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


  
1. Summer with the Masters Workshops
  
Engineering Your Way Out: Alternative Fabrication Solutions
 With Alison Antelman
 17 June 2015 - 20 June 2015
  
 Design and create a hinged bracelet or necklace with a unique handmade key clasp. Develop your ability to solve common jewelry fabrication problems, make irregular-shaped bezel settings, and integrate hinges and clasps into the design of your piece.
  
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Design Strategies for Jewelry Makers
 With Michael Boyd
 23 June 2015 - 23 June 2015
  
 Michael Boyd designed this course to help people become familiar with the established design elements and principles as well as how to apply them to jewelry through a powerpoint presentation, design exercises, jewelry examples, and group discussion.
  
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Basic Lapidary
 With Michael Boyd
 24 June 2015 - 26 June 2015
  
 Every jeweler eventually tires of buying typical stones and setting them in conventional settings. Come spend three days with Michael Boyd, and learn how to cut and polish your own cabochons with limitless shape, size, and color options.
  
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Beyond Basic Lapidary: Designing with Stone
 With Michael Boyd
 29 June 2015 - 02 July 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 29 May 2015
  
 Learn how to integrate stone and metal as a whole, rather than as separate objects. Demonstrations include how to shape rough stones, drill through them, make perfect bezels for unique shapes, set stones on top of stones, add decorative rivets, and more.
  
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The Hydraulic Press from A to Z
 With Cynthia Eid
 15 July 2015 - 19 July 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 15 June 2015
  
 From bracelet forming to embossing and silhouette dies, this comprehensive, inspiring class will teach students how to use the hydraulic press while exploring the numerous design and form possibilities it offers.
  
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Gold and Steel
 With Suzanne Pugh
 22 July 2015 - 26 July 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 22 June 2015
  
 Discover the ins and outs of working with steel in combination with other metals for jewelry. All aspects of material manipulation will be addressed, including sawing, joining and soldering, forging, forming and finishing of gold, silver, and steel.
  
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PMC Bead-O-Rama!
 With Barbara Simon
 29 July 2015 - 02 August 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 29 June 2015
  
 Nothing compares to metal clay for making hollow forms. Explore six-sided box beads (polygons, cut outs, frames) and twin component beads (lentil, pillow, bi-cone) with Barbara Becker Simon, award winning jeweler and author of Metal Clay Beads.
  
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Pneumatic Hand Engraving
 With Tira Mitchell
 05 August 2015 - 09 August 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 05 July 2015
  
 This workshop takes beginners through all the steps needed to understand hand engraving. Learn the basics of tool making, graver sharpening, layout, scroll design, theory of hand lettering, and of course, hand engraving using pneumatic methods.
  
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Enameling on Three-Dimensional Forms
 With Harlan Butt
 12 August 2015 - 16 August 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 12 July 2015
  
 Become skilled at enameling on three-dimensional forms through a variety of techniques including cloisonné with master Harlan Butt.
  
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Beyond Calder: Focus on Kinetics
 With Paulette Werger
 19 August 2015 - 21 August 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 19 July 2015
  
 Focus on interesting points of connection such as junctures, links, pivot points and cantilevers to join line and create forms that move with the body. Forge, taper, fuse, solder and combine these techniques to create flexible, kinetic jewelry.
  
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Earrings: Line Volume Form
 With Paulette Werger
 22 August 2015 - 23 August 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 22 July 2015
  
 Delve into the beauty and history of the earring with an eye on design and technical exploration. Learn about kinetics and discover a wide variety of earring styles with a focus on the use of wire and sheet to create volume and movement.
  
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3. Weekend Workshops
  
Introduction to Jewelry
 With Sarah Doremus
 10 July 2015 - 12 July 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 10 June 2015
  
 Have you always wanted to know how to make jewelry but never had the time? This weekend course teaches the basics of sawing, annealing, soldering, filing, texturing, polishing, and stone setting.
  
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4. One Day Workshops
  
Chain Maille: Wandering Vine Bracelet
 With Karen Karon
 29 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
  
 This chain maille weave pattern (widely known as Candy Cane Cord) produces a round bushy chain reminiscent of vines growing through a forest or jungle. Learn how to construct this dense and beautiful weave by making a silver bracelet in class.
  
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Enameling with Graphics and Decals
 With Kelly Conroy
 30 May 2015 - 30 May 2015
  
 Enameling is a great way to introduce color into your work. Learn the basics of this process and discover how to incorporate hand-drawn images, photographs, fine lines, textures, graphic images and text into enameled surfaces with toner decal techniques.
  
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Faceted Stones on Stackable Rings
 With Joy Raskin
 05 June 2015 - 05 June 2015
  
 Size, solder, embellish and set faceted stones to create a set of sparkly stacking rings to wear home!
  
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Photography of Jewelry and Hollowware
 With Cynthia Eid
 07 June 2015 - 07 June 2015
  
 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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Resin Inlay
 With Wendy Jo New
 12 June 2015 - 12 June 2015
  
 Resin Inlay is a great way to add absolutely any color you can think of to your jewelry! This 1-day class will cover the entire process of adding resin to a fabricated design that students create during class.
  
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Bangle Bracelets with Metal Clay Charms
 With Michela Verani
 13 June 2015 - 13 June 2015
  
 Design and produce a number of personalized silver charms in metal clay. Students will also study basic metalworking techniques to form a silver bangle bracelet and securely add their charms so they can wear home a finished "armful" of jewelry.
  
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Polymer and Forged Silver Jewelry
 With Pamela Cole
 14 June 2015 - 14 June 2015
  
 Combine forging techniques with polymer beads to produce limitless color and design options for jewelry. Mix colors for custom blends and make unique polymer beads that will be incorporated into hammered silver earrings, pendants and/or pins.
  
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Etching Basics: Cuff Bracelets and Earrings
 With Wendy Jo New
 13 July 2015 - 13 July 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 13 June 2015
  
 In just one day, learn the art of photo-etching on brass, copper and silver, by making an etched copper cuff bracelet, etching a piece of brass that can be used to roller print other metals, and a pair of etched or roller-printed sterling earrings.
  
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Introduction to Scale Maille
 With Karen Karon
 20 July 2015 - 20 July 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 20 June 2015
  
 Chain maille, an ancient art form used in garments worn for protection by warriors, usually had an outer layer of metal or leather attached for added protection. Explore "scale maille" with an aim towards producing ornamental jewelry or clothing.
  
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Leather Wrap Bracelet with Ornamental Button Clasp
 With Michela Verani
 27 July 2015 - 27 July 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 27 June 2015
  
 Create a distinctive button clasp for a trendy leather wrap bracelet. Learn to make custom texture stamps, embed findings in clay, polishing and color buttons, as well as string and bead on leather cord.
  
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Charm Bracelets
 With Kelly Conroy
 03 August 2015 - 03 August 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 03 July 2015
  
 Students will be provided with a linked sterling bracelet, and spend the day creating their own personalized charms to fill it. Explore texturing, stamping initials, sawing, and adding a little color via small gemstone cabochons.
  
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Viking Knit Chains
 With Joy Raskin
 17 August 2015 - 17 August 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 17 July 2015
  
 Make a Viking Knit chain that is supple, lightweight, and beautiful to wear. Variations on the basic Viking chain stitch, using a knitting spool and crotchet hook, plus numerous tips for endings, clasps, and jump rings will also be demonstrated.

  
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Metal Clay Earrings in a Day
 With Michela Verani
 24 August 2015 - 24 August 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 24 July 2015
  
 This one day workshop teaches the basics of working with silver metal clay while students create 3 different styles of earrings; post, embedded wire and dangles!
  
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Tube Bezels and Flush Setting
 With Joy Raskin
 25 August 2015 - 25 August 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 25 July 2015
  
 Explore two popular contemporary setting styles that can add sparkle to jewelry without a great deal of expense! Each student will make a silver band ring that has a raised tube setting in the middle embellished with flush-set stones on each side.
  
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Spoons in a Day
 With Joy Raskin
 26 August 2015 - 26 August 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 26 July 2015
  
 Hone fabrication skills and make a custom spoon. Joy will show various hammer textures that can be added to give character to flatware. Each student will complete a spoon in silver or base metal.
  
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5. Special Events
  
Michael Boyd Beer and BBQ
 With None
 25 June 2015 - 25 June 2015
  
 Join us to celebrate Michael Boyd's 15 years of teaching at Metalwerx with beer, barbecue, and Michael himself!
  
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Stone Sale and Foredom Demos
 With None
 10 August 2015 - 10 August 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 10 July 2015
  
 Don't miss this opportunity to stock up on precious and semi-precious gemstones, gem beads, cabochons, and rough slab from Village Silversmith. In addition, visitors can try out Foredom Equipment and get answers to all their burning questions. Foredom
  
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 Metalwerx Open House
 Stop by to watch instructor demos, check out three mini-exhibitions, see our fully-stocked classroom, and hang out with staff, faculty, students, Studiomates and our hard-working community of volunteers!
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 Faceted Stones on Stackable Rings
 Size, solder, embellish and set faceted stones to create a set of sparkly stacking rings to wear home!
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 Colorful Necklaces: Prismacolor Patinas
 Are you interested in adding a dash of color to your work? Perhaps you'd like to learn how to make textured metal really pop? Prismacolor colored pencils are a very direct way of introducing these concepts to your work.
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 Bangle Bracelets with Metal Clay Charms
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