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- $99 for a 3.5-hour jewelry-making 101 or 102 course ($235 value)
During the jewelry-making 101 course, students design and make their own copper bracelet and use stamps to add a custom message, all at a traditional jewelry bench. Instructors demonstrate basic metalworking skills, such as filing, stamping, and hand finishing, which students immediately apply to their projects.
Jewelry-making 102 covers more advanced techniques. Students will learn how to use a jeweler's torch to solder their own silver ring and then texture it with a hammer. Instructors give step-by-step directions and introduce students to tools such as calipers, files, pliers, and ring mandrels.
Tools and materials are included with both courses.
Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts
Master goldsmith Alan Revere founded the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in 1979, creating a space where gifted metalsmiths could pass on their skills to burgeoning jewelry-makers. Today, more than a dozen expert instructors form the faculty, introducing hobbyists and hopeful professionals alike to the fundamentals. The facilities include magnified video feeds that broadcast larger-than-life demonstrations of the teacher performing small and delicate processes, a feat that once required each student to bring their own periscope to class. In the tool room, students will find a blasting unit, magnetic polisher, and other essentials needed to bring their bejeweled creations to shimmering fruition.