Skill Levels

We want you to get the most out of your experience and every course you take at Metalwerx.  To ensure just that, our staff works with each instructor to set an appropriate skill level and requirement for each class offered.  The reasoning is that there may not always be time to review certain techniques, so some classes require that students have experience with a particular skill such as soldering or stone setting. This way, instructors can cover the class content as planned, without anyone falling behind.

Please contact us (especially) if:

  • You don't already meet the set-requirements but really want to take a particular course.  We can try to set-up a private lesson in advance to teach you what you need to know to enroll.  
  • You have any questions about whether you are qualified to enroll in a particular course.  We can't fit every detail in a class description and would be happy to provide you with more information on what will be covered.

Skill levels and Requirements explained:

All Levels: 

No experience needed, but more experienced students may also enjoy this course.


No experience needed

Basic and above: 

Jewelry 1 skills required. More experienced students may also enjoy this course.

This student should have a very basic knowledge of metalworking and an understanding of how to tools are used, but hasn’t had much practice/time to develop yet. Basic skills include exposure to the following techniques: saw, drill, file, polish, and solder metal, as well as basic stone setting skills. 

Intermediate and above: 

Jewelry 2 skills required. Or specific “other” requirement needed when noted. More experienced students may also enjoy this course. 

This student should possess a stronger competence with basic skills from additional practice in classes or independent work, but no regular professional usage.   S/he should be growing confident with using a torch and in performing regular bench tasks.


Specific “other” requirement used

This student should possess a good knowledge of metalsmithing and regular bench practice (professionals, experienced students, and serious hobbyists).

Other types of requirements that could be under Intermediate & Advanced

  • Basic enameling knowledge required
  • Basic forming experience
  • Basic metal clay knowledge required
  • Basic chain maille experience required
  • Casting and Wax Working experience required
  • Sawing and Filing skills required