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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The Crucible’s Guides to Industrial Art are a work in progress. We are constantly working to provide the most up-to-date, informative guides to the industrial arts. Let us know what information you would like to see by filling out the form below.

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Bell Casting

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Bell Casting introduces participants to bell design and the lost wax foundry technique. Each student will design, cast, and finish a bell approximately six inches in diameter. This...

Wooden Box

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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 woodworking handtools, create a small,...

Neon Lab

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Lab sessions are a great benefit, exclusively for Crucible members! Practice the skills you learn in class and explore new possibilities with your craft. No instruction is provided...

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