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
  
PMC Bead-O-Rama! (Full 5-days)
 With Barbara Simon
 29 July 2015 - 02 August 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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PMC Bead-O-Rama! (2-Day Weekend Session)
 With Barbara Simon
 01 August 2015 - 02 August 2015
  
 New option - Sign up for the weekend session of Barbara's class! Nothing compares to metal clay for making unique hollow, textured forms with ease. And who better to learn from then the author of the book on the subject.
  
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Pneumatic Hand Engraving
 With Tira Mitchell
 05 August 2015 - 09 August 2015
  
 Discover all the steps needed to understand hand engraving. Each student will have their own pneumatic system to use during class. Learn the basics of tool making, graver sharpening, layout, scroll design, theory of hand lettering, and hand engraving.
  
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Enameling on Three-Dimensional Forms
 With Harlan Butt
 12 August 2015 - 16 August 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
  
 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
  
 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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2. Weekly Jewelry Classes
  
Chasing and Repousse Techniques
 With Avery Lucas
 Thursday, 17 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 17 August 2015
  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  
 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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Jewelry 1
 With Avery Lucas
 Thursday, 17 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 17 August 2015
  1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  
 This course is an introduction to the secrets of making jewelry and working with metals. All of the basics to making your own jewelry will be covered.
  
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Sculptural Foldforming
 With Cynthia Eid
 Thursday, 17 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 17 August 2015
  6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  
 Foldforming lends itself to spontaneity, creativity, and innovation, since forms can be made quickly, using tools such as fingers and hammers or a rolling mill. The process produces strong, light, dimensional designs that can be used in earrings, bracelet
  
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Casting 1
 With David Baird
 Monday, 21 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 21 August 2015
  1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  
 Casting and wax working techniques can save time and add new dimension to artwork. Investigate how to produce and cast wax models with complex curves, surfaces, and textures that would be difficult and time consuming to execute in sheet metal.
  
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Jewelry 2
 With David Baird
 Monday, 21 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 21 August 2015
  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  
 Pick up where Jewelry I left off! Special emphasis will be given to fabrication, flex shaft, soldering and stone setting techniques, but no questions or projects will be taboo!
  
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Jewelry 1
 With Brie Flora
 Tuesday, 22 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 22 August 2015
  10:00 AM - 1:00 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 (Tuesday Afternoon)
 With Wendy Jo New
 Tuesday, 22 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 22 August 2015
  1:30 PM - 4:30 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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Jewelry 1 (Tuesday evenings)
 With Diane Lawton
 Tuesday, 29 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 29 August 2015
  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 afternoons)
 With Joy Raskin
 Wednesday, 30 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 30 August 2015
  1:30 PM - 4:30 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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Directed Open Studio (Wednesday Morning)
 With David Baird
 Wednesday, 30 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 30 August 2015
  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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Making Enameled Stones for Bezel Setting
 With Kelly Conroy
 Wednesday, 30 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 30 August 2015
  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  
 Delve into more creative ways to make jewelry and produce one-of-a-kind "stones" to bezel set in unique ways. "Stones" will actually be made by enameling on domed metal surfaces. Form and enamel metal wrap up by setting handcrafted enamel "
  
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Combining Silver and Copper Metal Clay
 With Michela Verani
 Thursday, 05 November 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 05 October 2015
  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  
 Explore a variety of ways to combine copper and silver clay including inlay of copper into silver, silver inlay into copper, as well as patterned cane work.
  
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3. Weekend Workshops
  
Hollow Forms
 With Bree Richey
 11 September 2015 - 12 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 11 August 2015
  
 Design, plan, construct, and execute hollow form projects with ease. Bree will share her tricks for speed, expose students to new and alternative tools, and share finishing ideas and production techniques that quicken the process.
  
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Intro to Metal Clay Jewelry
 With Michela Verani
 19 September 2015 - 20 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 19 August 2015
  
 Curious about metal clay? It's a perfect way to add texture and volume to jewelry. Spend two days acquiring the basics with stamping, cutting, making bails, and polishing while creating silver jewelry to wear home.
  
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Swivel Hinged Lockets
 With Andrea Zatarain
 26 September 2015 - 27 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 26 August 2015
  
 Capture memories, and practice simple hinges while making a swivel hinge sterling silver locket that holds a photo in this two day workshop.
  
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Anticlastic Forming
 With Michael Good
 02 October 2015 - 04 October 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 02 September 2015
  
 Metalsmithing master Michael Good will lead students through a series of exercises designed to teach the principles of Anticlastic Raising - how metal is moved from flat sheet into complex curved forms.
  
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Small Scale Mokume Gane
 With Eric Burris
 10 October 2015 - 12 October 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 10 September 2015
  
 Mokume gane is a Japanese technique that bonds many layers of precious metals into a single piece that is worked into beautiful patterns. Learn to create a billet, seamless forged band ring, and patterned sheet metal in three days!
  
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Enameling on Steel
 With Kat Cole
 16 October 2015 - 18 October 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 16 September 2015
  
 Explore techniques for enameling on steel with both sifted and liquid form enamels. As a bonus, students will also learn basic fabrication and soldering with steel!
  
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Making Tools for Making Multiples: Inventive Forming
 With Jayne Redman
 23 October 2015 - 25 October 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 23 September 2015
  
 Save time, increase production, and gain more consistency in recurring designs by employing original engineering concepts by Jayne Redman. Focus on ways of forming, measuring, cutting, and connecting sheet/wire, with specialized tools you create!
  
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Fire Forge and Flush Setting
 With T. Jeffrey Georgantes
 30 October 2015 - 01 November 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 30 September 2015
  
 This class will lead students on a journey to explore a variety of core metalsmithing skills that culminate with a finished silver ring. Practice alloying, making ingots, forging stock, and flush setting.
  
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Tinkering with Wire
 With Ellen Wieske
 07 November 2015 - 08 November 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 07 October 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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Frame of Reference: Techniques for Visual Narratives
 With Paulette Werger
 13 November 2015 - 15 November 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 13 October 2015
  
 How can you lure someone in to take a closer look at a piece of jewelry? How do you engage their curiosity, open them up to stories, dreams and memories? Narrative jewelry is one approach that will be combined with fabrication strategies in this workshop.
  
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Introduction to Jewelry Making
 With Wendy Jo New
 21 November 2015 - 22 November 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 21 October 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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4. One Day Workshops
  
Viking Knit Chains
 With Joy Raskin
 17 August 2015 - 17 August 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
  
 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
  
 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
  
 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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CHARMing Rings
 With Wendy Jo New
 18 September 2015 - 18 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 18 August 2015
  
 Learn to fabricate multiple sterling rings and create unique charms that will be attached to add movement and a personal touch. Techniques covered include measuring, sizing, annealing, texturing, forming, filing, soldering…you get the idea!
  
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A Twist on the Wrist and the Earlobe
 With Wendy Jo New
 25 September 2015 - 25 September 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 25 August 2015
  
 Discover the art of "hot twisting" square wire to complete a closed bangle bracelet, an open bangle bracelet, and use leftover material to make a pair of earrings (or two!) in a day!
  
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Chain Maille: Basket Weave
 With Karen Karon
 20 November 2015 - 20 November 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 20 October 2015
  
 This chain maille weave pattern (widely known as Vipera Berus) produces flat linear chain with a texture reminiscent of a woven basket. Learn how to construct this beautiful weave by making a silver bracelet in class.
  
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Tips & Tricks for Combining Gold & Silver
 With Joy Raskin
 04 December 2015 - 04 December 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 04 November 2015
  
 Ever want to try your hand at working with gold? Add gold to your silver jewelry? Afraid of getting started? This workshop is for perfect for anyone who wants to step up their bench working skills and expand their metal palette to conquer the fear of gold
  
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Intro to Forming
 With Diane Lawton
 05 December 2015 - 05 December 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 05 November 2015
  
 This workshop teaches students the proper way to use a hammer to quickly move metal and create volume through a bead, earring or bracelet project.
  
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Personalized Picture Charms and Pendants
 With Kelly Conroy
 06 December 2015 - 06 December 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 06 November 2015
  
 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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Brooch Backs
 With Brie Flora
 11 December 2015 - 11 December 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 11 November 2015
  
 Explore two different ways to create brooch pin backs during this day long workshop. There will be discussion during class on designing and creating interesting compositions so brooches are appealing on both sides!
  
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Stackable Metal Clay Rings
 With Michela Verani
 12 December 2015 - 12 December 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 12 November 2015
  
 Stackable rings are hot, so make a lot to mix or match and add color with firable CZ's! Study methods for working with, firing and finishing sterling silver metal clay as well as how to account for shrinkage with sizing rings and making simple bezels.
  
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A Little Bowl and Spoon
 With Brie Flora
 13 December 2015 - 13 December 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 13 November 2015
  
 Arrive with nothing but a smiling face, and leave with a beautifully hand formed little bowl and spoon. Skills covered include annealing , forming, and shaping with various tools around the studio including hammers and stakes.
  
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Pearl Knotting Seminar
 With Mary Stachura
 18 December 2015 - 18 December 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 18 November 2015
  
 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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5. Special Events
  
Stone Sale and Foredom Demos
 With None
 10 August 2015 - 10 August 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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July 27, 2015
 Leather Wrap Bracelet with Ornamental Button Clasp
 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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July 29, 2015
 PMC Bead-O-Rama! (3-Day Weekday Session)
 New option - Sign up for the first three days of Barbara's class! Nothing compares to metal clay for making unique hollow, textured forms with ease. And who better to learn from then the author of the book on the subject.
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August 01, 2015
 PMC Bead-O-Rama! (2-Day Weekend Session)
 New option - Sign up for the weekend session of Barbara's class! Nothing compares to metal clay for making unique hollow, textured forms with ease. And who better to learn from then the author of the book on the subject.
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August 05, 2015
 Pneumatic Hand Engraving
 Discover all the steps needed to understand hand engraving. Each student will have their own pneumatic system to use during class. Learn the basics of tool making, graver sharpening, layout, scroll design, theory of hand lettering, and hand engraving.
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August 12, 2015
 Enameling on Three-Dimensional Forms
 Become skilled at enameling on three-dimensional forms through a variety of techniques including cloisonné with master Harlan Butt.
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September 11, 2015
 Hollow Forms
 Design, plan, construct, and execute hollow form projects with ease. Bree will share her tricks for speed, expose students to new and alternative tools, and share finishing ideas and production techniques that quicken the process.
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