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Silversmithing

Beginning & Intermediate Bronze Metal Clay Jewelry

This class will teach beginning students how to manipulate the clay by using molding compound and textures. Students will complete 3-5 projects during class. Intermediate students will learn additional gem setting techniques and further hone their skills.

Dates & Times

November 9, Saturday 10:30 am-4:30 pm
Ages: Ages 16 & up
Instructor: Samantha Slater
Location: Schack Art Center, Studio 1

Beginning/Intermediate Silversmithing

Beginning students will learn how to fabricate jewelry from metal sheet and wire.  Begin with basic skills such as forging, soldering and setting cabochon stones.  Learn to use a jeweler's saw and other hand tools.

Dates & Times

#1: Jul 9-Jul 30, Tuesdays 7-9 pm
Ages: Adult - 18+
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

#2: Sep 17-Oct 8, Tuesdays 7-9 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

#3: Oct 22-Nov 12, Tuesdays 7-9 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

#4: Dec 3-Jan 7 (skip 12/24, 12/31), Tuesdays 7-9 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

Braided Ring

Come learn the tricks of "braiding" wire with a drill and a hammer. No actual braiding involved. This is a great class for beginners who have never held a torch - the instructor will be right with you all the way. More experienced learners who yearn to be initiated into the mysteries of this stylish ring will also feel right at home.

*Please note: this date is different than the one listed int he catalog.

Dates & Times

November 23, Saturday 11 am-4 pm
Ages: Ages 16 & up
Instructor: Julia Lowther
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

Cold Enamel Jewelry

Create faux enamel effects on metal with Iced Enamels®. Learn how to use enameling powders, enameling medium and resin to permanently adhere color to metal. This technique will create the same look as torch-fired or kiln-fired enamels but without the heat. Learn to combine Enamel Medium with quick-melting Relique powders, to create beautiful mixed-media metalwork in minutes. Cold Enameling will never rub off, fade or yellow over time.

Dates & Times

September 28, Saturday 10 am-1 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Samantha Slater
Location: Schack Art Center, Studio 1

Electro Etched Copper Pendants or Earrings

Electro-etching is a fabulous low-tech and low-cost way to add design and dimension to a flat sheet of metal. You'll choose a design from a selection provided, transfer it to copper sheet, etch the metal (re-purposed phone chargers are involved - very cool!), cut out your earrings or pendant, and dome your pieces before finishing them. 

Dates & Times

October 26, Saturday 10 am-5 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Julia Lowther
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

Enameling on Copper

Enameling is the art of fusing powdered glass to metal. This class will teach the three basic techniques of enameling. Students will learn to stencil, cloisonne and chambleve on copper.  

Dates & Times

Thursdays October 17-November 14 (skip Oct. 31), 6-9pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

Getting Real with Resin

Learn to work with ICE Resin, a non-toxic jeweler's grade resin that gives you endless possibilities for your jewelry designs! Pour the resin into a bezel setting or silicone mold, or even use it over paper. You can use lots of different images and materials with ICE Resin that will be sure to get your creativity running wild! You will be able to carefully take your piece with you after class, or come back the next day to pick it up.

Dates & Times

September 28, Saturday 2-5 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Samantha Slater
Location: Schack Art Center, Studio 1

Intermediate/Advanced Silversmithing

*Students must have taken the Beginning-Intermediate Silversmithing course or have instructor's permission to take this class.

Join other students who have taken Beginning Silversmithing and further your skills by working side by side with individual projects. Instructor will work on projects and demonstrate techniques as well.

Dates & Times

#1: Jul 10-Jul 31, Wednesdays 7-9 pm
Ages: Adult - 18+
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

#2: Aug 14-Sep 4, Wednesdays 7-9 pm
Ages: Adult - 18+
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

#3: Sep 18-Oct 9, Wednesdays 7-9 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

#4: Oct 23-Nov 13, Wednesdays 7-9 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

#5: Dec4-Jan 8, 2020 (skip 12/25, 1/1/2020), Wednesdays 7-9 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

Intro to a Jewelry Saw

Enter a new realm of jewelry techniques by learning how to use a jeweler's saw. Bring your own designs, or choose one of our samples to cut out of metal with a saw and create a pendant. Students will learn both sawing and piercing metal as well as finishing and filing steps to creating a smooth, eye-catching piece.

Dates & Times

October 12, Saturday 10 am-1 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Samantha Slater
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

Sublime Silver Stack Rings

Soldering is magic. Making metal stick to itself with metal glue? Totally magic! Come learn some magic and go home with 3 lovely sterling silver stack rings to prove it. If you have never used a torch before, this is the class for you. Short, sweet, and highly productive. The instructor will be with you every step of the way.

*Please note: this date is different than listed in the catalog. Class is 8/31.

Dates & Times

August 31, Saturday 10:30 am-3:30 pm
Ages: 16 & up
Instructor: Julia Lowther
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

Sweet Silver Knot Rings

Yes, you can make TWO silver rings in less than a day! These sweet silver knot rings look fabulous stacked together on one hand, or separated on the hands of a pair of friends. Plus you get to do metal magic, because making metal stick to itself with metal glue?  Totally magic!  If you have never used a torch before, this is the class for you. The instructor will be with you every step of the way in this short and highly productive class. All materials and tools provide.  Bring nothing - go home with new jewelry.  Have a blast in the process!      All Levels

Dates & Times

December 7, Saturday 1-5 pm
Ages: Ages 16 & up
Instructor: Julia Lowther
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

Weekend Advanced Silversmithing

*Students must have taken the Beginning-Intermediate Silversmithing course or have instructor's permission to take this class. 

Join other students who have taken Beginning Silversmithing and further your skills by working side by side with individual projects. Instructor will work on projects and demonstrate techniques as well. A general supply list is available. You may also have a conversation with the instructor about your project at sign up.

Dates & Times

#1: Sep 28 & Sep 29, Saturday & Sunday 9 am-1 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

#2: Oct 19 & Oct 20, Saturday & Sunday 9 am-1 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

#3: Nov 16 & Nov 17, Saturday & Sunday 9 am-1 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

Weekend Beginning Silversmithing

Beginning students will learn how to fabricate jewelry from metal sheet and wire.  Begin with basic skills such as forging, soldering and setting cabochon stones.  Learn to use a jeweler's saw and other hand tools.

Dates & Times

#1: Jul 13 & Jul 14, Saturday & Sunday 9 am-1 pm
Ages: Adult - 18+
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

#2: Aug 10 & Aug 11, Saturday & Sunday 9 am-1 pm
Ages: Adult - 18+
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

#3: Sep 14 & Sep 15, Saturday & Sunday 9 am-1 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

#4: Oct 5 & Oct 6, Saturday & Sunday 9 am-1 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

#5: Nov 2 & Nov 3, Saturday & Sunday 9 am-1 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio

#6: Dec 14 & Dec 15, Saturday & Sunday 9 am-1 pm
Ages: Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Bonnie AuBuchon
Location: Schack Art Center, Metalsmithing Studio