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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 NO SESSION ON OCT 3

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.
Fall Open House on Saturday, October 13th, Noon-5pm
Fall Open House on Saturday, October 13th, Noon-5pm
Come join us!




SM8401 October 13, 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.
Wire Wrapping
Wire Wrapping
Tuition $100.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels
Lori Meehan
JF8417 Oct 20, 2018 (10am-3.30pm) Saturday (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. The instructor will have more materials available to purchase.

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

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan

JF8419 Oct 24, 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

JF8423 Nov 1, 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.
Fused Glass Jewelry I
Fused Glass Jewelry I
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Linda Banks

GF8402 Nov. 3 & 4, 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.
Wire Wrapping
Wire Wrapping
Tuition $100.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels
Lori Meehan
JF8424 Nov 8, 2018 (10am-3.30pm) Thursday (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. The instructor will have more materials available to purchase.

Leather/Crystal Chan Lu Style Wrap Bracelet
Leather/Crystal Chan Lu Style Wrap Bracelet
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels
Viola Galetta

JF8420 Nov 12 & 19, 2018 (10am-1pm) 2 Mondays (Jewelry Studio)

Make this very popular wrap bracelet using leather, crystal or pearls of any color or choice of size. There are endless design possibilities. No previous experience is necessary. Everyone will take home at least one finished bracelet. Homework is welcome if you feel ambitious.
Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $25.00 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

JF8425 Nov 15, 2018 (10am-2pm) Thursday (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.
Peyote Designed Bracelet
Peyote Designed Bracelet
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels
Viola Galetta

JF8422 Nov 26 & Dec 3, 2018 (10am-1pm) 2 Mondays (Jewelry Studio)

During this class students will learn a very classic Native American technique called Peyote Stitching. We will use a variety of seed beads in many colors. You may use your own design or use one provided by the instructor. We will be using beading needle and thread.
You can make bracelets, necklaces, or even earrings using a more advanced technique if you feel ambitious. Everyone will take home at least one finished item.
Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $25.00 will be added to the tuition.
Cold Connections - Joining Metal without a Torch
Cold Connections - Joining Metal without a Torch
Tuition $80.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan
JF8426 Nov 27, 2018 (10am-2pm) Tuesday (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.
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

JF8427 Dec 5, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Wednesday (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.
Leather Knotted Necklaces and Earrings/Bracelet Set
Leather Knotted Necklaces and Earrings/Bracelet Set
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels
Viola Galetta

JF8421 Dec 10 & 17, 2018 (10am-1pm) 2 Mondays (Jewelry Studio)

During this class we are going to create stylish, current pieces of jewelry, using leather with large hole bds as well as pearls, handmade lampwork, and metallic beads. No previous experience necessary.
These pieces of jewelry can be casual or elegant at the same time. It will be possible to make more than one, depending on your enthusiasm. Easy project for teens and adults as well.
Instructor will take you step by step to finish and take home completed pieces. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $25.00 will be added to the tuition.
Wire Wrapping- Make a Holiday Gift
Wire Wrapping- Make a Holiday Gift
Tuition $100.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
All Levels
Lori Meehan
JF8428 Dec 11, 2018 (10am-3.30pm) Tuesday (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. The instructor will have more materials available to purchase.

   
 
 
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