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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.


Jewelry Open Studio 2016
Tuition as low as $24/session $30.00

Robin Sherwood-Armour, Rosemary Erb-Fawcett

JF6101 (6:30-9:30pm) Wednesdays (Jewelry Studio)

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.
Silversmithing 101
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $65.00
All Levels
Rachel Morris
JF6103 Feb 20 & 21 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Jewelry Studio)

This course allows you to get your feet wet if you've always wanted to try jewelry making. 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. A materials fee of $65 is added to the tuition. A materials fee of $65.00 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

JF6201 April 9 & 10, 2016 (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.


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