Course Descriptions/ Tuition/ Schedule

**Minimum of 2 students to hold a class.

**Maximum of 6 students in each class.

 

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

Sept 3-5                                                 9am-5pm

Sept 14, 21, 28 (3 Saturdays)               9am-5pm

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

Sept 9-12                                                                 9am-5pm

Oct 12, 19, 26 and Nov 2 (4 Saturdays)               9am-5pm

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

Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 12, 19, 26 and Nov 2            9am-5pm

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

Sept 23-26                9am-5pm

 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

TBD

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

TBD

Introduction to Bead Setting      $525 + $75 Tool Kit   4 Days

Prerequisite: Stone Setting 1 or 2 or equivalent experience.

Sept 30-Oct 3                    9am-5pm

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

TBD

Guest Teacher Classes

Intro to Jewelry Fabrication: Earrings in a Day    $89

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.

Sept 7, Oct 13, Nov 9, Dec 14         9am-2pm

Intro to Jewelry Fabrication: Bracelets in a Day    $45

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.

Sept 7, Oct 13, Nov 9, Dec 14     3pm-6pm

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

Dec 7, March 7, May 17            9am-5pm

Chasing Chisel Workshop: Make All the Chisels      $450   2 Days

An artist must know how to make their own tools, eventually you will challenge yourself to a project where the tools you have are not enough.

That's what we are focusing on in this 2 day course.
All those strange and difficult chisels, all the weird specific shapes that you need for custom jobs.In this chisel making class we will be pouring over tool making strategy for one purpose and one purpose only:
to remove the barrier of tooling making so you can make the art you want to make.
Make as many chisels as you can in 2 days with the guidance and recommendations of professional chasing artist Douglas Pryor.Tool info:
All tooling provided: Hand files, sharpening stones, optivisors, hand vices, and spring steel all provided.Spring steel stock from 1/8th-1/2 inch will be available to work with. Chisel lengths will be pre-cut to 4-5inch lengths so we can spend our valuable time making the tools not the bar stock.We will be using square and round stock for the chisels. Steel of W1 and O1 will be used for this chisel making jamboree.

Nov 16-17          8:30am-5:30pm

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.  

TBD

 

 

 

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