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Metals Studio

Attention jewelry lovers and admirers! Have you wondered how your favorite earrings were made? Or better yet, whether you could make them yourself, with the one small change that would make you love them even more? The answer is YES! The Craft Guild of Dallas' Metals Studio offers courses which start or continue the creative journey of how to work with various metals, metal clay, and design. The learning opportunities are fun, interactive, and limitless! Classes are open to all skill levels, unless otherwise noted.

Each well lit studio offers a workbench, bench pin, flexshaft, and torch for each student, with access to a wide variety of shared tools and equipment. Each new student will be given a walk through of the studio to learn what the different pieces of equipment and tools are, as well as how to use and maintain them. There are 3 major approaches to metal working that are taught in the Guild: Fabrication, Wax Casting, and Metal Clay.

FABRICATION
Fabrication is the process of building jewelry or other metal items from sheet metal and wire. Measuring, marking, cutting and sawing, drilling, filing, polishing, annealing, doming, texturing, and soldering are some of the many skills which will be introduced through different projects. As a beginner, you will learn basic techniques and tool usage for creating jewelry while advanced students will expand their skills, for more complex designs and techniques. All students advance at their own pace. 

WAX CASTING
An alternative to fabrication, casting is an exciting approach to creating jewelry and/or shapes and requires a different set of skills. Students will learn the techniques of wax carving, centrifugal casting, and metal finishing. Hands-on experience includes wax forming techniques, preparing the wax model for casting (spruing), calculating the amount of metal needed to cast the wax model, the "investment" process, and kiln burnout cycles. Two methods of creating wax models will be explored: subtractive method - use hard wax, files, drills and knives; and buildup method - use sheet wax, wax wire, and molten wax. As a final step, students will learn the process for finishing metal, using saws, files, sandpaper, and mechanical polishing buffs, to put the finishing touch on a piece. 

METAL CLAY
Learn to create pendants, ear rings, and rings using metal clay.  In this class you will learn to form the clay into various shapes and forms, set stones, and fire the clay to create amazing pieces of jewelry.  Metal clay is a crafting medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, bronze, or copper mixed with an organic binder and water for use in making jewelry, beads and small sculptures. Originating in Japan in 1990, metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, by hand or using molds.


Summer I Class Schedule

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M202a  Fabrication  (All levels)  O'Hara  Monday  May 14-June 18  1:00pm-4:30pm  $233.00

Beginning students will learn basic technique and use of tools for creating their own jewelry with detailed step by step demonstrations, followed by lots of hands on practice time. Skills covered will include: sawing, filing, drilling, doming, forging, forming, surface textures,soldering, and bezel set stones. This fun and interactive class will include a forged bracelet, a textured pendant and a ring with a cabochon stone setting. Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. On going processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development.
$10.00 supply fee for beginners paid to instructor during first class.

M203a  Fabrication  (All levels)  O'Hara  Monday  May 14-June 18  6:00pm-9:30pm  $233.00

Beginning students will learn basic technique and use of tools for creating their own jewelry with detailed step by step demonstrations, followed by lots of hands on practice time. Skills covered will include: sawing, filing, drilling, doming, forging, forming, surface textures,soldering, and bezel set stones. This fun and interactive class will include a forged bracelet, a textured pendant and a ring with a cabochon stone setting. Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. On going processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development.
$10.00 supply fee for beginners paid to instructor during first class.

M301a  Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Tuesday  May 15-June 19  9:30am-1:00pm  $233.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M302a  Wax Carving and Casting (All levels) Drake/Geldon Tuesday May 15-June 19 1:00pm-4:30pm  $233.00

Students will learn several different techniques for carving and forming wax using saws, files and drills to create wax models which will be cast using the 'lost wax' method. Casting will be done off premises and will be returned for finishing. Students will also learn how to finish their castings from cutting off sprues to the final sanding and polishing, creating a finished piece of jewelry. New students will begin with a structured project. Returning students are welcomed to continue working on individual projects. $10.00 supply fee for wax will be paid to the instructor at beginning of first class. Wax tools can be purchased before class begins. List for metal tools will be supplied the first day of class. Cost of metal tools is approximately $100.00.

M401a  Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Wednesday  May 16-June 20  9:30am-1:00pm  $233.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M402a  Fabrication (Int/Adv)  O'Hara  Wednesday  May 16-June 20  1:30pm-4:30pm  $233.00

Intermediate/Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. Ongoing processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development.

M403a  Fabrication (Int/Adv)  O'Hara  Wednesday  May 16-June 20  6:00pm-9:30pm  $233.00

BIntermediate/Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. Ongoing processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development.

M501a  Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Thursday  May 17-June 21  9:30am-1:00pm  $233.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M503a Advanced Fabrication (Adv) O'Hara Thursday May 17-June 21  6:00pm-9:30pm  $233.00

Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. On going processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development. $10.00 supply fee for beginners paid to instructor during first class.

M601a  Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Friday  May 18-June 22  9:30am-1:00pm  $233.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M701a  Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Saturday  May 19-June 23  9:30am-1:00pm  $233.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M702a  Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Saturday  May 19-June 23  1:30pm-5:00pm  $233.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.


Summer II Class Schedule

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M202b  Fabrication  (All levels)  O'Hara  Monday  July 2-Aug 13  1:00pm-4:30pm  $272.00

Beginning students will learn basic technique and use of tools for creating their own jewelry with detailed step by step demonstrations, followed by lots of hands on practice time. Skills covered will include: sawing, filing, drilling, doming, forging, forming, surface textures,soldering, and bezel set stones. This fun and interactive class will include a forged bracelet, a textured pendant and a ring with a cabochon stone setting. Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. On going processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development.
$10.00 supply fee for beginners paid to instructor during first class.

M203b  Fabrication  (All levels)  O'Hara  Monday  July 2-Aug 13  6:00pm-9:30pm  $272.00

Beginning students will learn basic technique and use of tools for creating their own jewelry with detailed step by step demonstrations, followed by lots of hands on practice time. Skills covered will include: sawing, filing, drilling, doming, forging, forming, surface textures,soldering, and bezel set stones. This fun and interactive class will include a forged bracelet, a textured pendant and a ring with a cabochon stone setting. Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. On going processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development.
$10.00 supply fee for beginners paid to instructor during first class.

M301b Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Tuesday  July 3-Aug 14  9:30am-1:00pm  $272.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M302b Wax Carving and Casting (All levels)  Drake/Geldon  Tuesday  July 3-Aug 14  1:00pm-4:30pm  $272.00

Students will learn several different techniques for carving and forming wax using saws, files and drills to create wax models which will be cast using the 'lost wax' method. Casting will be done off premises and will be returned for finishing. Students will also learn how to finish their castings from cutting off sprues to the final sanding and polishing, creating a finished piece of jewelry. New students will begin with a structured project. Returning students are welcomed to continue working on individual projects. $10.00 supply fee for wax will be paid to the instructor at beginning of first class. Wax tools can be purchased before class begins. List for metal tools will be supplied the first day of class. Cost of metal tools is approximately $100.00.

M401b Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Wednesday  July 11-Aug 15  9:30am-1:00pm  $233.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses. There will be no class on July 4th.

M402b  Fabrication  (Int/Adv)  O'Hara  Wednesday  July 11-Aug 15  1:00pm-4:30pm  $233.00

Intermediate/Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. Ongoing processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development. There will be no class on July 4th.

M403b  Fabrication  (Int/Adv)  O'Hara  Wednesday  July 11-Aug 15  6:00pm-9:30pm  $233.00

Intermediate/Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. Ongoing processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development. There will be no class on July 4th.

M501b Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Thursday  July 5-Aug 16  9:30am-1:00pm  $272.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M503b Advanced Fabrication (Adv) O'Hara Thursday July 5-Aug 16  6:00pm-9:30pm  $272.00

Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. On going processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development. $10.00 supply fee for beginners paid to instructor during first class.

M601b Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Friday  July 6-Aug 17  9:30am-1:00pm  $272.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M701b Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Saturday  July 7-Aug 18  9:30am-1:00pm  $272.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M702b Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Saturday  July 7-Aug 18  1:30pm-5:00pm  $272.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.