Beginner's Jewelry Class at the Artisan's Asylum!
Class Dates and Times:
Session 1: Tuesday, Nov. 8*, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Session 2: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Session 3: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Session 4: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Session 5: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Session 6: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
NEW: Extra 3-hour Saturday class to be scheduled for students who want additional work time. Date to be decided by students' availability
*Due to elections, allowances will be made so students may leave early as needed.
Through this 6-week class you will be introduced to the arcane & secret techniques of making fine jewelry. No prior experience is required, and by the end you will come away with new skills and jewelry 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 most fundamental hand tools, such as a jeweler’s saw, files, stamps, and hammers. You'll learn techniques to create interesting textures & patterns on metal surfaces, beginning with a sterling bangle bracelet. Your first project will have you learning how to make a cold connection: joining pieces through handmade rivets.
The second half of the class focuses on learning to solder and creating a one of a kind piece. 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, complete our class lessons.
This class is excellent preparation for working independently in the Artisan Asylum’s studio space. The class will teach you how to safely turn on & off a gas tank, use the classroom's flex-shafts, buffing machine, and rolling mill. Hands-on work-time is balanced with lessons and demonstrations.
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 a 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 $50 included in your ticket price covers the cost of provided silver, copper, brass, semi-precious cabochon stone, and consumables such as saw blades, and solder.
What to Bring:
You need not bring anything beyond the materials fee, but a sketchbook for your ideas and notes is handy. If you bring scrap fabric with interesting textures, we will use them in the first day of class to texture metal. You must wear close-toe shoes. Secure long hair. We have some aprons available.
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 thinks nothing compares to the satisfaction of a well-executed solder joint.
ARTISAN'S ASYLUM STUDENT POLICIES
After you buy your ticket here on Eventbrite, please register in Artisan's Asylum's system: https://artisansasylum.com/membership/registration/
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:
* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.
* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.
* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility.
* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.
* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship.