Beginning Metal Smithing ( Formerly Jewelry Courses 1 and 2)
This journey into jewelry, metal sculptures and vessel making includes an introduction to tools and materials with an emphasis on a variety of cold joining techniques. In this hands-on class, students work with sheet metal, wire and beads as well as with found objects. Techniques include sawing, piercing, adding texture, metal forming, cold-connection fabrication, wire working and photo resist acid etching. A $30 lab fee covers the cost of use of tools, studio chemistry, and metal wire and supplies to begin the course. Additional metal and wire will be available for purchase. Class size is limited to 10.
Intermediate Metal Smithing – (Formerly Jewelry Courses 3 and 4)
We’re turning up the heat in this jewelry class that is open to students of all levels. This course will start with a review of the basics in cutting and shaping metal and then move to the use of torches to explore soldering, annealing, bezel setting, enameling and more. Each week will allow students the opportunity to learn “hot” techniques” as well as design their own sculptural work or jewelry. A $30 lab fee covers the cost of studio chemistry, fuel and supplies for torches, plus sheet copper and wire to begin the course. Additional sheet metal and wire are available for purchase. Class size is limited to 10.
Introduction to Jewelry Studio (six week course)
This is an introductory class to learn the basics of jewelry design by exploring jewelry design with beads, other manufactured parts and pieces as well as found objects. This class will explore a variety of techniques and various design approaches to stringing, knotting and connecting parts to create necklaces, ear rings, bangles and bracelets. Please note: this is not a metal fabrication jewelry class. A $30 lab fee covers the cost of supplies for class projects.
Special Projects in Metal Smithing (Intermediate and Advanced)
This course is designed for the student that is ready to work independently but needs a mentor to continue guiding them through the process of creating works of art in metal. Demos and discussions will be focused around group and individual needs. More critique sessions will be held as students work towards creating a small series of work for a student exhibit. A $30 lab fee covers the cost of studio chemistry, fuel and supplies for torches, plus sheet copper and wire to begin the course. Additional sheet metal and wire are available for purchase. Class size is limited to 10.
Examples of enameled work by Sarratt Art Studios Instructor, Susan Moody