Classes taught at The Crucible
Learn the skills and techniques in a variety of methods, from traditional metalsmithing and fabrication, to casting metal using the lost wax method, setting gemstones or shaping modern resin and clay. Our classes allow you to create original pieces of jewelry or small sculpture, expand your knowledge of specific techniques, or even make your own tools and design a home studio!
3-Hour Taster: Jewelry
3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. After a basic introduction to annealing, texturing, stamping, filing, sanding, polishing, and design, create a small metal pendant or keychain to take home. Take a Taster and meet new friends or give the gift of creativity to someone special.
Bangle Bracelet with Metal Clay
Continue to enhance your metal clay skills while making two bangle bracelets! Skills learned and practiced include: sizing to accommodate clay shrinkage; constructing a bracelet on a mandrel; shaping; stone setting; and adding texture and other decorative elements. We will also review firing and finishing methods. Tools for metal clay are very simple and include thickness guides, rollers, texture plates, rubber stamps, files, brushes, ring sizers and the ring mandrel. PREREQUISITE: metal clay experience
Boxes, Lockets, and Hinges
Students learn to create multiple hollow forms for use in jewelry, boxes, and lockets. Working in copper, brass, nickel, and silver, students incorporate movement into their pieces through hinges and learn to use handmade plastic dies with the hydraulic press. Final project is a lid-fitted box and a locket. PREREQUISITE: Jewelry & Metals II
Casting Organics and Found Objects
In this exciting course, you will expand your jewelry knowledge by making castings of unique items from organics, plastics, or styrofoam forms. Students will do two casting burnouts, pour molten metal, and file, polish, and finish one-of-a-kind creations. PREREQUISITE: Casting Wax to Silver
Casting Wax to Silver
Learn the ancient process of lost wax casting sculptural jewelry. Experimenting with different types of wax, you will carve, cast, and finish at least one small object (fetish, pendant or ring) in silver. Students are encouraged to bring in personal sketches and ideas. Bronze is also available.
Charm Bracelet: Silver Metal Clay and Jump Rings
This class in metal clay techniques is designed for both beginning students and those seeking to refresh skills and learn new ones. Students will design and make six charms to be displayed on a linked bracelet. A new technique will be taught with each charm, including forming, texturizing, stone setting, filigree syringe work, curved surface construction, and setting a glass component. The bracelet will be secured with a bar and toggle clasp fabricated with metal clay. PREREQUISITE: metal clay experience
Chasing and Repousse
Learn two ancient metalworking techniques for creating dimension and endless detail, by hammering sheet metal into three-dimensional reliefs. Working with two-inch squares of copper and using simple motifs of your choice, you will learn to isolate and control the unique properties of sheet metal to form a realistic relief in your original piece. With chasing and repousse you can bring images to life that will accent your sculpture, clothing, furniture, or jewelry with fine detail, texture, and depth. PREREQUISITE: Jewelry and Metals I
Exploration in Chainmaking
This class covers the classical skills needed to make woven and Etruscan chains. You will learn to manipulate wire through the selected use of hand tools, making jump rings, splicing wires together, and fusing jump rings shut. Your finished one-of-a-kind silver chain can accommodate an original pendant or be worn alone.
Friday Flame: Jewelry
End the workweek with fire, friends, and a toast. Join us for Friday Flame, a unique night focused on industrial arts and good company. Enjoy a two-hour workshop, annealing, sawing, and stamping your own custom copper charms and pendants. Then sip wine or beer with the group and marvel at your new masterpiece! Nonalcoholic options are also available.
Learn the first steps to becoming a jeweler in this intensive class focused on gemology, gemstone properties, and testing methods. You will learn how to identify different types of gems. Class discussions include synthetics, imitations, treatments, and enhancements. Bring in your favorite jewelry pieces or gems to discuss.
Jewelry and Metals I
Learn the basics of jewelry making. We will focus on sawing, filing, sanding, soldering, texturing, annealing, stamping, polishing, and design. Students will also learn the properties of metals like copper, brass, and silver and make a sterling silver ring.
Jewelry and Metals II
Further develop your basic metalsmithing skills. We will teach disk cutting and doming, bezel setting, three types of rivets, and further design techniques. In addition to technical reference samples, you will create an original piece of jewelry of your own design using a cabochon stone. PREREQUISITE: Jewelry & Metals I
Metal Clay and Enameling
Combine two exciting techniques to create colorful silver jewelry. First you will use metal clay, a medium that allows you to create jewelry or other decorative fine silver pieces without metalsmithing techniques. You will roll, press or mold the metal clay to create the perfect base for the colorful enameling process. Students create two or three pieces of fine silver jewelry, adding beautiful color through enameling. PREREQUISITES: Enameling I & metal clay experience
Metal Clay I
Learn the basics, using metal clay tools including rollers, texture plates, rubber stamps, files, and brushes. Learn to form clay for both flat and sculptural designs. We will cover a lot in this course, including creating surface texture and enhancements, clay bail design, arrangement, placement, stone setting, finishing, and polishing. Students will complete three pendant projects.
Metal Clay II: Ring Architecture
Learn ring sizing methods to accommodate clay shrinkage, using basic metal clay tools including ring sizers and the ring mandrel. We’ll discuss the ring mandrel for assembly of clay rings; wide and narrow band construction; stone setting; texture techniques; and other decorative elements. Students will also review firing and finishing methods, enhancing their metal clay skills to create two rings. PREREQUISITE: metal clay experience
Metal Clay Intensive: The Basics and Beyond
This course is designed for beginning students and those seeking to refresh and learn new skills. Our initial focus will be a simple silver two-sided project, fired with a butane torch and chosen to cover thickness, roll out, texture, applique, and carving techniques. More advanced techniques will also be taught, including stone setting, bail design and structure, drying, firing with torch and kiln, final finishing and polishing, ring sizing and construction, and repairing green ware and fired pieces. Students will create pendants, earrings and rings and simple tools will be provided for use in class.
Metal Clay IV: Hollow Forms
Take the next step with metal clay and learn hollow form construction, creating beads and vessels. Students will produce a range of projects using both copper and silver metal clay. PREREQUISITE: metal clay experience
Metal Clay with a Splash of Gold
This class is designed for a metal clay enthusiast wishing to add a splash of gold to their work, creating beautiful contrasts and added value. Three methods of gold application will be taught: painting with 22k gold metal clay paste, keum-boo; the art of fusing 24k gold foil to metal; and pen-plating with 18k gold. Students will design projects focusing on texture, design, and finish work that best incorporates each gold application method.
PREREQUISITE: Metal Clay I or Metal Clay Intensive: The Basics and Beyond
Youth Casting Wax to Silver
Learn the lost wax casting process, an age-old sculptural jewelry-casting process that involves creating a model out of wax, encasing that model in plaster, then casting the form in metal. You will experiment with different types of wax to create at least one pendant or ring in silver or bronze, relying on techniques and tools that date back to ancient times. Bring your sketches and ideas for jewelry.
Youth Chibi: Miniature Figurines
Learn the basics of preparing, shaping, sculpting, cane making, and baking polymer clay. Use brightly colored clay to make small sculptures known as chibis, incorporating them into wearable objects. You will leave this class with small memorable objects and unique self-made accessories with pride!
Youth Exploration in Metal Jewelry
Make a fashion statement! Using copper, silver, and other nonferrous metals, you will learn jewelry and metal art skills to create trendy jewelry of your own design. In this hands-on class, you will be taught filing, sanding, texturing, and polishing techniques used in creating metal jewelry. You will leave this class skilled jewelry making, wearing a project of your own design!
Youth Jewelry Immersion Program
Dive deep in this beginning and continuing level youth workshop. Students take an immersive step into weeklong study, becoming young artisans along the way. Using copper, silver, and other nonferrous metals, you will learn jewelry and metal art skills to create trendy metalwork of your own design. We will cover filing, sanding, texturing, and polishing techniques used in creating metal jewelry. You will also be exposed to setting a cabochon stone, disk cutting and dapping, and riveting.
Youth Kandi Cuffs and Perlers
Learn a variety of beading techniques to create unique and personal accessories. Students will use Pony Beads to create jewelry and accessories known as Kandi Cuffs/Mask/Charms, then personalize their work with their Perler creations or small objects brought in from home.