Jewelry Making and Metalsmithing Classes

Learn the skills and techniques in a variety of methods of jewelry making, 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 sculptures, expand your knowledge of specific techniques, or even make your own tools and design a home studio!

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Upcoming Bay Area Jewelry and Metalsmithing Courses

Browse below for all upcoming Jewelry and Metalsmithing classes. Please note that due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, all upcoming Crucible classes are in-person with strict health and safety policies in place for students, faculty, and staff. You must review all Crucible policies before registering.

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Meet The Jewelry Department Head: Rikki Smeltzer

Rikki Smeltzer was raised in Lawton, Oklahoma surrounded by many different cultures due to the presence of the military base Fort Sill. He describes himself as “an 80’s child,” and was deeply involved in his Native American Culture, as they were a majority of the people in his community. His education includes Culinary Arts, Cartography, Metals and Jewelry Design, Ceramics, and Bookbinding.

Rikki works to make items for today’s ritual. It has always been a part of man to replace what was lost. This has become dominant in current civilization, known as disposable items, making many situations and routines mundane. By making items that are cherished by the individual and not tossed away or passed on, Rikki looks to bring back the appreciation of the items in our lives and how they aid us.

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Jewelry Making and Metalsmithing Adult Classes

The Crucible offers a wide variety of adult classes teaching jewelry making and metalsmithing. Whether you want to learn the fundamentals of fabricating jewelry, casting silver, or something more advanced, The Crucible has you covered. See the complete list of jewelry making and metalsmithing classes offered below.

Note: Due to COVID-19, we’re unable to offer all of the classes listed below at this time. You can sign up to be notified when specific classes are offered or browse a list of upcoming classes here

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.

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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

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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 fetish, pendant, or ring in silver. Students are encouraged to bring in personal sketches and ideas. Bronze is also available.

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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 & Metals I

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Elegant Stacking Rings

Learn basic soldering and metalworking techniques to make a set of stackable rings from sterling silver, copper, brass, and gold fill. You will leave with several simple rings for yourself or to give as gifts.

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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.

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Family Baubles and Bling

Family Baubles and Bling

Join The Crucible for a morning of family fun while learning about jewelry making! In family groups, you will learn to make customized and engraved pendants by creating a collage pattern encased with plexiglass and copper. Then work together to create decorative polymer clay baubles that may be used as ornaments, window hangings, or accessories. This workshop is specially designed for children ages 5-7 years old with accompanying adult(s).

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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. After class, enjoy wine, beer, or a non-alcoholic beverage and marvel at your new masterpiece!

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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 learn the properties of metals like copper, brass, and silver and make a sterling silver ring.

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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

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Metal Clay Forms From Nature

Create beautiful fine silver jewelry such as pendants, earrings, or charms from real leaves using metal art clay and paste! Learn how to properly apply metal art clay to organic materials, as well as various finishing, filling, patina, and burnishing techniques that help bring out shine or dimension in your organic created jewelry.

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Metal Clay Pendants and Earrings

Create pendants, earrings, and wearable sculptures from copper and silver metal clay, practicing and perfecting a variety of rolling, texture, applique, and carving techniques. Kiln fire each piece, then finish and polish your beautiful fine metal creations to be the envy of all!

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Metal Clay Rings

Create and design multiple rings from copper and silver metal clay, practicing a variety of rolling, texture, applique, and carving techniques. Kiln fire each piece, then finish and polish your newly fashioned fine metal rings!

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Metal Clay Skulls

Using silver metal clay, create fine metal skulls using a variety of rolling, texture, applique, and carving techniques. Kiln fire your designs, then polish your ornate pieces in time for Halloween! This class is designed for all, with more complex techniques covered for advanced artists.

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Silver Soldering

Learn the basics of soldering with silver! We will cover different types of joints, solder, and flux, as well as how to overcome challenges when working with rings, jump rings, posts, bezels, and more. You are welcome to bring your own small projects and you will leave the class with multiple samples.

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Stone Setting

Develop your stone setting skills by learning techniques for stones of all shapes and sizes! You will learn the prong, tube, and flush settings using sterling silver. Stones are supplied, but students are also welcome to bring their own.

PREREQUISITE: Jewelry & Metals I

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Woven Wire Jewelry

Spend a weekend weaving wire into beautiful works of wearable art. When properly softened, wire can be used to emulate thread and then woven into jewelry, basketry, woven tapestries, clothing, and more! You will learn to manipulate copper and brass wire—changing the size, shape, and hardness to fit your needs. Then using basic weaving patterns, you will create a bracelet, pendant, or ring of your own design.

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Jewelry and Metalsmithing Youth Classes

In the Jewelry Department, we offer youth classes specifically for ages 8-11 and 12-18. In these classes, The Crucible provides a unique setting for youth to get hands-on with jewelry and metalsmithing, exploring their creative voices and absorbing real-life lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math. You can see all The Crucible’s offerings for youth here.

Youth Casting Wax to Silver (ages 12-18)

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.

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Youth Chibi: Miniature Figurines (ages 8-11)

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!

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Youth Jewelry and Metals I (ages 12-18)

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 in jewelry making, wearing a project of your own design!

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Youth Jewelry and Metals II (ages 12-18)

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: Youth Jewelry and Metals I

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Youth Jewelry Immersion Program (ages 12-18)

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.

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Youth Kandi Cuffs and Perlers (ages 8-11)

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.

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Youth Metal Clay (ages 12-18)

Explore the fun and flare of fine silver and copper metal clay! Create pendants, earrings, and wearable sculptures using rolling, texture, applique, and carving techniques. Kiln fire each piece, then finish and polish your new bling.

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Youth Woven Wire Jewelry (ages 14-18)

Take a class in the merging of textiles and jewelry with our woven jewelry course! Learn basics of weaving, braiding and looping for bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and other wearable items.

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Being Prepared For Your Jewelry Class

Jewelry classes are held on the main floor of The Crucible. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility and we will be happy to accommodate.

Students must arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing, long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames.

The Crucible requests students always arrive in studio safe clothing when working. Layers are encouraged as the studio can be very cold or very hot. Learn more about jewelry making from our online guide.

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