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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Monday, March 16, 2015

Fundamentals of Jewelry Making 1

Monday - Friday, March 16 - 20, 2015
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. Tool kits cost about $300 but can be rented from instructor at $50/semester.

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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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fundamentals of Jewelry Making 2

Tuesdays, March 31 - June 9, 2015 (no class May 19)
6:00 PM - 9:30 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. This course focuses on the art of soldering, one of the more difficult tasks required to become proficient in jewelry making.

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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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Box It Up! Presentation Boxes for Jewelers.

Tuesday, May 19 2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$175.00

15% first time discount does not apply to this workshop

Now that you have made that unique item, how will you package or display it to show it to its best advantage? Make a special box for it! Going for an interview and have pictures of your work? Don’t huddle around your phone; bring your photographs in a portfolio. In this half day workshop make a box for a bracelet and a collapsible portfolio. Learn the principles of box making with minimal tools. All tools and materials are provided. .

Amy Lapidow graduated from the NBSS Bookbinding program in 1995 and is a founding member of The Three Ring Binders in Somerville, Massachusetts. Amy's interests include modernizing historic bindings working with artists to help them translate their visions into book form. Visit Amy's website at www.thethreeringbinders.com.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Fundamentals of Jewelry Making 1; One week Intensive

Monday - Friday, July 6 - 10, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695

Fundamentals of Jewelry Making I, One Week Intensive 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.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Fundamentals of Jewelry Making 1; One week Intensive

Monday - Friday, July 13- 17, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695

Fundamentals of Jewelry Making I, One Week Intensive 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.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Fundamentals of Jewelry Making 2; One week Intensive

Monday - Friday, July 20-24, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695

Fundamentals of Jewelry Making 2, One Week Intensive 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 day’s class. Fundamentals of Jewelry Making I or equivalent experience (with proficiency in sawing and filing) is the prerequisite for this workshop. An $85 materials fee, payable to the instructor, will be collected on the first day of class. Tool kits cost about $300 but can be rented from instructor at $50/per week. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Jewelry Making One .

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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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Etching Workshop

Saturday-Sunday, July 25-26, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$350

Etched metal is has many applications such as jewelry, woodworking, and bookmaking. Whatever your craft, learn two methods for etching base metals such as brass, copper, nickel and steel . . . chemical etching and electrolytic. Each student will be provided enough metal to etch several small samples and a larger piece to be used in a project of their choice. Discussion of etching precious metals will be included but not executed in class. All materials and tools will be provided and a materials fee of $50, payable to the instructor, will be collected on the first day of the workshop. 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 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, July 27, 2015

Teen Week in the Jewelry Workshop

Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 2015
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695

15% first time student discount does not apply to this course.

Budding metalsmiths can spend a week making creative whimsical jewelry and other decorative objects out of metal, including brass, copper, and sterling silver. Learn to saw, file, and connect pieces of metal and found objects that are have hinges, clasps, movement, and gemstones with simple tools and materials often found in your basement of local hardware store. While working in a safe, professional jewelry studio, students may even be inspired to think of jewelry making as only a small part of the wide range of metalworking possibilities. Soldering will not be a part of this class, however, softening (annealing) metal with a torch will be demonstrated and may executed with written permission of a parent and/or guardian. The week will end with a reception and exhibition of student work for friends and family. All tools and materials will be provided with a $50 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. There is no prequisite for this workshop.

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 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. 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 1, 2015

Tubesetting Workshop

Saturday and Sunday, August 1 - 2, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$350

Learn to bezel set both round cabochons and round faceted stones, 4mm and smaller, without the task of forming tiny cylinders. 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 and materials are provided. and a materials fee of $75, payable to the instructor, will be collected the first day of the workshop. 
Fundamentals of Jewelry Making I or equivalent experience (basic understanding of jewelry making and prior experience in sawing and filing) is the prerequisite for this workshop.p.

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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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Forging and Forming Metal Bracelets Workshop

Saturday and Sunday, August 15 - 16
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$375

Many of the beautiful objects made of metal, including jewelry, require that the craftsperson is adept at moving, shaping, stretching, bending, folding, and forming metal. This creates changes in the thickness of the surface of the metal and is fundamental in forming dramatic 3-dimensional and hollow forms. The skills involved are a mystery to may people new to metalworking and so often the trial-and-error approach leads to frustration, waste, and unsatisfactory results. By making a series of bracelets using the appropriate hammers, mallets, and guidelines, students will gain a working knowledge of these basic metalworking techniques. Tool kits will cost about $200. A materials fee of $40, payable to the instructor, will be collected on the first day of the 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 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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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 Jim Morris. 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