Beginning in January, I'll be offering lessons to people who would like to either learn about making jewelry -- or would like to improve their skills-- at Adams County Arts Council, 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325. The three-hour classes are for one or two persons per class, and meet once a week, either an afternoon or an evening. The arts council studios are large, well-lit and easy to access.
Introductory class introduces the student to the tools and materials needed to make wearable art. Materials will include traditional metals, plastics, rubber, found objects and more. Findings such as S-hook catches and ear wires will be covered. Students should expect to work outside of class, that way making a piece of wearable art every week.
Intermediate class is designed for the student who has taken an intro class or is able to use basic hand and mechanized tools easily. The student in this class will build on skills learned in intro, and will learn to solder, make hollow forms and learn to make hinges for boxes and pendants. Findings such as a box clasp and toggles will be made as needed. Simple stone setting will be introduced.
Enameling class will be offered, with no previous metals experience necessary. Cloisonee pieces with transparent enamels, wall pieces using a variety of enamel techniques, and enamel paints on copper will be explored. All enameling will be done with a torch.
Advanced Fabrication will be offered as the classes progress, a class which will include difficult/advanced soldering, more hollow forms, stone setting as needed, will be some of the many options available.
Contact me via email or FaceBook Messenger for details.
Articles by Judith Pyle