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Make a Steel Planter Box (Welding/Metal Fabrication)

Craftsman Ave @ 117B 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Learn the fundamentals of metal fabrication and welding by building a small metal planter. Put on your helmets and make sparks fly! If you’ve ever admired the wizardry of a welder at work, this class is for you. In one evening, you can gain entry into the world of metal fabrication, learning from masters to make your own metal work and emerge stronger, faster, smarter – or at least with awesome, fiery new skills! Be the wizard. This workshop...

Saturday Jun 10th, 8am–12pm Eastern Time

Experimental Enamel on Steel

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

In this workshop,students will learn several techniques for enameling on mild steel, including champlevé and liquid form enamel. Because working with steel is different than working with non-ferrous metals such as copper, students will learn a variety of techniques for cleaning, forming and finishing the metal that are unique to steel. CLICK HERE to see supply list. 

Saturday Oct 7th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

$380

2 sessions

Gold Week

Jewelry Arts Inc @ 22 E 49th St., New York, NY 10017

Start at the beginning of how to properly alloy and prepare your 22k gold, then go on to the techniques to make gorgeous high karat gold jewelry. I love 22k gold! It’s my favorite metal to work in and you’ll know why after attending this week, my favorite intensive. I’ll teach you to alloy and prepare your gold for great fusing, soldering and granulation results. Then we will get down to all the tricks of making high karat gold jewelry. You...

Monday Aug 7th, 11am–6pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

$1,050

5 sessions

The Art of Metalsmithing Jewelry Design - All Levels

NYC Jewelry Lab by Carolina Iwanow @ 1027 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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...

Saturday Jun 10th, 12–4pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

$375

5 sessions

Intro to Jewelry Casting

Bushwick Jewelry Casting @ 327 Irving, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Learn the age old technique of lost wax carving – a fascinating way of making silver and gold jewelry by carving jewelry out of wax, then creating a mold of the wax, melting the wax and pouring molten silver or gold in to make a solid silver version of your wax mold. A great class for anyone interested in making jewelry or small sculpture. In the class, all students will learn to carve and shape the wax into different shapes and design whole...

Wednesday Jun 28th, 7–10pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$360

4 sessions

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Demitasse Vignette: A Collaboration of Metal Works

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

A cup, a spoon, a small tableau created in metal and glass. In this 8 session course students will focus on objects for the table, specifically a demitasse cup and holder, saucer and spoon. Each of these four elements can be created in glass and metal to mix and match a set.  By working at a smaller scale, students will be able to complete their designs effectively in both the glass studio at UrbanGlass and the metal shop at Brooklyn Metal...

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$860

8 sessions

Intro to Metal Work: Silver Link Bracelet/Necklace

Lost Wax Studio @ 171 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

-Beginner metalsmithing skills will be introduced: learn cutting, filing, sanding, texturizing and basic usage of hand tools. -Using silver wire you will learn how to make links and create a chain for a necklace or bracelet. -Create copper tag of your own design and to personalize with metal stamps. -Learn to solder with micro-torch which can be safely used at home. -Please note that this is a hands on course using hand tools and a small flame.

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Melted and Molded: Cast Glass and Metal

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

This workshop is the first collaborative offering between UrbanGlass and Brooklyn Metal Works. This rare opportunity to combine the facilities and expertise of both studios is perfect for the student looking to combine glass and metal elements to create a one of a kind piece of jewelry. By focusing on the necklace, students will have a large format to consider both materials in relation to one another. For the glass portion of the workshop (10/16...

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$550

8 sessions

Hollow Constructed Bangle Bracelet (Intermediate)

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

A hollow constructed bangle bracelet fabricated from different colored metals. (Marriage of Metals) The aim of this project is to use the techniques of merging metal within the context of a hollow constructed bangle bracelet. The combination of different colored metal does not only make our work technically complex it also enables us to introduce graphical elements that have previously been the domain of enamel or other surface embellishing techniques....

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$515

11 sessions

Torch Work Two Ways | Glass Beads and Silver Soldering

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Consistency, quality control, and replication will be the focus in this 4 week glass and metal class. Beginning in the flame shop at UrbanGlass, students will build their bead making skills and fine-tune their soft glass processes through form, color, and technique. The resulting glass will be prepped and seamed in the cold shop, ready to be fit and finished.  Students will bring their glass to Brooklyn Metal Works for an introduction to metalsmithing...

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$500

4 sessions

Pendants, Pairs, and Doublets: A Collaboration w/ BKMW

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Full Course Name Pendants, Pairs, and Doublets: A Collaboration with Brooklyn Metal Works Join Bianca and Erin for this eight week course in glass and metalworking for jewelry using both UrbanGlass and Brooklyn Metal Works’ studios. The class begins in the cold shop where we will explore different ways to manipulate pre-cut pieces of glass, or “blanks”, into carved and faceted segments. Students will learn to use the lathe, flat wheels, sanding...

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$600

8 sessions

Menagerie: Elemental Array

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

This workshop will combine the worlds of glass and metal to make wearable works of art.  At the UrbanGlass studio, we will cover the basics of flameworking to create small sculptural forms designed to adorn. In four weeks, students will learn multiple flameworking techniques with special attention on creating components designed to be combined with metal elements and mechanisms.  The class will then move to Brooklyn Metal Works to...

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$695

8 sessions

Glass + Metal = A Perfect Mélange

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

In this collaborative course with Brooklyn Metal Works we will work with the lost wax technique to kiln cast small pâte de verre jewels. These glass pieces will be designed as either brooches or pendants and will be made wearable using metalsmithing techniques. Beginning at the UrbanGlass studios, we will create wax models using soft waxes from both the jewelry and sculpture worlds. Combining these materials and techniques will yield a more detailed...

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$695

8 sessions

Fold Formed + Anticlastic Cuffs

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan @ 334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

Fold Forming is a system of rapid forming using thin sheets of metal which are folded and repeatedly forged to reveal dramatic three-dimensional forms and textures. This is an excellent technique to learn about the elasticity and ductility of metal by working with its natural properties.  Anticlastic Forming is a dynamic method of manipulating metal sheet by hammering it into two distinct curvatures, which are opposite to one another. Learn...

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$360

5 sessions

Fold Formed and Anticlastic Cuffs

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

Fold Forming is a system of rapid forming using thin sheets of metal which are folded and repeatedly forged to reveal dramatic three-dimensional forms and textures. This is an excellent technique to learn about the elasticity and ductility of metal by working with its natural properties. Anticlastic Forming is a dynamic method of manipulating metal sheet by hammering it into two distinct curvatures, which are opposite to one another. Learn to use...

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$205

4 sessions

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Best Metalworking Classes in NYC 

Metalworking is the process of fabricating metals into tools, objects, and structures. Several processes are involved in metalworking, but the processes you use when creating specific items will be dependent on the metal you’re working with and what you’re trying to create. Soldering and welding are two frequently used metalworking processes. Both processes use heat to join metal, however, welding is used for large and thick materials, whereas soldering is only as strong as the metal alloy you use to join metal pieces together. 

Metalworking was popular in ancient times and, as metal objects became more valued, metalworkers themselves became sought after. As the demand for metalwork increased, knowledge about metalworking and metals improved. Welding and soldering are processes that evolved alongside metalworking and can be learned by taking a metalworking class. Metalworking can be expensive when you first start out because of the specialized tools you need to use, but if you take an in-person class, most tools and materials will be provided for you. 

Metalworking today is used to make jewelry, electronics, and other items. If you’re looking for a lucrative hobby, metalworking may be perfect for you. You can create metalwork pieces that are practical in use or just decorative and sell them online. Metalwork items also make great gifts for your family and friends. 

Why You Should Learn Metalworking in NYC

Metalworking is taught by expert instructors at studios and schools in the New York City area. Learning how to fabricate metal has several benefits.

Metalworking involves the use of not only powerful machinery but also your hands. When you craft something out of metal pieces, you’re frequently using both hands. This can improve your hand-eye coordination and strengthen the muscles in your hands, fingers, and wrists. Metalworking also exercises your creativity and imagination. Once you have enough experience in metalworking to make your own projects, you can work on designs of your own to create custom items. This is a great way to use your imagination as you try to design realistic but unique pieces. 

Metalworking hobbyists who can make custom pieces can sell them online. People love to buy custom hand-crafted items like jewelry, wall art, and sculptures. This is a great way to make money on the side. These custom items also make great gifts for your family and friends. 

In-Person Metalworking Classes & Schools in NYC

If you live in New York City and want to learn metalworking, there are in-person classes available to you. These classes are taught by expert instructors who teach metalworkers of all skill levels. If you’re a beginner, an instructor can teach you how to safely work with metalworking tools, including machinery, and the essential properties of the metals you’ll be working with in the class. Overall, in-person classes are a great way to gain experience and knowledge in a welcoming environment. 

Metalworking processes are more broadly categorized as forming, cutting, and joining processes. Many in-person classes will focus on cutting and joining processes. One joining process you may already be aware of is welding. Welding joins metal pieces together through high heat. This process is typically used on large and dense materials. If you’d like to learn how to weld and use welding as a process in your metalworking projects, Michelle Green Sculpture, located in Brooklyn, offers several classes that focus on welding types. 

Metal inert gas (MIG) welding is an efficient way of welding large metal pieces. In the class MIG Welding, you’ll learn how to set up your welding machine, along with other MIG welding fundamentals. Your instructor will also discuss the advantages of MIG welding when setting up your own welding shop, and the advantages of using this type of welding to create furniture and art. This is a two-person class, so it will be highly interactive and private. 

Gas tungsten arc welding, or TIG welding, is less efficient and more expensive than MIG welding, but it allows for detailed precision. When taking a two-hour introductory class on TIG welding, you’ll learn how to use a TIG welding machine. Your instructor will teach you how to choose the right tungsten and how to set the gauge for your machine. This is a beginner-level class, but it’s recommended that you take the MIG welding or gas welding class first to become familiar with the welding process.

If you’re interested in learning how to weld to create art, sign up for Michelle Green Sculpture’s Introduction to Arc/Stick Welding class. It’s a fast and inexpensive welding process, making it ideal for hobbyists. This class will provide you with welding gear and gloves, and there’s no fee for the metal pieces you use in class. 

The machinery used when welding can be dangerous. It’s essential that you wear safety gear to your in-person metalworking class if you’ll be welding. It’s recommended that you wear 100% cotton clothing because cotton is less likely to catch fire from sparks than synthetic material is. Long-sleeved shirts and jeans should be worn to fully cover your arms and legs. Closed-toed shoes and protective eyewear are also necessary when welding. 

There are in-person metalworking classes in New York City that teach you how to join metal by soldering instead of welding. Soldering uses a filler metal known as solder to join metal together. Both the metal pieces and the solder will be heated before the solder is used to join the pieces. Once the solder has cooled and solidified, it’ll have created a durable joint. Metal alloys are used when soldering, like tin-copper, silver-copper, and tin-silver-copper. 

Craftsman Ave, in Brooklyn, hosts a copper lamp-making class. You’ll learn how to cut the copper used to make the lamp and how to solder pieces together. The lamp you create will be custom, so you’ll gain design experience through this class too. If you and your partner are looking to take up a new hobby or would like to work on building a lamp for your home, a date-night version of this class is also available. 

The two of you can also attend a planter box-making class at Craftsman Ave. Because the planter box is made of steel, which is a thicker material, you’ll learn to weld instead of solder. Your instructor will guide the two of you through using a MIG welding machine and other hand tools. This class is also a date-night workshop, so pizza is provided as well as a bottle of wine. 

Virtual Metalworking Classes & Schools

If there are no in-person classes available near you or if the ones offered require too long of a commute, don’t worry, you have the option of attending a virtual metalworking class. Online classes are taught by live instructors remotely. Because they are remote, you’ll be responsible for supplying yourself with most if not all materials that are necessary, whereas in-person classes would supply the materials for you. 

Metalworking often requires powerful machines that can be dangerous to use if you have no prior experience. Online classes, therefore, are unlikely to have you working on a project that uses these machines. Instead, many online classes will focus on teaching you the history of metalworking and offer demonstrations. 

EatMetal Inc. offers a class on earring making. A live demonstration will be provided via Zoom on how to make a jump ring for earrings, among other necessities like earring findings. After the demonstration, there’ll be an open forum where you can ask about the process. 

New and returning virtual metalworking classes are frequently added to CourseHorse’s listings. Check back regularly to see if a newly added class catches your interest. Previous classes have been demonstration and lecture-style. 

Private Group Metalworking Classes in NYC

Are you looking to schedule a metalworking class for you and a group of friends? Metalworking classes are great bonding activities. CourseHorse has private metalworking classes that they can deliver to you.

Groups fully located in NYC can book a ring-making party through CourseHorse. This in-person workshop is hosted by Fitzgerald Jewelry in Williamsburg. Participants will learn the process of fabricating silver bands from an instructor knowledgeable in metalworking. This event is BYOB for participants over the age of 21. You’ll also be provided with cheese and fruit plates to snack on as you work toward creating three of your own silver bands. 

If you and your friends are looking for a remote crafting workshop, CourseHorse offers one in woodworking. Woodworking uses similar tools to metalworking. In this virtual beer caddy-making class, you’ll learn about the tools used in woodworking as you create your own caddy. Up to 200 people can take this hour-long class. After creating your caddy, you’ll even be able to paint it a pre-chosen color. 

CourseHorse can work with you and your group to determine what type of metalworking class best fits your interests and needs. They can accommodate a range of group sizes and multiple online video platforms may be chosen for course delivery. You can reach out to CourseHorse through the contact form on their website for more information and assistance. 

CourseHorse does not charge a booking fee and allows free cancellations up to two weeks before your class. If you have a class in mind but aren’t sure if your group will enjoy it, they’ll provide you with a 20-minute demo for a fee of $100.

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