Jewelry Making

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, March 5, 2016

Keum-Boo

Saturday-Sunday, March 5-6
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$375

Plus a fee of $80.00 which includes all tools, supplies and equipment, and an allowance of silver and 24k gold. Payment (cash or check) to be made to instructor and additional materials may be purchased as requested.

Keum-Boo is an ancient Korean technique that is beautiful and a reasonably simple, inexpensive way to add high-karat gold to your work. This technique does not necessarily require a torch so students can continue their practice this without a fully equipped studio.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Fundamentals of Jewelry Making I

Tuesdays, March 15 - May 24. No class May 17
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695

This course covers the making of fine jewelry, the development and refinement of hand-skills and techniques as well as an understanding of the characteristics of metals and stones. Learn these fundamental - sawing, filing, and shaping metals skills that are essential to fabricate and repair jewelry. This intensive workshop offers an overview to students considering a career as a bench jeweler, employed in the retail business, or interested in learning more about how jewelry is made and repaired. Completed projects include a pendant, earrings, and set of stack rings.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start. Students will also have the option to rent a tool kit from the instructor.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Fundamentals of Jewelry Making II

Thursdays, March 24 - May 26
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695
Plus $85 materials fee payable to instructor om first day of class.

The ability to solder is one of the more difficult tasks required to become proficient in jewelry making. Lectures, demonstrations and exercises help develop the confidence to handle common soldering situations a jeweler faces as well as strategies to approach more difficult soldering challenges. Learning to set a cabochon in a bezel, and basic polishing techniques are the other skills taught in this workshop. Students design and execute a major project within a set of guidelines that will include all the soldering techniques taught to gain a full jewelry making experience and will be asked to commit to 1 hour of reading, idea generation, and/or design homework each evening to prepare for next class.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start. Students will have the option to rent a tool kit from the instructor.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Make a Jewelry Gift

Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$275

Learn the basics of jewelry making while creating a gift for someone special. Mother’s day, Father’s day and graduations are all around the corner. Can’t think of anyone? Make something for yourself! Choose from a selection of beginner-level projects and get to know your way around the jewelry bench.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Jewelry I: Essential Skills

Monday-Friday, June 13-17 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695/$625
Plus a $50 materials fee paid to the instructor on the first day of class.
Or
$1876/$1688 Price for Jewelry I, II, and II
Please see listings for material fees for each class.

Essential, fundamental, basic, 101 . . . whatever you want to call it, there is simply no substitute for gaining competence in sawing, filing, measuring, drilling and basic forming. These skills determine the success of every project. Understanding the desired results and learning to critique your own work as you go insures that each step in your project contributes to the desired result. Exercises and projects designed to develop these skills start you off on the right foot and/or elevate your perception of quality.

Tool kit rentals are available for this class. $50 rental fee + $50 security deposit; Students are still responsible for purchasing consumables on the tool list. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Jewelry II: Soldering Intensive

Monday-Friday, June 20-24 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695/$625
Plus a $65 materials fee paid to the instructor on the first day of class.
Or
$1876/$1688 Price for Jewelry I, II, and II
Please see listings for material fees for each class.

Confidence at the soldering bench requires an in-depth understanding of the soldering process and a great deal of practice. Understanding the many approaches to soldering and when they are appropriate, and the tools and products available help the jeweler to strategize the best way to fabricate a piece of jewelry. Learn to refrain from lighting the torch until many questions are answered and a clear idea of how the entire piece is together, not just an isolated join. Through a series of exercises and progressively more challenging projects, this analytical process proves critical in producing an anxiety-free soldering environment. Explore a variety of finishing techniques to produce professional results.

Prerequisite: NBSS Jewelry I or equivalent (very strong sawing and filing skills)

Tool kit rentals are available for this class. $50 rental fee + $50 security deposit; Students are still responsible for purchasing consumables on the tool list. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Jewelry III: Stone Setting Exploration

Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695/$625
Plus a $125 materials fee paid to the instructor on the first day of class.
Or
$1876/$1688 Price for Jewelry I, II, and II
Please see listings for material fee for each class.

Learn to set gemstones through an understanding of the functional goals of the stonesetting structure, the characteristics of different stones, cuts and shapes, the properties of the metals being used and the tools available to achieve the end result. This analytical approach is used to recognize the similarities among settings and the differences needing to be addressed as progressively challenging stones are presented. Students fabricate samples of settings from sheet and wire in base metals and/or sterling silver and gain the confidence to design creative setting solutions to suit any stone or object. The use and modification of commercial stone settings are also introduced.

Prerequisite: NBSS Jewelry II or equivalent (very strong sawing, filing, and soldering skills). Some experience using the Meco Midget Torch and/or Smith Little Torch is important.

Tool kit rentals are available for this class. $50 rental fee + $50 security deposit; Students are still responsible for purchasing consumables on the tool list. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Special Topic: Wax Carving and Model Building

Monday-Friday, July 11-15 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$795/$715
Plus an $85 materials fee paid to the instructor on the first day of class.

Learn both the subtractive and additive techniques of wax model making for casting. Students will learn to create models using other materials, gain an understanding of the lost-wax casting process, and how to effectively work with casting vendors to produce multiples of a design or component. Sand-casting is demonstrated to show how primitive duplicates can be created, however, no actual lost-wax casting is performed in class. Students create many models and have the option to have their designs cast professionally at their cost.

All tools are supplied for this class.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Special Topic: Metal Forming and Forging

Monday-Friday, August 1-5 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$795/$715
Plus a $75 materials fee paid to the instructor on the first day of class.

Cold forging, fold forming, shell forming, synclastic and anticlastic forming are many ways to add three-dimensional or sculptural elements to your jewelry. Understanding the differences and similarities of these techniques helps in selecting the best approach to execute your designs. Using different hammers, mallets and stakes, learn to work with the “plastic” or clay-like properties of different metals. Also learn to use inexpensive materials such as wood, recycled steel and hard plastics to make your own forming tools. Learning by working in jewelry scale, these techniques can be used to make larger, non-jewelry items. Studio-friendly patinas are also introduced. This is a process-oriented course, so creating many samples is the focus rather than finished projects.

Prerequisite: NBSS Jewelry I or equivalent (strong sawing and filing skills)

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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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 Katie Theodoros. 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