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Learn to make jewelry with us! Boulder Metalsmithing Association offers hands-on workshops (https://www.meetup.com/BoulderMA/events/) taught by world-class instructors, monthly demonstrations and an open studio. Enjoy being part of our local metalsmithing community and take advantage of great member benefits (http://www.bouldermetalsmiths.com/join-boma.html) too.

Boulder Metalsmithing Association is a Colorado 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Our mission is to educate people about the creative and technical skills involved in metalsmithing and to promote the appreciation of metalwork as an art form through demonstrations, workshops and exhibits.

For more information about Boulder Metalsmithing Association, visit http://www.bouldermetalsmiths.com

Upcoming events (5+)

Fascinating Fling Earrings with Jeff Fulkerson

Boulder Metalsmithing Association

$345.00

Ever wonder how they got that stone to stay on top of another stone? That’s what you’re going to learn as you make these one of a kind earrings. In this two day workshop, students will learn how to sweat solder, how to drill stones, and how to set a cabochon on top of a cabochon. We'll also practice tube setting, various texturing techniques and finishing. This class is two days, Saturday and Sunday, October 26 & 27 Prerequisites Basic metalsmithing skills including soldering, filing and sawing are required to be successful in this class. Cost: $345 for BoMA members (to learn about member benefits, visit http://www.bouldermetalsmiths.com/join-boma.html) $395 for non-members (difference will be collected in class) About the Instructor Jeff Fulkerson is an award-winning silversmith and jewelry artist who has been creating stunning, imaginative pieces for over forty years. His work is regularly and prominently featured in publications such as Art Jewelry Magazine, Rock & Gem, and Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist Magazine, where he also serves as a contributing editor. With a background in construction and design, Fulkerson has been the recipient of numerous accolades including a Gemmy Award, the San Diego County Fair Coordinator's Cup, and the Courtney McGowan Design Award. Jeff is a highly sought-after instructor and the inventor of numerous jewelry making products such as the Steady Stamp, Bead Bandit and his newest invention, the anaclastic forming disc. Jeff also produces instructional videos and educational e-books teaching an array of topics including stone inlay, metal work, and more. Students need to bring Cabochon. Instructor will have some for sale at the time of the class. Jewelers saw with #2/0 blades Rawhide mallet Solder: hard, medium and easy Files Any stamps you have. Optional. Dividers Bezel pusher Burnisher Prong pusher Sharpie Scribe (awl) Any texturing hammers you have. Optional. Materials Kit* $65 1 ea. 2” x 6” – 26 gauge sterling silver sheet 1’ – Fine silver bezel wire 1’ – 16 gauge round sterling silver wire 1’ – 22 gauge round sterling silver wire 2 ea. – 6mm fine silver bezel cups 2 ea. – 6mm cabochon 2 ea. Jump rings ​*Materials kit purchase is required for all our workshops. The kit insures all students have the same tools and materials require to learn the technique and allows the instructor and the students to focus on the technique rather than the materials. Number of Seats Maximum twelve students. All participants will be required to sign a waiver. CANCELLATION POLICY You may cancel up to 14 days prior to the start of the class and receive a full refund, less $25 processing. To cancel, send an email to [masked]. Cancellations less than 14 days prior to the start date will not be refunded. In the event we have to cancel a class, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund. Registration is not transferrable. You may not sell your seat to another student. By clicking on the “I’m going” button and paying the registration fee, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy. No Exceptions. WAITLIST If the class is full, comment below with 'Please add me to the waitlist'

Invisible Clasp with Michele Throne

Boulder Metalsmithing Association

$245.00

Learn to create a hidden clasp with a safety catch for a necklace or bracelet that can be quite showy as part of a main element or a simple design that can be used to connect a piece together. This is a two day class on Saturday and Sunday, November 2 & 3, 2019. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Michele Throne makes her living as a full-time metalsmith and jeweler. She has a BFA from Florida State University and in a previous life, was a Montessori art specialist and teacher. Michele lives in the mountains and her work is inspired by nature and the human experience. To see Michele's work, visit her website, Sidhe Designs. ​ ​PREREQUISITES Students must be proficient at soldering and sawing. Cost: $245 BoMA members (join here: http://www.bouldermetalsmiths.com/join-boma.html), or $295 for non-members (non-member difference will be collected in class) plus materials fee STUDENTS NEED TO BRING: Materials are provided only for the clasp. If you would like to bring extra for other elements in your piece, you may do so, and incorporate them in class if you have extra time. If you have a favorite size saw blade you like to use, or any other of your favorite tools feel free to bring those. Be sure to label your tools with your name! If you would like the clasp to include a stone, you will be responsible for bringing stone/s and bezel wire for setting. Odd shapes are ok, minimum 1/2” stone. MATERIALS KIT (Instructor will provide for a fee) $45 sterling silver sheet in different gauges silver round wire silver rectangle wire 3/0 and 8/0 saw blades tubing Solder sand paper drill bits Number of Seats Maximum 8 students. All participants will be required to sign a waiver. CANCELLATION POLICY You may cancel up to 14 days prior to the start of the class and receive a full refund, less $25 processing. To cancel, send an email to [masked]. Cancellations less than 14 days prior to the start date will not be refunded. In the event we have to cancel a class, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund. Registration is not transferrable. You may not sell your seat to another student. By clicking on the “I’m going” button and paying the registration fee, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy. ​No Exceptions.

Level I Metalsmithing for Jewelers with Jamie McLandsborough

Boulder Metalsmithing Association

$245.00

Students will learn the skills required to start making jewelry and will complete two to three stacking rings, set with stones. Learn measuring, cutting, forming, soldering rings and bezels, setting cabochon design, textures and finishing. This is an excellent class if you have never taken a jewelry course or would like to brush up on your jewelry skills. This class meets for four consecutive Monday evenings, November 6/13/20/27 from 6-9pm. About the Instructor Jamie Mclandsborough has been working in the jewelry field for 20 years, since he was first introduced to soldering by a wonderful high school art teacher. Jamie has apprenticed, taken courses through GIA, tested with the Jewelers of America and studied extensively but still believes there is no better way to learn than a little bit of knowledge and a whole lot of experimentation. Jamie currently works as a bench jeweler at Gusterman’s Silversmiths in Downtown Denver, served on the Board of CoMA, and takes classes anywhere he can, most recently right here in the BoMA studio. Prerequisites None Cost $245 BoMA members (join here: http://www.bouldermetalsmiths.com/join-boma.html), or $295 for non-members (non-member difference will be collected in class) plus materials fee Plus materials kit: $50. Please bring cash or check made out to Boulder Metalsmithing Association. Tools and equipment students should bring Any jewelry tools you currently have in your toolbox (optional) Materials kit* $50 Tools and equipment instructor will supply Hard Solder Easy Solder 20g sheet Grey wheels/Screw Mandrels Flex shaft mandrels Cabochon stones Sterling Silver Tube 12g wire Saw blades ​Sand paper, sanding sticks *Materials kit purchase is required for all BoMA workshops. The kit insures all students have the same tools and materials require to learn the technique and allows the instructor and the students to focus on the technique rather than the materials. MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 6. Students will be required to sign a waiver. Participants must be 18 or older. CANCELLATION POLICY You may cancel up to 14 days prior to the start of the class and receive a full refund, less $25 processing. To cancel, send an email to [masked]. Cancellations less than 14 days prior to the start date will not be refunded. In the event we have to cancel a class, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund. Registration is not transferrable. You may not sell your seat to another student. By clicking on the “I’m going” button and paying the registration fee, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy. No Exceptions. WAITLIST If the class is full, comment below with 'Please add me to the waitlist'

Steel & Gold: A Love Story with Bette Barnett

Boulder Metalsmithing Association

$345.00

Steel is an amazing metal – strong, light weight and malleable. One of the most fascinating characteristics of steel is its affinity for gold. Simply put, steel “loves” gold and marrying the two results in dramatic mixed metals jewelry that responds to today’s aesthetic for work that ranges from bold and rich to gritty and rustic. ​In this three-day workshop, you will learn how to create dramatic steel and gold jewelry. We’ll cover how to work with mild (cold rolled) steel and explore techniques required to create jewelry from steel, including sourcing, cutting, forming, texturing, patinating and finishing. ​During the workshop you will learn how to alloy and roll our own gold, torch-fuse gold to steel and apply gold to steel using the Keum Boo technique. At the completion of the workshop, you’ll have at least one finished piece and other in-progress work that you can complete in your own studio. You’ll also come away with the skills you need to create dramatic, eye-catching steel and gold jewelry ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Since 2013 BETTE BARNETT has devoted her work to exploring and experimenting with gold and steel jewelry. Beginning her jewelry career in 2010, Bette learned basic skills through private and group lessons with seasoned jewelers and teachers. Currently she is developing techniques to fuse various alloys to steel, including shibuichi and shakudo. Prerequisites Student should know basic metalsmithing skills including using a jewelers saw and soldering. COST Cost: $345 BoMA members (join here: http://www.bouldermetalsmiths.com/join-boma.html), or $395 for non-members (non-member difference will be collected in class) plus materials fee Student Should Bring Basic hand tools Jeweler saw and 2/0, 3/0 blades Small hand shears (sharp to cut gold foil, such as Joyce Chen or sharp manicure scissors) Flush cutters Pliers (chain nose, round, etc.) Fine pointed tweezers Ruler Scribe Steel or agate burnisher (two if you have them; additional will be for sale) Files- flat and 1⁄2 round file (note that mild steel will not damage files) Digital calipers - Optional Texturing hammer 3M radial wheels for flex shaft (yellow, white, blue) Optivisor or other magnifying lenses if you use them Lubricant (bees wax or Bur life) if you use it for sawing Easy silver solder Easy gold solder (will also be available for purchase in small quantities during the workshop) Sandpaper (sheet, sticks, etc.) Two pennyweight of 24k gold casting grains (available from Rio Grande and other vendors) At current prices, approximately $160. *Note: some people feel more comfortable using separate tools for steel and non- ferrous metals; however, for years I have used my tools interchangeably without contamination. This is absolutely your choice. Materials Kit $45 Small amounts of fine silver and copper to be used in alloying gold Mild steel sheets (18g and 20g, one 12” x 6” sheet of each). Scraps will also be available Gold foil for Keum Boo (1” x 1” rectangle); additional available for purchase in class Supplies Three 1 oz samples of Handy Flux B-1, Sparex No. 1, Clear Wax Small container for pallions of gold alloy Brass brush for cleaning steel with pumice cleaner Small abrasive pad for adding “tooth” to the steel surface Nitrile gloves Patterns for two class projects Tracing paper Maximum 12 students. All participants will be required to sign a waiver. CANCELLATION POLICY You may cancel up to 45 days prior to the start of the class and receive a full refund, less $25 processing. To cancel, send an email to [masked]. Cancellations less than 45 days prior to the start date will not be refunded. In the event we have to cancel a class, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund. Registration is not transferrable. You may not sell your seat to another student. By clicking on the “I’m going” button and paying the registration fee, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy. ​No Exceptions.

Past events (455)

Getting Twisted with Alex Boyd

Boulder Metalsmithing Association

$145.00

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