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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.
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $100.00
Rachel Morris
JF6301 Aug 6, 7 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Jewelry Studio)

Enhance your design work with unique, hand-crafted chains. Learn an array of techniques, both soldered and fused. Learn how how to fuse fine silver links and turn them into single and double loop in loop chains. (This technique can be done at home with fairly inexpensive and safe equipment) Then learn some of the tips and tricks needed to make unusual soldered chains (link, bar and other variations.) Strong basic torch experience required. Ages 16 and over, a materials fee of $100 is added to the tuition.
The Saw
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
All levels
Barbara McLaughlin
JF6302 Sep 24-25 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Jewelry Studio)

New to making jewelry, or have you been doing it for years? The Saw is one of the most important tools in your toolbox, but do you know all you can do with it? Yes, you can saw out the bezel after you have soldered it to a backing, but probably cheat, like most of us and use shears or scissors to cut away the excess metal.
In this class we will review the components of the frame, blade sizes and when to use which size. We will pierce a pattern in copper for the bracelet, (think flowers, vines or a geometric pattern), then pierce out the backing for the same bracelet. Students can repeat that pattern and make earrings to match. The bracelet used cold connections, made of two parts using a saw and hammer. Students will use a torch to achieve “The Red” copper patina, better known as special sauce! Or use Liver of Sulfur (LOS) for a brownish black patina, or both. At the end of class students will walk away with a cuff bracelet and matching earrings. Ages 18 and over, a materials fee of $35.00 will be added to the tuition.
Enameling with Embossed Foils
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $55.00
Joanne Conant
JE6401 Oct 29 & 30 2016 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Jewelry Studio)
Registration will close one week prior to the date of the first class. Register early to reserve your space!

Have fun playing with a variety of textured silver foils that are enhanced under transparent enamel. Students will learn how to roll out and emboss fine silver sheet into various textures. Discussions will include the use of a rolling mill and other devices, attaching the foil to enamel and which colors work best on silver. Each student will take home a one-of- a-kind pendant. All skill levels welcome. Ages 16 and over, a materials fee of $55 will be added to the tuition, which includes a fine silver pendant for enameling, fine silver sheet and other supplies needed for the project..


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