The Full Monty


     Are you looking for a full introduction to the the craft of jewelry making? We have put together a hands-on, fast paced, intensive program that will help you find your creative voice through the art of jewelry. Creative Side Jewelry Academy is happy to foster your desire of becoming a jeweler and metalsmith with classes that prove to successfully teach you the fundamentals of fabrication and practical bench skills. This full 80 hour program is the perfect place to begin gaining confidence in the studio. It is designed for absolute beginners as well as those wanting to refine their skills. We encourage you to complete the full curiculum over eight weeks in a row if at all possible, with open studio sessions in between. Feel free to call with any questions about this awesome and extremley packed course. 512-799-0731.   

"The Full Monty" 8 Week Concentration (Jewelry 101, Jewelry 201, and 4 open studio sessions) 

Jewelry 101: Create 7 projects in 8 classes in the studio. Choose either our daytime option, evening option, or spread it out over two weekends. Design three very important facets of the jewelry world: rings, bracelets and pendants. Practice several fabrication techniques in silver, copper and brass. This course will cover the essentials of fabrication, and will set you up for success in the craft. The techniques covered include: 
- Soldering   - Flex Shaft Techniques   - Filing, Sanding, Finishing   - Basic Wire Working   - Texturing   - Sawing
- Forming techniques for shaping and sizing rings, cuffs and bangles   - Bezel and Tab Setting, and more!  

Jewelry 201: This is the second half of the Full monty and will get you confident with the torch as well as teach you finer bench skills essential to the craft. Students will cover advanced bezels and mechanisms including designing a hollow form, pendant, and a hinge. This course will reinforce what you learned in Jewelry 101 and continue to develop your fabrication skills in sterling silver. You will work with surface treatments, patinas, and other techniques to finish your projects to a professional caliber. This course covers the following techniques:
- Bezel Setting Stones with corners   - Create a hollow-form ring   - Gemstone Setting: Tube setting faceted stones   
- Making a hinge and other locking mechanisms to make your jewelry moveable and functional 

4 Open Studio Sessions: These four hour sessions are designed as self-guided time to practice your craft alongside one of our professional metalsmiths. Work on your projects and custom design ideas and recieve guidance on soldering, setting stones, and troubleshooting challenges. Finish out pieces from the class that need final touches and learn amazing tricks in fabrication, soldering, riveting, finishing techniques and much more. 

We understand life is busy, so we work very hard to accommodate all schedules with weekday, weeknight and weekend options. We also offer Private Lessons at a different rate in case none of the scheduled class dates work for your current schedule. 

Ready to dive in? 

  • 1. Go to our Jewelry 101 category page to find the dates that work for your schedule.
  • 2. Go to our Jewelry 201 category page for class dates.
  • 3. Call 512-799-0731 or email to enroll in your desired class dates.

Tuition: $1380 kit fees included. Payment plans available.

 *The included Open Studio sessions are ongoing and can be used at your convenince at any time on appointed dates.

 *These classes fill up fast, so we encourage you to get enrolled early. We do offer payment plans to make it easier on the finances when needed. 25% ($321.25) holds your spot with automatic payments to follow for the remainder. The full amount must be paid before class begins. Email or call us with any questions, 512-799-0731.


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