So you want to be a metalsmith. Sun., May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16. 1-5PM

So you want to be a metalsmith. Sun., May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16. 1-5PM


In this 5-week course, we will begin with the fundamentals of soldering and sawing Sterling Silver and base metals (brass and copper). This includes basic setup, must-dos and don'ts, metal prep and the correct steps for soldering success. As well as, the fundamentals and good use practices of the jewelers saw. We will work with the jewelers saw to create depth and imagery to metal pieces that will be soldered. We will use a variety of torches, soldering surfaces, types of solder, saw blades, and metal combinations. We will learn various soldering techniques and when to use them and create many finished pieces such as pendants, rings, and earrings. We will continue on with learning about working with metal, various texturing, cutting tools, and forming techniques such as dapping, disc cutters, hammering, stamping, work hardening , gauges, planning and design methods. We will plan our pieces, build on them, and use finishing techniques such as filing, sanding, flexshaft attachments, polishing, and create our own findings such as jump rings and ear wires. When you complete this course you will gain an understanding of metalsmithing techniques, how to achieve the design you would like, and the beginner knowledge to better understand where you will go from here and what you want to make next!

This class is a combination of Soldering & Sawing 101, the Metal Smithery 101, Findings, and more in one class.

All materials are included in the class fee. Each person will get sterling silver, brass, and copper to use for their projects.

When enrolled in classes and/or a member of The Metal Smithery, you will receive your own discount code for buying tools and supplies at Rio Grande - the major online jewelry supply retailer.

When enrolled in this class, you can come practice on your own during open studio hours (TBD) as much as you like! You will need to use your own solder and materials but we will have various solder types, metals, saw blades, and tools available for sale at The Metal Smithery. This class is open to ages 15 and up.

Please arrive a few minutes early to check in and complete paperwork or request paperwork to be sent to you before hand.

Wear clothing that can get dirty and/or ripped. Please no tops with loose or flowy sleeves, and no dangly pieces on clothing or jewelry. Hair should be out of your face, and please wear closed-toed shoes.

Please note that there is NOT a prerequisite for this class.

If you would like to bring a snack, please do, however nothing with peanuts or tree nuts!

Class minimum is 4, maximum is 6

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