*This comprehensive metalsmithing class has been carefully designed to introduce the fundamentals of jewelry design and execution. Studio habits, classroom safety, and design elements will be covered in detail. This Metals I class is the beginning of learning specific metalsmithing skills. Subsequent metals classes have been designed to build on each other, step by step, reinforcing what has already been learned as well as introducing new techniques. (See below for more details on Metals II).
*Students will learn wellover 20 techniques by building a pendant and a pair of earrings: Students will learn how to solder, saw, pierce, hammer, file, sand, buff, anneal metal, roll print, hammer texture, patina, set stones, make templates, stamp, dome, ball up wire, make a bail and a post for the pearl to be attached to (on the earring), as well as different finishing techniques. Students will receive an in-depth soldering lecture which covers many aspects of soldering, tools, chemicals and STUDIO SAFETY.
*Two primary projects, a pendant and a pair of earrings, will be offered, and students should finish both projects during class. In addition, students will have the opportunity to make one ‘dog tag’ or one key chain charm out of copper. Students will receive a folder of jewelry making info and detailed handouts for both primary projects, with room to add notes and “how to’s.” Students are encouraged to bring a camera (or cell phone) in order to photograph various set ups and directions as the instructor directs. Upon successful completion of this class, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for 30 hours class time & will be given a free 4 hour Open Studio card.
DSMA provides tool kits for our Metalsmithing I class! There are additional supplies and tools you will need to buy that go along with this kit. This saves you $75 - $100 off buying the entire list. If you have any questions about the tool kit, please give us a shout, and we will be happy to answer them for you.
*Metals II students will concentrate on bezeling and stone setting skills. Bracelet elements and making a toggle are added. The second project is a flat wire ring with a cabochon stone set on the band. Upon completion, students will receive an extensive handout, a Certificate of Completion for 30 hours class time & a free 4 hour Open Studio card.
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"If you are going to take a jewelry making class, take it at DSMA. Dollar for dollar it is the best value. You get detailed instructions, individualized attention, hands on classes. You will come away with more skills than from any other place. The Naja next to the school is brilliant! You can run next door and get supplies, plus the employees at the Naja know exactly what is needed for class, and can give suggestions when there are options that need to be decided upon. At DSMA you are encouraged and never belittled or made to feel dumb. The instructors are very safety conscious and they are always watching to make sure everything is done safely. This was hands down the most enjoyable class I have ever taken!" Gail K.
"Loved the entire class. It was structured but fun and I learned SO much more than classes I've already taken elsewhere. The amount of information learned made the time out of state worth it!" Amy S.
"One of the main reasons I chose this school is Tori and Darlene's teaching skills, they are very thorough. I have never learned so much in a jewelry class. They think of every situation and question we might have and answers them all." Carol B.
Denver School of Metal Arts
Clear Creek Business Center 6810 N. Broadway Unit L Denver, CO 80221 (303) 997-9846