Metal

Your Guide To Everything Metal

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Learn To Work with Iron, Steel, Silver, and More

Forging, welding, soldering, casting—metalworking encompasses all the ways artists work to transform and manipulate metal into functional furniture, ornamental cast bronze, delicate jewelry, and so much more.

In these guides, we collect the expertise of our 150+ faculty and master craftspeople to share with anyone interested in learning how to make their own objects by hand. In this section, you will hear from faculty members and guest artisans in our Blacksmithing, Foundry, Jewelry, and Welding Departments. We will cover everything from how to forge a knife in Blacksmithing to setting a gemstone in Jewelry.

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Bladesmithing

This guide will show you exactly how to start bladesmithing—from the fundamentals to exactly what tools you need to become a bladesmith....

Explore Other Mediums

The Crucible is the largest industrial arts nonprofit in the country, where we offer classes and studio time in 19+ areas. In these guides, we break down our studio areas and focus on sharing the knowledge of our instructors with you. You can explore our guides, defined by our four main areas: Earth, Glass, Metal, and Machine.

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Wooden Box

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Create a tabletop wooden box for everything you need to keep in one place! After a basic introduction to woodworking handtools, create a small, functional wooden box to take home....

Wooden Box

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Create a tabletop wooden box for everything you need to keep in one place! After a basic introduction to woodworking handtools, create a small, functional wooden box to take home....

Marquetry

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Learn the basics of handling veneer and the decorative technique of marquetry, where you use small, variously colored veneer to create an image. You will make at least two...

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