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Classes & Workshops

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In-Person Only

8 Weekly Classes

$339

Sunday Evening Beginning Metalsmithing

Instructor

Donna D'Aquino

Sundays
June 2 - August 4, 2024
5:00 - 8:30 ET
6:00-9:30 ET on 6/23, 7/21

Learn the basics of the ancient craft of metalsmithing and jewelry making. In this fast paced studio class, you will be introduced to a variety of tools and hand skills used to create jewelry and objects from non-ferrous metals. Using brass, copper, and sterling silver you will be introduced to a number of jewelry making techniques. Those techniques will include, but not be limited to: sawing, piercing, filing, sanding, riveting, texturing, forming, finishing, soldering and bezel setting a stone.

With a focus on the principles of design, student projects may include pendants, rings, earrings, bracelets and hand-made chains.

Come join us in this warm, welcoming, fun environment to learn something new!

In-Person Only

8 Weekly Classes

$339

Tuesday Evening Beginning 2 and 3 Metalsmithing

Instructor

Donna D'Aquino

Tuesdays
June 4 - July 30, 2024
6:00PM - 9:30PM ET

In this second and third level Beginning class students will build upon the skills they have previously learned. This class will focus on further developing soldering and stone setting skills through a number of hands on demonstrations and projects. Class will explore hollow form construction, handmade chains and several methods of stone setting. Stone setting techniques to be covered will include tube setting, flush  setting, simple prong setting, tab setting and bezel setting.   With a focus on the principles of design and further developing hand skills for proper finishing, student projects may include pendants, rings, earrings, bracelets and hand-made chains.   

Come join us in this warm, welcoming, fun environment to learn something new!

In-Person Only

8 Weekly Classes

$339

Wednesday Morning Beginning 2 Metalsmithing

Instructor

Donna D'Aquino

Wednesdays
June 5 - July 31, 2024
10:00AM - 1:30PM ET

In this second level Beginning class students will build upon the skills they have previously learned. This class will focus on further developing soldering and stone setting skills through a number of hands on demonstrations and projects. Class will explore hollow form construction, handmade chains and several methods of stone setting. Stone setting techniques to be covered will include tube setting, flush setting, simple prong setting, tab setting and bezel setting. With a focus on the principles of design and further developing hand skills for proper finishing, student projects may include pendants, rings, earrings, bracelets and small containers.   

Come join us in this warm, welcoming, fun environment to learn something new!

In-Person Only

8 Weekly Classes

$339

Wednesday Afternoon Directed Open Studio Beginners/Intermediate

Instructor

Donna D'Aquino

Wednesdays
June 5 - July 31, 2024
2:00PM - 5:30PM ET

Did you start a project in a beginning class that you really wanted to finish? Maybe you ran out of time, or have questions about how to proceed? Do you need more practice in a properly equipped studio space? Are you looking for a gentle, (very) experienced hand to help you out? Have you had at least one beginning class (or maybe several) but don’t feel confident enough to move to a more advanced class level? If you answered “YES!” to one or all of these questions, then this class is for you! Come join me to complete those projects, build your skills and gain more confidence in your jewelry making journey.

In-Person Only

8 Weekly Classes

$339

Wednesday Evening Lost Wax Casting

Instructor

Dallas Vinson

Wednesdays
June 5 - July 31, 2024
6:00PM - 9:30PM ET

Learn how to create carved wax models that you will turn into sterling silver jewelry with the art of Lost Wax Casting. You will learn how to mix and pour investment, how to calculate how much silver you need, kiln usage, and the burnout process.

In-Person Only

8 Weekly Classes

$339

Thursday Morning Beginning Metalsmithing

Instructor

Lisa Winn

Thursdays
June 6 - August 1, 2024
10:00AM - 1:30PM ET

Learn the basics of making jewelry. I’ll show how to saw and love it. I’ll teach several different ways to solder including pick soldering and sweat soldering and what makes them work. Learn to shape with a dapping block to make a lentil bead. We will rivet a bail and explore the many different types of rivets. The final project is a bezel set stone on a textured sterling band using the rolling mill. Lots to learn and lots of fun.

In-Person Only

8 Weekly Classes

$339

Thursday Afternoon Intermediate Metalsmithing

Instructor

Regina Imbsweiler

Thursday
June 6 - August 1, 2024
2:00PM - 5:30PM ET

In this class we will be building on your previous experience and skill level. With an emphasis on design considerations, suggested projects include rings, pins, pendants with handmade chains, and earrings in sterling silver and gold, including mixed metals. Stones settings will be mostly box and bezel settings, as well as basic prong setting. Working with silver and gold includes alloying, pouring ingots, as well as fabricating sheet, wire and tubing. On the advanced level, the class prepares those who want to make jewelry professionally, while paying close attention to every student's needs.

In-Person Only

8 Weekly Classes

$339

Thursday Evening Intermediate Metalsmithing

Instructor

Lisa Winn

Thursdays
June 6 - August 1, 2024
6:00PM - 9:30PM ET

Are you ready for the next level? Continue to explore how heat affects your soldering when making three dimensional objects. We’ll build a hollow ring, make a decorative bezel and a bezel set stone that flips and can be worn two ways. I will have an introduction to the mini torch to show how “pinning” works. Gain confidence and make beautiful jewelry in this project based class.

In-Person Only

8 Weekly Classes

$339

Friday Evening Open Studio

Instructor

Dallas Vinson

Fridays
June 7 - August 16, 2024
5:30PM - 9:00PM ET

Get back on track with unfinished projects and areas where you need the guiding hand of an expert! This class will help you overcome pain points and advance your jewelry-making skills through demos and customized instruction with our in-house pro.

In-Person Only

8 Weekly Classes

$339

Friday Afternoon Advanced Studio

Instructor

Dallas Vinson

Fridays
June 7 - August 16, 2024
2:00PM - 5:30PM ET

Get back on track with unfinished projects and areas where you need the guiding hand of an expert! This class will help you overcome pain points and advance your jewelry-making skills through demos and customized instruction with our in-house pro.

In-Person Only

7 Weekly Classes

$339

Monday Morning Advanced Metalsmithing

Instructor

Helen Blythe-Hart

Mondays
June 10- July 29, 2024
10:30AM - 2:30PM ET

Refine your craft and elevate your jewelry-making skills in our Advanced Jewelry Metalsmithing class. Designed for experienced students seeking to excel independently, this course offers personalized guidance from a seasoned Metalsmith and Jeweler with a wealth of industry knowledge.

In-Person Only

7 Weekly Classes

$339

Tuesday Morning Advanced Metalsmithing

Instructor

Helen Blythe-Hart

Tuesdays
June 11 - July 30, 2024
10:30AM - 2:30PM ET

Refine your craft and elevate your jewelry-making skills in our Advanced Jewelry Metalsmithing class. Designed for experienced students seeking to excel independently, this course offers personalized guidance from a seasoned Metalsmith and Jeweler with a wealth of industry knowledge.

In-Person or Virtual

3 Day Workshop

$480

Throw Away The Rules: Using Materials Off-Label

Instructor

Jill Herlands

Friday - Sunday
June 21-23, 2024
10AM - 4PM ET

Learn to use off-label materials in your work that results in spectacular designs. We'll experiment with concrete and old jewelry to create new and engaging adornment.

In-Person or Virtual

3 Day Workshop

$480

Roll With It: Build A Bracelet with Foraged and Cast Botanicals

Instructor

Taylor Saleem

See Supply List

Friday- Sunday July 19-21, 2024 10AM-4PM EDT

Join me for a walk this summer to collect jewelry-making inspiration in the form of leaves and foliage.

I'll demonstrate my specially-adapted techniques for quick-drying and capturing their intricate details in silver by rolling them through a mill, which will form the basis for an eclectic botanical bracelet. I'll bring along hydrangeas and other floral castings to add as components, which we'll join together with our rolled botanicals using sturdy soldered and hand-forged silver links.

In-Person or Virtual

2 Day Workshop

$320

Die Forming Beads Ancient Style

Instructor

Jeanette K. Caines

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Saturday-Sunday
August 17-18, 2024
10AM-4PM ET

Please Note: each student will be required to purchase at least one die.  Dies will be available in class or on Jeanette's website.  She will have much more variety in person, with the latest designs available in class or you can also buy from her website.
https://www.jewelryartstools.com/shop

Join me to learn the ancient art of die making hollow beads and forms! I've been working on this reclamation of ancient technology project for the last three years and my brand new, hollow-form dies from my ~Queen Puabi~ Collection are ready to debut in the studio. I will teach you how to use them to make gorgeous hollow beads, just as the ancient goldsmiths did. There isn't any complicated equipment like a hydraulic press required, just a leather mallet, one of my dies, annealing, and 30-26 gauge sheet in either copper, fine silver or 22k gold. Learn how easy it is to make luscious hollow forms! Once you have mastered using your die, we will work on fusing or soldering your beads together and transforming them into stunning jewelry.

In-Person or Virtual

3 Day Workshop

$480

Gold On A Budget Re-Envisioned

Instructor

Alex Boyd

Friday - Sunday
September 27-29, 2024
10AM-4PM ET

This class is an exploration of the techniques I use in my own work to take relatively small amounts of gold and exploit them for maximum visual impact. We’ll cover making an 18k wire overlay for a ring shank, fabricating bezels for cabochons in 22k gold, making a backplate for the bezel in sterling silver with a rim of 22k and joining all these elements together to make a completed piece. Along the way I’ll explain ways to keep the solder seams between metals crisp and clean, techniques for setting stones that leave minimal tool marks, making custom titanium soldering clips, keeping waste to a minimum, texturing, patination and many other tips and tricks.

In-Person or Virtual

3 Day Workshop

$480

Alternative Unconventional Clasps & Closures Class 1

Instructor

Suzanne Williams

Wednesday- Friday
October 16-18, 2024
10AM-4PM ET

In this 3 day workshop, participants will create 4 different samples of alternative clasp mechanisms. These clasp mechanisms can be modified and incorporated in unique and unusual ways, in innumerable variations, into necklace and bracelet closures - becoming integrated into the design, or as the main attraction of a jewelry piece. Clasps don’t have to be an afterthought at the back of a chain. These are clasp mechanisms that are functional, fun, intriguing and invite being taken apart and put back together like a puzzle.

In-Person or Virtual

2 Day Workshop

$320

Alternative Unconventional Clasps & Closures Class 2

Instructor

Suzanne Williams

Saturday- Sunday
October 19-20, 2024
10AM-4PM ET

In the second, 2-day part of this workshop, participants will create 2 different samples of alternative clasp mechanisms. These clasp mechanisms can be modified and incorporated in unique and unusual ways, in innumerable variations, into necklace and bracelet closures - becoming integrated into the design, or as the main attraction of a jewelry piece. Clasps don’t have to be an afterthought at the back of a chain. These are clasp mechanisms that are functional, fun, intriguing and invite being taken apart and put back together like a puzzle.

In-Person or Virtual

3 Day Workshop

$480

Smart Practices in Gold and Silver

Instructor

Ryan Gardner

Friday- Sunday
November 8-10, 2024
10AM-4PM ET

In this workshop Ryan will show you the ins and outs of working with gold and silver, combing them in ways to maximize look without killing your budget. Ryan will start by showing how he creates his own bezel wire in silver and gold. He will demonstrate making all silver and gold on silver bezels. He will also demonstrate making tube settings for accent diamonds. Ryan will show students multiple ways of making ring shanks including his three-layer rings with a textured center. This workshop will also get into fabricating different connections for adding clean articulation to your work as well as some tips for adding gold design elements to elevate your work without breaking the bank.

Registration

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Register for the course with the participation fee payable in advance. You will receive an email confirming your registration. If the course is sold out and you want to be added to the wait list, click here.

If you need to cancel your registration, please email cancel@metalartsguildga.org as soon as possible.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

All refunds are subject to a nonrefundable service fee.  If a participant withdraws from a class or workshop more than 30 days prior to the first day of the class or workshop, Metal Arts Guild of Georgia will grant a refund less a 20% cancellation fee and nonrefundable service fee. If a participant withdraws from a class or workshop less than 30 days prior but more than 14 days prior to the first day of the class or workshop, Metal Arts Guild of Georgia will grant a refund of 50%. Metal Arts Guild of Georgia cannot issue a refund for cancellations received 14 days or less before the first day of a class or workshop due to contractual obligations with our instructors. All refunds are subject to a nonrefundable service fee.

The Metal Arts Guild of Georgia, Inc., reserves the right to cancel any class due to low enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. You will be notified of class cancellation at least one week in advance of the class start date. If a class is cancelled, your registration may be transferred to the upcoming class of your choice. If there is no upcoming class offered which you wish to take, you will be issued a refund.

 

MAGG is not responsible for supplies purchased by enrollees for the class if the class is cancelled. MAGG will not reimburse students for supplies purchased in anticipation of a class.

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