HGMS Classes

HGMS Membership IS NOT required to take a class.

CLASSES THAT HGMS OFFERS:  Classes are scheduled based on the number of interested parties, so it is very important that if you would like to take a class, you must send an e-mail to classes@hgms.org with your name, phone number, and names of the classes in which you are interested. You will be placed on a reserve list, and you will be notified first if a class is scheduled. All classes are held at the HGMS Clubhouse located at 10805 Brooklet at Rockley. Full payment must be sent at the time of registration in order to guarantee a place in the class.  If for some reason the class is not held, your money will be fully refunded. If you pay for and reserve a place in a class but do not attend, 50% of the class fee will be forfeited.

Classes Offered

Cabochon Forming Class –  Students will learn how to orient a stone for best outcome, will learn methods of attaching a stone to a dop, and will learn to polish a stone based on stone hardness and stone type. All supplies and tools are provided although a student may bring his own slabbed stone if desired. Consists of one 4-hour class.

Casting ClassStudents will learn how to use lost wax casting in jewelry making.  This will include making patterns in wax, then learning the basics of sprueing, preparing a flask for casting by investing the wax models, then burnout and casting the mold in metal. The final step is the cleaning and polishing of the cast items.  Consists of four 3-hour classes.

Casting – Ad Hoc Sessions This program is set up for members who already have casting knowledge and experience. This is not a teaching program. For the first session, bring wax patterns to be cast. HGMS provides flasks and the investment required. You provide the silver, gold, or bronze metal. During the second session, you complete the actual casting of the prepared flasks. Consists of two sessions.

Chain Maille Bracelet Class –  Students will learn the importance of using appropriate wire gauge and jump-ring diameter to make a chain maille bracelet using prepared jump-rings.  Each student will take home a completed bracelet in the Byzantine style.  All supplies and tools are provided although a student may bring his own tools if desired. A tool list will be sent to all students via e-mail a few days before the class begins. Consists of one 4-hour class.

Chasing & Repoussé Class –  Class instructs students in the use of specialized tools for working on metal sheet. Repoussé is the technique of using steel punches driven by a hammer to create shapes and forms by stretching metal outward into the pitch material supporting it. Chasing is the technique of working on the front side of the metal to refine the shape, form, and texture of the object. Students will need chasing tools, a chasing bowl, chasers pitch, and at least a 6-inch square of 18-gauge copper sheet. Consists of five 4-hour classes.

Dichroic Glass Class –   Learn the basics of cutting, piecing, and firing dichroic glass while creating 2-4 pendants and 1-3 pairs of earrings. Students will be able to choose from a wide assortment of colors and patterns as they learn how to tack, partial, and full fuse dichroic glass cabochons using three different bail techniques. Consists of one 7-hour class.

Enameling Class: Enameling is the art of fusing a very fine glass powder on either copper or fine silver and using a kiln to fire the pieces. All supplies and tools are provided although students may bring their own tools if desired. A tool list will be sent to all students via e-mail a few days before the class begins.  Consists of one 7-hour class.

Jewelry Fabrication-Beginning –   Students will learn different methods of making jewelry, and they will work specifically on fabricating jewelry from sheet metals, tube, and bezel material. Each student will learn how to solder, and they will be able to make and keep 3 pieces of jewelry, two of which will be their own designs. Other topics to be covered are tools and their care, reticulation, stone setting, making bezels and prong settings, polishing, antiquing, stamping and texturing, and making rings, earrings, pins, brooches, and pendants. All supplies and tools are provided although students may bring their own if desired. A tool list will be sent to all students via e-mail a few days before the class begins. Consists of five 5-hour classes.

PMC Class – IntroductionLearn to work with PMC: shape, dry, fire, polish, and patina one-to-two fine silver pendants (depending on size preference) and one-to-two pairs of fine silver earrings. No experience is necessary. Students will learn everything needed  to work with PMC, and they will leave with beautiful pieces of finished jewelry about which they can proudly say “I made that!” All tools and materials are supplied. Consists of one 7-hour class.

PMC Class – Leaf or Fossil Pendants – Students will learn to work with PMC: they will shape, dry, fire, polish, and patina two-to-three fine silver pendants OR one pendant and one pair of fine silver earrings. No experience is necessary. Learn everything needed to work with PMC and leave with beautiful pieces of finished jewelry about which you can proudly say “I made that!” All tools and materials are supplied. Consists of one 7-hour class.

PMC Class – Pendant with Fired-In-Place Gems – Learn to work with PMC: shape, dry, fire, polish, and patina two-to-four fine silver pendants (depending on size preference) containing dichroic glass cabochons and gemstones. No experience is necessary. Students will learn everything needed  to work with PMC and will leave with beautiful pieces of finished jewelry. All tools and materials are supplied. Consists of one 7-hour class.

Solderless Pendant ClassStudents will learn how to create a solderless pendant by scribing a design onto metal and removing the negative space.  Students will learn the elements of good design and choosing suitable materials. Each student will take home a completed pendant.  All supplies and tools are provided although you may bring your own tools if desired. A tool list will be sent to all students via e-mail a few days before the class begins.  Consists of one 4-hour class.

Wire Wrapping Jewelry Class – Beginning  –  Wire wrapping is one of the oldest techniques for making jewelry by hand. Students will learn beginning wire wrap techniques for making pendants using standard cabochon sizes. All supplies and tools are provided although the student may bring his own wire cutters, flat nose pliers, and two 30x40mm cabochons if desired.  Consists of three 3-hour classes.