Jewelry making workshops

Jewelry making workshops and short courses provide an opportunity for individuals interested in jewelry making to build skills, explore materials and become familiar with a wide-range of jewelry making techniques.

Individuals who are new to jewelry making and serious about learning the basics are encouraged to take the fundamentals classes. Some workshops are appropriate for all levels and master classes provide opportunities for professional jewelers to learn new skills.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tube Setting

Saturday and Sunday, May 31 - June 1, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$365

Learn to bezel set both cabochons and faceted stones 3mm and under without the task of making tiny bezels. Modify and multiply the numbers of settings you might otherwise include in your designs due to the time it takes to make a single bezel. Use this concept as a production tool to build inventory and to enhance clasps and stone-on-stone designs. All tools are supplied. Depending on the project, a project materials fee of not more than $75 is paid to the instructor.
Fundamentals of jewelry making I or equivalent experience is the prerequisite for this workshop. A basic understanding of jewelry making and prior experience in sawing, filing and drilling ensures success in this class.

Leslie is a graduate of the North Bennett Street School Jewelry Making and Repair Program. She has been an instructor at Metalwerx for several years, as well as at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. She is a recent studiomate of the Metalwerx community. Her emphasis is on building strong basic skills as the foundation for fine craftsmanship, preparing students to develop their designs with confidence and independence. Her 25 years as a graphic designer and continuing interest in textiles contribute to her particular interest in the relationships between surface and volume.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Cold Connections

Saturday - Sunday, June 7-8, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$365

Learn to include virtually any materials into your jewelry making designs by being able to join components without solder or glue. Using rivets, staples, stitches, tabs, and other mechanical methods to add movement, interesting design details, and utility to your jewelry. All tools are supplied. Depending on the project, a project materials fee of not more than $75 is paid to the instructor.

Leslie is a graduate of the North Bennett Street School Jewelry Making and Repair Program. She has been an instructor at Metalwerx for several years, as well as at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. She is a recent studiomate of the Metalwerx community. Her emphasis is on building strong basic skills as the foundation for fine craftsmanship, preparing students to develop their designs with confidence and independence. Her 25 years as a graphic designer and continuing interest in textiles contribute to her particular interest in the relationships between surface and volume.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fundamentals of jewelry making I

Saturday, June 14 - July 19, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695

This class meets all day Saturdays. No class on July 5th.

The career of a bench jeweler involves the lifelong development and refinement of hand-skills and techniques and an understanding of the characteristics of metals and stones. Learn the fundamental skills that are needed when fabricating and repairing jewelry -- sawing, filing, and shaping metals. This workshop offers an overview for individuals considering entering the field of bench jewelry, those already employed in the retail business, and anyone simply interested in learning more about how jewelry is made and repaired. Students spend the majority time practicing hands-on application.

Leslie Hartwell is a graduate of the North Bennett Street School Jewelry Making and Repair Program. She has been an instructor at Metalwerx for several years, as well as at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. She is a recent studiomate of the Metalwerx community. Her emphasis is on building strong basic skills as the foundation for fine craftsmanship, preparing students to develop their designs with confidence and independence.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Fundamentals of jewelry making I

Monday - Friday, June 16 - 20, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695

This class has been cancelled. See June 14 or July 21.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fundamentals of jewelry making II

Monday-Friday, June 23-27
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695

This class has been cancelled

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fundamentals of jewelry making I

Monday - Friday, July 21 - 25, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695

The career of a bench jeweler involves the lifelong development and refinement of hand-skills and techniques and an understanding of the characteristics of metals and stones. Learn the fundamental skills that are needed when fabricating and repairing jewelry -- sawing, filing, and shaping metals. This workshop offers an overview for individuals considering entering the field of bench jewelry, those already employed in the retail business, and anyone simply interested in learning more about how jewelry is made and repaired. Students spend the majority time practicing hands-on application.

Leslie Hartwell is a graduate of the North Bennett Street School Jewelry Making and Repair Program. She has been an instructor at Metalwerx for several years, as well as at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. She is a recent studiomate of the Metalwerx community. Her emphasis is on building strong basic skills as the foundation for fine craftsmanship, preparing students to develop their designs with confidence and independence.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Fundamentals of jewelry making II

Monday-Friday, July 28-August 1, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695

This fundamental course focuses on the art of soldering, one of the more difficult tasks required to become proficient in jewelry making. After lectures and demonstrations, students practice silver soldering.
Fundamentals of jewelry making I or equivalent experience is the prerequisite for this workshop. A basic understanding of jewelry making and prior experience in sawing and filing ensures success in this class.

Leslie is a graduate of the North Bennett Street School Jewelry Making and Repair Program. She has been an instructor at Metalwerx for several years, as well as at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. She is a recent studiomate of the Metalwerx community. Her emphasis is on building strong basic skills as the foundation for fine craftsmanship, preparing students to develop their designs with confidence and independence. Her 25 years as a graphic designer and continuing interest in textiles contribute to her particular interest in the relationships between surface and volume.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Stringing and re-stringing Pearls

Saturday, August 2, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Gretchen Wilkinson
$175

This class offers a-one day training in traditional pearl stringing techniques. The objective is to complete a necklace with a clasp and French wire ends. Layout, knotting and French wire ends are covered and can be applied to repair and new designs. Topics include dealing with repair strands and graduated pearls. Bring new pearls or a strand that needs to be restrung. French wire supplied. No prerequisites..

Gretchen Wilkinson graduated from the North Bennet Street School jewelrymaking and repair program in 1996. After graduating, she worked at Tiffany and Co. as anapprentice engraver before moving to Arizona and then North Carolina where she continuedto develop her skills working as a bench jeweler and managing her own engraving business.

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Other jewelry making classes

This is a partial list of class that have been offered in the past. If there is one or more that interest you, write to Megan Kenealy. We welcome class requests.

  • Electrolytic etching
  • Faceted stone setting
  • Fundamentals of jewelry making I
  • Fundamentals of jewelry making II
  • Gem identification
  • Gem identification and stone treatments for the bench jeweler
  • Introduction to cabochon stone setting
  • Introduction to sterling silver hollowware
  • Loop-in-loop chainmaking
  • Silver and holloware
  • Silversmithing
  • Soldering strategies for fabrication
  • Waxing carving & finishing
  • Working with gold