Fabrication

In Jewelry Fabrication, the student will use jewelry tools and equipment and begin mastering techniques such as:

  • drilling
  • piercing
  • filing
  • forming
  • sawing
  • forging
  • fabrication
  • riveting
  • soldering
  • polishing
  • surface embellishments
  • stone setting

These are time-honored techniques handed down for centuries that are essential in building a solid foundation as a metalsmith. Each course is taught by close-up demonstrations and hands-on experience. Each class below increases in level of difficulty.

Metal comes in two forms – sheet and wire. It is important to become familiar with the unique characteristics of each. Some of the most creative jewelry used both forms in conjunction with each other. Materials used in these classes are primarily new gold and sterling silver.


 

2 Days 2 Earrings, 2 Day Class

Prerequisite: None (For beginning and intermediate students; soldering skills a must)

Instructor: James Carter

Dates:
April 19-20, 2019
June 22-23, 2019

Class length: 12 hours (2 days)

Tuition: $250.00 and a $25 lab fee
(Additional materials will bepurchased from the instructor; approximate cost $35-$50)

Earring making is an important skill in your bag of tricks as a metalsmith. They are always in demand by customers and are therefore a great money-maker. This class is geared towards making well designed earrings quickly. Elements of one style can be transferred
to another to create a totally different design while not having to make so many parts. In 2 days, we will concentrate on 2 styles of earrings:
hoops: singular or multiple and fold formed and hammered discs.  Each earring will have a day devoted to it. 

Class size limited to 8 students. 

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The Personalized Bangle, 2 Day Class

Pre-requisite: None (For beginners and intermediate students; soldering skills necessary)Instructor:  James Carter
Dates:   May 17-18, 2019
Class Length: 12 hours (2 days)
Tuition: $250.00 per class and a $25 lab fee
(Additional materials will be purchased from the instructor; approximate cost $25-$50.) This is a new class. Personalized jewelry can be the most fun to make. This class goes into depth about how to put your identity into your work. We will rivet various textured and printed plates to a bronze bangle. The project is unique in that there is only one solder joint. Proper finishing will be emphasized. Note: The three bangles in the photo are just a few examples of what can be achieved.
Class size limited to 8 students. 

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The Ring Project, 2 Day Class

Prerequisite: The Bracelet Project or Previous Jewelry Making Experience

Instructor: James Carter

Dates: 
March 16-17, 2019
June 8-9, 2019

Class Length: 12 hrs. (2 days)

Tuition: $250.00 per class and a $25 lab fee
(Needed materials can be purchased from the instructor; approximate cost $35 – $40.)

In the Fab I Bracelet Class, the emphasis was on the use of wire. The Ring Project will include some wire work, but it is predominantly about the use of sheet metal. Designs of the ring will vary from class to class, but all require the same skills.

Creativity will be emphasized in the development and design of project.

(Stone setting will not be covered unless you have had the 3 Bezel Class or are adept at stone setting with bezels. The 3 Bezel Class is always offered the day before the Ring Project.)

Class size limited to 8 students.

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New Tubing Techniques in Jewelry Making, 3 Day Class

Pre-requisite: None (For intermediate students; soldering skills required)

Instructor: James Carter

Dates:
February 15-17, 2019
April 5-7, 2019
August 2-4, 2019

Class Length: 18 hours (3 days)

Tuition: $375.00 per class and a $25 lab fee
(Additional materials will be purchased from the instructor; approximate cost $35 – $50.)

As in most of my classes, a finished project is desirable, but not required. Tubing has inherent strength and endless design possibilities. In this class, students will make their own tubing, both seamless and split versions as well as different shapes of tubing using various draw plates. The tubing will then be combined with roller printed and textured metal to construct a mosaic with the tubing as a channeled frame. The beauty of this class is that very little soldering and cleanup is needed. The variations for this project are endless.

Class size limited to 8 students.

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The Box Hinge, 1 Day Class

Pre-requisite: None (For intermediate students; soldering skills required)

Instructor:  James Carter
Dates: February 23, 2019
            July 20, 2019
Class Length: 9a-4p
Tuition: $125.00 per class and a $25 lab fee
(Additional materials will be purchased from the instructor; approximate cost $25-$50.) This is a new class  which teaches a unique skill, hinge making. A hinge is made up of knuckles, face plate and a pin. The knuckles are the tubular pieces that interlock with each other. The pin travels through the knuckles to hold the two plates together. 

It is of utmost importance that the knuckles line up with each other, allowing the pin to travel smoothly through the tubing. The knuckles must be perfectly flat on the ends to prevent the hinge from being loose or having gaps between the knuckles.
In this class we will make a three knuckle hinge and time permitting, a five knuckle hinge. The technical skills are the same for both. This hinge is perfect for bracelets, lockets and boxes.
 
Class size limited to 8 students.Register

 

The Bracelet Project, 3 Day Class

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Pre-requisite: None (For beginners and intermediate students)

Instructor: James Carter

Dates:
Coming soon! Call 919-240-5253 to reserve a space.

Class Length: 18 hours (3 days)

Tuition: $375.00 per class and a $25 lab fee
(Additional materials will be purchased from the instructor; approximate cost $35 – $50.)

As in most of my classes, a finished project is desirable, but not required. What is more important than finishing the project is the mastering of skills that will be used in future work. There are five basic skills that are required to fabricate jewelry or objects. They are: sawing/piercing, hammering, soldering, filing and finishing. The project  uses different shapes and sizes of wire to create a bracelet.  All of the above mentioned skills will be covered, plus the usual tips and shortcuts cleaned from forty years in the field.

Class size limited to 8 students.

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