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Jewelry Making with Joy Raskin
Jewelry Making with Joy Raskin

Wed, Mar 30



Jewelry Making with Joy Raskin


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Time & Location

Mar 30, 2022, 2:30 PM – May 04, 2022, 5:30 PM

Lexington, 130 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421, USA

About the Class or Event

6 Wednesdays, 2:30- 5:30 pm

Begins March 30, In Studio

Tuition: $300 (Includes a $30 Studio Fee)

Materials Fee: $40 (The Materials Fee will be due to the instructor on the first day of class.)

Description:  This class is an ideal introduction to metalsmithing for students with no previous experience. Over the course of 6 weeks, you will explore the fascinating world of jewelry making and simple metalworking. You will complete up to 4 projects, using different processes such as filing, soldering, sanding, forging, fabricating, setting stones in bezel settings, and various ways of finishing such as creating hammer textures, and polishing. You will work with four metals: brass, copper, bronze and sterling silver. 


The syllabus will proceed as follows:

Week 1 – Basic Soldering, Forging and filing to make rings.

Week 2 – Sawing/piercing sheet metal, sweat soldering, drilling

Week 3 - Using the Flex Shaft, Riveting and Cold Connections

Week 4– Bezel setting – learn to set cabochons

Week 5 - Bezel setting continued

Week 6 – Project completion


Toolboxes will be available for students to rent.  They will contain a saw frame and blades, one large file and a set of needle files, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, scissors, safety glasses, tweezers, a solder pick, 4 grits of sandpaper, drill bits and solder. In addition, students are encouraged to bring an assortment of hand tools they may possess, such as a jeweler's saw/blades, pliers, files and visors, as well as whatever metal/material they plan to use.

Course level: Beginner

Additional notes:

This class is for adults.

About the instructor: Joy Raskin, a NH native, calls herself a New Englander. In 1984, Joy took jewelrymaking in high school, thus starting her metalsmithing career and was one of the youngest craftspeople to be accepted into the League of NH Craftsmen in 1986.   After completing a BFA from RISD and a MFA from UMassDartmouth, focusing on flatware, earning the nickname Spoon Lady since flatware is her forte.   Since 1996, she has been teaching jewelrymaking/metalsmithing locally and all over NH, MA and CT. She has grown into a creative metalsmith, being able to translate clients’ ideas into wearable jewelry and functional silverware /tableware.   Her work is a mixture of jewelry and functional tableware, such as flatware, serving utensils, candlestick holders, small metal bowls and more. She works primality in silver, gold, steel and some brass, bronze and copper, plus gemstones. 

Please take a look at our registration policy and our current covid policy before your class.

Local dining options, accommodations, and more information about our facility can be found HERE.  For any other questions our contact information is HERE.


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