Classes and Workshops

Metalwerx has a great variety of weekly classes and workshops:

To register, use our secure online registration from any of the listings below, or call our office to register over the phone.

You can reach our office at 781.891.3854, weekdays from 10am to 5pm.

You can also contact us with questions or send email to info@metalwerx.com


  
2. Weekly Jewelry Classes
  
Introduction to Metal Clay
 With Michela Verani
 Thursday, 30 October 2014
  10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  
 Learn the basics of working with silver and bronze metal clay. Skills covered include stamping, cutting, and creating simple findings, as well as polishing and other finishing methods to add color to jewelry designs.
  
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Dichroic Glass and Silver Metal Clay
 With Michela Verani
 Thursday, 30 October 2014
  2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  
 Add a bit of sparkle to metal clay designs with dichroic glass! Firing schedules, glass compatibility, hand polishing and fire polishing glass, setting/embedding glass into metal clay, and finishing techniques will be demonstrated.
  
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Jewelry 1 (Monday Mornings)
 With David Baird
 Monday, 12 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 12 December 2014
  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  
 This introductory course focuses on developing fundamental hand skills, good studio habits, and an appreciation of quality craftsmanship. Students will learn essential fabrication techniques by designing and producing unique, handcrafted jewelry.
  
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Bezels for Sea Glass, Beach Pebbles, and other Tricky Objects
 With David Baird
 Monday, 12 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 12 December 2014
  1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  
  The irregular, natural contours of beach pebbles and sea glass present some of the most interesting bezel challenges. Turn those beach-combing treasures into eye-catching jewelry that will conjure memories of a special day each time they are worn.
  
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Jewelry I (Tuesday evenings)
 With Diane Lawton
 Tuesday, 13 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 13 December 2014
  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  
 This introductory course focuses on developing fundamental hand skills, good studio habits, and an appreciation of quality craftsmanship. Students will learn essential fabrication techniques by designing and producing unique, handcrafted jewelry.
  
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Jewelry 2 (Tuesday morning)
 With Monique Rancourt
 Tuesday, 13 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 13 December 2014
  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  
 Pick up where Jewelry 1 left off! Students will study new techniques to get inspired, complete a visual resource sketchbook, and create distinctive jewelry that includes unique textures, hinged mechanisms, and hollow form construction.
  
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Jewelry 1 (Tuesday afternoon)
 With Monique Rancourt
 Tuesday, 13 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 13 December 2014
  1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  
 Acquire essential fabrication techniques through designing and producing one-of-a-kind jewelry. Time will be spent practicing on sample pieces as well as applying these skills to make a layered pendant and ring with a set stone.
  
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Directed Open Studio
 With David Baird
 Monday, 14 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 14 December 2014
  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  
 Pursue individual projects with questions answered by a professional jeweler. Finish up work hiding in your bench and get advice on new pieces. This class is loaded with great bench tips to guide students through projects with success.
  
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Soldering Solutions
 With Joy Raskin
 Wednesday, 14 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 14 December 2014
  1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  
 Need to improve your soldering skills? Seeking guidance on setting up a home soldering station? This comprehensive course focuses on developing students' skills to gain confidence in planning, executing, and troubleshooting soldered connections.
  
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Intro to Enameling
 With Kelly Conroy
 Wednesday, 14 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 14 December 2014
  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  
 Looking for different ways to add color to your work? Then this class is just for you! Learn the basics of a variety of different techniques for enamel, including: Sgraffito, liquid enamels, basse taille, champlevé, cloisonné, to name just a few.
  
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Chain Maille Jewelry 1
 With Karen Karon
 Thursday, 22 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 22 December 2014
  10:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  
 Discover chain maille patterns that can be adapted into earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Come to understand how to properly open and close jump rings, how size affects design, calculate gauge conversion, closures, embellishing, and finishing methods.
  
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Beads and Bangles: The Art of Polymer
 With Pamela Cole
 Thursday, 22 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 22 December 2014
  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  
 Add color and texture to jewelry with polymer clay! Mix colors for custom blends, achieve interesting effects with translucent and opaque color mixing, combine simple canes to make surface textures, and form a variety of different shaped beads!
  
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A Twist on the Wrist and other bracelet styles
 With Wendy Jo New
 Thursday, 22 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 22 December 2014
  1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  
 In this fun, active class, students will learn the art of "hot twisting" and "cold twisting" square wire to complete a closed bangle bracelet, an open bangle bracelet, and a chain bracelet with toggle clasp.
  
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Chain Maille Jewelry 2
 With Karen Karon
 Thursday, 26 February 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 26 January 2015
  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  
 Create and design a variety of more complex chain maille weaves including Parallel weaves, (Helm, Flower), the Persian weaves (Full Persian or Foxtail, Half Persian 4-in-1, 3-in-1 and 3-in-1 sheet), and Dragonscale!
  
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3. Weekend Workshops
  
Improvisational and Sculptural Beadwork
 With Joyce J. Scott
 24 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
  
 This is a special opportunity to study with internationally renowned artist Joyce J. Scott, often referred to as the "Queen of Beadwork." The goal is to help students learn to experiment with the Peyote stitch, both flat and dimensionally.
  
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Microfolding & Argentium Sterling Silver
 With Cynthia Eid
 31 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
  
 Microfolding (corrugation) offers endless possibilities for creativity through texturing and forming, resulting in light but strong forms. When fold forming techniques are combined with corrugated metal, the metal is "microfolded".
  
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Miniature Holloware
 With Bill Fretz
 08 November 2014 - 09 November 2014
  
 When it comes to hammers and stakes, there is only one thing better than owning a set of Fretz tools--learning to make the most of them from the master and maker himself. Study how to work with Fretz tools to create miniature bottles or hollowware.
  
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Landscape of the Holiday Table: Flatware Design and Fabrication
 With Paulette Werger
 14 November 2014 - 16 November 2014
  
 This workshop focuses on the design and creation of objects for dining. Make a variety of spoons, salad servers, or flatware. Techniques such as forging, forming, fabrication and surface embellishment will be demonstrated.
  
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Mold Making and Casting
 With Daniel Grandi
 23 January 2015 - 25 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 23 December 2014
  
 Lost wax casting can be a time and money saving experience. Learn to make molds, sprue, invest, and finish models, to be cast in silver. Students will gain a clear understanding of what will work well and be cost effective in a production environment.
  
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Chasing and Repoussé Techniques
 With Avery Lucas
 31 January 2015 - 01 February 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 31 December 2014
  
 Chasing and repoussé have been used since ancient times to emboss sheet metal into patterns, textures, and images. Develop skills through hands-on experience with the process and move metal using small tools and hammers to create a 3-dimensional image.
  
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Lapidary at the Bench
 With David Baird
 07 February 2015 - 08 February 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 07 January 2015
  
 Take ordinary, damaged, or chipped cabochons to extraordinary without the need for a full lapidary studio. Join us and be taught to cut, alter, refashion and customize cabochon stones with tools from your bench!
  
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Tinkering with Wire
 With Ellen Wieske
 14 February 2015 - 15 February 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 14 January 2015
  
 Utilizing simple tools it is possible to make a wide variety of objects from jewelry-scale to architectural elements in wire. Through demonstration, samples, images, drawing and discussions, students will build objects employing wire-working techniques.
  
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Introduction to Jewelry Making
 With Wendy Jo New
 21 February 2015 - 22 February 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 21 January 2015
  
 This condensed exploration of metalworking fundamentals is perfect for those who have always wanted to learn jewelry-making but never had the time. Saw, anneal, solder, file, texture, solder inlay, and more while creating one-of-a-kind jewelry!
  
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Forging Identities
 With Lindsay Mis
 07 March 2015 - 08 March 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 07 February 2015
  
 Forging brings wire to life and is both more interesting and elegant than its standard round shape. Forging Identities covers basic forging techniques. Students will learn how to shape and draw down wire (elongate and taper) through hammering, anne
  
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Creative Metal Forming Part II: Spiculums
 With Cynthia Eid
 13 March 2015 - 15 March 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 13 February 2015
  
 The elegant, tapered, hollow forms known as Spiculums hold a unique fascination for jewelers and metalsmiths. They are light yet strong and can used in jewelry, hollowware, and sculpture. Learn and practice forming them three ways in three days!
  
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Granulation on Enamel
 With Joanne Conant
 21 March 2015 - 22 March 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 21 February 2015
  
 This beautiful process is achieved by fusing small silver beads into enamel to create a design or accent. Learn to make and attach granules to both flat and curved surfaces and bring a new element of texture and sparkle to jewelry.
  
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Flush and Pavé Setting
 With Wayne Werner
 27 March 2015 - 29 March 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 27 February 2015
  
 Discover the more challenging aspects of stone setting. Flush setting will be demonstrated in three different approaches; flaring out, key-holing in, and setting from behind. Pavé setting will be demonstrated as: star cut, inside out, and cluster setting.
  
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4. One Day Workshops
  
Beach Pebble & Sea Glass Jewelry
 With Sarah Doremus
 21 November 2014 - 21 November 2014
  
 Turn those cherished pebbles and pieces of sea glass you've collected into eye-catching jewelry that will conjure memories of a special day at the beach or walk through the woods each time they are worn.
  
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Beach Pebble & Sea Glass Jewelry
 With Sarah Doremus
 22 November 2014 - 22 November 2014
  
 Turn those cherished pebbles and pieces of sea glass you've collected into eye-catching jewelry that will conjure memories of a special day at the beach or walk through the woods each time they are worn.
  
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Spinning Rings
 With Sarah Doremus
 23 November 2014 - 23 November 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 23 October 2014
  
 Would you like your jewelry to do something? Join us for this workshop where we will make a ring that spins!
  
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Pearl Knotting Seminar
 With Mary Stachura
 05 December 2014 - 05 December 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 05 November 2014
  
 Pearls and all you need to know about nature's fantastic beauties— how to buy, care for, knot, and terminate the ends of necklaces —with pearl expert Mary Stachura.
  
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Hollow Metal Clay Hoop Earrings
 With Michela Verani
 06 December 2014 - 06 December 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 06 November 2014
  
 Learn to make unique hollow form silver hoop earrings. This technique allows for larger, yet lightweight, metal clay pieces.
  
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Photography of Jewelry and Hollowware
 With Cynthia Eid
 07 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 07 November 2014
  
 Whether images are going to be used for a website, publication, juried exhibitions, or personal use, this workshop teaches students how to create quality pictures of jewelry and small metalwork.
  
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Knitted Bracelets
 With Adrienne Sloane
 12 December 2014 - 12 December 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 12 November 2014
  
 

This process-oriented class is an introduction to knitting with wire, and will cover resources, materials and design ideas for successful knit bracelets using beautifully colored copper art wire.

  
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Creative Cuffs
 With Leah Meleski
 13 December 2014 - 13 December 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 13 November 2014
  
 Create a unique cuff bracelet while learning essential jewelry-making skills. Leah will teach students about roller printing, hammer texturing, sawing, drilling, and riveting as she guides everyone step-by-step through the project.
  
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Jewelry Basics: Ring and Earring Ensemble
 With Leah Meleski
 14 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 14 November 2014
  
 This one-day workshop will show students how to size, solder and embellish an earring and ring ensemble. Students can explore basic forming (dapping), texturing, and learn some fun and simple tricks to manipulate and enhance their jewelry.
  
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Chain Maille Jewelry: Persephone Weave
 With Karen Karon
 19 December 2014 - 19 December 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 19 November 2014
  
 Classic chain maille gets a modern update with the Persephone pattern. This workshop focuses on creating a matching set consisting of a bracelet, pendant and pair of earrings.
  
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Personalized Picture Charms and Pendants
 With Kelly Conroy
 10 January 2015 - 10 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 10 December 2014
  
 Customize jewelry and discover how to embed photographs, book pages, or illustrations so they never fade and are protected. This workshop is a great introduction to working with bezels and will also cover a handful of basic metalworking techniques.
  
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Marketing 101 and You!
 With Marlene Richey
 17 January 2015 - 17 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 17 December 2014
  
 Determine the best way to describe your product, identify potential clients, get work into the marketplace, and create a cost-effective marketing plan. From press kits to artist statements, pick up essential skills needed to promote a craft business.
  
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Maximizing Craft Show Sales
 With Marlene Richey
 18 January 2015 - 18 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 18 December 2014
  
 Learn some simple, inexpensive tricks of the trade to make the most of your craft shows. Find out the dos and don'ts, how to be a more effective salesperson, understand the application process, display strategies, and much more!
  
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Girl with a Pearl Earring(s)
 With Wendy Jo New
 20 February 2015 - 20 February 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 20 January 2015
  
 Lustrous and versatile, pearls can be used in a diverse array of jewelry from the everyday to dressy as well as both classical and modern styles. Learn to incorporate round and flat-bottomed, fully drilled and half-drilled, into several pairs of earrings.
  
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Handmade Closures for Hoop Earrings
 With Leah Meleski
 27 February 2015 - 27 February 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 27 January 2015
  
 Hoop earrings go with everything from jeans to evening gowns. The challenging part of making them is designing a finding that is secure and doesn't look mass produced. Learn how to fabricate a hinged post mechanism with a snap closure in a day!
  
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Stackable Rings
 With Leah Meleski
 28 February 2015 - 28 February 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 28 January 2015
  
 This one-day workshop covers how to size, solder and decorate stackable rings. Learn basic stone setting, roller printing, texturing and stamping to enhance each band for a one-of-a-kind look.
  
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5. Special Events
  
Fretz, Foredom, and Fabulous Stone Sale
 With Metalwerx Studio
 10 November 2014 - 10 November 2014
  
 Don't miss this opportunity to stock up on metalworking tools and supplies, precious and semi-precious gemstones, gem beads, and cabochons sold by three fantastic regional suppliers: Bill Fretz, Foredom, as well as Robert and Sophie Berzofsky.
  
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October 24, 2014
 Improvisational and Sculptural Beadwork
 This is a special opportunity to study with internationally renowned artist Joyce J. Scott, often referred to as the "Queen of Beadwork." The goal is to help students learn to experiment with the Peyote stitch, both flat and dimensionally.
Read more...
  
October 30, 2014
 Dichroic Glass and Silver Metal Clay
 Add a bit of sparkle to metal clay designs with dichroic glass! Firing schedules, glass compatibility, hand polishing and fire polishing glass, setting/embedding glass into metal clay, and finishing techniques will be demonstrated.
Read more...
  
October 31, 2014
 Microfolding & Argentium Sterling Silver
 Microfolding (corrugation) offers endless possibilities for creativity through texturing and forming, resulting in light but strong forms. When fold forming techniques are combined with corrugated metal, the metal is "microfolded".
Read more...
  
November 08, 2014
 Miniature Holloware
 When it comes to hammers and stakes, there is only one thing better than owning a set of Fretz tools--learning to make the most of them from the master and maker himself. Study how to work with Fretz tools to create miniature bottles or hollowware.
Read more...
  
November 10, 2014
 Fretz, Foredom, and Fabulous Stone Sale
 Don't miss this opportunity to stock up on metalworking tools and supplies, precious and semi-precious gemstones, gem beads, and cabochons sold by three fantastic regional suppliers: Bill Fretz, Foredom, as well as Robert and Sophie Berzofsky.
Read more...
  
November 14, 2014
 Landscape of the Holiday Table: Flatware Design and Fabrication
 This workshop focuses on the design and creation of objects for dining. Make a variety of spoons, salad servers, or flatware. Techniques such as forging, forming, fabrication and surface embellishment will be demonstrated.
Read more...
  

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