The best kind of jewelry is the one with a story behind it – and what better story than a piece you made yourself? Our Jewelry department classes teach you the ins and outs of how to make your own jewelry, use our hand tools and equipment, and how to make keychains, pendants, bracelets, rings, and much more. The results? Statement pieces, handmade gifts, the beginnings of a jewelry-making business – you name it.
Make a keychain, pendant, or pet name tag as an introduction to jewelry making. Learn basic use of standard hand tools and equipment in the jewelry studio, including the jeweler’s saw, stamping materials, and flex shaft. NOTE: to gain unsupervised access to the jeweler’s benches, members must take wood or combo safety. This class is only taught at our North 4th location.
Explore the centuries old practice of Chainmail, the art of creating mesh from linked metal links. Cover several traditional mail patterns, and create your very own bracelet or set of earrings.
In this two part course, learn how to safely and confidently operate the torch for annealing and soldering of jewelry metals. Make three, customized projects: a custom sterling silver ring, a bracelet, and a pin. From beginners to those looking to improve their technique, this class is packed with the tips and tricks for soldering success. Explore metal characteristics through demonstrations and detailed instruction. After completing this course, members gain unsupervised access to the soldering area of the jeweler’s studio. This class is only taught at our North Fourth location.
Learn the basics of vitreous enamel, including proper application, physical characteristics of enamel, proper use of a kiln, and proper cleanup. Practice on flat and 3-dimensional shapes to gain a better range of working surfaces. Projects will include a flat pendant and a formed, tab-set pendant.
Tours are the best way to get a sense of what our spaces are like, what capabilities we offer, and what a NextFab experience feels like. Plus, you’ll get to talk with NextFab staff members to help figure out how our studios can work for you.
Tours are offered at all locations at any time during our tour hours. No need to call ahead - just come on by. For groups of more than 4 people, please contact us to set up a scheduled tour time.