Owning a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry can help you stand out from a crowd, like violently waving a burning newspaper or shouting about how you downloaded an audiobook about Mark McGwire. Create a fashion statement with today’s Groupon: for $16, you get an introduction to metalsmithing techniques class at Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection in Belmont (a $32 value).
The winner of Boston.com’s A-List for Best Fine Jewelry 2010, Karenna Maraj Jewelry dresses up drab garments with wearable art and passes along jewelry-making skills through enlightening classes. In the two-hour metalsmithing class, participants imbibe the knowledge of the jewelry gods, learning how to transform shapeless metal into beautiful bangles, pendants, and dental braces. Students shape, cut, solder, hammer, and polish two projects during the class, including a bangle and a pendant hammered from brass, copper wire, and black cord (all included, gold and silver can be purchased for an additional fee). Cutouts, stamps, and designs can be added to each piece, yielding a beautiful accessory ready to take home at the end of the class. With attendance capped at six pupils, students get plenty of one-on-one attention and the chance to fence a jewelry-saw master. Classes are held at the following times:
- Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Monday and Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.