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Metal and Art Classes Available

Congratulations!  You found the best solution to taking a craft class in the Philly!  These classes are available in Private Lesson form!

Learn a great deal more in a shorter amount of time with your own private teacher.  No waiting to ask a question or sitting through information you already know!

Don't have time for a whole course to fit into your schedule?  Don't worry!  All classes are scheduled by the student to fit their schedule!

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Work along side a professional artist in a professional metals studio.  Classes are held in beautifully historic West Philadelphia.  Experience working in a professional art studio, The Cedar Works


Jewelry Classes: Techniques and Concepts

JC001- Intro to Jewelry Making: Jewelry Concepts

*This class is included in any first time beginner class

 The Message of Ornamentation

  • Representation

Functional Considerations in Jewelry

  • Weight
  • Balance
  • Size
  • Flexibility

Jewel Support Systems

  • Hanging/Tying
  • Pressure
  • Clasps
  • Piercing/Studs
  • Sewing

Materials

  • Metal choices/Contents/Benefits

SH002- Introduction to Sheet Metal (Level I)

*Any skill level welcome

*This course includes JC001- Intro to Jewelry Making: Jewelry Concepts

Using a rolling mill

  • Changing dimension of metal
  • Rolling sheet/wire
  • Rolling techniques
  • Texture transfer

Cutting Sheet

  • Measuring/marking tools
  • Design transfer
  • Cutting tools
  • Sawing

Cold Working

  • Methods of cold bending
  • Piercing
  • Filing tools/techniques
  • Basic milling: Tools/Technique


Beginning Jewelry Classes: Basic Techniques (Level I)

Introduction to Wire Working

*Any skill level welcome

2 Class Course

4 hours Total

 

  •   Wire Manipulation

1.      creating shapes with wire

2.      changing the sectional shape of wire

3.      spiral making

4.      twisting wire

5.      cutting

6.      surface texturing wire

7.      wire manipulation tools

 

  • Making Chain: Integrating interlinked, inter-looped, flexible systems

1.   creating links

2.   general chain types

3.   working with commercial chain

4.   *single/double loop chain

5.   *chain mail (*special group class additional offered)

 

Tool rental and materials included.  Silver available on hand for purchase.

This is a two week class.  Each class is 2 hrs.  Students can customize the time and day of their choosing.


An Introduction to Silver Soldering:  Make a Ring!

 Choose your Date!

SUBMIT THE FORM ABOVE IF INTERESTED OR CALL 215-316-1309!

Learn the art of silver soldering with this introductory metals class.  No previous metals experience needed. The maximum number of students that will be in this class is 3 so each student will benefit from the most individual hands on instruction.  Students will go home with a silver ring just for themselves or a special loved one!

Students will:

  • Create simple silver rings
  • Work in a private professional studio 
  • Receive one on one instruction 
  • Learn basic metal working techniques such as: forming, hammering, annealing, melting, and more.

Tool rentals and materials included in price.  Additional materials available on hand for purchase if desired.

Click here to see what's possible beginning with the skills learned in this class.

A great follow up to this class will be the "Silver Soldering and Stone Setting Workshop".

Have questions about An Introduction to Silver Soldering Class? Contact Michele Judge

Sign up two or more and get $20 off each student!


3-Day Silver Solder and Stone Setting Workshop

Submit the form above if interested or call 215-316-1309!

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In this 3 week workshop, students will learn the art of stone setting, as well as more complex ways of soldering silver while hand fabricating their own silver ring.  Participants will choose from a variety of stones to work with, or choose to bring one of their own.  Students will have the option to create their own design.  This class is open to all levels and one on one instruction will be given to insure the individual receives the most benefit from the class. 

Students will:

  • Work in a professional studio
  • Learn how to use a jeweler's torch
  • Gain experience in silver and bronze soldering
  • Learn how to make their own free-form bezels
  • Go home with their own unique handmade silver ring

Materials not included in price.  Metals and stones will be available for purchase.  Students can expect to pay $15-$30 extra for their stone and materials, depending on their individual design.

Sign up two or more and get $35 off each student!


Leather Working Class: Make A Belt!

Submit the form above if interested or call 215-316-1309

Learn how to hand fabricate your own personal leather belt straight from the hide!  Students will go through the whole process of making a belt, from cutting a leather strip to tooling a design and dying.  Learn the process of belt making while creating your own personal belt and gaining the skills used to make many other leather works!  

In this class students will:

  • Learn about leather hides
  • Cut strips
  • Bevel and slick leather edges
  • Learn leather tooling, burning, and carving
  • Learn how to set snaps, grommets, and studs
  • Dye

Custom Class

Build your own course!

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A rare find!  Participants will have 100% of the teacher's attention and will be guided in precisely what the student needs to learn.  This custom class is perfect for someone who has a specific project they'd like guidance on or maybe even has no idea how to go about physically creating their idea.   This is strictly a one on one class, offering instruction in skills such as:

  • Metal Fabrication
  • Brass Brazing
  • Silver wire and sheet making
  • Silver Soldering
  • Ingot Making
  • Leather working
  • Basic Woodworking
  • Lapidary, stone carving, and polishing
  • Sculpture ( Traditional Fine Art [Figure Sculpting] and Mixed Media)
  • Layout, design, composition
  • Drawing
  • Wedding Bands

Take advantage of this unique offer and hire your own personal art instructor for the day!  Work in a professional studio freely and be inspired by the tools, skills and experience being offered to you at your finger tips! 

Classes are $200 for 4 hours.  Prices and times are custom tailored to fit the needs of the specific person and their needs. 

Class cards are available for a discounted rate!

3-Class Card= $540 Savings of $60!

4-Class Card= $720 Savings of $80!

Group rates also available.

For more information or to schedule a class, fill out the form below or call 215-316-1309 :

Testimonials

  Lia designed and made her own leather belt with leather she brought in. “Totally Amazing One on the Best classes I've every experienced. Michele is so knowledgeable, great teacher, and super patient. I'll be taking another class. More than 5stars!!!!!!!!” -Lia (West Philly)

 

Lia designed and made her own leather belt with leather she brought in.

“Totally Amazing One on the Best classes I've every experienced. Michele is so knowledgeable, great teacher, and super patient. I'll be taking another class. More than 5stars!!!!!!!!”

-Lia (West Philly)

  Michael brought in two handmade knives and made custom leather knife sheaths. "Michele's custom class allowed me to transform my ideas into works of art. Her knowledge of art is amazing and the studio has every tool and material to make art happen.  I will continue to take classes to learn and make things I am proud of." -Michael (Bucks County) 

 

Michael brought in two handmade knives and made custom leather knife sheaths.

"Michele's custom class allowed me to transform my ideas into works of art. Her knowledge of art is amazing and the studio has every tool and material to make art happen.  I will continue to take classes to learn and make things I am proud of."

-Michael (Bucks County) 

  Carly learned to cut this amethyst crystal to fit into her belt buckle design!

 

Carly learned to cut this amethyst crystal to fit into her belt buckle design!

Custom watch band made by student for his SmartWatch.

Custom watch band made by student for his SmartWatch.

Silver hoops made by first time silver smithing student.

Silver hoops made by first time silver smithing student.

Student-made engagement ring made for his girlfriend; a lover of science.

Student-made engagement ring made for his girlfriend; a lover of science.