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:

Students who are currently enrolled in a metals class can use the studio for practicing techniques taught in the classroom any time the studio is open and a class is not in session.
Jun 4 – Aug 7 (No lab Jun 8 & 22, Jul 20 or when class is scheduled)
Tues: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Wed: 1:00pm – 4:00pm& 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sat: 10:00am – 3:00pm

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. 

Registration

Summer 2019 Registration Dates
Friends of SSA: Online | Tues, Apr 2 at 9:00am
Phone | In-Person | Thurs, Apr 4
Open registration | Tues, Apr 9 

Metals Course Descriptions

 3001 | Basic Metal Skills.1

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Caroline Davis
Dates: Tues, 6/4/2019 to 7/23/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $260.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $245.00

This class introduces students to fundamental techniques and tools used to create unique jewelry and small metal sculptures. 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, surface textures, silver-soldering, riveting, ring-making, and surface finishes. Students should expect to complete two to three projects with consistent attendance. *See supplies note.

 3007 | Bezel Setting

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Dongyi Wu
Dates: Thurs, 6/6/2019 to 6/27/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $165.00

During this workshop, students will learn how to set a stone with bezel wire. Students may use round, flat backed stones to complete their design or any other materials with a round, flat backed shape (buttons, found plastic or resin objects, wood, toys) to decorate their jewelry pieces. The class will introduce the techniques and tools for bezel setting, and some basic metal techniques will also be covered such as soldering, forming and sawing. Students are welcome to bring their own stones and other items to set in their jewelry pieces. A material kit will be available for purchase during the class. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 or equivalent experience. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3009 | Introduction to Lapidary

Level: All Levels | Instructor: John Speck
Dates: Sat & Sun, 7/20/2019 to 7/21/2019 | 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $165.00

This course is intended for the beginning and the advanced student. Beginning students learn the art of lapidary, cutting and polishing minerals to make cabochons that can be used to make beautiful jewelry. Using diamond-based lapidary equipment, each person will make three or more finished cabochons. Advanced students or those that have taken this course before will be allowed to work with a larger range of, and more challenging, lapidary materials. NOTE: A supply fee of $40 is payable to the instructor at the first session and provides for safety equipment, raw gemstones, use of all tools and equipment, and jewelry materials. Please bring a bag lunch both days.

 3010 | Enameling Basics and Beyond

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Laura Quiñones
Dates: Tues, 6/4/2019 to 7/9/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $200.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $185.00

Delight in the bright colors achieved by fusing transparent and opaque enamels to copper. Discover how to create textures and unique shapes to capture the reflections of light. Students will be introduced to a variety of techniques and encouraged to experiment. Students should expect to complete several jewelry items and decorative accessories. This class will cover a variety of methods for fusing colorful enamel (glass) to copper using both a torch and kiln. After learning a few simple techniques, you will be free to explore your favorite. Beginners welcome. *Materials will be discussed at the first class. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3050 | Traditional Meets Non-Traditional

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Dongyi Wu
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/8/2019 to 6/9/2019 | 10:00 AM- 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $165.00

Jewelry made by alternative materials sometimes can be very humorous, fun, or enlightening. This class is for motivated students who wish to investigate new materials for traditional jewelry making. The main focus will be on exploring two alternative materials: plastic and found metals. A quick presentation and samples will be shown during class to inspire students to create wearable jewelry with alternative materials. Students will also learn traditional metalsmithing techniques using both hot and cold connections. A material kit will be available for purchase during the class. Some alternative materials will be available for use or purchase, students are welcome to bring their own. Please bring a bag lunch both days. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3110 | Weekend Introduction to Jewelry-Making Tech

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Laura Quiñones
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/1/2019 to 6/2/2019 | 10:00 AM- 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $160.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $145.00

What does it take to make a ring? Construction of handmade rings will be the focus of this two-day course in metalworking. 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 using a torch, surface embellishment, and finishing techniques. In two days, students should expect to walk away with at least two finished projects. *See Metals Supplies Note. Please bring a bag lunch.

 3121 | Symmetry in Metal

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Mon, 6/3/2019 to 6/24/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $165.00

Symmetrical patterns in nature have influenced artists throughout history and have played an important role in the shaping of our environment as well as the creation of our culture and society. This course will explore how symmetrical patterns can be used to create finely detailed metal objects or jewelry. Instruction will begin with creating unique symmetrical designs inspired by nature and transforming them into complex variations using basic computer software. Students will translate these designs to metal using sawing, piercing, and etching. Simple soldering, surface finishing, and patinas will also be demonstrated. *See metals supplies note.

 3194 | Introduction to Chasing and Repoussé

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Deanna Pastel
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/22/2019 to 6/23/2019 | 9:30 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $165.00

Chasing and repoussé techniques have been used in almost every culture throughout history to create beautiful images and textures in the surfaces of metal objects and jewelry. Learn how to shape flat sheet metal into three-dimensional forms using a technique that goes back to medieval craftsmen. Students will be guided through all the steps-prepping the metal, working with malleable pitch, transferring designs, the proper use of the tools, annealing and finishing techniques. Students will start by creating samples to practice techniques covered. Students will be asked to purchase a set of chasing tools, which will be available from the instructor. Please see SSA website for a materials list; please bring a bag lunch. *See metals supplies note.

 3200 | Metals Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Wed, 6/5/2019 to 8/7/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $300.00

This class is for motivated students who wish to pursue a new or continued topic of metalworking and/or jewelry-making. Students are encouraged to focus on honing constructional skills, as well as developing a personal style. Although projects and samples are self-directed, the instructor will provide guidance and support to each student with design and technical decisions. Access will be given to all of the equipment or processes of the metals studio for this class as it relates to the chosen focus.*See Metals Supplies Note. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 & 2 or equivalent experience.

 3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9 Hour Block

Level: Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 6/4/2019 to 8/7/2019
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 individuals should order large quantities separately. 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, 6/4/2019 to 8/7/2019
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $305.00| Members/Seniors (65+): $290.00

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 individuals should order large quantities separately. Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Basic Metal Skills.1 & .2 or equivalent experience.

 9510a | Introduction to Welding

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Tues, 6/11/2019 to 7/16/2019 | 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $235.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $220.00

Learn the basic skills required for welding metal to metal for use in simple repairs or sculptural projects. Students will progress from simple arc welds to more sophisticated MIG welds. The six-session class will allow for more project time. Students may use the scrap metal provided or supply their own metal. Please see SSA website for materials list. Visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media webpage to register.

 9510b | Introduction to Welding

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/22/2019 to 6/23/2019 | 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $225.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $210.00

Learn the basic skills required for welding metal to metal for use in simple repairs or sculptural projects. Students will progress from simple arc welds to more sophisticated MIG welds. The six-session class will allow for more project time. Students may use the scrap metal provided or supply their own metal. Please see SSA website for materials list. Visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media webpage to register.

 9551a | Simple Knifemaking

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Tobin Nieto
Dates: Thurs, 6/6/2019 to 8/1/2019 | 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM
Studio: Taught at the instructor’s studio | 4223 S. Presa St San Antonio, TX 78223-1025
Tuition: $275.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $260.00

Using low-tech forging setups, students will construct a single edge blade, through tang knife with a forged guard. Advance forging techniques will be covered and will address keeping overall grinding of the blade to a minimum. Learn how to construct a handle using natural and manmade materials. Tuition includes most materials; please see SSA website for a list of supplies needed. No class Jul 4. Visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media webpage to register.

 9551b | Simple Knifemaking

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Tobin Nieto
Dates: Tues, 6/11/2019 to 7/30/2019 | 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM
Studio: Taught at the instructor’s studio | 4223 S. Presa St San Antonio, TX 78223-1025
Tuition: $275.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $260.00

Using low-tech forging setups, students will construct a single edge blade, through tang knife with a forged guard. Advance forging techniques will be covered and will address keeping overall grinding of the blade to a minimum. Learn how to construct a handle using natural and manmade materials. Tuition includes most materials; please see SSA website for a list of supplies needed. Visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media webpage to register.

 9553 | Introduction to Blacksmithing

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Alex Ruiz
Dates: Wed, 6/19/2019 to 7/17/2019 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Taught at the instructor’s studio | 4223 S. Presa St San Antonio, TX 78223-1025
Tuition: $215.00 | Friends/Seniors (65+): $200.00

This course is designed to take students through the seven basic elements, of blacksmithing incorporating those techniques into one finished piece, as well as understanding the ergonomics of forging. From these seven, students can branch out to more complicated forms of metalworking. Relying almost entirely on hand tools-using a forge, anvil, and hammer-students will create something both of form and function such as a bottle opener, door pulls, trivet, or wall hook. Other works can be created as time permits. No class Jul 3. Visit the Sculpture & Integrated Media webpage to register.

 
 

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3001 | Basic Metal Skills.1
Dates: 6/4/2019 - 7/23/2019| 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/4/2019 and ending 7/23/2019 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 245.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.

3007 | Bezel Setting
Dates: 6/6/2019 - 6/27/2019| 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/6/2019 and ending 6/27/2019 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

3009 | Introduction to Lapidary
Dates: 7/20/2019 - 7/21/2019| 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 7/20/2019 and ending 7/21/2019 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.

3010 | Enameling Basics and Beyond
Dates: 6/4/2019 - 7/9/2019| 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/4/2019 and ending 7/9/2019 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 185.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 200.00 ea.

3050 | Traditional Meets Non-Traditional
Dates: 6/8/2019 - 6/9/2019| 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 6/8/2019 and ending 6/9/2019 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.

3110 | Weekend Introduction to Jewelry-Making Tech
Dates: 6/1/2019 - 6/2/2019| 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 6/1/2019 and ending 6/2/2019 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 145.00 ea.

3121 | Symmetry in Metal
Dates: 6/3/2019 - 6/24/2019| 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/3/2019 and ending 6/24/2019 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.

3194 | Introduction to Chasing and Repoussé (Full)
Dates: 6/22/2019 - 6/23/2019| 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 6/22/2019 and ending 6/23/2019 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

3200 | Metals Studio Projects
Dates: 6/5/2019 - 8/7/2019| 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/5/2019 and ending 8/7/2019 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.

3000a | Metals Studio Rental: 9 Hour Block
Dates: 6/4/2019 - 8/7/2019| Arranged through Department Chair
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 6/4/2019 and ending 6/4/2019
 
Attendees: 1 $ 65.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.

3000b | Metals Studio Rental: Unlimited
Dates: 6/4/2019 - 8/7/2019| Arranged through Department Chair
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 6/3/2019 and ending 6/3/2019
 
Attendees: 1 $ 290.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.

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