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Renew, Revisit and Refresh Old Jewelry

Baby bracelet turned into adult-sized spangle
Clothing bar pins turned into moonstone earings

Course Overview

Every jewelry box is home to some neglected and abandoned treasures: pieces once loved or of sentimental value but now of questionable fashion, unfinished or slightly broken items. Inspired by the age-old folk value of resourcefulness, turn your old items into fabulous new jewelry. Jewelry design, problem solving, construction and craftsmanship will be emphasized in this class. Construction techniques such as bezel setting, riveting, prong setting, and chain making will be demonstrated based on the student designs and projects. Students will work on their own projects with instructor guidance. Some soldering experience is helpful but not required.

Students will spend the first segment of the class designing their projects; coming up with ideas for a necklace, bracelet or earrings out of their vintage jewelry or pieces they choose to rework. They will then spend the remainder of the class time developing and advancing their fabrication skills that could include cutting, shaping, soldering, texturing, and setting. Students are asked to bring a good selection of vintage, costume or pieces from past classes for design consideration. Students will be deconstructing the pieces they use, so are asked NOT to bring fine gemstones or jewelry. This class is good for all students who enjoy being inspired by people of varying levels of skill and experience.

All tools will be provided. Students who have metalsmith hand tools are encouraged to bring them. Sterling silver and copper wire and sheet metal will be available for purchase at the time of the class. Note, this class will not include wire wrapping.

Dates

Thu, Oct 22nd, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 25th, 2020

This course has been cancelled to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We offer our deepest apologies. We truly believe in the power of craft to build community, and we know that community is needed more than ever in times like these. However, the need to stay healthy and protect our friends and neighbors is the most critical priority.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at info@northhouse.org.

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We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Length: 4 days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $380.00
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies ($65 and up)

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Bring a wide selection of vintage, costume jewelry or pieces from past classes for design consideration
  • Closed toe shoes and long pants are required
  • Eye magnification, if needed to see small detail
  • Small old hand towel to dry your metal pieces
  • Dust mask if you are bothered by fine dust particles
  • Fine black Sharpie pen
  • Pen and paper for notetaking

Optional Tools

  • Flat Nose Pliers – 2
  • Half Round Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Half Round File
  • Set of Needle Files (especially the round needle file)
  • Nippers
  • Jewelers hand saw
  • Bezel pusher and burnisher
  • Ruler

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.