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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 2018
Jewelry Open Studio 2018
Tuition as low as $24/session $30.00

Intermediate
Robin Sherwood-Armour, Rosemary Erb-Fawcett

JF8101 (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.
Wire Wrapping
Wire Wrapping
Tuition $100.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels
Lori Meehan
JF8204 May 31, 2018 (10am-3.30pm) Thursday (Jewelry Studio)

In this class students will learn to wire wrap/cage a gemstone, bead and beach glass. The students will be introduced to the different types and gauges of wire, basic jewelry making tools and how to handle wire. Basic wire wrapping skills are helpful but not necessary. Students can expect to produce and bring home 1 or more finished pendants. Ages 12 and over, a material fee of $25 will be added to the tuition and will include materials for two pendants. The instructor will have more materials available to purchase.

3 Dimensional Titanium Concept & Design
3 Dimensional Titanium Concept & Design
Tuition $270.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels


E. Douglas Wunder

JF8202 June 2 & 3 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Sat/Sun (Jewelry Studio, Mill Building)
This workshop is intended to familiarize one with the understanding of how a design is transformed into art. This will involve creating an object on paper that incorporates scale, balance perspective and contrast. These concepts will then be developed into metal objects using the techniques of piercing, sawing and cold connecting with rivets. We will create wearable art pieces based on discussion and hands on experience. The project will focus on making jewelry from hand-sawed pieces of titanium sheet, then layered and connected with titanium wire. Basic coloring techniques of titanium will also be explored. Participants are encouraged to come with an imaginative, experimental approach to jewelry making.
Ages 16 and over, a materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition.

Mastering the Jeweler's Saw
Mastering the Jeweler's Saw
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan

JF8205 June 13, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Wednesday (Jewelry Studio)

In this one day workshop, we'll explore how to properly use a jewelers saw and the design possibilities that are opened up once you know how to saw. You'll learn how to use saw straight and curved lines, 90 degree turns, patterns, how to file metal and how to pierce metal using a flex shaft.Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Basic Metalsmithing & Simple, Safe Home Jewelry Studio Set-up
Basic Metalsmithing & Simple, Safe Home Jewelry Studio Set-up
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan

JF8206 June 23, 2018 (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.
Drilling Found Objects with the Flexshaft to Create Jewelry
Drilling Found Objects with the Flexshaft to Create Jewelry
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan

JF8305 July 11, 2018 (10am-2pm) Wednesday (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.
Fun with Wire
Fun with Wire
Tuition $200.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels
Joy Raskin
JF8301 Jul 13, 2018 (10am-5pm) Friday (Jewelry Studio)

We will coil, wrap, tinker, weave, braid, crochet, knit, twist and much more to make all kinds of fabulous jewelry and accessories. Wire is not just confined to jewelry, but can be used to make sculpture as well. Low-tech and requires just a few tools to work with. A materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition.

Foldforming/Anticlastic
Foldforming/Anticlastic
Tuition $375.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
Intermediate


Joy Raskin
JF8302 Jul 14 & 15, 2018 (10am-5pm) Sat/Sun (Jewelry Studio)

This workshop is all about foldforming and forming metal into 3 dimensional forms. think of metal origami- instead of using paper, we use sheet metal to fold, hammer shape, twist into fantastic shapes and patterns. Sheet metal can be folded in half, hammered on the folded edge and then opening it up for a new look or shape such as pods. For anticlastic raising, sheet metal can be hammered on specialized anticlastic stakes and hammers to create sinuous curves, 3-D twists, tubular forms that open up into a flower or a freeform sculpture or a curvy metal ribbon. This is a very physical and noisy workshop with plenty of hammering, so ear protection will be neceesary. We will be working in copper, nu-gold and also in silver if students want to work in silver. A materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition.

Big Oval M Polymer Earrings
Big Oval M Polymer Earrings
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $15.00
All Levels
Louise Fischer Cozzi

JF8306 July 20, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Friday (Jewelry Studio)

Learn to make transelucent colors beads in Polymer with oil paint and colored pencils. Turn these beads into earrings and go home with them already made! Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $15.00 will be added to the tuition.
Polymer Janvi Necklace
Polymer Janvi Necklace
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
All Levels
Louise Fischer Cozzi

JF8307 July 21, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday (Jewelry Studio)

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a necklace, but you didn't know where to start? In this class, you will learn to make polymer metallic beads, silver attachment and putting in a Swarovski crystal, and putting on a snake chain and clasps. Some students will finish in a day, others might not be done but can finish it at home. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $35.00 will be added to the tuition- including silver findings and attachments.
Black and White Bangle Polymer Bracelets
Black and White Bangle Polymer Bracelets
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $20.00
All Levels
Louise Fischer Cozzi

JF8308 July 22, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Sunday (Jewelry Studio)

In this class learn to make black and white bangle polymer bracelets on brass bangles. Students will get four bracelets included in their material fee. Students will take home these bangle bracelets and can buy more. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $20.00 will be added to the tuition.
Resin Jewelry
Resin Jewelry
Tuition $200.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels
Joy Raskin
JF8303 Sep 7, 2018 (10am-5pm) Friday (Jewelry Studio)

Explore the colorful, fun world of using resin to add color to your jewelry! Using 2 part quick setting epoxy, we will add paint, herbs, tea leaves, colored powder, glitter and much more, mix epoxy and color together, and apply onto jewelry. Instead of using stones to set in jewelry, why not use resin? works great for jewelry with texture, recessed areas, empty stone settings and anything else that you want to try. Instructor will provide epoxy and some coloring agents, but students should feel free to bring anything and they want to add to epoxy to make resin-filled jewelry. Even twigs have been used for resin jewelry. A materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition.

Demystifying Stone Settings
Demystifying Stone Settings
Tuition $375.00

Materials Fee: $15.00
Intermediate


Joy Raskin
JF8304 Sep 8 & 9, 2018 (10am-5pm) Sat/Sun (Jewelry Studio)

If you would like to know more about stone setting, then this workshop is for you. We will do a quick review on basic bezel settings, including open back bezels, tube bezels, and flush-set stones on Saturday. On Sunday, we will cover prong settings for round, oval, square, trillion, and emerald-cut faceted stones. This workshop will not cover pave or illusion settings. We will work mostly in silver, but also with some gold settings if desired. Pros and cons of various gold alloys will be discussed and which are best for gemstones. Students are encouraged to bring their own stone settings projects to work on along with any stones, silver and gold they may have. A materials fee of $15 will be added to the tuition. If the student wishes to work in more expensive metals (silver and gold, settings and stones), they will be available from the instructor for an additional fee.

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