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The jewelry program at Brookfield Craft Center is designed to encourage and challenge introductory through advanced students with diverse workshop offerings and open studio bench time. New students can try a Sampler Workshop, or gain a basic overview of jewelry making with Silversmithing 101 and 102. Advance to technique-based workshops in metals fabrication, PMC, enameling, wax model making and more. The Jewelry Studio holds 8 students at counter-height benches and is equipped with combination rolling mills, Bonny Doon hydraulic press, flex shafts, oxy-acetylene torches, enameling and PMC kilns, buffing machines, grinders, belt sander, drill press, bench shear, waxers, pitch bowls, raising/forming stakes, tumbler with steel shot, hand tools and much more.

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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.
Basic Metalsmithing & Simple, Safe Home Jewelry Studio Set-up
Basic Metalsmithing & Simple, Safe Home Jewelry Studio Set-up
Tuition $120.00
Registration Closed, Contact Registrar to be put on a waiting list

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan CLASS FULL

JF8102 Feb 17, 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

JF8103 Mar 7, 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.
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
JF8201 April 12, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Thursday (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.
Wire Wrapping
Wire Wrapping
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels
Lori Meehan
JF8104 Mar 28, 2018 (10am-2pm) Wednesday (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. Instructor will have more materials available to purchase.

Spring Open House on Saturday, May 19th, Noon-5pm
Spring Open House on Saturday, May 19th, Noon-5pm
Come join us!




SM8201 May 19, 2018 (noon-5pm) Saturday (Campus-wide)

Brookfield Craft Center will host a community open house on their campus located at 286 Whisconier Road in Brookfield, Connecticut. This creative event is free, open to the public and will feature demonstrations conducted by talented faculty artists working in all of the studios.
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.

   
 
 
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