This class will focus on the basic skills of jewelry making using base metals (copper, brass). Emphasis will be on the safe and appropriate use of tools and machinery in the Jewelry Studio. Students are invited to join Jewelry Open Studio to continue working on their own projects. Students who wish to work in silver are welcome, but must bring or purchase their own silver.
Week one: We will cover basic sawing, filing, sanding and finishing. Copper sheet will be provided to make a cuff bracelet. We will discuss project design for the remaining classes in this session. Bring a sketchbook! We'll compare different suppliers of jewelry raw goods and plan a materials order for future projects.
Week 2: This session will cover cold forging and forming of wire. Copper and brass wire will be available to practice and design with. Possible projects include findings (hooks, clasps, earwires, etc), rings, pins, and bracelets.
Week 3: Soldering with our acetylene torch will be introduced. Butt joins and sweat soldering will be demonstrated, and firescale issues will be discussed. Butane and propane/oxygen torches will also be available for those who wish to try them. Students may begin work on a ring or bracelet, or a pendant necklace.
Week 4: We will finish and polish work on projects from the earlier sessions.
About the instructor Jeanne Applegate is a 1996 graduate of the School for Professional Crafts at Worcester Center for Crafts, majoring in metals. She has sold her work both at juried shows and at the Museum store at Danforth Museum in Massachusetts, where she taught jewelry classes for several years. She has also taught at Worcester Center for Crafts, Snow Farm, Jacksonville Gem and Mineral Club, and Adult Ed and children's classes.