If you are interested in making jewelry, but want more than just a taste, this is the class for you. Whether you have taken one of our introductory courses and are ready for more or are an eager and committed beginner, this course will allow you to really follow through on your vision. We will cover basic jewelry making techniques such as soldering and wax working, and then will branch out and teach different skills based on the projects that you come up with.
We'll help you identify and learn the techniques that you need to execute your vision and teach you when it is necessary to approach specialists for help with delicate processes. Techniques may include stones setting, riveting, incorporating found materials, chain making, hollow construction, casting, plating, surface finishing, and more. If you have bits and pieces that you’ve always wanted to make into something special, or a design in mind that you’ve never been able to find, bring those ideas along!
In this class, all tools and supplies for learning basic techniques such as soldering and wax working are provided. Supplies for executing your own designs later in the class will be supplied by the student, as prices and materials will vary, but part of the class will be spent learning how and where to shop for the right metal, stones, and findings for your design.
As with all of our classes, we emphasize thorough learning. You will leave this class with a good understanding of the tools, processes, and resources that you will need to make more projects in the future, as well as many in-studio hours spent practicing metalworking techniques.
Melissa J Tyson likes to figure out exactly how things work, which leads her to investigate the chemistry, history, and possibilities of different materials. She’s excited to share this in-depth knowledge with The Bloomfield School community. When making jewelry, Melissa’s process tends towards the loud and messy, with more than one piece coming to life at all times. When not making jewelry, she works on personal projects ranging from the very-public to the semi-covert, some of which you could take part in – just ask. Melissa studied Jewelry and Metalsmithing, and as many other things as possible, at the Rhode Island School of Design. She also spent some time in Germany at the Pforzheim University School of Design.
Oct 4 – Nov 15, 2012
7 Session Local Class