Jewelry Making

In Jewelry I, II and III, the student will use jewelry tools and equipment and begin mastering techniques.

Jewelry I

  • soldering
  • sawing
  • riveting
  • embossing/texturing
Jewelry II

  • filing, finishing
  • piercing
  • forming
  • bezel making
Jewelry III

  • wire bending
  • forging
  • metal forming
  • stone setting

These are time-honored techniques handed down for centuries that are essential in building a solid foundation as a jeweler. Each course is taught by close-up demonstrations and hands-on experience. Each class, Jewelry I, II and III,  increases in level of difficulty and builds on the previously learned skills. For example, soldering will continue in Jewelry II and III but at a more advanced level. Materials used in these classes are primarily bronze, copper and sterling silver.

A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of Jewelry III for all those who have completed all three classes.

 


Jewelry I, 2 Day Class

Prerequisite: None – This is a class for absolute beginners.

Instructor: James Carter

Dates:   June 29-30, 2019
               September 7-8, 2019
               October 19-20, 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 additional cost $35 – $40.)

The beginning jewelry student will start by learning to use a jeweler’s saw, embossing and texturing metal, riveting and using some simple cold connections. The second day will be devoted to the Smith Little Torch. The student will start the basics of soldering wire of different gauges as well as sheet of different thicknesses. By the end of the second day, the student is expected to produce a ring using the skills learned in the 2 days of instruction.

Class size limited to 8 students.

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Jewelry II, 2 Day Class

Prerequisite: Jewelry I or Previous Jewelry Experience

Instructor: James Carter

Dates:   August 10-11, 2019             
              November 16-17, 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 additional cost $35 – $40.)

Jewelry II will start with bezels, one of the most important skills in jewelry making. Everyone likes stones and it is the first thing that draws the eye to a well constructed piece of jewelry. Bezels are difficult to perfect but not impossible. Follow the steps and it will work. The students will finish 2 or possibly 3 bezels of different shapes. Craftsmanship will be emphasized. In the second day, students will make a pendant using the skills learned from Jewelry I along with the bezel made the previous day. The bezel can be suspended from the pendant or mounted on a flat piece of metal. By the end of the second day, students will learn finishing. The use of files, the foredom handpiece and polishing techniques will be covered.

(Stone setting will be covered in Jewelry III)

Class size limited to 8 students.

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Jewelry III, 2 Day Class

Prerequisite: Jewelry I & II or Previous Jewelry Experience

Instructor: James Carter

Dates:  August 24-25, 2019
              December 7-8, 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 Jewelry III, students will learn more advanced metal forming and wire bending. Forming is turning metal from a flat plate into a  three dimensional shape.  Wire bending will involve forging and using the draw plate and the rolling mill to make different sizes and shapes of wire.

Students will be introduced to the dapping punch and disc cutter and they will be used to create beads. Two discs will be shaped into domes and they will be soldered together. 3 or 4 beads will be completed. Once the bead is created, the students will decorate them with the wires that they have created and complete beading necklaces or bracelets.

Class size limited to 8 students.

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2 Days 2 Earrings, 2 Day Class

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

Instructor: James Carter

Dates:   Coming soon!

Class length: 12 hours (2 days)

Tuition: $250.00 and a $25 lab fee
(Additional materials will be purchased 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:   Coming soon!

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:  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 Bracelet Class, the emphasis is 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:  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: July 20, 2019

Class Length: 9:00 – 4:00

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.
This class is limited to 8 students.
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The Bracelet Project, 3 Day Class

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

Instructor: James Carter

Dates:  Coming soon!

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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