by Cathy Niland

The holidays come complete with cozy activities and time with loved ones, but sometimes finding the perfect gift can be stressful. Thankfully, we know a way you can enjoy the best of the holiday season and leave the stressful gift-giving behind. This year, make something for that special someone by hand at The Crucible.

Check out our list of recommended classes below, and be sure to register before they fill up. We won’t tell if you decide to keep what you make!

? Find your class in our guide to gift-making! ?

guide to gift making

Make something for the nature-lover in your life! 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.

Only a few spots left!

Sunday, November 10, 10am-6pm

guide to gift making

Looking for a gift for an aspiring Jane Austen or Ernest Hemmingway? Give them a one-of-a-kind leather journal. Cut, fold, and sew a 6″x9″ personal bullet journal, then give it a unique finish by adding texture, color, and shine.

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

Friday, November 15, 6:30-10pm

guide to gift making

Jewelry fanatics will love a delicate, hand-made glass pendant. After a basic introduction to melting and shaping borosilicate glass with an oxy-propane torch, create elegant, organic and beautiful pendants for holiday gifting or for your own adornment.

Pro tip: These can also be made into unique ornaments! This class is nearly full, so sign up before it’s too late!

Sunday, November 10, 10am-6pm

guide to gift making

Leave the plastic toys at the toy store and build a unique, customizable wooden toy instead! Learn to safely use woodworking tools and machines, then complete your project with colorful, foodsafe finishes. Class projects include wooden pull toys, simple dollhouses, or animal rattles.

You will leave with a beautiful heirloom toy to last for generations.

Sunday, December 15, 10am-6pm

guide to gift making

Learn to cut glass and assemble it into beautiful hanging glass fused ornaments! Add sparkle with dichroic glass, frit, and stringers that will embellish your design. Ornaments will be kiln fired and ready for pick up the following Monday.

With three classes happening before the holidays, there are plenty of opportunities to make a celebratory ornament for your loved one.

Saturday, November 23, 10am-1pm – Family Day
Saturday, December 14, 10am-1pm
Saturday, December 14, 2-5pm

You can also try one of our upcoming 3 Hour Tasters!

3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. Each student will leave with a unique piece.

Crucible gift certificates make great gifts for creatives!

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