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.

Calendar

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Jewelry I: Essential Skills

Tuesdays, January 10 to March 14 (ten sessions)
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$725

Plus a $90 materials fee due a first class.

Sawing, filing, measuring, drilling, and basic forming are the essential skills in almost every jewelry project. Learning to get the most out of your mental energy, hands, tools, time, and materials is dependent on your understanding of how each component contributes to a project. Develop your skills and see marked improvement with each project by learning to analyze, problem solve, and make corrections to your work. An introduction to torch soldering is also included.

All tools and supplies are provided.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Jewelry 101

Saturday, March 11 to Sunday, March 12 8:30am-4:30pm (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$275

An additional fee for sterling silver will be assessed based on the project(s) selected to do. and cost for each will range from $10-$30. Please bring cash or check to class.

Learn the basics of jewelry making and get to know your way around the bench by choosing from a selection of beginner-level projects. Projects range from rings and bangles to earrings and pendants.

All tools and supplies are provided.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jewelry II: Soldering Intensive

Tuesdays, March 28 to May 30 (ten sessions)
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$725

Plus a $115 materials fee due a first class.

Confidence at the soldering bench requires in-depth knowledge of the soldering process and a lot of practice. Understanding the many approaches to soldering, when they are appropriate, and the tools and products available help a jeweler 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 plan for how the entire piece will be put together – not just an isolated join – is determined. Through a series of exercises and progressively more challenging projects, this analytical process proves critical in producing an anxiety-free soldering environment. Many finishing techniques are explored which adds to the professional look of your work.

All tools and supplies are provided.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Jewelry I: Essential Skills

Thursdays, March 30 to June 1 (ten sessions)
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$725

Plus a $90 materials fee due a first class.

Sawing, filing, measuring, drilling, and basic forming are the essential skills in almost every jewelry project. Learning to get the most out of your mental energy, hands, tools, time, and materials is dependent on your understanding of how each component contributes to a project. Develop your skills and see marked improvement with each project by learning to analyze, problem solve, and make corrections to your work. An introduction to torch soldering is also included.

All tools and supplies are provided.

Register

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Clasps and Closures

Saturday, May 20 to Sunday, May 21 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$350
Plus a $50 materials fee due at first class.

Challenge your jewelry design and fabrication skills by creating hand-crafted closures and clasps for your jewelry. Or make a simple chain or pearl strand a truly unique statement with a clasp that is designed as a centerpiece. Either way, commercial findings will no longer be the go-to solution for your favorite projects.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Jewelry I and II or equivalent experience.

All tools and supplies are provided.

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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