Jewelry & Metals

The jewelry-making classes taught in our Metals Department include the traditional focus on technique and materials, as well as contemporary considerations of concept, design, and experimentation.

Jewelry & Metalsmithing Material List

  Materials List

Unless noted, tuition for metals classes covers basic studio supplies, chemicals, tools and equipment. However, students should anticipate additional fees for other tools, metal and findings for their samples or projects. Most supplies are available for purchase directly from the Metals Department during class time or Open Lab. 

Open Lab:

Open lab sessions are free and available for all enrolled students (including students that take weekend classes) at the following times: Monday & Wednesday, 1pm - 4pm, Friday, 10am - 1pm,  Saturday, 10am -  2:00pm. Please note that while there will be a lab monitor on duty during open studio sessions, for safety reasons, there is no official instruction provided during these times, unless agreed upon between you and an instructor. Students should use only the tools, equipment and materials demonstrated and covered by your instructor during the course. 

Metals Course Descriptions

 2999 | Intersections: Metal & Weaving

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Anastasia Azure
Dates: Fri - Sun, 2/9/2018 to 2/11/2018 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio & Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $325.00

Register for this class on the Fibers page found here. Explore the possibilities of weaving metal without a loom. This workshop will begin with basic weave structures and the use of simple hand tools as students will work with colored wire and thin sheet metal to create jewelry pieces and technical samples. Advanced twills and free-form warps will also be explored, as well as the use of metals studio equipment such as the rolling mill, hydraulic press, and hammers. Students will have the opportunity to make earrings, pendants, pins, and bracelets. See SSA website for a list of materials; please bring a bag lunch. 

 3001 | Basic Metal Skills.1

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Sandra Salaices
Dates: Mon, 1/22/2018 to 4/2/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $315.00

This class introduces students to fundamental techniques and tools used to create unique jewelry and small metal sculpture. Students will work through a series of projects focused not only on technique, but also on encouraging individual expression. Techniques taught will include: sawing, basic forming, textures, silver-soldering, riveting, ring-making, and surface finishes. Students should expect to complete two to three projects. Materials will be discussed at the first class.*See supplies note.

 3002 | Lost Wax Casting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Justin Tejeda
Dates: Thurs, 1/18/2018 to 3/29/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $335.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $320.00

Explore this ancient process of casting metal to create unique and individualized jewelry-scale objects in bronze or silver. The class will begin with a basic ring sample to run everyone through the entire process, and then allow for independently focused projects for the remainder of the course. Class demonstrations will depend on the needs of individual projects in addition to the basics: wax model-making, simple casting molds, sprue attachment (or preparing the wax model for casting), wax burn out, and casting the molten metal as well as surface finishing. Students should expect to get through multiple casting sessions with consistent attendance. Materials will be discussed at the first class. No prerequisite. *See metals supplies note.

 3007 | Stone Setting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Jennifer Hermann
Dates: Wed, 1/17/2018 to 2/7/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $165.00

This class introduces the practical skills and theoretical understanding of setting stones of different cuts in metal. Students will practice multiple setting types such as bezel-setting and prong-setting. Techniques taught will include fabrication, drilling, cutting seats, pre-finishing, light tool making, tapping and burnishing bezels, moving prongs, final tightening, and finishing of settings. Students should expect to complete two to three wearable projects with consistent attendance, as well as setting samples to inform later work. Please see SSA website for a materials list. *See metals supplies note.

 3019 | Keum Boo-Gold Surfacing

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Sandra Salaices
Dates: Wed, 2/14/2018 to 3/7/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $165.00

In this four-week class, students will learn the Korean technique of Keum Boo where thin sheets of gold foil are applied to silver and steel pieces. Demonstrations will include the application of silver foil to steel, silver soldering of steel, and the processes of depletion and reticulation of silver, as well as texturing, and finishing techniques. Students should expect to walk away with three or more finished pieces. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metals.1 is recommended but not required. Please see SSA website for a materials list. *See metals supplies note.

 3110 | Weekend Introduction to Jewelry-Making Techniques

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Sat & Sun, 1/27/2018 to 1/28/2018 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $175.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $160.00

What does it take to make a ring? Construction of handmade rings will be the focus of this two-day workshop. Students will be introduced to the basic techniques of working with non-ferrous metals (copper, brass and silver), basic hand tools, forging, forming, silver-soldering, surface embellishment, and finishing techniques. In two days, students should expect to walk away with at least two finished projects. Please see SSA website for a materials list; please bring a bag lunch *See metals supplies note

 3160 | Steel Jewelry

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Sandra Salaices
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/10/2018 to 3/11/2018 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $165.00

During this two-day workshop, students will learn the working properties of using steel to create jewelry. Mild steel sheet, wire, and mesh will be utilized, and techniques will include silver soldering steel, welding, soldering steel with other metals, as well as finishing techniques. Take advantage of this versatile and affordable material to create several samples and a finished piece. Please see SSA website for a materials list. *See metals supplies note.

 3196 | Creating a Production Series

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Justin Tejeda
Dates: Tues, 1/23/2018 to 4/3/2018 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $310.00

This class introduces fundamental techniques and various tools used to create unique jewelry appropriate for a successful production line of jewelry. Students are encouraged to incorporate individual expression in each piece and will work with the instructor to develop ideas and concepts. Techniques taught include basic forming, textures, silver-soldering, ring-making, surface finishes, basic stone setting, jump rings, earring posts, hinges, and clasps. Students will be introduced to working with the silver alloy Argentium. Students should expect to walk away with a small series of work. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metals.1 is recommended but not required. Please see SSA website for a materials list. *See metals supplies note.

 3200 | Metals Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Fri, 1/19/2018 to 4/6/2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $325.00

This class is for motivated students who wish to pursue a new or continued topic of metalworking and/or jewelry-making to create a small body of work. Students are expected to have a good base of fundamental skills. Although projects are self-directed, the instructor will work with each student to assist with design, aesthetic, and/or technical decisions. Access will be given to all of the equipment/processes of the metals studio for this class as it relates to the chosen focus. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 and 2 or equivalent experience. *See supplies note.

 6710 | Etching & Basic Metal Skills

Level: Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Margaret Craig & Sarah Roberts
Dates: Sat & Sun, 2/10/2018 to 2/18/2018 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Flohr Print Studio & Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $270.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $255.00

Register for this class on the Printmaking page found here. In this class, over two weekends, students will have the opportunity to learn skills across departments. The first weekend, students will spend time in the printmaking department learning techniques that printmakers use for etching metals. These include line etching for directly etching lines on a plate, soft ground for creating unusual textures, and photographic etching for precise reproduction of image in metal. During the second weekend, students will learn how to transform their etched metal to create bangles, small lidded boxes, or pendants. Demonstrations will include forming, cold joining, and soldering metal as well as use of the hydraulic press to emboss and form metal. Developing personal expression and style will be emphasized as students work through projects as well as samples, presented and guided by the instructor. For this workshop copper and ferric chloride will be used; techniques will work with other metals and etchants as well. Prerequisite: Some prior art experience. Includes some materials and additional materials are available for purchase; materials will be discussed at the first class. Please see website for *Metals Supplies Note. .

 3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9-Hour Block

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 1/16/2018 to 4/6/2018 | Arranged through Department - Arranged through Department
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $80.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $65.00

The Willson Metals Studio is a fully equipped workspace providing a shared work environment for students and professionals. A lab monitor will supervise each session; however, instruction is not provided. Individuals who have not registered for this in previous terms must contact Department Chair Jillian Sortore, 210.200.8254, prior to enrolling. The fee includes access to the entire studio and consumable materials (i.e. torches, etching chemicals, etc.). Sheet metal, wire, and casting grain are available for purchase from the Metals Department, but large quantities should be ordered separately by individuals. Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Basic Metal Skills.1 & .2 or equivalent experience.

 3000b | Metals Studio Rental: Unlimited

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 1/16/2018 to 4/6/2018 | Arranged through Department - Arranged through Department
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $335.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $320.00

The Willson Metals Studio is a fully equipped workspace providing a shared work environment for students and professionals. A lab monitor will supervise each session; however, instruction is not provided. Individuals who have not registered for this in previous terms must contact Department Chair Jillian Sortore, 210.200.8254, prior to enrolling. The fee includes access to the entire studio and consumable materials (i.e. torches, etching chemicals, etc.). Sheet metal, wire, and casting grain are available for purchase from the Metals Department, but large quantities should be ordered separately by individuals. Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Basic Metal Skills.1 & .2 or equivalent experience.

 
 
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3001 | Basic Metal Skills.1
Mon, 1/22/2018 - 4/2/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/22/2018 and ending 4/2/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 330.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

3002 | Lost Wax Casting
Thurs, 1/18/2018 - 3/29/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/18/2018 and ending 3/29/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.

3007 | Stone Setting
Wed, 1/17/2018 - 2/7/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 1/17/2018 and ending 2/7/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

3019 | Keum Boo-Gold Surfacing
Wed, 2/14/2018 - 3/7/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 2/14/2018 and ending 3/7/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

3110 | Weekend Introduction to Jewelry-Making Tech
Sat & Sun, 1/27/2018 - 1/28/2018 | Time: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 1/27/2018 and ending 1/28/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 175.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.

3160 | Steel Jewelry
Sat & Sun, 3/10/2018 - 3/11/2018 | Time: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 3/10/2018 and ending 3/11/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

3196 | Creating a Production Series
Tues, 1/23/2018 - 4/3/2018 | Time: 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/23/2018 and ending 4/3/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 310.00 ea.

3200 | Metals Studio Projects
Fri, 1/19/2018 - 4/6/2018 | Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/19/2018 and ending 4/6/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9-Hour Block
Dates and times to be arranged with instructor.
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/16/2018 and ending 1/16/2018
 
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 65.00 ea.

3000b | Metals Studio Rental: Unlimited
Dates and times to be arranged with instructor.
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 1/16/2018 and ending 1/16/2018
 
Attendees: 1 $ 335.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 320.00 ea.

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