Jewelry Classes

Weave, Wrap & Coil

Colleen White  I-A
Mondays  1:00-4:00

Learn to design and create jewelry using various wire weaving techniques with 26 gauge wire over frames of  20 and 16 gauge copper wire.  Projects include creating settings for beads, stones and shells and embellishing with wire coils. This is an advanced wire working class, students should have basic wire skills.

Session 1: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2

$90 ACM members
$115 non-members

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Hydraulic Press Magic!

Renee Davis I-A
Saturday & Sunday  10:00-4:00

Come learn what you can make using the ArtCenter’s hydraulic press.  Learn how to use hydraulic press dies with or without the hydraulic press! In this workshop we will use dies to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. Each student will go home with a complementary laser cut die. You will also learn how to use synclastic and anticlastic bracelet forms in the press. These forms help create stunning pieces. (Must have basic soldering skills). A $15.00 materials cost is due to instructor.

Session 1: Jan. 24 & 25

$155 ACM members
$205 non-members

 

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Flush Setting Stones In A Day!

Renee Davis I-A
Saturday & Sunday  10:00-5:00

Learn to flush set stones the easy way!  You will set stones in metal quickly with beautiful results.  With a few simple tools you are on your way.  We will explore setting faceted stones in various metal gauges – a great way to enhance your designs!  There will be a $20.00 fee for supplies.

Session 1: Feb. 28 & Mar. 1

$155 ACM members
$205 non-members

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Beginner’s Jewelry

Donna Carrion   B
Tuesdays 1:00-4:00 or 6:00-9:00

Get to know the basics of jewelry design and fabrication. You will learn skills such as soldering, sawing and polishing while creating your own jewelry. Materials are purchased during each class and supply fees are paid weekly.

Session 1: Sep. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Session 2: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28*
Session 3: Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25*
Session 4: Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Session 5: Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27*
Session 6: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24*
Session 7: Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24*

5 week class
$115 ACM members
$140 non-members

*4 week class
$92 ACM members
$112 non-members

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Intermediate Jewelry: Design and Construction

Donna Carrion   I
Wednesdays 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00

Build on the skills you learned in beginner’s jewelry as you expand your abilities to design and create jewelry.  This class will enhance your techniques while teaching you new ways of working in metal. You will learn how to form and manipulate sheet and wire using a variety of forming techniques.  We will set stones and pearls to create beautiful works of art. Materials are purchased during each class and supply fees are paid weekly.

Session 1: Sep. 3, 10, 17, 24*
Session 2: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22*
Session 3: Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19*
Session 4: Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17*
Session 5: Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28*
Session 6: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25*
Session 7: Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25*

*4 week class
$92 ACM members
$112 non-members

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Advanced Jewelry: From Concept To Completion

Donna Carrion    I-A
Thursdays  1:00-4:00 or 6:00-9:00

Sharpen your jewelry design skills as you create a new body of work. You will be encouraged to develop your own design sensibility as you incorporate elements that inspire you. Bring a notebook, tools, materials and your imagination. Metal can be purchased during each class and supply fees are paid weekly.

Session 1: Sep. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2
Session 2: Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6
Session 3: Nov.13, 20, (no Nov. 27), Dec. 4, 11*
Session 4: Dec. 18, (no Dec. 25 & Jan. 1), 8, 15, 22*
Session 5: Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19*
Session 6: Feb. 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26

$115 ACM members
$140 non-members

*4 week class
$92 ACM members
$112 non-members

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Advanced Bronze Metal Clay

Colleen White    A
Mondays, 1:00-4:00

For experienced PMCer only, this class includes more complex construction techniques.  Different types of  beads, rings, link bracelets and free-forming bronze metal clay will be covered, in addition to using bronze wire to create a cabochon setting and ways to add color to your pieces with paints, resins and other materials.   Students should have their tool kits from the Beginners Bronze Clay class, at least 200 grams of Bronze Clay, and will be given sources to purchase stones to set into their projects.

Session 1: Mar. 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6, 13

$90 ACM members
$115 non-members

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Intermediate Jewelry

Renee Davis I
Wednesdays 6:00-9:00

Enhance your jewelry designs by building upon the skills you learned in beginner classes. We will help you develop and create your own style of findings.  This class will further develop your metal working skills.  You will also learn various techniques of stone setting to take your works to the next level. Materials are purchased during each class and supply fees are paid weekly.

Session 1: Sep. 3, 10, 17, 24*
Session 2: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22*
Session 3: Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19*
Session 4: Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17*
Session 5: Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28*
Session 6: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25*
Session 7: Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25*

*4 week class
$92 ACM members
$112 non-members

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Bead Embroidery

Colleen White B
Mondays  1:00-4:00

Throughout history, beaded embellishment has been used to ornament clothing, accessories, and create jewelry.  Learn different techniques in bead application in projects that include jewelry, bags, and clothing using beads of all sizes and cabochon cut stones. Materials and tools are inexpensive and will include seed beads of various sizes, sequins and flat back stones, small pieces of faux suede or heavy interfacing, needle, thread, scissors, glue and a small embroidery hoop. You can even bring your favorite bag or clothing item to decorate. A wonderful way to make creative gifts, and easily portable to work on anywhere.

Session 1: Feb. 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9

$90 ACM members
$115 non-members

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Creative Prongs

Wendy Thurlow A
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 4:00

If you want to use faceted stones in your jewelry designs this class is for you! Bring your collection of faceted stones. Students will learn basket setting, collet setting, pedestal prong and all the creative variations.

Session 1: Feb. 21 & 22

$155 ACM members
$205 non-members

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Metal Carving For Jewelry Makers

Donna Carrion I-A
Saturdays 10:00 – 4:00

Burs, mandrels and snap on discs: what does it all mean? Learn the art of using the flexible shaft to reveal your creative potential. A simple wire ring or bangle will change into a beautiful work of art. A $15 supply fee will be due the day of class.

Session 1: Feb. 7

$80 ACM members
$105 non-members

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Forging 101

Donna Carrion B-A
Saturday & Sunday  10:00-4:00

Learn a variety of forging techniques in this dynamic class. We will discuss the many hammers used by silversmiths and blacksmiths alike. Simple wire and sheet metal will be transformed into complex volumetric forms.
A $10 supply fee will be due the day of class.

Session 1: Nov. 29 & 30

$155 ACM members
$205 non-members

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Metal Clay Diva Sculpture Pendant

Silvie Waals I
Tuesdays  9:00-12:00

Your best work of art can be created by the freedom of sculpting.  I will take you to the next level to make your creation into an work of art.  We can create a Diva, animal or a Picasso.  It is all in the discovery of what you can do with metal clay.  Art Clay Silver can be bought from the teacher if needed.  I will have tools to use or share for fine silver metal clay.

Session 1: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24

$88 ACM members
$108 non-members

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Goddess Toggle Pendant

Silvie Waals  B-I
Tuesdays  9:00-12:00

In this class, you will learn to create a fine silver goddess toggle clasp creation that is going to be constructed in Fine Silver metal clay. In this hands on class we will cover the designing elements, esthetics and the flow of how to create different ways of the closure of your pendant toggle or clasp. Art Clay Silver can be bought from the teacher if needed. I will have tools to use or share for fine silver metal clay.

Session 1: Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25*

*4 week class
$88 ACM members
$108 non-members

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Hollow Nature Bead

Silvie Waals  B-I
Tuesdays  9:00-12:00

In this class we will need the help of mother nature. Bring in any small size 3D nature pod, shell, sea urchin or any other interesting form from Mother Nature to be made in to a fine silver hollow bead creation. Let’s explore how we can make Mother Nature work for us and make it a creation to be admired for decades to come! Art Clay Silver can be bought from the teacher if needed. I will have tools to use or share for fine silver metal clay.

Session 1: Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23

$88 ACM members
$108 non-members

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Ease Your Way Into Lapidary

Silvie Waals  B
Mondays  5:30-8:30

Learn lapidary stone cutting; the fun and existing way to form from a (stone) slab into a useable cabochon with amazing results! Beginner lapidary class will offer stones to cut or bring your own if you like. Everything will be provided at Silsart studio in Sarasota.
NOTE:  THIS CLASS IS OFF-SITE.
See front desk for location/address.

Session 1: Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24
Session 2: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26
Session 3: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23

$88 ACM members
$108 non-members

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Cabochon Setting In Metal Clay Pendant

Silvie Waals  A
Tuesdays  9:00-12:00

In this class we will learn how to set a cabochon in a fine silver metal clay pendant (that we are going to create around the cabochon that you bring). If you do not have one I have some for sale.  There will be a supply fee depending on the use of the fine silver bezel wire. Art Clay Silver can be bought from the teacher if needed. I will have tools to use or share for fine silver metal clay.

Session 1: Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27

$88 ACM members
$108 non-members

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Painting With Fire I

Barbara Lewis B
Saturday 10:00-4:00

In this technique workshop, learn the immersion process of torch-fired enameling where there is no metal cleaning, adhesive or separate counter-enameling step.  You’ll fire flat objects (pendants/charms), beads, brass stampings and stell wire with ease and safety.  Learn to decorate your pieces with liquid enamel, firescale, ceramic decals, rubber stamped images, enamel threads, whiskers, millefiori.  Also learn how the atmosphere of the flame can be used for special effect.

Session 1: Jan. 10

$150 ACM members
$200 non-members

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Paint With Fire II

Barbara Lewis  B
Saturday  10:00-4:00

In this technique workshop, learn the immersion process of torch-fired enameling where there is no metal cleaning, adhesive or separate counter-enameling step.  Fire brass with transparent enamels and decorate with firescale.  You’re also invited to bring simple sterling and PMC shapes for firing as well.

Session 1: Mar. 7

$150 ACM members
$200 non-members

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Hollow Forms For Jewelry

Wendy Thurlow  A
Saturday & Sunday  10:00-4:00

Students will explore the creation of small box forms for jewelry making.  Anything from rings, earrings, pendants or beads! This class will also include techniques for texturing metal and connecting hollow forms for finished jewelry.

Session 1: Sep. 27 & 28

$155 ACM members
$205 non-members

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Settings For Odd Shaped Stones

Wendy Thurlow  A
Saturday & Sunday  10:00-4:00

In this two-day workshop students will learn creative techniques and solutions for setting odd shaped stones. Explore the possibilities and learn to incorporate unique found objects or one-of-a-kind stones to your work.

Session 1: Oct. 18 & 19

$155 ACM members
$205 non-members

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Color And Cold Connections

Wendy Thurlow  A
Saturday & Sunday  10:00-4:00

Learn to add color to your metal work with enamel and color pencil. Day one of this workshop will focus on shapes and color. Day two students will discover the creative ways of connecting colored parts to finish jewelry pieces.

Session 1: Mar. 28 & 29

$155 ACM members
$205 non-members

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Rings 360 – FSG Workshop

Timothy Lazure  B-I
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00-4:00

Adorning the finger has been a tradition for ages. Rings are loaded with historical meaning. They can symbolize love/marriages, evoke nostalgia, embody authority or status, and portray accomplishments or affiliations. They can me made for everyday use or for special events. They can be understated or fancifully flamboyant.

This class will explore ring design, fabrication, stone setting, and assembling techniques that are related to the ring concept. Aesthetic value of jewelry comes from the artist’s imagination and execution rather than from the size of the stone or the value of the metal. We will fashion rings of personal importance, expression, and adornment. The class will center around lecture and demonstration with plenty of time for individual attention. We will attempt to create jewelry that is unpredictable, honest, visually complex, bold confident, simple and beautiful. This workshop is designed for beginner to intermediate metal smiths.

Session 1: December 5, 6, 7

FSG Members $360
Non FSG Members $410

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Jewelry Open Studio

Join fellow students in this open studio format. Enjoy amenities of our amazing studio and finish up those projects! No instruction provided. Half day pricing provided. Must have completed Beginners Metalsmithing at ACM and be an ACM or FSG member.  Pre-registration preferred. Check with front desk for added open or cancelled studio dates.

Studio space is limited – Please register at least 24 hours prior to your desired Open Studio time.

1: Sep. 15: 5:00-8:00
2: Oct. 6: 5:00-8:00
3: Oct. 11: 10:00-4:00
4: Oct. 25: 10:00-4:00
5: Nov. 8: 10:00-1:00
6: Nov. 8: 1:00-4:00
7: Nov. 15: 10:00-1:00
8: Nov. 15: 1:00-4:00
9: Dec. 8: 5:00-8:00
10: Dec. 13: 10:00-1:00
11: Dec. 13: 1:00-4:00
12: Dec. 20: 10-1:00
13: Jan. 17: 10:00-1:00
14: Jan. 17: 1:00-4:00
15: Jan. 31: 10:00-1:00
16: Feb. 2: 5:00-8:00
17: Mar. 2: 5:00-8:00
18: Mar. 14: 10:00-1:00
19: Mar. 14: 1:00-4:00

Fees per 3hr session:
ACM members: $10.00 per person
FSG members: $5.00 per person

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Marriage of Metals

Tom McCarthy  I-A
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00-4:00

Much like marquetry in woodworking, you can combine two or more different colors of metal in the same plane to create limitless patterns and shapes. All you need are basic jewelers tools, soldering skills and patience. This weekend we will create checkerboard patterns in two base metals. The checkerboard will then be cut into a shape and married into a third base metal.

We will also use the technique to create linear designs. Some metals don’t get along with others when soldered; we will discuss these. So whether you just want to inlay your initial or recreate a Persian carpet, this is the place to start.

This class requires previous experience in sawing and soldering. Come learn to make checkerboards, organic shapes and lines using copper, brass and nickel silver.

Lab fee: $25.00

Session 1: Nov. 1 & 2

FSG Members $250
Non FSG Members $300

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