Evening Introductory Jewelry Class at the Artisan's Asylum!
Session 1: Tuesday, January 10, 6 - 9pm
Session 2: Tuesday, January 17, 6 - 9pm
Session 3: Tuesday, January 24, 6 - 9pm
Session 4: Tuesday, January 31, 6 - 9pm
Session 5: Tuesday, February 7, 6 - 9pm
Session 6: Tuesday, February 14, 6 - 9pm
Through this 6-week class you will be introduced to the arcane and secret techniques of making fine jewelry. No prior experience is required, and by the end you will come away with new skills and with several finished pieces to show off and be proud of. We will work primarily in sterling silver, brass, and copper.
First we start with the basics. You will learn to use the jeweler’s fundamental hand tools, such as a jeweler’s saw, files, stamps, and hammers. Once you learn techniques to create interesting textures and patterns on the surface of metal shapes, your first project will have you learning how to make a cold connections: joining pieces through riveting. With these new skills you will to make a key fob, pendant, or tag.
The second half of the class focuses on learning to solder. Exercises in soldering lead into the design and fabrication of a piece of jewelry from sterling silver with a cabochon-set stone. Finishing techniques, like oxidizing and polishing, round out the class lessons.
This class is excellent preparation for working independently in the Artisan Asylum’s studio space. Hands-on work-time is balanced with lessons and as well as time to interact with other students.
Students will come away with familiarity of basic jewelry making skills: Sawing, Filing, Soldering, Polishing, Riveting, Surface Embellishment, Rolling-Mill, Bezel Stone-setting, Gas Tank Operation.
Project Goals: Students will complete samples, a riveting project and at least one finished piece of jewelry with a bezel-set cabochon.
No experience required; students must be at least 18 years of age.
A materials fee of $35 included in the price of the class - covers the cost of metals, a cabochon gemstone, and consumables such as saw blades, and solder.
What to Bring:
You must wear close-toe shoes and secure long hair. We have some aprons available, you may bring your own.
A sketchbook for your ideas and notes is handy.
If you like, bring scrap fabric with interesting textures, we will use them in the first day of class to texture metal.
Sage Kochavi received a Certificate of Metalsmithing from the Worcester Center for Crafts and has been making jewelry since the mid-90's. She has taught metalsmithing in the Boston area for 10 years. She especially enjoys helping beginning jewelry students discover the pleasure of working with metal. She has worked in many capacities in the jewelry field, selling her designs in shops across the country, working as a bench jeweler, contractor, and appraisals. She still thinks nothing compares to the satisfaction of a well-executed solder joint.