Jewelry:

This beginning jewelry class is for the student who wants to explore a variety of techniques and utilize basic design concepts to create jewelry. Students will use the artistic processes of Creating, Presenting, Responding and Connecting through research of contemporary, cultural and historical ornamentation allowing the student to gather ideas and synthesize them into their own design. Special attention to techniques such as sawing, soldering, finishing, surface decoration and simple casting, allows students to practice quality craftsmanship and safe use of equipment.

 

Course Requirements: 9-12th grade     Prerequisite: None

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Possible Projects:

  • POLYMER CLAY + CHAIN, EARRING & KEY CHAIN

    KEY IDEAS:

    -Color block design through time, place and culture

    -Color relationships  -Non-objective design

    -Application of the elements and principles of jewelry design

  • RECYCLED PAPER BEAD + LANYARD & CUFF

    KEY IDEAS:

    -Understanding “Up-cycling” of previously used materials to make paper beads-- any sort of previously

         used paper material: gum wrappers, magazines, newspapers, pop bottle wrappers,

    -Making a cuff

    -Making a lanyard

  • HOLLOW CLAY BEAD: GOAL, DREAM/WISH, RESOLUTION

    KEY IDEAS:

    -How to make a hollow piece of jewelry       -Working with porcelain       -Stages of porcelain clay

    - Students then come up with one wish/dream, one goal and one resolution or something they would like to “put to rest”

    -Once they have completed their dream/wish, goal and resolution, students place them within their hallow clay beads and fire the beads to make a mini time capsule of this thought or goal.  They can then carry this with them on a necklace or key chain.

  • PORCELAIN "ONE-OFF" PIECES

    KEY IDEAS:

    -What it mean when we talk about jewelry being a “one-off”

    -Stages of clay

    -Working with Porcelain vs. working with earthenware

  • MOLDS

    KEY IDEAS:

    -What are the qualities of your personality?

    -Find an animal that represents these qualities—this is your spirit animal

    -Mold-making process

  • PEWTER RING CASTING

    KEY IDEAS:

    -The process of casting fine jewelry

    -Fine jewelry vs. costume jewelry

  • METAL WORK

    KEY IDEAS:

    -Working with different types of metal        -Using Jeweler’s Saw

    -Designing a personal logo                             -Creating a charm