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Sign Up for Jewelry Making Classes with
Artist in Residence, Alyssa Saccente

Have you ever been curious about what goes into making your favorite pieces of jewelry? Well, now is your chance to flex your creative muscles and dive into the world of jewelry design and creation! Learn how to make your own custom sterling silver jewelry in a dynamic and historical space to give you a priceless learning experience you won't forget. Work with our Artist in Residence Alyssa Saccente to develop your skills in metalsmithing, and maybe even develop a lifelong passion along the way!

Sessions can be booked as one-on-one with the artist, or as a partner session. Maximum occupancy for classes at the Pelletreau Shop is 2 students at a time, so you have the benefit of a hands-on, highly personalized instruction. The workshops increase in skill and difficulty as you gain hand and eye skills in design, material, technique, and craftsmanship. By the end of the sessions, the student will have a finished piece of wearable sterling silver jewelry to take home with them as a memento of their experience.

All students are required to take our 3-hour introductory class first where you will make a hammered or textured band. This class will help you and Alyssa understand your skill level and if you wish to continue, what other projects will be best suited for you.

Pricing and Class Options
SHM members get 10% discount

Introductory Course (3 hours)
Hammered or Textured Band - $150 non-member | $135 Museum Members
This course is designed to be a first introduction into the world of silversmithing. All prospective students will be required to take this course before any other course, regardless of skill level. Students will learn techniques such as measuring material stock, cutting material, annealing, soldering, proper cleaning techniques with hand tools (such as filing and sanding), roller printing, hammering or stamping textures, patination, and polishing. The student will also learn the ABCs of the bench and proper studio safety while in class.


Planned Courses (2 hour minimum, overall length determined based on skill)
Hoop or Dangle Earrings - $40/hr + $30 material fee
The student will have the choice to make either a pair of Hoop Earrings with a post, or a pair of dangling earrings with a French hook. 

Bezel Set Chunky Ring or Bezel Set Pendant with a Chain - $40/hr + $40 material fee
The student will have the option to create either a chunky bezel set stone ring, or a pendant on a chain. Included in the materials are a selection of stones to choose from that are included in the material fee, with the option to upgrade your stone to something different for a separate charge. These courses include all the techniques built into the previous classes with even more emphasis on design, functionality, and wearability.

Chain Link Bracelet - $40/hr + $50 material fee
Students will learn how to develop a pattern to make their own unique chain link and use their new skills to expand that into a wearable bracelet with a hand forged toggle clasp. This is the most difficult and time consuming class and may take up to 4 separate sessions to complete.

Terms and Conditions

Safety

  • All students must be 18 years of age or older

  • All students will be given a dress code to adhere by prior to their first class, failure to comply may result in you not being able to participate in your class and no refund

  • All students will be required to sign a liability waiver upon arrival to their first class, failure to comply will result in the termination of your class time

Booking Classes

  • To book your class click the button above and fill out our inquiry form

    • you will be contacted within 2 weeks of submitting your request​

    • classes are booked on a first come, first serve basis

  • All classes must be at least 2 hours long with the overall length being determined by Alyssa’s availability

    • Generally speaking no longer than 4 hours at a time

  • Customers can only book up to 4 sessions at a time, but no more than 8 sessions in a 2 month period

    • At the completion of the 4th session in a row, the student may request to book their next classes

    • This is done to give adequate space for new students

Refunds

  • All refunds at the Customer’s request must be requested prior to 48 hours before the day of the booked session.

  • The $40 deposit for booking the class is non-refundable

  • If SHM cancels a class for any reason, the Customer will be given a full refund​