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

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan
JF7304 Aug 3, 2017 (10am-2pm) Thursday (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 jewelry making. 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.
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.

Drilling Found Objects with the Flexshaft to Create Jewelry
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan
JF7303 Aug 26, 2017 (10am-2pm) 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.
Basic Metalsmithing & Simple, Safe Home Jewelry Studio Set-up
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan
JF7302 Sept 23, 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.
Baby Spoon Workshop
Tuition $200.00

All Levels

Joy Raskin
JF7402 Nov 3, 2017 (10am-5pm) Friday (Jewelry Studio)

Baby or mini spoons are surprisingly easy to make. We will make a simple spoon using wire for the handle and a piece of sheet metal that we will dome to make a spoon bowl and then solder onto a wire handle. Hammer textures can be added to create a more unique handle. In a day, you can have your own unique, customized baby or mini spoon! A materials fee of $20 will be added to the tuition. If the student wishes to work in more expensive metals, they will be available from the instructor for an additional fee.

Demystifying Stone Settings
Tuition $375.00

Intermediate

Joy Raskin
JF7401 Nov 4 & 5, 2017 (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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