Hollow pendant by Laura Perez
Learn jewelry making and metal design in jewelry classes for beginner through advanced levels. In a fully equipped, professional studio setting, you will make a minimum of four sterling silver projects under the expert guidance of goldsmiths Daniel Valencia, Bryce Dexter, and Emily Reeder. Through professional jewelry instruction and these projects, Metal I students learn the basic techniques of metalsmithing, hammering, sawing, forging, filing, bezel setting, texturing, soldering, and polishing. Metal I students learn the correct methods of creating and setting heavy bezel set stones. All bezels are handmade and heavy, no bezel wire is ever used at Jewelryclassdc.
Metal II students create their own designs while honing their forging and stone setting skills. Hollow ring fabrication, flush setting, and advanced soldering skills are covered. All tools and equipment will be provided for studio use. Limited class size allows for individual instruction and step by step demonstration of the fabrication processes. The comprehensive tool sets provided at each bench means no waiting for tools.
Metal III students learn graver set stone setting, including bead and pave, learn the use of the most modern jewelry making tools including laser and pulse arc welding as well as working under the microscope. Additionally, intensive jewelry repair workshops are offered several times per year.
Metal II and Metal III students are eligible for non directed open studio time as space permits free of charge. Open studio is each Sunday 9-2 by appointment. Tool lists, supplier recommendations, and studio set-up advice is always available.
Bench time, space is available for rental by qualified metalsmiths.
Extended study programs, private instruction is available from beginner to advanced. Bring your ideas to life through a custom curriculum.
Custom wedding band workshops available. Design and create your own handmade wedding bands, details are available upon request.
52 O Street, NW Suite 105 Washington, DC 20001
52 O St. NW is conveniently located 3 blocks from NOMA Metro Station on the Red Line.
Each student bench is fully equipped with a complement of professional metal smithing tools, including Benchmate system, flex shaft, graver set, and optivisor.