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Beginner 2 to Intermediate Metalsmithing (EVENINGS)


Susan Wachler


September 19 - November 7, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT

8 Weekly Classes


Class Description

Intermediate students will continue their work from the last series of classes and/or begin anew. Beginner 2 students will advance skills learned in Beginner 1 classes.

Exploration of design and technique will be approached from multi sensory exercises that will be worked through in the first hours of the first class. These exercises will create a mini design portfolio which will be utilized in the following weeks to create a small jewelry collection emphasizing texture, connections, movement and form. We will approach designs collectively with conversations as a group, and individually between instructor and student, as each student will have unique, one of a kind designs. 


The instruction in class will tailor itself to the specific approaches and techniques needed by each student to complete their designs. Some examples will include texturing, forming, stone setting (prong, bezel, tube, tab) as well as melting scrap and repurposing metals and fusing. 


While this class will be set up to facilitate the completion of two to three pieces, the projects for each student will be their own ideas, design, and execution. 


The goal of this series of classes is to nurture the voice of each artist and to encourage the expression of the artist's voice in a manner consistent with their aesthetic.  


Challenge, fun, risk taking, and personal expression will be necessary for this class. Techniques and instruction offered and approaches to design will be integrated in this class with a spirit of collaboration and community. I look forward to sharing this adventure with you.


Beginner 2 to intermediate skill level, comfort with soldering and foundational forming/stone setting and texturing. Need enthusiasm and an interest in some out of the box thinking/action. Both repeat and new beginner 2 and intermediate level students are welcome.

If you are interested in the class but are not sure if you qualify, please send an email to to learn more.

Materials, Supplies & Tools

  • Scrap silver

  • Any gauge wires, sheet, ring stock

  • Found objects

  • Stones you might use (Dallas and instructor have some too if you wish)

  • Sketch book with designs you may have drawn

  • Textures for rolling mill (some will be provided)

  • Enthusiasm

Class Dates

September 19, 2023
September 26, 2023
October 3, 2023
October 10, 2023
October 17, 2023
October 24, 2023
October 31, 2023
November 7, 2023

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