yes you can incorporate it!
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Question from Isis H.
Can I bring my own gold and melted down?
Answer from Carolina I.
Hi Isis, yes you can!
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Question from Ana R.
Hi there, I won't be back in the city until January. Is it possible that you will have classes starting in the second week of January?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Ana! We don't have the January 2020 class dates yet but you can save this class to your wish list so you'll be notified when we add new dates.
Answer from anonymous
Hi Ana, yes you can start the second week of january!
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Question from Brandon C.
I am 14 years old. Is it possible to join the class? Thank you.
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
Yes, it is if I prior speak with one of your parents and you come to your first class with one of them so we can meet before the class start.
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Question from Anonymous
Can you use the studio outside of class times?
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
Hi there! We don’t do bench time. Also I suggest to first learn take the five classes and after that you will be more familiar with a jewelry studio.
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Question from Sophia P.
Hi, For the Art of Metalsmithing does the $375.00/pp fee cover 5 sessions total? Or is it $375/session?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! The class price of $375 covers 5 sessions.
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Question from Chaya F.
Why are the day classes 4 hours and evening classes 3 hours for the same price?
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
Hi Chaya, it's Carolina Iwanow because my classes at night are a little more expensive because the time frame of the classes are for people that work all day until 6 pm and would like to learn jewelry so they have a class available at 7.30 pm and the class ends 10.30 pm.
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Question from Danielle H.
Is there an approximate range of what the materials will cost to purchase?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Danielle! The list will fluctuate between $60-$70 depending on the materials the students choose. The school normally sends the list with materials and supplies after the first class, but to give an idea, Students will require a basic list of materials to create their pieces: Metal sheet, metal wire, Silver soldering, 4 dozen of blades, wax. If students want to learn stone setting then we add stones and fine silver to the list. Hope this helps!
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Question from Kimberly B.
Can I work with solid gold?
Answer from anonymous
I believe so, but ask the instructor
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Kimberly! The instructor said that eventually the student can work with solid gold but the student first needs to learn the basics of metalsmithing. Hope this helps!
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Question from Kimberly B.
how is the class structured as a course if classes start each week for new comers? If I start this week your new session may have started last week which means the lessons would be all over the place. how is this organized to maximize each students ability to grasp all phases of this course?
Answer from Carolina I.
My classes are personalized u will share it with people that are more advanced. I work with each person on different projects. Class syllabus, your first project is a design exercise that leads you to your 1st piece, second piece a wax carved ring third and four pieces 2 or 3 cuffs or a bezel setting depends on what the student would like to learn. We will be designing together based on your learning techniques your skills and your desires.
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Question from anonymous
Where can I practice between the weeks that we have class and also, after the course is over?
Answer from Carolina I.
Hi there! We don’t do bench time.
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Question from Pintusorn T.
About the list of items to buy is possible for the school can be help to prepare that? and then I will pay for it.
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Pintusorn! Yes, the school can do that and you can also buy it online.
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Question from Katrina G.
Hello! What should I bring/ how should I prepare for the first day of class?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Katrina, the students don't need anything for the first class. The school will provide them but yes for the following classes the school will give you the list at the class. The list would consist of: Saw blades, the metal sheet 18 gauges either sterling silver or and brass or and copper, 18 gauges round wire same metal options as sheet. Fine silver flat wire or sheet 22/24 gauges. silver soldering hard medium easy, stones and assorted wax.
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Question from Jena T.
I have a fair amount of broken gold and silver jewelry (solid, not plate) that I keep around for sentimental reasons but don't like enough to repair. I have always wanted to make something new out of these pieces. Is this class the right place for that?
Answer from Kristle C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
First, the teacher needs to see what you have, at least some pictures. The teacher also advised taking at least 5 classes if you do not have the experience yet with melting and recycling all the jewelry. Hope that helps!
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Question from Marsha W.
I'm interested in making jewelry using spoons and forks, bending, cutting, soldering, etc. I've purchased products online that promised to achieve this outcome but it didn't work out. Would taking one of your classes help me to reach my goal?
Answer from Angelica B. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
You can definitely work with them as long as your utensils are made of solid metal; sterling silver, copper brass or nickel silver. Unfortunately, plated materials won't work in this class.
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Question from Amy H.
What exact types of items do you learn to make in this class ?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
In the first class, you will learn a design tool to design your first piece from scratch and that day you will learn how to cut file and sand it. Second class, you will learn how to solder that first piece and you will learn how to finish a piece and you will learn how to do a ring by carving wax. Third class, you will start a bezel setting pendant/ ring or an anticlastic cuff.
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Fourth, you will finish or keep working on this pieces and then we might do reticulation granulation or twisted wire or a simple chained bracelet or earrings. The classes are very personalized and you will learn how to craft metal meanwhile you learn different techniques and you learn how to design. But for me is not about the number of pieces is about you learning this craft properly.
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Question from Marjorie D.
Could you give us an idea of the costs for the supplies?
Answer from Jenn C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi! The list will fluctuate between $60-$70 depending on the materials the Students choose. The school normally sends the list with materials and supplies after the first class, but to give an idea, Students will require a basic list of materials to create their pieces: Metal sheet, metal wire, Silver soldering, 4 dozen of Blades, wax. If Students want to learn stone setting then we add stones and fine silver to the list.
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Question from Amelia W.
Is this is a good course to jump into if someone is looking to create an engagement ring and/or wedding band?
Answer from Chermalyn P. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi, Amelia! Yes, wedding bands can be done in this course.
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Question from Jackie Q.
It's 5 sessions So do I take each Tue or each Thu or each Sat at same time? 5X (but Same day of the week) I Could not tell class schedule Thx
Answer from Carolina I. Verified Educator
Hi Jackie! is Carolina Iwanow yes my dear you choose one day and time.
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Question from Christine G.
What do you create in this class? And what are examples of materials you have to purchase yourself?
Answer from Nessa G. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Christine! The students will learn and design handmade jewelry. The supplies list will be given by the instructor after the first class (e.g. saw blades, metal sheet, stones, assorted wax, etc.)
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Question from Amandamarie R.
Can you take this class as a beginner?
Answer from Kristle C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
This class is open for all levels. Beginners are very much welcome!
Answer from Katherine M. Verified Student
Yes! Carolina is great a taking people of all levels and making them feel confident in what they are doing.
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