Metalsmithing Intensive: Metals 1 and 2
Student ring with custom texture
Student pendant with amethyst
Metals 1 student ring with texture and stamped date
Metals 2 student pietersite pendant
Metals 1 student silver engagement rings
Metals 2 student agate pendant
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Metalsmithing Intensive: Metals 1 and 2

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Enter the world of making metal jewelry with this weekend intensive; no experience necessary!  This class lays the foundation for learning metalsmithing, which includes soldering and stone setting.

This workshop is jam-packed with information to get you introduced to the world of metalsmithing without a huge time commitment! In addition to learning safety procedures, students will learn the fundamentals of metalsmithing and at the end of class will have made a textured 7 mm sterling silver ring band with their choice in size and texture, a copper pendant necklace that is hand-sawn and hand-textured, and a genuine stone pendant that is set in sterling silver.

Day 1:

  • Studio safety and ergonomics
  • Sawing techniques
  • Hammer texturing and stamping
  • Filing and sanding
  • Basics of soldering
  • Texturing metal with a rolling mill and hammers
  • How to remove fire-scale
  • Patina options
  • How to use a flex-shaft

Day 2:

  • Bezel sizing and fitting
  • Bezel soldering
  • Making bails
  • Hammer texturing and stamping
  • Cabochon setting
  • Polish and finish work

Class Duration: 8 hours each day with a 45 minute break for lunch

Tools and Materials

Tools needed: You will need to bring your own KN95 or N95 mask to use while polishing.  If you do not have one, we have them for sale for $5 (limit 1 per person).

Materials kit: $25 (silver, copper, solder, flux, saw blades, and use of all tools and equipment) plus cost of stone (or your can bring your own cabochons) and additional silver will be charged at $2/gram.

Last day to cancel for a full refund is June 3 2022.  We will email you 5 days before class with all the details that you need for the start of class.

About the instructors:

Kenzie Nelson: Metals 1

Kenzie NelsonKenzie has been enveloped by art and art making her entire life and loves nothing more than connecting with others through the act of creating. After taking an introduction to metalsmithing class in her first year of college, she became infatuated with the medium. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a concentration in metalsmithing and jewelry making. She loves sharing her passion with others and has teaching experience ranging from K-12 art, museum education classes, as well as collegiate level metalsmithing courses.
Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. in curated and juried exhibitions, most recently in The Feminist Art Museum’s Protest and Protect and the Greater Denton Arts Council’s Materials: Hard and Soft.
Some of Kenzie’s favorite things are colorful eyeshadow, animals, and coffee. Making art is her favorite activity, but she and also enjoys going to flea markets, gardening, and being outside.

Jen Lesea-Ames: Metals 2

A former exercise physiologist and triathlete, Jen retired from her fitness career after receiving a diagnosis of hip dysplasia and decided to go full-time with her jewelry business in 2014. 

Wanting more of a challenge after stringing beads for three years, she studied metalsmithing at the Denver School of Metal Arts (now called Denver Jewelry Studio) from 2012-2016. She decided to go full-time with her jewelry business in 2014 and opened Silver Peak Studio in July 2020.

She is the owner, designer, and metalsmith of Jen Lesea Designs, (2009-present); her jewelry is sold in over 50 stores, including Fallingwater Museum Store, the Denver Art Museum Gift Shop, and the national catalog Uncommon Goods. Her experience and work has landed her local and national press. Jen is an Applied Jewelry Professional from the Gemological Institute of America GIA.

Her fun and friendly nature is apparent in everything she does, whether its teaching metalsmithing, talking to art show patrons, or motivating people to try something new, like stand up paddleboarding!  

As the owner of Silver Peak Studio, it is her intention to provide a safe, clean, professional and fun environment where students can grow in metalsmithing and enjoy the journey.

A few of Jen's favorite things is recreating outdoors, traveling, and hanging with her fur babies (kitties), Addie and Stevie.