Yes! The Asylum's recently upgraded Hot Craft area is ready and waiting for new jewelry students for a fun introduction to jewelry class that will have you making your own jewelry.
Through this 5-week class you will be introduced you to the arcane and secret techniques of making fine jewelry. Little or no experience is required, but 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 most fundamental hand tools, such as a jeweler’s saw, files, and hammers. Once you learn techniques to create interesting textures and patterns on the surface of metal shapes you cut out, you can let your imagination loose to dream up fanciful designs. You will learn how to make cold connections: joining pieces without the use of heat and solder through methods like riveting. With these new skills you will to make a key fob, pendant, tag, picture frame or decorative tile of your own design.
The second half of the class focuses on learning to solder and finishing techniques. Exercises in soldering lead into the design and fabrication of a piece of jewelry from sterling silver with a cabochon-set stone, such as a ring, pendant, earrings, or bangle. Finishing techniques, like oxidizing and polishing, round out the class lessons.
This class is excellent preparation for Jewelry II and for working independently in the Artisan Asylum’s studio space. Hands-on work-time is balanced with lessons and there is time to discuss sourcing materials and tools as well as time to interact with other students.
Students will come away with familiarity of basic jewelry making skills: Sawing, Filing, Soldering, Polishing, Patina, Riveting, Surface Embellishment, Stone-setting. Project Goals: Students will complete several sample projects and at least one sterling silver piece of jewelry with a bezel-set cabochon.
No experience required; students must be at least 18 years of age.
An additional materials fee of $35 covers the cost of silver, copper, brass and consumables such as saw blades, solder, etc., all of which will be provided. Payment should be delivered to the instructor on the first day of class by cash or check.
What to Bring:
You need not bring anything beyond the material fee, but it is useful to have a sketchbook for ideas. If you bring scrap fabric with interesting textures we will use them in the first day of class! Please wear close-toed shoes and use hair ties to secure long hair. An apron is great for keeping your clothes from destruction but is optional.
Sage Kochavi has been making jewelry since the mid-90's and has taught metalsmithing in the Boston area for 8 years. She especially enjoys helping beginning jewelry students discover the pleasure of working with metal. After years working full time as a jeweler, selling her designs in shops across the country, and in multiple other capacities in the field, she primarily makes interactive sculpture. She still thinks nothing compares to the satisfaction of a well-executed solder joint.
Session 1: Tuesday, January 28, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Session 2: Tuesday, February 4, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Session 3: Tuesday, February 11, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Session 4: Tuesday, February 18, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Session 5: Tuesday, February 25, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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.