It’s time to put the phone down and turn up the heat in this custom built class for teens. Students will enter the life of a metalsmith and each work at their own jeweler’s bench to learn how to use a torch, saw, and many other tools. Students will saw and flame paint copper pendants, solder stacking rings, and learn to create torch fired enamel earrings or pendant. Not only will students gain new skills, they will also gain confidence by working in a safe and supportive environment.
At the end of class, students will have completed 1 copper flame-painted pendant, 2 sterling silver stacking rings (1 beaded, 1 hammered), and 1 pair of enameled earrings (or 2 pendants if the student doesn't wear earrings).
Price includes instruction and the $50 materials fee.
We will cover:
- Studio safety and ergonomics
- Sawing techniques
- Hammering and texturing techniques
- Flame painting with a torch
- Ring sizing
- Working with beaded vs. round wire
- Basic soldering
- Ring forming
- Enamel overview
- Cleaning metal for application
- How to apply enamels
- Torch use
Class Duration: Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31 from 5-7 p.m. Students must be able to attend all 3 sessions as no makeups or credits will be given.
Class is 2 hours for each session with a short break. We have a mini fridge and microwave so students can bring a drink and snack.
Tools and Materials:
Tools are provided and materials are included with the class registration fee.
Last day to cancel for a full refund or class transfer is January 10, 2024. After this date, no refunds or transfers will be given. Please review our FAQ page for directions and dress code. By registering for the class you agree to our policies and dress code.
About the instructor, Jen Barnhardt
Jen is a certified teacher in CO and the owner, designer, and instructor of Stoic Sage Designs. She taught High School English for 10 years and then took a break from the classroom to pursue creative endeavors and taught herself jewelry design. After moving to Colorado from Texas, Jen began taking classes at Silver Peak Studio to learn metalsmithing, and she is mentored by Jen Lesea-Ames, the owner of Silver Peak Studio.
Her “why” is to inspire youth and provide them opportunities to express their creativity.
While she loves making jewelry, she missed teaching which is why she has now merged her passions and experience to lead this class.
A few of her favorite things are: hiking, reading, bike riding, and camping with her husband and their two kids, River and Bodie.