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$175

CLOISONNE ENAMEL

A technique of applying powdered glass to metal and then torch or kiln firing it to its melting point the enamel cools in brilliant colors to make an amazing decoration on your metalwork. The technique dates back to the time of the ancient Egyptians who used it on pottery and jewelry.

In this one day workshop, you will use cloisonne wire to create a design of your own and learn how to apply enamel properly, fire to the correct temperature, counter-enamel to prevent cracking and wet-sand and polish to create a finished piece.

TOOL LIST

  • Good quality 000 paintbrush
  • 220, 320, 400 and 600 wet/dry sand paper
  • Stackpack or covered jars to hold enamels (1”-2” in Diameter)
  • Joyce Chen Scissors
  • Optional: We will provide a selection of enamel colors but if you would like to choose your own colors make sure to purchase Ninomiya brand https://www.e-namels.com/category/Ninomiya-Japan-Opaques-42

DATES

May 30, Saturday 11-7pm (cancelled)

Also available as a private class.

Instructor: Valerie Blum

FITZGERALD JEWELRY SCHOOL

    $170

    Cuttlefish casting is a fun way of casting that will create distinctive fingerprint-like textures. Students will learn how to make a 2 part mold using cuttlebone, meltdown and pour sterling silver, and create a one-of-a-kind ring!  

    Silver + tools provided :)

    DATES

    August 1, Saturday 12-2pm (cancelled)

    *Also available as a private class.

    Instructor: Olivia Michaels

    FITZGERALD JEWELRY SCHOOL

    $130

    DIAMOND 101 

    This is a one day workshop in which you will learn how to determine the 4 C’S of diamonds - Cut, Color, Clarity, & Carat weight. You will be introduced to diamond imitations, treatments, man made diamonds and colored diamonds. If you are thinking about purchasing a diamond or want to learn more about diamonds to use in your jewelry designs, this class is for you. 

    Bring in diamonds you have questions about!

    DATES

    October 18, Sunday 12-5pm 

    Instructor: Joanna Bengoa
    FITZGERALD JEWELRY SCHOOL

    $180

    Gold has always held a fascination for its beauty throughout history. 

    But hey...

    some of us have made some regrettable purchases in the past or have been passed down some really unattractive pieces :P

    But fear not!

    In this 1 day workshop we will show you how to melt down your regrets and turn them into beautiful gold bands :)

    DISCLAIMER: Not all gold will recycle well especially vintage pieces that have been worked and re-worked on.  Since we do not know for sure how your pieces were produced, we can not guarantee 100% success.  If contaminants cause your piece to be unrecyclable, we will provide silver for you to proceed with the class and continue to learn the technique of recycling.

    TOOLS + SUPPLIES FOR CLASS

    You will need at least 5 pennyweights of gold to work with in:

    Yellow Gold -10k or higher

    Rose Gold - 14k or higher

    No White Gold!

    Jewelry is usually stamped with the karat.  If you're not sure what type of gold you have please stop by the studio before hand and we will help you measure and test the karat of your gold.  We do not recommend recycling chains, if so you are doing it your own risk. 

    Tool List

    All tools except for the following will be provided:

    Soft Soldering Charcoal Block - please email us 3 days before class if you would like us to supply a charcoal block for you.

    Optional Tools:

    1 Saw Frame  

    1 dz. Saw blades 3/0

    1 Half round hand file (#0, coarse) 

    1 needle nose pliers

    1 sheet each wet/dry sandpaper: 220, 320, 400 & 600

    1 pair safety glasses (tomahawk, not the goggles)

    1 straight split mandrel for flexshaft

    1 dust mask

    Gold Suppliers

    Myron Toback - 545 5th Ave #1000, New York, NY 10017

    Ross Metals - 54 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

    Tools Supplier

     Allcraft Jewelry Supply - 135 W 29th St #205, New York, NY 10001 

    (212) 279-7077

    We recommend placing an order before you go in so you avoid the long waits.

    DATES
    • May 17, Sunday 12-6pm (cancelled)
    • December 5, Saturday 12-6pm
    • Private Classes Available


    Instructor: Olivia Michaels
    FITZGERALD JEWELRY SCHOOL
    $0

    JEWELRY DISTRICT TOUR

    During this 2-3 hour tour you will be taken to a lapidary and casting company where you will see first hand how stones are cut and molds, castings, and 3d prints are made.  We will also show you jewelry supply shops where you can purchase chains, findings, and materials at market value.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions and see back of the house production. 

    This tour is strictly offered to past or current students.

    We have limited availability so please sign up only if you are sure you can make it, and if not, please let us know as soon as possible.  

    Please bring your photo id.

    Meet promptly in front of building: 

    48 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

    DATES
    May 11, Monday, 10am-2pm

    *Please be on time!  We will start the tour at 10am sharp. Please call the school if you are running late (718.287.6200).

    Tour Guide: Olivia Michaels

    FITZGERALD JEWELRY SCHOOL

    $175

    PLIQUE-A-JOUR ENAMEL

    Learn to make luminous backless enamels that look like tiny stained glass windows. Invented in Byzantine times and most famously practiced by Rene Lalique, the plique-a-jour technique is rarely taught today. In this class, we will learn the fundamentals of plique-a-jour on a pre-made piece.


    In this eight-hour workshop, you will learn how to create a false backing for plique-a-jour enamels, how to apply the enamel powder, and how to polish and finish your piece on both sides, as well as principles of design for this and other enamel techniques.

    TOOL LIST
    Good quality 000 paintbrush
    220, 320, 400 and 600 wet/dry sand paper
    Stackpack or covered jars to hold enamels (1”-2” in Diameter)
    Joyce Chen Scissors
    Optional: We will provide a selection of enamel colors but if you would like to choose your own colors make sure to purchase Ninomiya brand https://www.e-namels.com/category/Ninomiya-Japan-Opaques-42

     

    DATES

    Oct 17, Saturday 11-7pm

     

    Instructor: Valerie Blum

    FITZGERALD JEWELRY SCHOOL

      $165

      Learn to move a sheet of metal; creating forms as a basis for new direction in your work.  This one day class explores chasing and repousse techniques as well as incorporating texture and finish into your metal pieces.

      DATES

      March 7, Saturday 11-7pm

      *Also available as a private workshop.

      Tool List
      1.25” Face Chasing Hammer :https://www.riogrande.com/product/ChasingHammer3oz/112225?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9Pmlq6ft5gIVCYvICh1xOABSEAQYASABEgJcxvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


      Provided: 1/4" Tool Steel and Copper sheets. If you would like to work in sterling silver please bring your own in 20 gauge sheet (4" x 4").

      Optional but recommended:
      1 dz. Saw blades 3/0
      1 Half round hand file (#0, coarse)
      1 handle for file
      1 set medium needle files
      1 round needle nose pliers
      1 flat pliers
      1 sheet each wet/dry sandpaper: 220, 320, 400, 600

      Tool Supplier

       Allcraft Jewelry Supply - 135 W 29th St #205, New York, NY 10001

      Instructor: Preslee Jones
      FITZGERALD JEWELRY SCHOOL
      $340

      STONE INLAY

      Learn how to pierce a design of your own onto a piece of silver in which you can make into a ring or pendant.  You will have various crushed stones to choose from to inlay into your piece.  Techniques such as sawing, piercing, sweat soldering, stone inlay, and finishing will be covered.  

      TOOL LIST

      -1 set medium needle files
      -1 Precision tweezer
      -1 Krazy glue 

      -Mesh tea strainer ball.

      *We will provide stones but feel free to bring your own crushed stones.

      TOOL SUPPLIER

       Allcraft Jewelry Supply - 135 W 29th St #205, New York, NY 10001 

      DATES

      April 25, Saturday 12-6pm (CANCELLED)

      Sept 27, Sunday 12-6pm (CANCELLED)

      *Also available as a private class.

      Instructor: Ivry Russillo 

      FITZGERALD JEWELRY SCHOOL

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