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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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fundamentals of Jewelry Making 1

Tuesday evenings, September 8 - November 10, 2015
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695

Fundamentals of Jewelry Making I, Whether professional or passionate hobbyist describes your interest in making fine jewelry, the development and refinement of hand-skills and techniques and an understanding of the characteristics of metals and stones are essential to a lifelong commitment to the craft. Learn these fundamental skills that are essential to fabricate and repair jewelry — sawing, filing, and shaping metals. 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. There is a $65 materials fee, payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Tool kits cost about $300 but can be rented from instructor at $50/per week. There is no prerequisite for this workshop. .

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.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Setting Stones: Techniques and Exploration

Thursday evenings, September 10 - November 12, 2015
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695

Setting Stones: Techniques and Exploration Learn to set gemstones by understanding the functional goals of stone-setting, the characteristics of different stones, cuts and shapes, the properties of the metals used and the tools available to achieve the end result. An analytical process is used to recognize the similarities among settings and the different challenges associated with progressively challenging stones. Students fabricate samples of settings from sheet and wire using base metals and/or sterling silver to gain the practical knowledge and confidence to find creative setting solutions for any stone or object. This process can be applied to commercial stone setting. However, we do not cover commercial settings as part of this course. Materials Fee: $115 paid to the instructor. Includes all metals, stones and a wide range of burs and specialized stone setting tools. Prerequisite is Jewelry One and some experience using the Meco Midget torch and/or Smith Little Torch.

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 studio mate 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, October 5, 2015

Gem Identification and Stone Treatments for Bench Jewelers

Monday, October 5, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Barbara Lawrence
$250

In this one day workshop, students learn how to distinguish genuine, synthetic and imitation stones and which gemstones are best used in particular pieces of jewelry. Hands-on training provides the opportunity to test gemstones with readily-available equipment. while this course is designed for professional jewelers, it is also open to interested amateurs. .

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Katie Theodoros
Director of Continuing Education
617-227-0155 x130
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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