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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.
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

JF8203 Apr 25, 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.
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.

Fun with Wire
Fun with Wire
Tuition $200.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels
Joy Raskin
JF8301 Jul 13, 2018 (10am-5pm) Friday (Jewelry Studio)

We will coil, wrap, tinker, weave, braid, crochet, knit, twist and much more to make all kinds of fabulous jewelry and accessories. Wire is not just confined to jewelry, but can be used to make sculpture as well. Low-tech and requires just a few tools to work with. A materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition.

Fused Glass Jewelry I
Fused Glass Jewelry I
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Linda Banks

GF8301 Jul. 14 & 15, 2018 (10am-1pm) Saturday/Sunday (Glass Studio)

If you like sparkles, this is the class for you! We’ll be using dichroic glass, decals, silver leaf and molds to make some gorgeous pendants, earrings, pins, and a bracelet. The process of cutting, etching, molding and finishing your jewelry will be covered. Firing and supplies will be addressed! Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $45.00 will be added to the tuition.
Foldforming/Anticlastic
Foldforming/Anticlastic
Tuition $375.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
Intermediate


Joy Raskin
JF8302 Jul 14 & 15, 2018 (10am-5pm) Sat/Sun (Jewelry Studio)

This workshop is all about foldforming and forming metal into 3 dimensional forms. think of metal origami- instead of using paper, we use sheet metal to fold, hammer shape, twist into fantastic shapes and patterns. Sheet metal can be folded in half, hammered on the folded edge and then opening it up for a new look or shape such as pods. For anticlastic raising, sheet metal can be hammered on specialized anticlastic stakes and hammers to create sinuous curves, 3-D twists, tubular forms that open up into a flower or a freeform sculpture or a curvy metal ribbon. This is a very physical and noisy workshop with plenty of hammering, so ear protection will be neceesary. We will be working in copper, nu-gold and also in silver if students want to work in silver. A materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition.

Resin Jewelry
Resin Jewelry
Tuition $200.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels
Joy Raskin
JF8303 Sep 7, 2018 (10am-5pm) Friday (Jewelry Studio)

Explore the colorful, fun world of using resin to add color to your jewelry! Using 2 part quick setting epoxy, we will add paint, herbs, tea leaves, colored powder, glitter and much more, mix epoxy and color together, and apply onto jewelry. Instead of using stones to set in jewelry, why not use resin? works great for jewelry with texture, recessed areas, empty stone settings and anything else that you want to try. Instructor will provide epoxy and some coloring agents, but students should feel free to bring anything and they want to add to epoxy to make resin-filled jewelry. Even twigs have been used for resin jewelry. A materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition.

Demystifying Stone Settings
Demystifying Stone Settings
Tuition $375.00

Materials Fee: $15.00
Intermediate


Joy Raskin
JF8304 Sep 8 & 9, 2018 (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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