About

Make the Jewelry of Your Dreams

At Artisans of Metal and Thread, we specialize in educating you in the fundamentals of jewelry construction and design.  We tailor to your needs.  Whether you are a beginner or a professional, our focus is on creating a set of classes that meet your needs.

Your Sample Curriculumwomansoldering

For the serious student, we offer an affordable metalsmithing program (approximately 35 – 40 hours) that will give you a bench jeweler education with a twist. We don’t just offer a standardized set of classes, we tailor your curriculum to your desires and your style.  Our program includes instruction on the following example topics:

  • Soldering
  • Chain Making
  • Settings (prong and bezel)
  • Findings
  • Milling
  • Finishing
  • Fabrication

LadderBraceletsMake and Take Classes

Not sure you want to jump in with both feet?  Our Make and Take classes are designed to teach you a new set of skills and finish a piece of jewelry.  Barbara introduces you to a project, walks you through a brief description of the process, and then you get to work.  Students complete the class with a finished piece of jewelry and a sense of accomplishment.  Over 95% of the students finish their work in the scheduled class time.

Classes range in difficulty.  Barbara prefers that students to get familiar with tools and equipment in the Introduction to Soldering Class before moving into additional classes. This intro class teaches wrapping, forging, filing, cutting, bending, and hard soldering.  This is a suggested prerequisite for all other classes requiring soldering.

Visit our class calendar to see when classes are offered each month.  If you have a specific skill you want to learn, Barbara offers private or semi-private lessons.  We can design a class around something you want to create.  Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Contact Us

Email: Barbara Kennedy: jeweler54@gmail.com
Phone: (503) 720-2925

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