Have you ever wondered how metal jewelry is made? Curious about how tiny individual beads turn into a breathtaking piece of jewelry? If you have, the Triangle offers many places to learn these skills.
From one-on-one classes to group workshops, these shops, schools and studios are ready to teach you to design your own jewelry, whether you just want to dabble or become a professional.
For each business, unique classes have been pulled from their schedule to show what they have to offer; all of them teach similar classes for novices. As some classes have prerequisites or need certain skills, please contact the individual business for details.
Sonya Coulson Rook and Jackey Rook handcraft playful metalwork jewelry and accessories using both traditional metalsmithing techniques and nontraditional materials. Metamorphosis offers private classes and parties ranging from $40-$60 per person for individuals (beginner to advanced) and groups (beginners), where participants can create a range of basic jewelry pieces. They also offer monthly workshops geared for beginners ($25-$45). On Feb. 13, Metamorphosis will offer three different workshops for making heart pendants that can be stamped with dates, text or initials.
N.C. State University Crafts Center
The center offers classes each semester in a range of mediums, including jewelry design. Most classes for spring 2016 have either already occurred or are full. There is a Kumihio (Japanese braiding) workshop still available that meets 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19 and 1-5 p.m. March 20. Prices range from $28-$56 plus $23 for supplies.
Ornamentea bead and jewelry supply store focuses on fashion-inspired jewelry and offers instruction as well as professional-quality supplies. The shop has classes tailored for both adults and teens in silversmithing, beading, jewelry design and enameling. The shop also features an open work table where visitors can both learn and make. After 16 years, the shop will be closing in April; classes will be taught through March. Upcoming classes include Sliced Agate Pendants from 2-4:30 p.m. March 19 for $48 and Knotted Stone Mala from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 25 for $36.
Pullen Arts Center
Pullen Arts Center, which is run by the city of Raleigh, is open to anyone who is curious about art and wants to try different mediums. Upcoming classes include: Cuttlefish Casting, 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays (March 30-April 20), $70 plus supplies; Hydraulic Press Class, 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays (Feb. 10-March 16), $104 plus silver; and Linear Steel Jewelry, 7-9:30 p.m. Thursdays (March 3-24), $70.
Sertoma Arts Center
Info: 1400 W. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, 919-996 2329, nando.com/sertomaarts
Sertoma Arts Center, also run by the city of Raleigh, is open to people of all ages and skill levels. Upcoming classes taught by Elizabeth Strugatz include: Intermediate/Advanced Wire Wrapping, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays (March 10-April 14), $96 plus materials; Crocheting with Wire and Beads, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 13-14, $65 plus materials; Doming, Stamping and Cold Connecting, 12:30-4:30 p.m. April 9-10, $65 plus materials; and Wire Weaving around a Cabochon, 12:30-4:30 p.m. March 12-13, $65 plus materials.
Wired, Twisted and Stoned
Elizabeth Strugatz is a wire and bead artist and metalsmith. She offers private classes in her home studio for $15 an hour plus supplies. She teaches classes at both Sertoma Arts Center and the Wake County Public School System.
Wake County Adult Evening Education
Lifelong Learning with Community Schools offers noncredit courses in a range of subjects for individuals 16 and up at schools throughout the county. Spring 2016 classes taught by Elizabeth Strugatz include: Basic Stringing and Crimping Necklace Workshop, 6:30-9 p.m. March 16 or April 20, $63 plus materials; Caged Beads Bracelet Workshop, 6:30-9 p.m. March 9 or April 18, $63 plus materials; Simple Loops with Beads Bracelet Workshop, 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 10, April 4 or April 25, $63 plus materials.
Peraza Bead and Jewelry Glass Art Studio
Marilyn Peraza teaches lampworking and jewelry design, including micro-macrame, Shibori silk, wire wrapping and wire weaving. Classes are on a one-on-one basis, beginner level to advanced, starting at $50 (jewelry design) and $100 (lampworking).
Cary Arts Center
Cary Arts Center offers classes for individuals ranging from young children to adults. Prices listed here are for Cary residents, and are slightly more for nonresidents. Upcoming classes include: Beginning Metals and Jewelry, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays (Feb. 9-March 15), $135; Etching (and Cuff Forming), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 6 and 13, $98; Enameling 101, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 3 and 10, $91; Intro to Lapidary-Cabochons, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays (May 4-25), $81; Turned Jewelry (wood turned on a lathe), 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays (Feb. 3-17), $71.
Glass Class is a small custom teaching studio that offers classes in glass fusing, stained glass and jewelry making. In February, the studio is offering several two-hour fusing classes at different times on different days. Also in February are two mini-jewelry classes with all materials included, noon-2 p.m. Feb. 12 and 2-4 p.m. Feb. 21. Cost: $70. Those interested in learning more can become a member of the studio for $150, which includes six, two-hour classes. Glass Class also offers a summer camp for children ages 9 or older, all materials included, $450.
Rare Earth Beads
Rare Earth Beads is a gemstone and jewelry supply store and apothecary. February classes include making a Cascading Cluster Pendant, 4-6 p.m. Feb. 10, $40; and Introduction to Wig-Jig, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 27, $40. Customers who spend $25 get a free 2-hour basic stringing class.
The Bead Store
The Bead Store is a full-service custom jewelry and repair shop in the Carr Mill Mall. The store offers a wide range of beading supplies, plus skills-based, project-based and individual private classes, including for birthdays and girls’ night out parties. Students can learn basics of stringing and wire wrapping twice a month, generally Wednesdays and Thursdays. Project-based classes are held after hours on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and range from $25-$40. The shop also offers 2-hour private lessons for other jewelry-related skills for $45.
James Carter Studio & School of Jewelry Arts
James Carter Studio & School of Jewelry Arts, also at Carr Mill Mall, offers classes in metalsmithing, jewelry techniques and cloisonné enameling. Examples of upcoming classes designed for all skill levels include one-day Saturday intensives in Keum-boo surface adornment, bezel making, tube-set diamonds and kinetic earrings. Additionally, the school brings in artists from around the country several times a year.
Betsy Greer writes about craft and activism at craftivism.com. Reach her at email@example.com.
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