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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) No open studio on Sept 21

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.
Cold Connections - Joining Metal without a Torch
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
Lori Meehan
JF6412 Nov 30 2016 (10am-2pm) Wednesday (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 jewelrymaking. 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.
Jewelry Open Studio - Holiday Crunch
Tuition as low as $24/session $30.00

Pati Segar

JF6415 Dec 9 & 16 2016 (10am-1pm, or 2-5pm) Fridays (Jewelry Studio)

This is an opportunity to work on your unfinished or new projects with the encouragement, free advice or counsel from the jewelry studio monitor. Delve into the projects you’ve been mulling over. Take time to practice on a challenging technique. Enjoy the company of peers with space to focus on your craft before the holidays.
This is studio time with some advice and guidance, but not a class. Each session is 3 hours in length; participants may sign up for 1 to 4 sessions. Previously purchased Jewelry Open Studio sessions can be used for theses dates as well. Participants should have attended at least one metalsmithing class and be familiar with the studio equipment they will be using.

Silversmithing 101/102
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $65.00
All Levels
Rachel Morris
JF6405 Dec 10 & 11 2016 (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.
Simple, Safe Home Jewelry Studio Setup & Learn Basic Metalsmithing Skills
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
Lori Meehan
JF6413 Dec 13 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Tuesday (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 will learn how to design a pendant using basic metalsmithing skills & techniques, and how to safely and easily set up your own home studio...whether its 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, patinas, texturing, basic soldering skills including using and filling a butane torch, using a pickle pot, polishing metal. Students can expect to walk away with multiple new skills and 1 - 2 pendants. Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $35.00 will be added to the tuition.
Jewelry Making Fundamentals - Youth Class
Tuition $225.00

Materials Fee: $25

JF6409 Dec 26-30 2016 (1-4pm) Mon-Fri (Jewelry)

This 5 day 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 jeweler’s traditional hand 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 metal, sterling silver and other materials needed for the instructor’s designated projects are included in the class price and materials fee.
Prerequisites: None. Ages 12 and up, a materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition.


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