Beginning Metalsmithing

with Nell Fredricksen


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Saturday & Sunday

March 19, 2022 - March 20, 2022

9:00 AM-5:00 PM Each Day

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Materials Fee (Paid at the Beginning of Class)

Instructor~ $10 base fee plus an additional fee for the exact materials used (copper and sterling silver). Typically students make use of about $25‐50 of copper and silver sheet and wire.

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Class Description

Students will be introduced to many techniques that will allow them to manipulate metal to create jewelry and/or small sculptural objects. This is a highly technical discipline, and as such, mastering individual techniques will be emphasized and applied to two specific projects. In addition, each student will be encouraged to use principles of basic design and personal expressiveness to produce unique, functional and sculptural pieces. Course objectives: 1‐ To provide knowledge of and insight into contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing practices. The basic techniques of sawing, filing, soldering, surface texture (stamping, hammering, heat textures, overlay and solder inlay), and simple fold forming/bending will be covered and applied to individual unique design ideas. 2‐ To begin to conceptualize in the third dimension and/or translate two dimensional ideas into three dimensional forms. Each piece designed will have height, width, and depth and still be “wearable”. 3‐ To become familiar with contemporary styles and design trends in metalsmithing by looking at the work of many artists working in the field. 4‐ To develop observation, critical thinking and problem solving skills as they apply to wearable art.

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Materials List

$10 base fee plus additional fee for the exact materials used (copper and sterling silver). Typically students make use of about $25‐50 of copper and silver sheet and wire

Minimum Age


About the Instructor

Nell Fredericksen has been a professional artist and fine art jeweler for over 30 years and is an Artisan Center of VA Juried Master Artisan. Her work is very organic and often reflects the natural world. Nell works primarily in gold and has a high level of expertise in many traditional metalsmithing techniques. Learn More about the Instructor at:

Class Registration and Cancellation Policy

Advance Registration Required.

Registration: Class registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation/Refund: The Floyd Center for the Arts will conduct classes for which an adequate number of students are registered. Class status is determined 1 week before the first date of the class, unless otherwise noted. Acceptance of payment does not guarantee that a class will run. If the Center must cancel a scheduled class, students who registered for such classes will be given the opportunity to transfer their payments to another course or receive a full refund of their tuition payment.

Student Withdrawals: Students withdrawing from a class before the cancellation period has ended, (one week prior to the start of class, unless otherwise noted) can receive a full refund or may transfer their payments to another class of their choice. Students who withdraw after the cancellation period has closed or after class has started, will not receive a refund.