This is a course that provides you with instruction and opportunities to practice fine metal work for jewelry and is perfect for beginners and those who need a refresher alike. It covers basics like cutting and torch work and some advanced techniques like etching. Students may bring their own materials to work with, and some materials will be available for purchase from the instructor. We will place an order for special materials during the first week of classes. A large selection of cabochons will also be available for purchase.
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: Open Studio: Get to work on your own projects and get help as needed. This is your time to try out new ideas, experiment with class techniques, get signed off on equipment, and practice the hand skills basic to jewelry making. Some extra topics may be introduced!
Week 3: 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 4: Open Studio
Week 5: Soldering with our new 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 6: Open Studio
Week 7: We will continue to work on projects from the earlier sessions. Soldering skills will be expanded to bezel-setting a cabochon stone. We will discuss the various stones available and consider alternate materials, such as resin, as a highlight of our design.
Week 8: Open Studio
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.