Short Courses

Beginners Jewelry Making

Participants will get the chance to experience the process of designing and metal work. They will learn from cutting and piercing metal till sawing and drilling, apply different textures through hammering, and finally how to put the final touch to their piece by polishing it to a finish masterpiece.

Participants will be guided by their instructor to challenge their abilities to transform an idea/a design into a jewelry piece.

Introduction to Design

Before any piece of jewelry is created, the student needs to start off at a very early stage of the process; it is the brainstorming stage, the stage where the student has the full freedom to express all the creative thoughts that goes through his/her mind on a piece of paper. Drawing is one of the most foundational and fundamental stages of the design process. There are unlimited methods to use drawings to allow the artist or designer to create and have a better understanding of their own idea before moving towards a more advanced stage to reach the final design.
Join us for an introduction to the various methods of drawing in design. In this short course you will learn the foundational skills for 2D designing.

These techniques include:
-line drawing
-texture
-shading/rendering
-gemstone rendering
-perspective drawing
-watercolor

Introduction to stone setting

The bezel is the oldest form of stone setting and the foundational technique in learning the various types of stone setting that follow.

In this course, students will learn the stages and techniques in order to create a pendant or pair of earrings using bezel stone setting.

Students will be guided through the techniques of sawing, filing, soldering and bezel stone setting in order to create their own unique designs.

CUFF

Students will be designing and making their own cuff in brass or silver in this beginner technical workshop.
The basis of most jewelry making requires sawing, filing, and shaping. Together, there are infinite possibilities in what could be created.

Students will be provided with a sheet of metal to draw out their designs before hand-sawing the pattern. They will file, and clean up the edges before adding hammer textures and forming them into a comfortable cuff shape.
All tools and materials will be provided. Students will only need to bring their creative spirit and excitement to learn!

Earrings

In this intensive workshop, participants will learn how to make earrings from scratch. The process will start by design awareness, considering different connections, length & weight. Participants will also learn how to make different types of earrings (including hooks, earrings with posts & clips ) and earrings made out of wire or sheets up until they reach the final stage and polishing the piece till it makes the perfect set of earrings

Etching

Metal etching is an amazing way to add texture to metal, and bring out a pattern or an image into life. The process involves using chemicals to corrode the negative space in the design.

In this workshop, Participants will become acquainted with the beautiful art of etching; they will learn basic metalworking skills to prepare pieces for etching and learn more about the chemicals used, and how they are used.

Filigree

In the filigree workshop, Students will learn to prepare decorative wires from fine silver, make their own solder, build a sterling frame to be filled with delicate fine silver ornaments, and make the elements that will be applied in several layers to create an amazingly intricate, yet light jewelry piece.

The goal of this workshop is to introduce students to the basics of filigree technique and give them the ability to make fine pieces from scratch; the workshop will also provide the students with various inspirational ideas and make sure they implement them to the new approach in their contemporary jewelry work.
This workshop is for beginners and advanced participants,
Please note that the assignments may differ based on the path and development of the students.

Forging

To allow participants to learn how handle a hammer, which will give them the ability to shape metal. This will allow them to form different 3D shapes and forms. This is done by manipulating the metal in different directions using hammers, by which the metal will move and stretch out to form the desired shape. This is known as “Forging technique”

Granulation

Granulation is a technique whereby the surface of a jewel is decorated with small spheres of precious or semi-precious metal, named granules, according to the design pattern. Granulation provides style to the metal piece and makes it appear more interesting and grasps the attention of many when placed under light. It’s also a wonderful way to add texture to metal jewelry.

When you heat metal, it transforms into a sphere that is then added onto a base. The steps are simple till it gets to the melting stage. Adding the sphere onto the base without melting the whole piece is the tricky part of the whole process. If you are interested to know how this is done please join us, and be an expert in jewelry granulation!

Hammering

This course will give its participants’ an opportunity to vastly explore the wide possibilities of making jewelery through hammering techniques.

Hammers are the heart of the work of the metal smith, they are used to harden, form and bend the metal to create both simple and intricate designs.

This workshop will allow participants to explore one of the most important jewelry techniques that shall enable them to experiment and discover both their mental and physical abilities.

Rings

Rings are a physical representation of union, commitment, love and power.

The circle was the symbol of eternity, with neither beginning nor an end. The symbolic figure was considered to be quite meaningful to Ancient Egyptians, as well as many different ancient cultures.

The hollow center in a ring has a huge significance value. It was not only considered as “emptiness”. The hollowness represents a gateway, or a virtual door that leads to events and happening, the known and the unknown.

Wax Carving

Wax carving and lost wax casting has been used for decades to create some of the world’s greatest sculpture and jewelry. This unchanged process is the most common method used today to transfer a three-dimensional design from wax into metal. Students will be guided through the process of casting with a presentation and handouts demonstrating the transformation process of wax designs into metal.

Instructors will go through the various tools used to add and remove wax to create your favorite designs. Students will learn the differences between wax carving and the design methods. (Comfort of piece, weight, wearability, etc.).
Once the wax is casted, students will learn how to clean their castings using files, sandpaper, patinas and polishing to reach a desirable finish.

Students will end the course with casted pieces, and pieces of wax to be casted according their own desire.

Enameling

The art of enameling goes back to thousands of years ago, and yields to some of the most beautiful art crafts in the world. Its vibrant color and durability make it a favorable technique to add color and pattern to jewelry as well as many other art forms.