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Register now for summer classes and workshops. Learn the basics, or hone your metalsmithing skills in small classes with personal attention from our skilled instructors. Enrolled students can join us for open studio time, and groups of 3 or more are welcome to design their own class. Contact the Registrar at the link above to add your name to our "I'm Interested" list.

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Jewelry Open Studio 2017
Tuition as low as $24/session 30.00

Intermediate
Robin Sherwood-Armour, Rosemary Erb-Fawcett

JF7101 (6:30-9:30pm) Wednesdays & (Jewelry Studio) No Session on March 22

Current or recent jewelry or fine metals students of Brookfield Craft Center are welcome to purchase studio time by joining the Open Studio Program in the Fine Metals Studio. Current BCC members are also eligible to participate if they possess basic silversmithing skills. (Not a Member? Click here to learn more or sign up.) BCC fine metal students and local skilled jewelry artists can purchase time to use BCC's well equipped jewelry studio to work independently on their own pieces. Enjoy time working with other jewelry artists as one of our jewelry artists oversees the studio. No materials supplied. Open Studio sessions are are 3 hours in length, and are held Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm. Pay a drop-in rate of $40 at the door (cash or check), or purchase sessions online in advance at a discounted rate (single session - $30, two sessions - $54, three sessions - $72). Sessions are to be used within 10 weeks of purchase. Periodically, sessions may be dropped or rescheduled due to schedule conflicts. Participants will be notified with as much advanced notice as possible. No refunds or credits will be offered for unused Open Studio sessions. Participants must have basic jewelry making skills and have had prior instruction and experience using the fine metal studio equipment.
Hot Links: Classical Chain making
Tuition 120.00

Materials Fee: $65.00
All Levels
Pati Segar

JF7103 Mar 25 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday (Jewelry Studio)

Classical chain, known also as the “ loop-in-loop,” is a style of chain that has been found in history from the early Bronze Age.
In this class we will use fine silver to form rings, heat them with a small cooking style torch to fuse them closed, and then shape and weave to finish a supple and beautiful chain in the classic fashion. Students will get started on their chain making journey with instruction on the single loop and loop, double loop in loop, and the sailors knot weave.
Students should bring magnifying/reading glasses if they need them for fine work. Ages 14 and over, a materials fee of $65.00 for the fine silver will be added to the tuition.
Jewelry Making "FUN"damentals - Youth After School
Tuition 220.00

Materials Fee: $25
Youth


JF7202 Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12 2017 (4-6pm) six Fridays (Jewelry)

This after-school, six session class is geared to the student new to making jewelry that is created from a flat sheet of metal using traditional jeweler’s hand tools.
Fundamental to your jewelry making journey, you will be developing your hand skills as you learn to use and care for the tools such as the cutter, saw, file, drill, pliers, hammer, stamps, and sanding/polishing paper. By the end of class, you can have a personal, connected, and finished project to keep or give as a special gift.
Tools, copper, brass and other materials needed for the instructor’s designated projects are included in the materials fee.
Prerequisites: None. Ages 12 and up, a materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition.
Jewelry Making Lab
Tuition 360.00

All Levels
Pati Segar

JF7206 April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 2017 (10am-1pm) 6 Fridays (Jewelry Studio)

This weekly class is geared for all levels: students beginning their jewelry making education as well as those jewelry makers who want to hone their current skills and pick up some new techniques. Class size is limited to 6 students and will allow for plenty of individual instruction.
Based upon skill level, students may choose from a variety of tried and true skill building projects or bring their own ideas. Some instructor projects from which students may choose are:
Basic metal forming (ring shanks, cuff bracelets, earrings);
Creative surface embellishment (stamp, chase, etch, emboss);
Hollow form settings;
Setting for cabochons and faceted stones (bezel, tube, flush, prongs);
Chainmaking (with and without a torch);
Pearl knotting and finishing;
Introduction to wax model making (for cast jewelry)
Material requirements are project dependent and will be determined at the first class. Base metals used on first day will be available at no charge.
Ages 14 and over.
Silversmithing 101/102
Tuition 240.00

Materials Fee: $65.00
All Levels
Rachel Morris
JF7203 April 8 & 9 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Jewelry Studio)

For those new to jewelry making, this course allows you to get your feet wet if you've always wanted to try it. Through demonstrations and hands-on work, you become familiar with the tools of the trade: saws, hammers, torches and more, as you learn the basics of cutting, filing, texturing, soldering, finishing/polishing and simple stone setting.
If you've already taken 101, you'll expand on the earlier work and learn to make a bezel for an abstract cut cabochon stone, learning how to size custom stone settings and expand on your design experience. Students should inform the craft Center if they are new to metalworking, or are a continuing student. A materials fee of $65.00 will be added to the tuition.
Beginner Wire Work
Tuition 60.00

Materials Fee: $10.00
Beginner
RobinBeth Faulkner
JF7201 April 11 2017 (6-9pm) Tuesday (Jewelry Studio)

In this class, students will learn how to shape, hammer and file 3 different gauges of copper wire for earrings and clasps. Techniques for coiling and hammering will be covered. Ages 15 and up. A materials fee of $10.00 will be added to the tuition; those students who wish to use silver wire may purchase it from the teacher at the class.
Basic Metalsmithing & Simple, Safe Home Jewelry Studio Set-up
Tuition 120.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan
JF7208 April 19, 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Wednesday (Jewelry Studio)

Have you ever wanted to learn basic metalsmithing skills & have your own in-home studio with a soldering station, but you didn't know where to start? In this class you'll learn the basic steps to design a simple piece of jewelry using introductory metalsmithing skills and techniques. Also included is how to set up a simple and safe home studio -- whether it's in a dedicated location or at your kitchen table.
Students will learn studio and personal safety, bench set-up, sawing and piercing metal, proper filing techniques, texturing, hammering, basic soldering skills using a butane torch, adding a patina.
Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $35.00 will be added to the tuition.
Fine Silver Fused Bracelet and Earrings
Tuition 120.00

Materials Fee: $40.00
Beginner
Maureen Henriques
JF7207 May 7, 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Sunday (Jewelry Studio)

Students will learn the simple technique of fusing fine silver, which does not require solder, flux or pickling! We will coil, cut and saw our own rings, fuse them with an ordinary table top torch, texture and join the rings to create a linked bracelet and earrings...ready to wear! Techniques for forming a simple hand made clasp and earring wires will be discussed as well. Ages 16 and over, a materials fee of $40 will be added to the tuition.



Silversmithing 101/102
Tuition 240.00

Materials Fee: $65.00
All Levels
Rachel Morris
JF7204 May 13 & 14 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Jewelry Studio)

For those new to jewelry making, this course allows you to get your feet wet if you've always wanted to try it. Through demonstrations and hands-on work, you become familiar with the tools of the trade: saws, hammers, torches and more, as you learn the basics of cutting, filing, texturing, soldering, finishing/polishing and simple stone setting.
If you've already taken 101, you'll expand on the earlier work and learn to make a bezel for an abstract cut cabochon stone, learning how to size custom stone settings and expand on your design experience. Students should inform the craft Center if they are new to metalworking, or are a continuing student. A materials fee of $65.00 will be added to the tuition.
Drilling Found Objects with the Flexshaft to Create Jewelry
Tuition 80.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan
JF7211 May 18, 2017 (10am-2:00pm) Thursday (Jewelry Studio)


Do you collect rocks and other objects when you're at the beach or hiking but never knew what to do with them? In this fun class you will learn how to drill stones, sea glass, and other found objects and make them into unique pieces of jewelry. We'll be using a Flex Shaft (rotary tool) to carefully drill objects and will discuss the correct tools to use. Students will finish at least one project (potentially multiple pieces).
Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $35.00 will be added to the tuition.
Spring Open House on Saturday, May 20th, Noon-5pm
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SM7210 May 20, 2017 (noon-5pm) Saturday (Campus-wide)

Brookfield Craft Center will host a community open house on their campus located at 286 Whisconier Road in Brookfield, Connecticut. This creative event is free, open to the public and will feature demonstrations conducted by talented faculty artists working in all of the studios.
Cold Connections - Joining Metal without a Torch
Tuition 80.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan
JF7210 May 25, 2017 (10am-2pm) Thursday (Jewelry Studio)

If you've ever wanted to join two or more pieces of metal together but aren't ready to use a torch, this is the perfect class for you! Riveting is a process of connecting 2+ pieces of metal together without soldering and it also adds a design element, giving you more design options in your jewelry making. In this workshop you'll learn basic riveting skills, designing, how to texture metal, filing, piercing, adding a patina and polishing. You'll walk away with at least one completed project and tons of ideas for more! Copper and brass sheet will be included with your materials fee. * Silver sheet and silver pre-cut shapes will be available for purchase from instructor. Students will learn safety guidelines for riveting as well as general studio safety and will leave with new skills and at least one finished piece. Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Drilling Found Objects with the Flexshaft to Create Jewelry
Tuition 80.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan
JF7212 June 3, 2017 (10am-2:00pm) Saturday(Jewelry Studio)


Do you collect rocks and other objects when you're at the beach or hiking but never knew what to do with them? In this fun class you will learn how to drill stones, sea glass, and other found objects and make them into unique pieces of jewelry. We'll be using a Flex Shaft (rotary tool) to carefully drill objects and will discuss the correct tools to use. Students will finish at least one project (potentially multiple pieces).
Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $35.00 will be added to the tuition.
Bezels Less Ordinary: Variations on Stonesetting
Tuition 240.00

Materials Fee: $60.00
Intermediate (good basic soldering skills required)

Unsure if this class is appropriate for your skill level? Contact us and find out.

Rachel Morris

JF7205 June 17 & 18 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Sat/Sun (Jewelry Studio, Mill Building)
Explore ways to set stones beyond the basic cabochon and walled bezel. We’ll cover challenges in unusual stone shapes, with approaches including adding prongs to traditional bezels, partial bezels, and tab settings. We will also cover the foundations of faceted setting and variations that can spice up a traditional bezel for both faceted and cabbed stones. We will discuss but not cover other techniques such as pave, flush, and channel setting, and will discuss design considerations when choosing a stone’s setting.
NOTE: This is a techniques weekend and students should not expect to go home with finished jewelry, but should complete one or more stone setting for future use in a project.
A basic material kit will be provided. Students should also bring any of their own stones they choose, plus any metal and pattern wire they already own. Students should also bring a pair of dividers, a thick and thin black Sharpie marker, and a sketchbook.
Materials provided include: 1” x 6” - 26g Sterling Silver sheet, 6” – 10g Sterling Silver square wire, 6” – 10g Sterling Half Round Wire, 2 faceted gemstones and 1 geode slice. Ages 16 and over, a materials fee of $60 will be added to the tuition.

Basic Metalsmithing & Simple, Safe Home Jewelry Studio Set-up
Tuition 120.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan
JF7209 June 24, 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday (Jewelry Studio)

Have you ever wanted to learn basic metalsmithing skills & have your own in-home studio with a soldering station, but you didn't know where to start? In this class you'll learn the basic steps to design a simple piece of jewelry using introductory metalsmithing skills and techniques. Also included is how to set up a simple and safe home studio -- whether it's in a dedicated location or at your kitchen table.
Students will learn studio and personal safety, bench set-up, sawing and piercing metal, proper filing techniques, texturing, hammering, basic soldering skills using a butane torch, adding a patina.
Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $35.00 will be added to the tuition.

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