Course Descriptions and Tuition

Michael R. Kosinski, Instructor

Beginning Jewelry Fabrication 1- $325    3 Days

In this 3 day workshop, learn the basic skills of jewelry fabrication including sawpiercing, soldering, filing, forming, texturing, annealing, and polishing. Technical vocabulary, tool and equipment use and shop safety is taught. Students learn the properties of metals such as copper, brass and sterling silver. This is a beginners class for those who have never had any jewelry instructions and for those who have had some experience and want to further their skills.

*Materials and use of tools included

 Beginning Jewelry Fabrication 2-$450         4 Days

In this 4 day continuation of BJF1, learn more comprehensive skills in basic fabrication such as disk cutting and doming as well as an introduction to stone setting and making a bezel.

Prerequisite: BFJ1 or equivalent experience with sawpiercing and silver soldering.

*Materials and use of tools included

Saturday School-$800       Every Saturday for 7 weeks

This course is designed to enable students who have work/school during the week to attend class and learn the basic skills of jewelry fabrication in an all day class on Saturdays. It includes the first two courses in basic jewelry fabrication, 1 and 2, and will cover everything from sawpiercing, soldering, filing, forming, texturing, annealing, polishing, disk cutting, doming and an introduction to stone setting and making a bezel.

No prerequisite, beginners welcome!

*Materials and use of tools included

Wax Carving and Introduction to Casting-$600      4 Days

In this 4 day workshop, learn to create a wax model by layout, carving, sawing and wax build-up. An introduction to casting includes making a plaster mold, burn out and casting in sterling silver.

Prerequisite: BFJ1 or equivalent experience with sawpiercing and silver soldering.

*Materials and use of tools included

 Stone Setting 1-$425      3 Days

Learn the basic skills of stone setting, including bezel settings, in this three day class. 

Prerequisite: BFJ1 and BJF2 or equivalent experience with sawpiercing and silver soldering.

*Materials and use of tools included

Stone Setting 2 -$425      3 Days

Prerequisite: BJF1 and 2 and Stone Setting 1 or equivalent experience.

Continue to learn new skills in setting fancy shaped stones, gypsy, tube and flush settings in this 3 day class.

*Materials and use of tools included

Soldering 101-$240   3 Days

Learn the basics of silver soldering in this three day intensive class. Tackle and learn how to solve different soldering

situations that may arise. Learn how to solder wire to wire, end to end, wire to plate, sweat soldering, etc. Instruction of when and why to use different solder is covered with practical soldering knowledge and technique being the focus. Silver soldering, using propane/oxygen torches.

*Materials and use of tools included

Guest Teacher Classes

Intro to Jewelry Fabrication: Earrings in a Day

This 6 hour class introduces the student to some basic skills in jewelry fabrication such as cutting, forming, filing, texturing, making earring wire and using a foredom flexshaft to do clean up and polishing. Metals used are copper, brass and sterling silver. Everyone will leave with a completed project, this class focusing on earrings.

Intro to Jewelry Fabrication: Bracelets in a Day

This 3 hour class introduces the student to some basic skills in jewelry fabrication such as cutting, forming, filing, structure, design, texturing and hammering. Metals used are copper, brass and sterling silver. Everyone will leave with a completed project, this class focusing on bracelets.

Coppersmithing with Keith Gelber-$150      An 8 hour workshop, one full day

"Copper is one of the most important metals mentioned by ancient historians. It was known before the time of Tubal Cain, who was an educator in its works as well as brass and iron. Historians say that Cadmus discovered it and taught its application to his countrymen. It was noticed on the island of Euboea, near the city of Chalcis and this may be why the Grecian's called it 'chalcos', which is the name that Homer and other authors called it. The Romans knew copper as 'aes cyprum' and 'cyprum', names from the island of Cyprus, where some believe the art of working it was discovered. In the mystic nomenclature of alchemists, copper is known as Venus, the sacred goddess of Cyprus." We will start with a square of copper, and then circle the square to begin the process of raising the copper into a vessel or bowl. This project is difficult yet rewarding and fun, we learn through the experience with copper that rhythm does indeed replace power.- Keith Gelber, Instructor

Intro to Chasing: Art of the Chisel-Douglas Pryor-$350     2 Days 

An excerpt from Dougs website:

This is a two day workshop designed to help folks brush up or become acquainted with chasing. If your chisels have been neglected for 20 years and you've been looking for an excuse to dust them off, or if you just want to try your hand at some freehand chisel work, then this course is for you. We’ll be focusing on the fundamentals of chisel technique, hammer control, pitch management, and how to use design to compliment our medium. Our project is a chisel holder or a simple cuff. The design will be your choice and after we chase the design we’ll go through how to shape a piece without damaging it! Turning your work into something you can carry with you or display proudly at your bench. **This course is short and comprehensive. Join us for some creativity and laughs, brighten your world with your own good works. ** All tooling provided. **All materials provided.  

Face Study Workshop with Douglas Pryor-$800     4 Days

An excerpt from Dougs website:

Sculpting a face is one of my favorite things to work on, you can literally tell any story with a face and it's something I think everyone can benefit from observing. So face sculptures are back on the menu this year! I'll be showing how to plot out faces with raising so the metal doesn't rip in those difficult deep spots such as the nose and eyes. We'll be going through some basic complementary drawing skills to help transfer your design from 2D to 3D. Covering how to layer up tooling marks through chasing over pitch so as to capture and relay the information from skeletal, muscular, soft tissues, and hair. This lesson plan unpacks itself with a bottom up approach. We'll be practicing our faces on paper, with clay, and then on metal (copper or steel). Compartmentalizing the different lessons allows us to go through design and material science as they become important giving us plenty of time to share and think. I do recommend some time behind the hammer and managing pitch before taking this course, but I will have plenty of intermediate and beginner projects and will encourage everyone to move at their own pace. I also strongly encourage spending a fair amount of time in your sketchbook before the class. If you need any help with this please ask me! Nothing can quite help your brain break down a form like drawing can.

www.douglaspryor.com

Kids Coppersmithing- $250

Offered for students 10-18 years, this 5 day, 3 hour a day class begins with a square of copper which is raised into a vessel, all while learning to use tools and exploring the rhythm of the metal. Ladels and spoons are next in this fun and loud workshop. The students will leave with new skills and their finished work which they can proudly use and display. Ear protection is provided.

*Materials and use of tools included

Kids Jewelry Fabrication-$250

Offered for students 12-18 years, this 5 day, 3 hour a day class teaches the basics of jewelry fabrication including sawpiercing, soldering, filing, forming, texturing, and polishing. The students will create one or two pieces of jewelry to take with them and in the process learn some time honored skills in the craft of jewelry making.

*Materials and use of tools included

Future Offerings:

Chasing and Repousse in Jewelry

Creative Forms in Metal