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Weekly classes for the Winter of 2018 at the Mountain Metalsmiths School of Jewelry & Lapidary
will begin Tuesday, January 16th, at 1 PM!

Students will learn to handle a torch safely, properly saw sheet and wire into shape,
 use files and hammers, and manipulate various metals into a piece of wearable art that can be worn by ladies or men.
 Keep them for yourself, donate them to your cause, or give them as gifts!

Weekly Class Schedule


Local students will have the opportunity to explore their creativity in the world of jewelry fabrication on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons. No prior experience is necessary. These are mixed skill level classes where each student is taught individually. Techniques are stressed here as we do NOT teach kits or projects. You will complete pieces of jewelry as part of the learning process. CLASS HOURS ARE FROM 1 TO 4PM.

Your 8 Week Sessions Start When You Start


       In the thirteenth year of the Mountain Metalsmiths School, we understand that "life happens" as not everyone may not be able to start their sessions at the same time. Therefore, MMSJL is continuing a ROLLING ENROLLMENT POLICY to give everyone the same opportunity to learn. We will keep tabs on your attendance, as students may not be able to attend 8 weeks in a row due to previous commitments. Ruthie periodically exhibits at craft fairs, is teaching and/or demonstrating elsewhere so sometimes class may not be held every week. Being more USER-FRIENDLY means that you can skip a week if necessary, but your 8 sessions will not be affected. A reasonable but not indefinite extension will be allowed.   

Attendance Communication


In case of inclement weather, classes will be cancelled if Buncombe County Schools are closed. If you are not sure, please feel free to contact the school @ 828-687-7830 or email the school at  ruthie@mmsjl.com
Since it does take time to prepare for the class sessions, we would also appreciate hearing from you by 10 am if you cannot attend a class.

What's Happening Each Week?


Weekly class sessions will concentrate on either jewelry fabrication,  two different skill levels of wax carving and casting, and tig welding for jewelry on an Orion Welder. In the jewelry fabrication series, you will explore different jewelry techniques such as soldering, forging, sawing, filing, surface treatments, bezel fabrication, and basic stone setting. No prior experience is necessary. The Orion Welder experience will teach you how to either construct pieces or repair pieces without using a torch.

The other series of classes will involve wax carving, vacuum casting via the lost wax process, which includes finishing the castings for beginners. The more experienced jeweler with stone setting and ring sizing experience via torch, will have the opportunity to learn how to carve a ring in wax, prepare it for vacuum casting via the lost wax process, and finishing the casting, setting a stone, and turning it into a wearable piece of jewelry. If multiples of a ring design are desired; before setting any stones in the finished casting, you will learn mold-making, and how to cut your own molds.

You may pick only ONE class series of 8 sessions at a time. 
TUITION: $540 plus a $6 student lab fee or $22.50 per hour for 24 hours of instruction. MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 6 per session in Jewelry Fabrication, 2 per session in Wax Carving & Casting, 1 per session on the Orion Welder.

Weekend Workshops and Jewelry Demonstrations at the Folk Art Center

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Besides hosting weekend workshops at the Mountain Metalsmiths School of Jewelry & Lapidary, Ruthie has been asked to periodically share her expertise at the Folk Art Center, the headquarters of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, mile marker 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Asheville, NC. You are welcome to come and observe techniques. Please feel free to ask questions about what you are watching.