Workshops

I offer private or institutional instruction for those wishing to learn or improve their metal smith skills. Beyond what is listed below, contact me for further details on pricing and where and times available.

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https://jodyochsdesign.com/pages/contact

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2023 WORKSHOPS

FEBRUARY

I am offering a beginner fabrication classes at:

THE HUB ON CANAL - 132 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 Tel: (386) 957-3924 in February 2023. The classes will be held the weekend of February 4 & 5 and on Sunday February 12th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 

Beginning Jewelry Fabrication Classes

Dive into learning basic fabrication of jewelry concepts, while acquiring the skills and knowledge to create your own unique piece of jewelry in sterling silver, brass, copper or combine all three!
You will learn how to cut, saw, pierce, texture, solder and polish.    
You will leave inspired; ready to impress your friends and show off your own personal creations.  
No experience necessary.  Class size is a minimum of 4 and maximum of 6.   

 

February 4th

Class 1 – Make your own gemstone ring

7 hours

Price: $150.00 + 50. for materials paid directly to the instructor upon enrollment.

In this class you will learn how to fabricate a ring in the correct size, make a bezel setting around just about anything you like – from a gemstone to a bottle top, and then add it to the band. You can bring your own gemstone; the instructor will also have some available for sale.  If you want to set something unique like a found object. Please call the instructor to discuss prior to the class. All tools will be provided. There will be a separate materials fee of $50. To be paid directly to the instructor.

Enroll here or call THE HUB ON CANAL at (386) 957-3924

https://thehuboncanal.org/calendar/beginning-jewelry-fabrication-workshop-make-your-own-gemstone-ring-with-jody-ochs/

 

February 5th

Class 2 – Make your own Pendant

7 hours

Price: $150.00 + 50. for materials paid directly to the instructor upon enrollment.

In this class you will learn how to fabricate pendant. This can be all metal using silver, brass and copper, and/or make a bezel setting around just about anything you like – from a gemstone to a bottle top, and then add it to the pendant design. You can bring your own gemstone; the instructor will also have some available for sale.  If you want to set something unique like a found object. Please call the instructor to discuss prior to the class.

 Enroll here or call THE HUB ON CANAL at (386) 957-3924

https://thehuboncanal.org/calendar/beginning-jewelry-fabrication-workshop-make-your-own-bangle-or-cuff-with-jody-ochs/

 

February 12th

Class 3 – Make your own Bangle or Cuff

7 hours

Price: $150.00 + materials paid directly to the instructor upon enrollment.

In this class you will learn how to fabricate bracelets. This can be all metal using silver, brass and copper, and/or make a bezel setting around just about anything you like – from a gemstone to a bottle top, and then add it to the bracelet design. You can bring your own gemstone; the instructor will also have some available for sale.  If you want to set something unique like a found object. Please contact the instructor to discuss prior to the class.

 Enroll here or call THE HUB ON CANAL at (386) 957-3924

https://thehuboncanal.org/calendar/beginning-jewelry-fabrication-workshop-make-your-own-pendant-with-jody-ochs/

 

MARCH

 

March 25th & 26th

Tuition is $350 for members of The Hub on Canal and $375 for non members.

Dimensional Forming With Metal

Instructor: Jody Ochs

Experience level: Comfort with using a jeweler’s torch and hammering metal.

This class is a technique driven class not a completed piece driven class. While you may indeed leave the workshop with finished or almost completed piece/s, the goal is to learn shell forming, spiculum forming, and may incorporate some fold forming. We will be using copper and brass to learn the techniques, if you would like to make things in silver you may bring your own 24 ga silver sheet.

This two-day workshop is for students who are comfortable using a jeweler’s torch and hammering metal. You will learn various techniques, including shell forming, spiculum forming, and may incorporate some fold forming. While you may leave the workshop with a finished or almost completed piece/s, the goal is to learn metal-forming techniques using copper and brass. The copper and brass projects will be included in the workshop fee.

Each student will receive two 6 x 12-inch pieces each of copper and red brass (also known as jeweler’s brass) – four pieces altogether. If you would like to work in silver, you should bring your own 24 gauge silver sheet. Tools will be available to share or bring your own hand tools, such as third arms, pliers, cutters, non-marring pliers, metal scissors, files, a delrin hammer or other forming hammers, and texturing hammers if you want to play. 

I recommend bringing your own hand tools, such as third arms, pliers, cutters, non marring pliers, metal scissors, files, a delrin hammer if you have one or any other forming hammers you have, texturing hammers if you want to play. All of these will be available to share and we will make files from sandpaper. But by all means if you have them, bring your own so you don’t have to wait for a turn.

Supplies fee:  Please contact me after registering for the class.

*Red Brass is also called Jewelers brass, because it looks so similar to gold when polished.

If you’d like to bring the above supplies yourself, let me know.

Enroll here:

https://thehuboncanal.org/calendar/dimensional-forming-with-metal-with-jody-ochs/2023-03-25/

 

PAST WORKSHOPS

 

2022 WORKSHOPS  

Dive into a two day workshop in basic fabrication of jewelry concepts, while acquiring the skills and knowledge to create your own unique vision in sterling silver, brass, copper or combine all three to make a mixed metal design. Skills you can acquire are how to cut, saw, pierce, texture, solder and polish. No experience necessary. Class size is a minimum or 4 and a maximum of 6.

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN COMPLETED, CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE PRIVATE INSTRUCTION OR TO HAVE ME COME TO YOUR AREA TO TEACH.

https://jodyochsdesign.com/pages/contact

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In January I will be teaching a 5 day intensive: DIMENSIONAL FORMING OF METAL.

This will be held at the Deland, Florida studio of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, North East Chapter.

Make your work come alive with dramatic, sculptural, organic dimension by learning micro hollow forming in this 5 day intensive. Students will learn how to apply organic three dimensional form to any type of jewelry, from rings to pendants, earrings and bracelets. Techniques will include sun-clast and anti-clast forming, spiculums (hollow tubes) and light fold forming. These are the same techniques, that when applied in larger scale are used to create bowls or vessels, so once you learn the techniques, only your imagination will limit your designs!    

Jody brings 25 years of experience as a studio jewelry artist to this instruction, specializing in syn-cast, anti-clast and spiculum formed jewelry for the last 15 years.      

Even if you are a relative beginner to making jewelry, this class will catapult your designs! The only prerequisite is that you are comfortable with a torch and hammer.

THIS CLASS IS COMPLETED, CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE PRIVATE INSTRUCTION OR TO HAVE ME COME TO YOUR AREA TO TEACH.

https://jodyochsdesign.com/pages/contact

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I also offer the following for both private and institutional settings of your choice.

To set up a class with me go here:

https://jodyochsdesign.com/pages/contact

BASIC FABRICATION - 2 - 5 day workshops available.

This is a beginners 101 class. Learn how to cut, saw, pierce and solder. The 3 day workshop is a class to learn the basics, not for making a finished piece, although you may. Extending it to a 5 day workshop will include at least one finished piece of jewelry.

 

ENGINEERING A SETTING FOR ALMOST ANYTHING

An exquisite stone or object needs a creative setting to show it's best features. In this workshop, you’ll learn to make a setting that is designed for a particular and individual stone or object, whether it be a calibrated stone a free form that you found in nature. The key to setting a stone is with good craftsmanship, and well-finished setting, following the stones individual geometric circumference. In this class, you will learn design concepts surrounding the creation of a setting for a stone or object of your choice, using fine silver bezel wire or silver wire. The setting will also be determined by your own design vision. You do not need to be a pro to learn this technique, but the class will leave you becoming one.

Bring almost any stone or object of your desire, to the class and you will learn to engineer a setting for it. Nearly any small object can be used in a piece of jewelry. Let your creativity run wild!

CONNECTIONS - 3 day


Develop your your jewelry fabrication skills in this workshop and learn solutions to connecting separate components. Design and create a ring or pendant. Students draw their project first and we will discuss the necessary steps to completion before beginning. Learn to make bezel settings for unusually shaped stones, add hinges or solder components together to form a completed piece. Students may choose to make a ring, pendant, earrings, or a bracelet in this workshop. A minimum of beginning metal smith skills are required for this course.

HOLLOW FORMING - 2 day

In this class students will learn both syn-clast and and anti-clast hollow forming. Shell forming and spiculum forming. You will leave the class with samples of different ways in which to form metal. This is not a class to make a finished piece of jewelry. The techniques can be used in jewelry or sculpture. Advanced skills in jewelry making are not necessary for this class, although helpful. Comfort using a jewelers torch is however, essential.

SETTING UP YOUR NEW WORK SPACE STUDIO

If you are just starting out and ready to set up a jewelry fabrication workshop, I am available for consultation on an hourly basis. Give me a call and I can help you set it up for best function.