Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Making metal jewelry: a video demo from The Art League School!

The spring semester is in full swing! The Madison Annex is filled with ceramics, half-finished sculptures and the sounds of welding machines grinding into metal! Today, we visited Gretchen Raber and her silver jewelry class. She was kind enough to show us the process behind making a silver ring. It all starts with a little wire!

We're itching to try that polishing looks so satisfying! And who doesn't get excited while holding a soldering iron? The class covers layout, sawing, soldering, forming, texturing, chainmaking, stone setting and finishing processes of jewelry-making.

Anyone interested in the summer semester can sign up at the school's website. The five-week-long classes welcome all skill sets and will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays (7:00-10:00 pm), Thursdays, Saturdays (10:00 am-3:00 pm) and Sundays (11:00 am-4:00 pm).

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