Jewelry Making/Metalsmithing Classes

Learn some exciting new jewelry making techiques from our teachers that include chasing & repousee, fold forming, and granulation, as well as basic classes in soldering, using a flex shaft, and simple wire wrapping projects. Join us and develop your skills in jewelry making!!
Pre-registration & a non- refundable deposit of 1/2 the listed fee are required for all Armstrong classes, with the balance due on the first day of class. Classes require a minimum of 3 students .Registration will close 2 days prior to the class.
Recording of our classes will not be permitted.
Should we cancel a class, your deposit will refunded or may be applied to another class. If you have a group of 3 or more, but find that our schedule does not fit yours, please inquire about special class.
When Registering please provide a PHONE NUMBER to allow us to contact you in the event of a change or for follow up information.

Please join us in welcoming returning teacher Jason Burton to our existing teaching staff of Mary Kernahan, and Lesley DiPiazza,. 

March-June 2016 Classes 2016

Project vs. Process Classes: There have been some recent disappointments relating to leaving some classes without a completed project, and in most cases,it has been a misunderstanding of a class being a process based class rather than a project based class. To simplify things, future class listings will be designated as either process or project classes. Process classes are those that focud primarily on acquisition of a new skill or technique and which generally do NOT result in a specific completed work. A project class will focus on a completed or nearly completed project, during which a new technique or skill may be acquired. 

Freeform Bezels with Lesley DiPiazza - Saturday April 30, 1-5 p.m.

CODE: Freeform Bez 4-30

Expand your stone setting proficiency by learning to fabricate your own bezel cups. Students will learn to set irregular or freeform cabochons as well as... More

Silver Granlation with Lesley DiPiazza - Wednesday May 4, 6-9 p.m.

CODE: SG 5-4

Granulation is a decorative metalsmithing process of applying tiny beads, or granules, in decorative patterns on the surface of metal using eutectic bonding.... More

Sister Clasp with Jason Burton - Thursday May 5, 6-9 p.m.

CODE: Sister clasp 5-5

The sister clasp is a pivoting necklace or bracelet closure that has been in use for centuries. Students will learn the mechanics and fabrication techniques... More

Delft Clay Casting with Mary Kernahan - Sat. May 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

CODE: Delft 05/07

Delft clay casting is a refined form of sand casting. Sand casting has been used for centuries to produce three-dimensional forms, and its use continues to... More

Moonshadow Chainmalle Bracelet with Mary Kernahan - Wednesday, May 11, 6-8 p.m.

CODE: Moon 5-11

Moonshadow's unique design belies its easy construction, making it a perfect chain for students of all levels. If you are looking to add a classy chain to... More

Forged Wire Jewelry with Jason Burton - Tuesday May 24, 6-9 p.m.

CODE: FWJ 5-24

Forging, the controlled shaping of metal through the force of hammer blows, is one of the most ancient forms of metal work, allowing for changes in form and... More

Stake Forming with Mini Stakes with Mary Kernahan-Wed. May 25, 5:30-9:30 p.m.


Forming metal using hammers and stakes can be one of the most important and useful skills you can acquire to transform your work. Whether it be achieving... More

Fundamentals of Etching with Mary Kernahan - Wednesday June 1 & 8, 6-9 p.m.

CODE: Etch 6-1

Etching is a great way to introduce texture, contrast and interest to your metal work. This two-part class will focus on multiple etching techniques. In... More

Basic Metalsmithing with Jason Burton - Saturday June 4, 1-4 p.m.


Basic Metalsmithing with Jason Burton: This is the perfect class if you are new to the jewelry & metalsmithing world, or just want to enhance your... More

Tube Set Soldered Pendant with Mary Kernahan-Wed. June 15, 6-9 p.m.

CODE: TS Pendant 0615

Tube setting is a great way to add faceted stones to your designs. In this class, using sterling silver tube and a 6mm round cubic zirconia, you will become... More

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