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Class Description

Beads are historically the first type of jewelry ever created. Humans have had the drive to make wearable art since that first bead was strung at least 72,000 years ago. In this time the everlasting bead has taken on countless forms crafted from a myriad of materials. And still the exploration and desire continues.

You can join in this long standing effort and learn to make your own version of metal beads in this 8 session introduction to hollow forms for jewelry. Building from sheet metal, learn to form and fabricate round and angular beads and practice advanced soldering set-ups.  

This course will introduce you to Round (spherical and lentil forms), Cone, and Cube shaped beads utilizing dapping, tapering, and scoring and bending along with precise fitting and soldering. These geometric shapes can be the foundation of countless variations for future pieces. Creating hollow forms is a fundamental principle of metalsmithing and will allow you to build volume into all of your jewelry designs. 

Demonstrations will be shown in copper and brass, however students will have the option of  working in silver. This class is for beginner and intermediate level jewelers; students with prior metalsmithing experience. Basic soldering skills are required. To take this course students are expected to have familiarity with jewelry fabrication processes. Our Welcome to Jewelry class offers this introduction.

Class size 4 – 12 students. Masks are required for all studio coursework.

Taught by Odette Channell
All students receive a 50% discount on hourly and daily bench rentals throughout the duration of their course.
Refunds & Credit

Withdrawals from class 7 days prior to the start of the class will receive a full refund for the class minus a 10% processing fee. If cancellation occurs 3-6 days prior to the class, we will provide a 50% refund. Cancellations 48 hours or less receive a 25% refund. Refunds will not be provided for no-shows or same-day cancellations.

We do not refund tuition for classes that students miss due to their own circumstances. Students enrolled in multi-session studio courses (excluding workshops and intensives) may make-up missed class sessions during open studio hours for up to two weeks after the last class meeting.

We reserve the right to cancel or discontinue any class, in which case you may choose to receive a refund, apply the class credit towards a different course, or receive a tuition credit for future use. Tuition credits are valid for up to one year. Refunds will be issued within 30 days.