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
  
Creative Synclastic & Anticlastic Hammering
 With Cynthia Eid
 18 June 2014 - 22 June 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 18 May 2014
  
 Explore the infinite possibilities of synclastic and anticlastic forming. These techniques allow us to create complex three-dimensional structures from a single sheet of metal and seamlessly combine concave and convex curves.
  
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Chasing and Repousse for Jewelry: Sculpting Forms Directly into Metal
 With Linda Kindler-Priest
 27 June 2014 - 29 June 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 27 May 2014
  
 Linda Kindler Priest creates extraordinary jewelry by employing chasing and repousse, a method to sculpt reliefs in metal. Using hammers, chasing tools, and pitch, learn to create interesting textures, patterns, unusual shapes, and realistic images.
  
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Precise Fabrication and Mechanisms
 With Pat Flynn
 09 July 2014 - 13 July 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 09 June 2014
  
 Mechanisms require a high level of accuracy so the final product not only looks good but functions well. Join Pat Flynn, goldsmith extraordinaire, as he helps students take their fabrication techniques to a new level and tackle complex findings.
  
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Raising and Chasing Vessel Forms
 With David Huang
 16 July 2014 - 20 July 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 16 June 2014
  
 The ingenious artist David Huang teaches students to create stunning dimensional work through a process called angle raising. Using hammers and stakes, wax and chasing tools, discover how to construct and embellish vessels.
  
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Introduction to Japanese Metal Carving and Decorative Inlay Techniques
 With Patrick Hastings
 23 July 2014 - 27 July 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 23 June 2014
  
 Get an introduction to classic Japanese metalwork. Learn about tool making and study four types of inlay: carved raised inlay, flush inlay, flush wire inlay, and wire dot Inlay. All tools required will be provided at class.
  
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Painting with Enamel
 With Linda Darty
 30 July 2014 - 03 August 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 30 June 2014
  
 Linda Darty's painterly approach to enameling produces alluring gemlike surfaces, vivid colors, and remarkable depth. Spend a week with this passionate leader in the field, focusing on painting processes using enamel materials.
  
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Fold Forming
 With Charles Lewton-Brain
 06 August 2014 - 08 August 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 06 July 2014
  
 Charles Lewton-Brain is credited with inventing fold forming, a technique recognized the world over as a new, original innovation in metal working. Use metal's flexibility to make complex forms resembling chased, constructed and soldered shapes.
  
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Fold Forming: The Next Steps
 With Charles Lewton-Brain
 09 August 2014 - 10 August 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 09 July 2014
  
 This course is geared towards students who have experience with fold forming, but want to take their work to the next level by exploring more complex folds and realizing methods for integrating forms into their artwork.
  
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Think Like Calder: Linear Jewelry for the Neck
 With Paulette Werger
 13 August 2014 - 15 August 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 13 July 2014
  
 Forge, taper, fuse, solder and combine these techniques to create jewelry for the neck. Students can make a collar, a multi element neckpiece, pendant with tapers, forged or twisted elements -- think like Alexander Calder, in line, volume and form.
  
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Metal as Line: Forge Fuse Taper Fabricate for the Hand
 With Paulette Werger
 16 August 2014 - 17 August 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 16 July 2014
  
 Create graceful linear elements from silver wire that can be transformed into elegant pieces of finished jewelry for the hand and wrist including tapered rings, forged bangle bracelets, twisted wire cuffs and more!
  
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Design Strategies for Jewelry Makers
 With Michael Boyd
 19 August 2014 - 19 August 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 19 July 2014
  
 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
 20 August 2014 - 22 August 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 20 July 2014
  
 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
 25 August 2014 - 28 August 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 25 July 2014
  
 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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2. Weekly Jewelry Classes
  
Jewelry I (Tuesday evenings)
 With Diane Lawton
 Tuesday, 15 April 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 (Wednesday evenings)
 With Joy Raskin
 Wednesday, 16 April 2014
  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  
 Jewelry 2 presents projects designed to expand student's skill set and solve setbacks with finishing and soldering. Practice both flush and tube setting for faceted stones, form a hammered cable link chain, and add pattern and color to metal.
  
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Stone Setting: From Bezels to Prongs
 With Joy Raskin
 Wednesday, 16 April 2014
  1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  
 Here is a great opportunity to develop stone setting, fabrication, and soldering skills through a series of technical projects. Open back bezels, bezels made from tubing, flush settings, prong settings, tab and freeform settings will all be demonstrated.
  
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Forming and Fluting
 With Cynthia Eid
 Thursday, 17 April 2014
  6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  
 Add interest to formed jewelry and metalwork with fluting! With a focus on bracelets, study synclasting, planishing, and fluting two ways--One method creates a recessed crease, or groove, and the other makes raised ridges on metal sheet.
  
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Beads and Bangles: The Art of Polymer
 With Pamela Cole
 Thursday, 17 April 2014
  10:00 AM - 1:00 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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Chain Maille Mini: Dragonscale Bracelet
 With Karen Karon
 Thursday, 17 April 2014
  1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  
 Classic chain maille gets a modern update with a bold and beautiful horizontal weave, the Dragonscale pattern. Learn new chain maille techniques while completing a silver bracelet during class.
  
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Directed Open Studio (Monday mornings)
 With David Baird
 Monday, 21 April 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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Directed Open Studio (Wednesday mornings)
 With David Baird
 Wednesday, 23 April 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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Chain Maille Mini: Horizontal Persian Weaves
 With Karen Karon
 Thursday, 01 May 2014
  1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  
 This short course focuses on two of the more challenging Persian Sheet Weaves: Horizontal Arkham Sheet and the Half Persian 3-in-1 Sheet 6 (aka. Horizontal GSG Sheet) -- both are dense, wide weaves that lie well on the body because they are so flexible.
  
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Casting with Color: Resin Forms from Rubber Molds
 With Kat Ely
 Thursday, 15 May 2014
  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  
 Resin is a great way to add colored components to jewelry or create larger sculptural pieces at a fraction of the cost of precious metals. Learn to make silicone molds from found or sculpted objects, add color, and cast multiples using a non-toxic resin.
  
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Just Beyond the Basics
 With Wendy Jo New
 Thursday, 15 May 2014
  1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  
 Learn, refine, and build on fundamental fabrication and soldering skills. Practice fabricating links and findings as well as various connections for pearls while making at least two pairs of earrings, a "Russian 3-band ring", and earring jackets.
  
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3. Weekend Workshops
  
Making Metal Beads
 With Pauline Warg
 26 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
  
 Discover dozens of different ways to make distinctive small hollow forms: beads! Create crescent roll beads and square beads, reticulate commercial beads, make variations on double domed beads, decorated tube beads and more.
  
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Carving a Wax Model for a Cast Ring
 With Andrea Zatarain
 02 May 2014 - 04 May 2014
  
 Get an introduction to carving wax models with a focus on rings. Find out about wax properties and tools, how to calculate size, control weight, additive and subtractive carving, freeform or pattern designs, and how to incorporate a basic bezel.
  
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Introduction to Jewelry
 With Sarah Doremus
 17 May 2014 - 18 May 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 17 April 2014
  
 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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A Perfect Pair: Creating Glass Beads and Silver Jewelry
 With Joy Raskin
 07 June 2014 - 08 June 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 07 May 2014
  
 Combine the best of two worlds. Create lamp-worked beads at Fiamma Glass in nearby Newton Upper Falls on Saturday. On Sunday, join us at Metalwerx to fabricate findings for custom beads and discover how to manipulate wire into finished jewelry.
  
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4. One Day Workshops
  
Pearl Knotting Seminar
 With Mary Stachura
 09 May 2014 - 09 May 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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Beach Pebble and Sea Glass Jewelry
 With Sarah Doremus
 16 May 2014 - 16 May 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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Resin Inlay
 With Wendy Jo New
 30 May 2014 - 30 May 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 30 April 2014
  
 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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Plique-A-Jour Pendants
 With Kelly Conroy
 01 June 2014 - 01 June 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 01 May 2014
  
 Here's an opportunity to explore the enameling technique plique-a-jour, which is French for "letting in daylight". It highlights the best feature of enamels, the combination of color and light, resembling a miniature stained-glass window.
  
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Viking Knit Chains
 With Joy Raskin
 06 June 2014 - 06 June 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 06 May 2014
  
 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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Make Your Own Jewelry Findings
 With Joy Raskin
 07 June 2014 - 07 June 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 07 May 2014
  
 Create rivets, ear wires, clasps, pin backs, hairpins and other findings! This is the perfect course for beaders, glass bead artists and anyone who wants to make their own, unique jewelry findings.
  
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Metal Clay Rings
 With Michela Verani
 13 June 2014 - 13 June 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 13 May 2014
  
 Create rings in metal clay! Working directly on a mandrel, students will come to understand important considerations for sizing, allowing for shrinkage, setting stones, using coils, texturing and shaping specific to ring making in metal clay.
  
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Chain Maille Jewelry: Rosetta Bracelet
 With Karen Karon
 14 June 2014 - 14 June 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 14 May 2014
  
 Classic chain maille gets a modern update with the Rosetta pattern. Discover some chain maille basics while completing a sterling silver bracelet during class. No experience necessary.
  
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Bangle Bracelets
 With Leah Meleski
 23 June 2014 - 23 June 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 23 May 2014
  
 Explore basic stone setting, roller printing, texturing, stamping and leave with an "armful" of new jewelry! Students will size, solder and embellish up to six bangle bracelets over the course of a day.
  
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Stone Setting Basics
 With Leah Meleski
 24 June 2014 - 24 June 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 24 May 2014
  
 Your new pendant is only a stone's throw away! This course covers several different stone setting methods as students construct a sterling silver pendant, using cabochons to highlight and inspire designs.
  
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Stackable Rings
 With Leah Meleski
 25 June 2014 - 25 June 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 25 May 2014
  
 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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Two Rings in One
 With Wendy Jo New
 30 June 2014 - 30 June 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 30 May 2014
  
 Acquire fundamental jewelry making skills while creating a distinctive silver ring—that is actually two rings in one! The finished piece is a ring within a ring that can spin or stay in place.
  
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Riveting Narrative: A Cold Connection Workshop
 With Lindsay Mis
 07 July 2014 - 07 July 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 07 June 2014
  
 Tell your story, share a poem, or recreate a dream in the pages of a short metal bound book. Each student will build a palm-sized book with paper, metal, and rivets to learn sawing, surface textures, drilling, and cold connections.
  
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Metal Clay Earrings in a Day
 With Michela Verani
 14 July 2014 - 14 July 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 14 June 2014
  
 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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Enameled Bowls: Sgrafitto Techniques
 With Kelly Conroy
 21 July 2014 - 21 July 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 21 June 2014
  
 Arrive with nothing but your smiling face, and leave with a beautifully enameled bowl. Enameling techniques covered include sifting, layering, and sgrafitto (a direct way to draw or write on enameled surfaces).
  
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Personalized Picture Charms and Pendants
 With Kelly Conroy
 28 July 2014 - 28 July 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 28 June 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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Creating Colorful, Lightweight Forms in Polymer
 With Pamela Cole
 04 August 2014 - 04 August 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 04 July 2014
  
 Create symmetrical and irregular hollow forms in polymer using natural, found and miscellaneous household objects. This course will also explore embellishing forms with surface techniques using canes, metallic foils, clay additives, and carving.
  
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5. Special Events
  
Stone and Tool Sale
 With None
 25 April 2014 - 25 April 2014
  
 

Friday, April 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM

Shop for tools, pearls, gems, rough slab and hand-cut cabs at Metalwerx. Warg Enamel and Tool Center, Robert and Sophie Berzofsky and Steve Taney offer the very best at great prices.
  
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Metalwerx Open House and Jewelry Sale
 With Karen Karon
 10 May 2014 - 10 May 2014
  
 Metalwerx invites the local community to visit our studio, get a sneak peek at some of our upcoming classes, take a free mini earring workshop, and check out jewelry made by our members.
  
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Studio Logic: Maximizing Space, Tools & Techniques
 With Jeff Herman
 31 May 2014 - 31 May 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 01 May 2014
  
 About to layout your shop but not sure where to start? What about safety concerns like ventilation and dust collection? How about storage solutions? Find out the answers at Jeff Herman’s studio, the founder of the Society of American Silversmiths.
  
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April 25, 2014
 Stone and Tool Sale
 

Friday, April 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM

Shop for tools, pearls, gems, rough slab and hand-cut cabs at Metalwerx. Warg Enamel and Tool Center, Robert and Sophie Berzofsky and Steve Taney offer the very best at great prices.
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