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Jewelry I: Basic Metalsmithing JANUARY/FEBRUARY
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM (EST)
Somerville, United States
Welcome to jewelrymaking! Students in this introductory class will fabricate two projects to enable them to solder, file and pierce with confidence. Emphasis will be give to learning about specialized jewelry tools and equipment. Each student will have access to their own torch and tools throughout the 5 week session.
The first project will be to learn accurate measuring for fabricating a custom 18ga sterling silver band ring. Sequential project is fabricating a sketchbook book cover applique using copper and brass. Students will learn resin inlay, photo etching, cold connections, soldering, design and layout. These provide an excellent hands on foundation for future jewelry designs and fabrication.
Students will come out of the class with a ring, a personalized sketchbook with applique copper and brass-decorated cover, and familiarity with measuring, design and layout, soldering, filing, piercing, resin inlay, photo etching, and cold connections.
An additional materials fee of $50 covers the cost of silver, copper, brass and consumables such as saw blades, solder, etc., all of which will be provided. Payment should be made out to Cleverwerx and delivered to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring:
Students should bring a notebook and any pictures of jewelry they like.
Karen Christians is an educator and maker in the metal arts. She developed the metals program at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, founded Metalwerx in Waltham, a non-profit school for jewelry and the metal arts, and the new jewelry section of the Hot Craft Studio at Artisans Asylum in Somerville. She teaches nationally, lectures around the country, and is published in many professional and technical magazines. She is the author of the book, "Making the Most of Your Flex-Shaft." Karen holds a BFA with High Honors from the Massachusetts College of Art. She is currently writing a second book, "The Jewelry of Burning Man."
Afternoon Sessions take place 1-4pm on Thursdays
Session 1: Thursday, January 17, 1-4PM
Session 2: Thursday, January 24, 1-4PM
Session 3: Thursday, January 31, 1-4PM
Session 4: Thursday, February 7, 1-4PM
Session 5: Thursday, February 14, 1-4PM
Evening sessions take place 6-9pm on Tuesdays
Session 1: Tuesday, January 15
Session 2: Tuesday, January 22
Session 3: Tuesday, January 29
Session 4: Tuesday, February 5
Session 5: Tuesday, February 12
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.