This workshop provides an opportunity to familiarize students with specialty tools and processes of the Hot Craft Studio for Jewelry. Tools covered are the flex shaft and accessories, forming bench with specialized hammers, rolling mill, circle cutters, dapping punch, buffing machine, buffs and polishers, soldering, and annealing torch tools. Those who complete this one day Jewelry Orientation can make an appointment for Tool Testing with the instructor to use the studio on their own. We will create a simple band ring, with a embossed and cut circle, and polished. We will touch on all of the basic tools in the jewelry studio.
Students will learn to correctly use the tools in the Hot Craft Studio for Jewelry correctly and with confidence to work independently after testing.
Students must be at least 18 years of age.
A $25 materials fee, included in the class registration, covers metal, solder, polishing compounds and basic consumables for the class. Extra tools and supplies can be purchased at class.
What to Bring:
Notebook, magnifying glasses or reading glasses if necessary. Wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to tie back long hair!
Karen Christians is an educator and maker in the metal arts. She developed the metals program at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, founded Metalwerx in Waltham, a non-profit school for jewelry and the metal arts, and the new jewelry section of the Hot Craft Studio at Artisans Asylum in Somerville. She teaches nationally, lectures around the country, and is published in many professional and technical magazines. She is the author of the book, "Making the Most of Your Flex-Shaft." Karen holds a BFA with High Honors from the Massachusetts College of Art. She is currently writing a second book, "The Jewelry of Burning Man."
This is a one-day workshop running Sunday, January 5th, 1-5PM.
REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.
CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.