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Beginning Metalsmithing Intensive (Metals 1 & 2): April 6 and 7

Beginning Metalsmithing Intensive (Metals 1 & 2): April 6 and 7

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Enter the world of metalsmithing jewelry with our Beginning Metalsmithing Intensive class, which is essentially our Metals 1 and 2 classes combined. This introductory weekend workshop gives you the foundational skills of metalsmithing jewelry which includes sawing, texturing metal, soldering, creating custom bezels, stone setting, patina options, and polishing.

A the end of the weekend you will have completed a hand-sawn, domed, textured-copper pendant and a 7 mm wide sterling silver ring, in your own custom size, with a custom bezel-set gemstone (we have a selection of stones for you to choose from).

  • 12 contact hours (6 hours each day), ages 14+
  • 5 students max.
  • Tools are provided
  • Materials kit fee is $55 payable at time of class via cash, check or Venmo
  • Prerequisite: none

Day 1:

  • Studio safety and ergonomics
  • Sawing techniques
  • Hammer texturing and stamping
  • Filing and sanding
  • Ring sizing
  • Basics of soldering
  • Texturing metal with a rolling mill and hammers
  • How to use a flex-shaft
  • How to create a comfort-fit ring
  • Polishing

Day 2: 

  • Bezel sizing and fitting
  • Bezel soldering
  • Sweat soldering
  • Stone setting in a custom bezel
  • Patina options and finish work

Before registering, please review our cancellation policy. By registering for a class at Silver Peak Studio, you agree to our cancellation policy, dress code for class, and studio rules.

About the instructor, Alec Schweiger

Alec Schweiger bio picAlec has an MFA with an emphasis in Metals and Jewelry from Colorado State University-Fort Collins, and has been teaching metalsmithing at the collegiate level (CSU) since 2019.  He received a work study scholarship to the Penland School of Craft to study under Kim Cridler, as well as learning from Navajo Silversmithing masters Allison and Trent Lee.  

His "why" is described as being an extremely curious person who has always been driven to figure out how things work or how they are made.

Alec has a passion for teaching and is thrilled by the opportunity to share his experiences and skills.

A few of his favorite things are: disc golf, golf, and jamming to vinyl with his wife, Emma, and dog, Micah.
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