Hinge Design + Creation
Hinges are used in jewelry to create movement and interest. Get unhinged and create a hinged bracelet with Cindy! In this workshop, we will create a three to five knuckle barrel hinge that will then be used to create a copper bracelet and a clasp.
Bail Design + Creation
“What should I use for a bail?” The short answer is, there is no universal bail. Each pendant will require its own solution. In this workshop, we will discuss what makes an effective bail and various approaches to fabricating them. We will fabricate traditional bails, articulation, tubing, and jump rings. Most importantly, we will analyze your pendant to choose the most appropriate bail design. Students will gain the most by bringing their own pendant designs to problem-solve specific solutions.
Jewelry Foundations: Level 1
This class is designed for students with little or no prior metalworking experience. Learn traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, piercing, forming, soldering, surface embellishment, and finishing. Tools, copper or brass sheet, and other basic supplies provided.
Jewelry Foundations: Level 2
This class is designed for the beginning metalsmith who has completed at least one class and will commit to additional practice in the basic skills necessary to the craft before continuing on to more advanced classes. Students will complete projects, both directed and independent, which combine skills such as sawing, filing, texturing, soldering, forming, and finishing, as well as becoming more proficient with tool usage. Tools, copper or brass sheet, and other basic supplies provided. *Prerequisite: Jewelry Foundations: Level 1 within the last three years.
Jewelry + Metalsmithing: Level 3
his course builds on traditional metalworking techniques learned in beginning classes. Intermediate students continue to refine technical skills and acquire new ones such as basic stone setting. Guidance in design will be provided in making one-of-a-kind jewelry, small scale sculpture, and functional objects. Supplies include bezel wire, cabochon stone, and limited copper or brass sheet. Students supply silver and additional metal. *Prerequisite: Jewelry Foundations: Level 2 or equivalent within the last 3 years. Must have experience with piercing, filing, sawing, and high temperature soldering.
Advanced Jewelry + Metalsmithing
In this advanced class, students will receive individualized attention as they work on self-directed projects of their own choosing, whether jewelry or small objects. With the guidance of an instructor, students will advance their proficiency and expand their skill set in order to problem solve as well as further develop their own unique aesthetic and voice. Techniques elaborated on may include findings, hollow construction, soldering and soldering set-ups, forming, textures, stone setting, cold connections, chasing and repoussé. Students are responsible for supplying their own metal. *Prerequisite: Must be proficient with piercing, filing, sawing, and high-temperature soldering and able to work independently.
Centrifugal Casting: Level 1
Learn how to create models to cast into metal with the centrifugal casting machine. Explore additive and subtractive wax techniques as well as the “ins and outs” of casting organic or plastic materials. Castings can be used as design components, jewelry pieces, or small sculptural objects. Basic fabrication and surface finishing techniques will be covered. Students will have the opportunity to create two castings. Tools, casting grain, and basic supplies provided.
Centrifugal Casting: Level 2
This class is for intermediate to advanced students who wish to expand and refine their knowledge of centrifugal casting techniques. Students will create a vulcanized rubber mold, allowing them to create many wax model copies for the production of cast multiples. Tools, casting grain, and basic supplies provided. *Prerequisite: Must have previously completed a beginning-level casting class.
Craft Alliance Membership required, by appointment only. Metal Members Studio is scheduled in three-hour sessions. This open studio session is a version that is emphasized by appointment only to comply with social distancing guidelines. Please be respectful and thoughtful of the classroom capacity and the new social distancing guidelines. Every student, instructor and staff member are required to wear a face mask to participate in any studio classroom. Refer to the acknowledgement email upon registration for new studio health and safety guidelines. *Prerequisite: Completion of two metals classes at Craft Alliance and permission from a metals instructor.