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

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: May 30 – Jul 30 (No open studio Jun 2 & 9, Jul 4, 14, 27 & 28 or when a class is scheduled) Mon, 6:00 – 9:00pm; Wed, 1:00 – 4:00pm; Fri, 10:00am – 1:00pm; 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. 

Metals Course Descriptions

 3002 | Lost Wax Casting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Justin Tejeda
Dates: Thurs, 6/7/2018 to 7/26/2018 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $240.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $225.00

Explore this ancient process of casting metal to create unique and individualized jewelry-scale objects in bronze or silver. This class will include 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 complete a minimum of two finished projects in this 8-week course, with consistent attendance. Materials will be discussed at the first class. No prerequisite. *See Metals Supplies Note. 

 3005 | Soldering 101

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Sandra Salaices
Dates: Tues, 6/12/2018 to 7/31/2018 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $230.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $215.00

This class introduces students to fundamental techniques and tools used to create unique jewelry and small metal sculpture with focus on soldering techniques. Students will work through a series of projects focused not only on technique, but also on individual expression. Other techniques include sawing, basic forming, textures, riveting, ring making, and surface finishes. Students should expect to complete two to three projects. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3009 | Introduction to Lapidary

Level: Beginning & Advanced | Instructor: John Speck
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/2/2018 to 6/3/2018 | 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $175.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $160.00

This course is intended for beginning and the advanced student. Beginning students learn the art of lapidary, cutting and polishing gemstones that can be used to make beautiful jewelry. Using diamond-based lapidary equipment, each person will make three or more finished gemstones. No prior experience is required. 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. A supply fee of $40 is payable to the instructor and provides for safety equipment, raw gemstones, use of all tools and equipment, and jewelry materials. NOTE: The $40 materials fee will be payable to the instructor at time of workshop. Please bring a bag lunch both days.

 3011 | Basic Metal Skills.2: Weekend Workshop

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Sarah Roberts
Dates: Sat & Sun, 7/14/2018 to 7/15/2018 | 10:00 AM- 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $160.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $145.00

Students will hone and expand on the skills already learned in Basic Metal Skills.1 while learning new techniques to explore-etching, hydraulic press, and forging. This class will include demonstrations of forging and forming metal to create bangles and bracelets, as well as various ways of etching metal and using the hydraulic press to emboss and form metal. An emphasis will be placed on developing personal expression and style as students work through projects in addition to samples. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 or equivalent experience. *See Metals Supplies Note. Please bring a bag lunch.

 3034 | Moving Metal

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Deanna Pastel
Dates: Fri - Sun, 7/27/2018 to 7/29/2018 | 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $280.00

In this three-day workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of moving metal from the essentials of forming and tapering to twisting and forging with round copper stock that we will forge square. We will focus on creating depth in metal with the use of stakes and hammers, as well as a variety of techniques. Making floral forms, fold forming, and touching on the differences between synclastic (metal that is formed on one axis from itself) and anticlastic forming to create spiculums (hollowed forms) will also be covered. *Bring a bag lunch or plan to go out for lunch. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3110 | Weekend Introduction to Jewelry-Making Tech

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/9/2018 to 6/10/2018 | 10:00 AM- 4:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $160.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $145.00

What does it take to make a ring? Construction of handmade rings will be the focus of this two-day introduction to 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.

 3120 | Stone Setting

Level: New | Intermediate | Instructor: Sandra Salaices
Dates: Tues, 6/12/2018 to 7/17/2018 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $200.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $185.00

This course will introduce students to a variety of processes and techniques used for setting stones. The instructor will lead students through exercises and samples in bezels, prong setting, tab setting, and more. Trapping and setting less traditional materials and objects will be demonstrated as well. Students should expect to finish a number of samples and settings. Materials will be discussed at the first class. No prerequisite. *See metals supplies note.

 3196 | Small Production Series

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Sandra Salaices
Dates: Thurs, 6/14/2018 to 7/19/2018 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $190.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $175.00

Students will be guided through the creation of a series of jewelry that will culminate in an event pop-up. They will design a cohesive series of jewelry and will learn how to price, display, and pack. They will be shown how to create their own ear wires, clasps, and mechanisms. Students will also receive guidance on how to create a basic home studio set-up to continue their creative process. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Basic Metal Skills.1 or equivalent experience. Materials will be discussed at the first class. *See Metals Supplies Note.

 3200 | Metals Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Justin Tejeda
Dates: Wed, 5/30/2018 to 8/8/2018 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Members/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. No class Jul 4.

 3000 | Metals Studio Rental

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Jillian Sortore
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 5/30/2018 to 7/30/2018 | Arranged through Department- Arranged through Department
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 at 210.200.8254 prior to enrolling. The fee includes access to the entire studio (hand tools and equipment) 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 several semesters of study in Metals or equivalent experience.

 9510a | Introduction to Welding

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/16/2018 to 6/24/2018 | 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $300.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $285.00

Register for this class on the Sculpture and Integrated Media page found hereLearn 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. NOTE: Section A will allow for more work and project time. Students may use the scrap metal provided or supply their own metal. Please see SSA website for materials list.

 9510b | Introduction to Welding

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Larry West
Dates: Wed, 6/27/2018 to 8/8/2018 | 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $240.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $225.00

Register for this class on the Sculpture and Integrated Media page found hereLearn 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. NOTE: Section A will allow for more work and project time. Students may use the scrap metal provided or supply their own metal. Please see SSA website for materials list. No class Jul 4.

 9551 | Simple Knifemaking

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Tobin Nieto
Dates: Tues, 7/3/2018 to 8/7/2018 | 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM
Studio: Sculpture Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $265.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $250.00

Register for this class on the Sculpture and Integrated Media page found hereUsing low-tech forging setups, students will construct a single edge blade-a through tang knife with a forged guard. Advanced 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 man-made materials. Tuition includes most materials; please see SSA website for a list of supplies needed.

 9553 | Introduction to Blacksmithing

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Charles Cooper
Dates: Sat & Sun, 7/21/2018 to 7/22/2018 | 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Off Campus | 428 Arbor Pl, San Antonio, TX 78207-1727
Tuition: $230.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $215.00

Register for this class on the Sculpture and Integrated Media page found hereBlacksmithing is the art of forging steel into utilitarian or sculptural form. Students will learn how to soften or anneal steel in the forge for malleability, as well as how to use a hammer and anvil during the forming and hardening processes. The goal is to have a finished product at the end of class. As a hands-on class, safety glasses and work gloves will be provided, and students should wear closed-toe shoes (preferably leather) and natural fiber clothes such as cotton.

 
 

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3002 | Lost Wax Casting
Thurs, 6/7/2018 - 7/26/2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/7/2018 and ending 7/26/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 225.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 240.00 ea.

3005 | Soldering 101
Tues, 6/12/2018 - 7/31/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/12/2018 and ending 7/31/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 215.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 230.00 ea.

3009 | Introduction to Lapidary
Sat & Sun, 6/2/2018 - 6/3/2018 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 6/2/2018 and ending 6/3/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 175.00 ea.

3011 | Basic Metal Skills.2: Weekend Workshop
Sat & Sun, 7/14/2018 - 7/15/2018 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 7/14/2018 and ending 7/15/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 145.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.

3034 | Moving Metal
Fri - Sun, 7/27/2018 - 7/29/2018 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Friday and Saturday starting 7/27/2018 and ending 7/29/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 280.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 295.00 ea.

3110 | Weekend Introduction to Jewelry-Making Techniques
Sat & Sun, 6/9/2018 - 6/10/2018 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 6/9/2018 and ending 6/10/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 145.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.

3120 | Stone Setting (Full)
Tues, 6/12/2018 - 7/17/2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 6/12/2018 and ending 7/17/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 185.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 200.00 ea.

3196 | Small Production Series
Thurs, 6/14/2018 - 7/19/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/14/2018 and ending 7/19/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 190.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 175.00 ea.

3200 | Metals Studio Projects
Wed, 5/30/2018 - 8/8/2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 5/30/2018 and ending 8/8/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 300.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 315.00 ea.

3000 | Metals Studio Rental
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 5/30/2018 and ending 5/30/2018
 
Attendees: 1 $ 290.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 305.00 ea.

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