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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)

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.
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.
Etching Copper Cuff Bracelets
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $15.00
Beginner
Jeannette Shanahan

JF7213 June 17 2017 (10am-2pm) Saturday (Jewelry Studio)

This class will explore a technique called metal etching. We will use copper as our metal and design a copper bracelet cuff with free hand design or stencil. Different patinas will be used to make your piece unique and bring out the design. Depending on how detailed the design you choose, most will likely create 2 cuff bracelets. Ages 14 and up. A materials fee of $15.00 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.
Etching Copper Cuff Bracelets
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $15.00
Beginner
Jeannette Shanahan

JF7301 July 16 2017 (10am-2pm) Sunday (Jewelry Studio)

This class will explore a technique called metal etching. We will use copper as our metal and design a copper bracelet cuff with free hand design or stencil. Different patinas will be used to make your piece unique and bring out the design. Depending on how detailed the design you choose, most will likely create 2 cuff bracelets. Ages 14 and up. A materials fee of $15.00 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 Aug 12 & 13 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.

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