Jewelry

Our jewelry studio is fully equipped for jewelry making and metalsmithing students of all levels.

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Kumihimo Necklace

September 18, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Kathleen Cianfarani

Enjoy learning the art of “Kumihimo” to make a necklace in this beginner course. Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making in which cords of all types can be used for different thicknesses and textures. A firm but flexible foam disc with notches is the form used to weave the cords into the rope like braided neck piece we’ll end up with. There will be a center focal piece supplied along with all the attachments (findings) to be able to complete your necklace.

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Glass Beads: Introduction to Lampworking

September 23, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley

Glass bead making (Lampworking) is an ancient Venetian art form that has experienced a great resurgence in the past several years. There are countless varieties of style, color, and shape that combine to make beautiful and unique glass beads. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the equipment, tools, materials, and techniques used to safely melt and form glass into an array of bead shapes and styles. You will leave the class with your own beautiful beads in hand and perhaps a dose of glass bead fever!

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014
Details & Purchase>

SOLD OUT! Jewelry I

October 1, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

This is an introductory course covering fundamental concepts and techniques of both the design and creation of original jewelry. It includes the techniques of piercing and filing, soldering and polishing. Students will work with metal alone and in combination with other materials, such as wood, plexiglass, etc. Development of individual designs will be encouraged. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 11/26. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014

Details & Purchase>

Jewelry II

October 1, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

This is an advanced course in metalworking and jewelry design that will allow students to refine basic skills and explore advanced techniques. Stone setting, forming and fabricating skills will expand the student’s knowledge and allow for more advanced designs. Control of the material to achieve desired results will be emphasized. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 11/26. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26. Prerequisite: Jewelry I

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014

Details & Purchase>

Jewelry III: Stone Setting

October 1, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

Techniques of setting cabochon and faceted stones in both hand-made and commercial settings will be taught in this course. Construction of bezel and basket settings for round – and fancy – shaped stones will be covered, as well as tube and channel settings. Stone and gem identification and individual characteristics of stones will be discussed. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 11/26. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26. Prerequisite: Jewelry I + Jewelry II

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Kumihimo Bracelet

October 2, 2014 to October 9, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Kathleen Cianfarani

Enjoy learning the art of “Kumihimo” to make a bracelet in this intermediate class. Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords of all sorts can be used for different thicknesses and textures. A firm but flexible foam disc with notches is the form used to weave the cords into the rope-like braided bracelet we’ll end up with. There will also be beads incorporated into this braided bracelet that will make this piece sparkle. All the attachments are included to make a finished project. Additional materials fee of $6.00, payable at the first class, if you need the foam disc.

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Jewelry I

October 4, 2014 to December 13, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM Instructor: Gail Bossalini

This is an introductory course covering fundamental concepts and techniques of both the design and creation of original jewelry. It includes the techniques of piercing and filing, soldering and polishing. Students will work with metal alone and in combination with other materials, such as wood, plexiglass, etc. Development of individual designs will be encouraged. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 11/29. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014

Details & Purchase>

Band Ring Workshop

October 4, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

Using basic metalsmithing techniques, students will make a simple band ring from sterling silver with the option to embellish it using a variety of texturing methods. This class involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. This workshop will teach students how to lay out precise designs on metal. Then we will use these techniques to construct a simple band ring using sterling silver. Prerequisite: Jewelry I or Jewelry + Metalsmithing 101

Monday, Oct 6, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Try It! Jewelry Studio Tour

October 6, 2014 — 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

Have you always wondered what it would be like to take a jewelry or metalsmithing class? Try it! Get a feel for our jewelry classes before you sign up for an extended course. In this class, students will learn about the possibilities in our jewelry studio: design, cutting, soldering, mixing metals, stone setting, polishing and finishing. Students can watch a demo, try working with the materials, and gain knowledge to jump start their interest in making metal jewelry!

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Glass Beads: Introduction to Lampworking

October 7, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley

Glass bead making (Lampworking) is an ancient Venetian art form that has experienced a great resurgence in the past several years. There are countless varieties of style, color, and shape that combine to make beautiful and unique glass beads. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the equipment, tools, materials, and techniques used to safely melt and form glass into an array of bead shapes and styles. You will leave the class with your own beautiful beads in hand and perhaps a dose of glass bead fever!

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014

Details & Purchase>

Beyond The Basic Bead: Surface Decoration

October 21, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley

Endless design possibilities begin with a simple dot or line. Students will learn how to lay dots and lines on the surface of a bead as the basis of bead design and style. Learn how to melt and move the dots and lines into various patterns and designs. Creating and using multicolor rods of glass called “twisties” will also be covered. Prerequisite: Introduction to Lampworking.

Monday, Oct 27, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Jewelry & Metalsmithing 101

October 27, 2014 to December 1, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

This is an introductory course covering the fundamental concepts and techniques of both design and creation of metal jewelry. Students will be introduced to piercing, filing, soldering and polishing working with copper, brass, and nickel silver. Students will work with metal alone and in combination with other materials. The development of a student’s individual designs will be explored. No experience necessary. Students will learn to work with hand tools as well as power tools; fine motor coordination is required for this course. Each step will be clearly demonstrated, and all techniques, safety tips and guidelines will be explained before use of equipment.

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Beyond The Basic Bead: They Don’t Have to Be Round!

November 4, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley

Beads come in many shapes and sizes. In this class, students will learn how to use tools and marvering techniques to shape glass into square, triangle, bi-cone, tube, and tab shaped beads. Prerequisite: Introduction to Lampworking.

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Forged Cuff Bracelet Workshop

November 15, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

In this short jewelry workshop, students will learn how to form a piece of heavy gauge sterling silver wire into a beautiful, hammered (forged) cuff bracelet. No experience necessary.

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Beyond The Basic Bead: Adding Depth with Encasing

November 18, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley

An encasement layer of clear glass adds depth and interest to the bead design. In this class, students will learn various methods of adding an encasing layer of glass to beads. Altering the look and design of the base bead through heat control and glass movement, as well as how to add glass without altering the base design will be explored. Prerequisite: Introduction to Lampworking.

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Basic Wire Wrapping

November 22, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM Instructor: Sandra Haggett

Wire wrapping of beautiful stones has been around for centuries, and the simple beauty of a wire wrapped pendant is a piece of jewelry anyone would love! This introductory course in wire wrapping will use sterling silver wire to frame a cabochon and make a wearable pendant. Basic wire wrapping techniques will be covered and at least one pendant will be finished and ready to wear and take home by the end of class. If you have your own needle nose pliers or wire-cutters, please bring them with you. Students must bring $25 in check or cash payable directly to the instructor for materials.

Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Beyond The Basic Bead: Fun with Florals

December 2, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley

Whether they are encased within the glass or elegantly placed on the surface of a bead, flowers are a beautiful addition to bead design. In this class, students will learn how to create beautiful gardens under a layer of glass encasement. Creating and using petal and vine cane to create beautiful surface flowers will also be covered. Prerequisites: Introduction to Lampworking + Adding Depth with Encasing.

Thursday, Dec 4, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Bead Embroidery

December 4, 2014 to December 18, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Kathleen Cianfarani

Take your beading to the next level! In this class, you’ll learn basic embroidery stitches to create a necklace focal piece or pin using a variety of bead shapes and sizes around a center form. The beads will be stitched to a suede like material and you will learn how to put a backing on the finished piece, making it into a pendant or pin. All materials will be provided and no experience necessary. Ages 14 and up welcome.

Saturday, Dec 6, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Bezel Setting Workshop

December 6, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

In this class, students will learn how to fabricate a bezel setting and set a cabochon shaped gemstone in sterling and fine silver. We will look at many different cuts of cabochons and discuss strategies for setting odd shapes or sizes, highlighting several varieties of gemstones and their inherent risks. Personal safety and careful handling of gemstones will be a main focus of the techniques being taught. Students will have the option to make a pendant or a pair of earrings (bring your own stone or choose from ones that are supplied by instructor) and leave class with a finished piece of jewelry. Prerequisite: Jewelry + Metalsmithing 101 or HVCC Jewelry I. One day jewelry workshops do not qualify as a prereq.

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014

Details & Purchase>

Precious Metal Clay Exploration

December 13, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Nancy Miller

Explore the many ways that you can use fine silver precious metal clay to create jewelry designs of your own. Precious metal clay can be shaped like clay to produce uniquely textured surfaces, and once it is fired in the kiln, it results in shiny, durable, and beautiful silver jewelry. Students will have the opportunity to make pendants, earrings, beads, charms, and rings. The class will also cover techniques for setting and firing stones. Each student will leave with at least three finished pieces of jewelry. No previous experience necessary. Students will pay a materials fee of $85 directly to the instructor at the start of class. Please note that this price is subject to increase or decrease based on the market price of silver at the time.

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014
Details & Purchase>

Beyond The Basic Bead: Metal Inclusion

December 16, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley

Glass not enough for you? Add metal to your lampwork beads. This class will cover tips and techniques for metal inclusion (copper, gold and silver) in and on your lampwork beads. Prerequisites: Introduction to Lampworking and Adding Depth with Encasing.