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Enameling

$450

  • +$55
    Additional Materials Fee
  • 3-day Workshop
    PRICE INCLUDES ALL DAYS, TOOLS
  • 10am-5pm
    Each day
  • Janet Harriman
  • Dates Offered

Call to register for this workshop (919) 732-9702 or register online.

Painting Enamels and Experimental Enameling

Students will explore the timeless process of painting enamels. Starting with an opaque white background sifted on copper, students will add line drawings with graphite pencils. They can also transfer images to the etched white prepared surface.

Painting enamels are then added in delicate opaque patterns and designs. Turning copper into a domed shape plus annealing and cleaning metal surfaces will also be covered.

The teacher will demonstrate sifting enamels and proper firing techniques. Finally, students will finish the jewelry piece and make a basic sterling silver setting.

Faceted Gemstone Setting

$350

  • 2-day Workshop
    PRICE INCLUDES ALL DAYS, MATERIALS FEE, TOOLS
  • 10am-5pm
    Each day
  • Tricia Weiner
  • Dates Offered

Call to register for this workshop (919) 732-9702 or register online.

Take your jewelry skills to the next level with this Faceted Gemstone Setting Workshop.

This weekend class will teach faceted round and fancy shape stone setting into prongs, v-prongs, flush set and hammered bezel. You will also learn how to create and set prong and bezel settings to hold unique shape stones such as marquis and pear shape.

Students will be working with sterling silver. Other metals are optional. All tools and materials will be provided. Extra materials and gemstones available for purchase.

Students must have taken Tools and Skill: The Fundamentals of Metalsmith class or have prior experience in soldering, sawing and filing.

Foldformed Jewelry

$350

  • 2-day Workshop
    PRICE INCLUDES ALL DAYS, MATERIALS FEE, TOOLS
  • 10am-5pm
    Each day
  • Janet Harriman
  • Dates Offered

Call to register for this workshop (919) 732-9702 or register online.

Foldforming is a great way to explore metals. The workshop will be an intuitive journey with a hands-on approach. The following techniques will be included: annealing copper and sterling silver sheet metal, quenching, rolling the edges of thin metal, folding, hammering, forming, texturing and finishing.

We will also cover patinas, using a microfold brake tool, modifying hammers, proper torch use and tool care. Students will be working with copper and sterling silver. 

The copper is included in the fee. Sterling silver is an additional cost and can be purchased at the workshop. Students will go home with a bracelet, ring, and earrings to wear. 

Granulation Ring

$575

  • 3-day Workshop
    PRICE INCLUDES ALL DAYS, MATERIALS FEE, TOOLS
  • 10am-5pm
    Each day
  • Victoria Lansford
  • Dates Offered

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Learn to fuse sterling silver and 18K gold granules and wire in the manner of the ancient Etruscans, Egyptians, and Greeks.

This straightforward method provides immediate gratification with very little clean up! Create traditional or contemporary patterns, while fabricating a small pendant and a ring. 

The techniques for wire appliqué on sheet, as well as the ability to fuse metal before forming or soldering, provide endless opportunity for stylization and individual design.

Making Multiples: Inside Jayne's Brain

$675

  • 4-day Workshop
    PRICE INCLUDES ALL DAYS, MATERIALS FEE, TOOLS
  • 10am-5pm
    Each day
  • Jayne Redman
  • Dates Offered

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Die Forming with Chasing and Repousse

Chasing and repousse are ancient techniques used to create relief forms in metal. The process can be very time consuming, but with the use of die forming, we can speed up that process with the use of die forming.

Students will learn how to make silhouette dies in cast acrylic for simple domed forms and add contour with thermal reactive plastic. The addition of carving in cast acrylic allows for complexity and dimension. Students will carve reverse relief shapes in cast acrylic with specialized burs and a flexible shaft. Once we have pressed out our preformed metal pieces we will enhance them with chasing and repousse.

Mixed Metal Etching

$350

  • +$40
    Additional Etching Kit Fee
  • 2-day Workshop
    PRICE INCLUDES MATERIALS FEE
  • 10am-5pm
    Each day
  • Lisa Skeen
  • Dates Offered

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Students will learn a variety of etching methods for creating patterns and images on metal without expensive equipment!

Lisa will cover everything from a brief history of etching, to transferring images onto metal, as well as etching with both acid and electricity.

The class level is suitable for beginners. Students will learn to use a jeweler's saw and metal files appropriately and effectively.

The additional etching kit fee includes everything needed to continue metal etching at home and is payable to the instructor in class.

Russian Filigree

$575

  • 3-day Workshop
    PRICE INCLUDES ALL DAYS, MATERIALS FEE, TOOLS
  • 10am-5pm
    Each day
  • Victoria Lansford
  • Dates Offered

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Learn the secret of Russian filigree, the technique of tension fitted, open back filigree. Discover the necessary steps and tricks to ensure success and fun through this exquisite technique.

Through extensive demonstrations and hands-on exploration, you will learn how to make delicate scalloped wire, create a pendant, a finger ring and begin a bead.

Also included in the workshop will be discussions and demonstrations of Victoria’s contemporary sculptural jewelry and functional objects and other three-dimensional possibilities with the process.

Wax Carving

$775

  • 2-weekend Workshop
    PRICE INCLUDES ALL DAYS, MATERIALS FEE, casting process costs
  • 10am-5pm
    Each day
  • Klaus Spies
  • Dates Offered

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In this class students will learn how to carve a ring project in wax using special jeweler’s wax carving tools to create their designs.

This wax ring is the master which will be sent to a casting company. There, the project pieces will then be used in a lost wax casting process to be reproduce then sent back as a final silver piece of jewelry which students will then finish and complete.

Students must know how to solder and create a bezel to take this wax carving workshop.

Getting Started

Tools and Skill: The Fundamentals of Metalsmith.

Additional Classes

1 & 2-Day Classes to Hone Your Skills

Open Studio

Need a place to create? Open studio days are available.

The Studio

Take a Class • Teach a Class • Open Studio Time Available

OQZO Metalsmith is located in the beautiful and quiet woods of Hillsborough, North Carolina and provides a well-lit, well-equipped studio enviroment perfect for teaching and creating handmade sterling silver jewelry.
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