Virtual Courses

Virtual courses come in a broad array of types and durations, with particular focus placed on techniques best suited for a home studio environment, where space and specialty equipment might be in limited supply.

  • Virtual Course (1 day)
    with Bonnie Bishoff
    June 19, 202110:00am-1:00pm
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $140.00

    So you've got your polymer canes, now what?! In this virtual course, students will learn to create complex surface patterns in polymer clay with simple millefiori cane designs and Bonnie’s marquetry process. Techniques will cover how to build up thin polymer veneers for rich surfaces and surprising depth, inlay methodology, as well as how to address light. 

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  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Everett Hoffman
    June 21-23, 20216:00pm-8:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00

    Explore all the ways that metal can be used to create one of kind settings that will “trap” all your precious objects from gems and stones to found materials. Learn techniques and tricks of tab setting using basic tools like a jeweler’s saw, drill, and files to create your own unique settings in sheet metal. This two-day workshop will cover making patterns, sawing, filing, sanding, and setting stones.   

  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Kristin Mitsu Shiga
    June 22-24, 20214:00pm-6:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00

    In this live, virtual workshop, students will join master jeweler Kristin Mitsu Shiga to learn gypsy setting and easy tube setting for production. Students will create their own custom tools, cover alternative methods for holding pieces, and proper preparations and use of rubberized abrasives. 

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  • Virtual Course (3 weeks)
    with Missy Graff Ballone
    June 23-July 7, 2021weekly on Wednesdays6:00pm-7:00pmfor 3 weeks
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $110.00

    Working at the bench can be taxing on the body. The way you move in your studio impacts how you feel. This workshop series is designed to teach you how to understand your common movements in the jewelry studio. Each session will be a mix of lecture and physical movements that target a specific area of the body and jewelry making practice. By the end of the course you will be ready to transform your studio practice. 

  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Milt Fischbein
    June 26-27, 202110:00am-6:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $350.00
    Materials: $96.00

    Advance your skills in making filigree jewelry with Canadian filigree artist Milt Fischbein! In this interactive virtual workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of making filigree coils and Middle Eastern style flowers. By the end of this course, students will have created a pair of filigree teardrop earrings and a multi-level three dimensional filigree flower pendant.

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  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Munya Avigail Upin
    July 5-7, 202110:00am-12:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00

    Knitting is a method of looping or stitching consecutive threads together to form a larger connected whole. In this live, virtual workshop students will learn how to apply the knitting technique, also knows as "crocheting", to create a beautiful tubular chain using just a few hand tools and metal wire. Versatile and stylish, this chain looks very much like a Loop-in-Loop chain but is much easier.

  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Joanna Gollberg
    July 6-8, 202110:00am-12:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00
    Materials: $62.00

    In this virtual course, students will learn how to fabricate their own prong settings using a dual-gas torch and how to then prong-set their stones appropriately. Strong emphasis will be placed on torch temperature control, as well as flame placement. Students can expect to gain knowledge, strategies, and confidence to make both calibrated and free-form prong settings. 

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  • Virtual Course (3 weeks)
    with Paulette Werger
    July 7-21, 2021weekly on Wednesdays1:00pm-3:00pmfor 3 weeks
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $225.00

    This three-session class will examine the design structures borrowed from botany. Student will learn to translate, interpret, and design using motifs such as twigs, leaves, vines to create unusual pieces of jewelry that reference or mimic elements in nature and botanicals. Techniques such as forging, texturing, tapering, fusing, and fabrication in Argentium will be demonstrated and larger design discussions will be had in regards to making methodology and visual language. 

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  • Virtual Course (3 days)
    with Karen Karon
    July 9-11, 202110:00am-4:00pmfor 3 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $350.00

    This intensive 3-day virtual class is intended to establish a solid foundation in the art of chain maille for studetns with no prior experience. Focus will be placed on creating 3 essential chain maille weaves, Byzantine, European 4-in-1 (E41), and Half Persian 3-in-1 (HP31), which are the basis for numerous other chain maille weave patterns.

  • Virtual Course (3 days)
    with Jennifer Wells
    July 12-16, 202110:00am-12:00pmfor 3 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $225.00

    In this virtual workshop students will explore just how much a single sheet of metal can do and will leave with the understanding of how to achieve a huge variety of results for creating volume. Demos will cover numerous approaches to add form and depth. Working predominately with sheet metal, the class will explore slot & key construction as well as drilling, sawing, bending, and forming in order to achieve shape and volume using both hot and cold fabrication techniques.

  • Virtual Course (1 day)
    with Paulette Werger
    July 12, 20217:00pm-8:00pm
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $25.00

    So you’ve taken a ton of classes, honed dozens of techniques and skills, and made the samples...now what? In this hour-long creative coaching session, participants will discuss how to tease out their inner creative voice and how to apply that aesthetic to make a piece of jewelry that is distinctly their own with Metalwerx instructor and artist, Paulette Werger. Come talk shop amongst a small group of peers with one of your favorite teachers! 

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  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Jim Dailing
    July 13-15, 20214:00pm-6:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00

    This live, virtual course will focus exclusively on two distinct stone setting processes - the first being bead setting and the second being hammer setting on a thick walled tube. Students will be guided on how to expertly hold and use bead setting tools, how to measure and construct an extra thick tube, and then how to hammer set a round faceted stone. Learn to to add perfect highlights to nearly any surface and create a clean visual frame that emboldens your stones to act as a focal point, while giving the piece a secure and structurally sturdy setting suitable for daily wear!

  • Virtual Course (1 day)
    with Bonnie Bishoff
    July 17, 202110:00am-1:00pm
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $140.00

    So you've got your polymer canes, now what?! In this virtual course, students will learn to create complex surface patterns in polymer clay with simple millefiori cane designs and Bonnie’s marquetry process. Techniques will cover how to build up thin polymer veneers for rich surfaces and surprising depth, inlay methodology, as well as how to address light. 

  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Ryan Gardner
    July 17-18, 202110:00am-1:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $225.00

    This virtual course offers participants the chance to learn lapidary techniques for carving stones from the comfort of their own studio bench! No large lapidary equipment required! Students will be shown numerous diamond bits to achieve a variety of designs and textures, as well as how to polish those carvings. Ryan will also cover the process for creating laminations and gold inlay designs in stones!

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  • Virtual Course (4 days)
    with Bette Barnett
    July 20-23, 20211:00pm-3:00pmfor 4 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $350.00
    Materials: $75.00

    Steel is a fabulous metal for jewelry—lightweight, malleable, and strong. Steel also plays well with other non-ferrous metals, particularly silver, offering opportunities to create dramatic mixed metals jewelry. This techniques-focused workshop will cover a wide range of methods for combining silver and steel.

  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Laura Wood
    July 20-22, 20211:00pm-3:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00

    Powder coating is a terrific way to achieve uniform and long lasting color on the surface of metal. This virtual course will provide instruction on setting up powder coating for a home or shared studio and powder application using electrostatic spray deposition (ESD). Curriculum will cover setup and application methodology, tips on how to fabricate for the process, and surface altering techniques.

  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Nash Quinn
    July 20-22, 20214:00pm-6:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00
    Materials: $21.00

    Learn to add dramatic movement and satisfying functionality to jewelry and small-scale metalwork of all sorts in his technical workshop designed to introduce students to spring-based mechanisms that can be used to make lids pop open, make catches easier to use and more secure, as well as to make mechanisms last longer.

  • Virtual Course (1 day)
    with Janelle Hinesely
    July 21, 202111:00am-12:00pm
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $35.00

    If you've been seeking to learn how to take dynamic imagery of your jewelry using a smartphone camera device, then look no further! We've teamed up with Halstead jewelry supply to get you started on taking the first steps towards shooting stellar images, from compositional tips and tricks to using camera settings, and putting finishing edits on an image for visual impact.

  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Matthieu Cheminée
    July 26-28, 20216:00pm-8:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00

    This virtual workshop is about discovering and understanding the beautiful process of reticulation. Participants will learn to make varying alloys, which affect the reticulations results, as well as the numerous steps required to obtain the wavy, unique textures that reticulation offers. This course will also elaborate on how to form, incorporate, solder, and rivet reticulation without damaging its texture.

  • Virtual Course (4 days)
    with Victoria Lansford
    July 27-August 5, 20211:00pm-3:30pmfor 4 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $375.00

    Say goodbye to flat filigree and take yours to new levels of interest as Victoria demystifies all of her intricate 3D filigree structures. Discover her no-fail method to understanding the process as you learn to think in dimensional filigree, then move on to the complex forms including twist-ups, mobius puzzles, and fabric folds for which Victoria is famous.

  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Marissa Saneholtz
    July 31-August 1, 20211:00pm-3:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00

    IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE! This course is the next continuation of the Torch-Fire Enameling trilogy. In this workshop, students will learn how to create champlevé enamel pieces using the intricate and satisfying saw and solder, and torch-fire enameling techniques. Tips and tricks on how to design for this technique will be shared. The processes of sawing, soldering, wet packing, torch-firing, stoning, finishing, and soldering on findings so to not obstruct or ruin your enameled pieces will be shown. Working with opaque and/or transparent enamels, students will work to create a wearable piece of jewelry.

  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Jesse Bert
    August 3-5, 20216:00pm-8:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00
    Materials: $40.00

    In this virtual workshop students will focus on a variety of different ways that texture can be created both on the surface of metal and in a 3D format, by manifesting dynamic hand tools with easy, straightforward applications. Course objectives will cover traditional and less common styles of tools used by artisans for generations. Additional focus will be placed on the value of form and design in order to develop unique, specialized tools that enhance, embellish, and personalize your jewelry work. 

  • Virtual Course (3 weeks)
    with Maia Leppo
    August 4-18, 2021weekly on Wednesdays4:00pm-6:00pmfor 3 weeks
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $225.00

    Explore new possibilities in your jewelry making process with Computer Aided Design (CAD)! In this virtual course, students will learn the basics of designing 2D objects and patterns using the Rhinoceros design software and will aim to translate their ideas quickly and effectively into workable computer files in preparations for laser cutting unique jewelry components, production line multiples, or even templates and blanks.

  • Virtual Course (2 weeks)
    with Mi-Sook Hur
    August 7-14, 2021weekly on Saturdays1:00pm-3:00pmfor 2 weeks
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00

    If you have ever wanted to learn how to add drawing or a painterly quality into your work using watercolor enamels, then this is the workshop for you! Using watercolor enamels, this workshop will allow students to achieve very detailed, colorful, and subtle images and patterns on a glass surface. Techniques include mixing colors, making marks, building up layers, and adding fine details.

     

  • Virtual Course (1 day)
    with Kristin Mitsu Shiga
    August 8, 20213:00pm-6:00pm
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $140.00

    At least half the challenge of metalsmithing is being able to hold onto your project while you manipulate it with your tools. The great news is that, though a strong grip is helpful, it’s not always required. In this demonstration-format workshop, students will be introduced to a collection of tools and techniques, from simple to elaborate, that have been developed over the centuries to address the challenge of holding our jewelry work.

  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Lynn Yuhr
    August 9-11, 20216:00pm-9:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $225.00

    In this virtual workshop students will learn to make Picasso-inspired polymer clay pieces that pop with any outfit and can either be worn as a pin or a pendant! Color mixing and color blends are the key to this project, providing the base in which to build. A cut and paste technique is used in combination with overplayed line work, and added accents for the final touch. Handmade bail and commercial pin back attachement will also be covered. 

  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Charles Lewton-Brain
    August 9-11, 20216:00pm-8:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00

    In this tricks and tips virtual workshop, students will learn to speed up their production and understanding of goldsmithing from a master in the field, Charles Lewton-Brain. This course is a loose, eclectic collection of short cuts, bench tricks, stone setting and polishing hints, and alternative equipment options. Cheap tool making, jeweler’s secrets, and unexpected sources for tools will be covered. Learn to free your thinking and find solutions to whatever technical problems that might arise!

  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with William Vanaria
    August 10-12, 20216:00pm-8:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00

    Bezel setting is a simple, yet attractive method of setting cabochons or other stones and is a relatively simple process to learn when setting basic ovaloids or stones in the round. However, taking this setting to the next level requires a lot more practice and mastery over the technique. In this virtual workshop, students will learn ways to improve their bezel setting skills by setting a cabochon with a sharp edge, as well as setting a delicate cabochon with an unusual convex shape.

  • Virtual Course (1 day)
    with Charles Lewton-Brain
    August 16, 202110:00am-1:00pm
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $140.00

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    For more information about virtual courses, visit our Virtual Course FAQ page. 

    Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

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  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Kristin Mitsu Shiga
    August 17-19, 20216:00pm-8:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00

    Confused by the dizzying array of rotary burs, bits, and mandrels on the market? Ready to invest in a flexible shaft machine, but don’t know where to start? In this essential skill-builder, we will cover all the flexible shaft machine basics, from choosing the right motor, handpiece, and rheostat to maintenance and choosing the right bit for the job at hand.

  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Erica Stankwytch Bailey
    August 21-22, 202110:00am-12:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00
    Materials: $60.00

    This virtual course will delve into the inherent potential of the jeweler's saw frame. Students will begin by learning the fundamentals of using this indispensable tool, from blade selection and tension to grip, bench pin options, body positioning, angle, pressure, and more. After covering the basics, the class will shift gears as Erica demonstrates two different project options - tab setting a cabochon, coin, or found object (two ways) and slot connections with built-in tab/prong setting for cabochon or faceted stones.

  • Virtual Course (2 days)
    with Matthieu Cheminée
    August 24-26, 20216:00pm-8:00pmfor 2 days
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $150.00

    Coming soon! 

    For more information about virtual courses, visit our Virtual Course FAQ page. 

    Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

     

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  • Virtual Course (3 weeks)
    with Paulette Werger
    September 8-22, 2021weekly on Wednesdays1:00pm-3:00pmfor 3 weeks
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $225.00

    This intensive three-session virtual workshop explores the traditions of Keum-boo with a variety of techniques and variants to create jewelry in an economical way. Students will learn about the properties of gold and silver foils, how to create their own foils, and multiple application methods in combination with embossing, stamping, roller printing, soldering, and many more tips and tricks!

  • Virtual Course (3 weeks)
    with Lauren Beaudoin
    September 9-30, 2021weekly on Thursdays10:00am-12:00pmfor 3 weeks
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $225.00

    In this virtual course, students will explore patination methods using common household items! Techniques will include short and long term buried and fumed exposure for copper and copper alloys. Surface preparation, tools, patina recipes, sealants, and safety procedures will also be discussed. Come dabble in the scientific side of metalsmithing!

  • Virtual Course (3 weeks)
    with Taylor Saleem
    September 15-29, 2021weekly on Wednesdays6:00pm-8:00pmfor 3 weeks
    at Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
    Tuition:
     $225.00

    Add a little pizzazz to your jewelry! This virtual workshop will teach students to transform flat sterling silver sheet into a dimensional bead using the natural world as inspiration. Participants will learn how to translate botanical motifs into metal cut-outs, how to expertly piece designs, how to build the body of the bead, and how to then sweat soldering the imagery onto the bead, for an elevated and personalized aesthetic.