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 making 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.
Members can join master jeweler, Caroline Gore at the NextFab jewelry studio for the next six months as part of our new weekly Jewelry Studio Support Hours!
During supported hours, you will be able to present your project ideas and receive valuable technical advice to learn how to structure your work in the jewelry studio. With Caroline’s veteran technical experience and peer support, you’ll learn how to fast-track your project goals.
Sundays 1pm to 4pm Starting 12/05
Caroline will be sharing her 20 years of jewelry expertise during these Support Hours through:
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.
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.
Please note: members only need to have taken at least 1 safety class before attending. All 3 safety classes are not required to use the equipment.
Take your ring making to the next level! Building on the concepts covered in the soldering and annealing class, learn how to size, form, and finish a sterling silver ring, with a silver bezel and wood cabochon. An overview of shaping and finishing different types of wood for jewelry applications will also be covered.
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.