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Workshops & Certification Courses

Up your knowledge and hone your skills with our diverse and interactive courses

Expand your mind and improve your skills through hands-on learning across a comprehensive range of subjects led by experienced and informed instructors. NewMakeIt’s ongoing series of educational workshops and classes are designed to help you enhance your skills, and grow personally and professionally.

Click on any of the workshops listed below to see more details.  You can reserve your spot by clicking on the Course Title.


EXCITING HANDCRAFTED JEWELLERY WORKSHOPS

Stacked Rings

Date: February 5, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Learn the basics of piercing and sawing to create intricate cut-outs in sheet metal, and practice your sawing technique with the jeweller's saw. Design and create your own pendant, made using the piercing and sawing technique. Let your creativity shine by personalizing your pendant with your name, inspirational word, initials, shapes, etc. in your own design. Choose your finishing technique (e.g., polished, brushed, textured), add a chain, and take home your own personalized necklace!

Techniques/Topics Covered: Piercing, Sawing, Filing, Polishing

Personalized Pierced Tag and Pendant

Date: February 7, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Learn the basics of piercing and sawing to design and create intricate cut-outs in sheet metal! In this workshop, you will learn about and practice the piercing and sawing technique, and then use your new skills to create your own personalized pendant, tag, or keychain. Choose your finishing technique (e.g., polished, brushed, or textured), add a chain or link onto a keyring, and take home your finished personalized piece!

It is encouraged to come to the workshop with a rough design in mind for your piece – think simple silhouettes/shapes, letters, or perhaps something love & friendship themed (just in time for Valentine’s Day!).
Techniques/Topics Covered: Torch Soldering Basics, Annealing and Work Hardening, Ring Forming, Ring Blank Sizing.

Stacked Rings with Embellishments

Date: February 12, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

After learning soldering basics from the Stacked Rings workshop, take your skills and creativity to the next level with this new workshop in the Rings Series! Enhance your stacking rings by using patterned wire and adding some embellishments, truly personalizing your stacked set. In this workshop, use plain and patterned wire to make bands and create your own cut-out embellishments (think: hearts, moons, and other shapes), for a ring stack all your own!

Techniques/Topics Covered: Torch Soldering, Sawing, Filing, Polishing

Personalized Stamped Bar and Tag

Date: February 14, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Create fun and trendy layered bar and disc necklaces in this workshop! Construct bar, tag, and/or disc pendants using sheet metal, and use a stamping technique to personalize them with your initials, name, other inspirational words, etc. Finish your pendants with a technique of your choosing according to your desired look, add a chain and a clasp, and wear your finished necklace(s) home!
 
 

Bezel-Set Cabochon Gemstone Ring

Date: February 19, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Add even more to your stacked set with a ring featuring a bezel-set gemstone! In this exciting continuation of the Rings Series, learn how to make a custom bezel setting for a cabochon gemstone. Perfect to be worn alone or as part of your Stacked Rings set!

Techniques/Topics Covered: Bezel Setting, Torch Soldering

Textured Dangled Earrings

Date: February 21, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Learn and use the piercing and sawing technique, as well as finishing techniques (filing, buffing, polishing), to create your own dangle earrings! Cut out shapes (circles, teardrops, etc.), choose a finishing technique (e.g., a textured finish, or polished to a mirror-shine!), and then link them together with jump rings to create a finished pair of fun dangle earrings in your own design!
 
 

Spinner Rings

Date: February 26, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

In this additional workshop of the Rings Series, you will create a Spinner Ring (also known as a Fidget Ring) that is super fun to wear! Create a ring in which multiple mini bands spin freely around the main band. Use your creativity and choose from plain or patterned wire, wires of different metals, and added embellishments to create a custom, personalized look to your Spinner Ring!

Techniques/Topics Covered: Torch Soldering, Annealing/Work Hardening, Ring Blank Sizing & Forming

Stamped Cuff Bracelets

Date: February 28, 2019 
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Create your own stackable cuff bracelets in this fun and relaxed workshop! Create cuff blanks according to your desired size, and personalize your bracelets by stamping them with your name/inspirational words/dates, etc. Form and finish your cuffs by polishing or texturing as you choose. If desired, create a stack, and mix & match with different metals and finishes/textures for your final look!

MAKE'N TAKE WORKSHOPS

Lasers & Beer! 
At Arch Brewing Co., Newmarket
Saturday, March 23, 5pm-9pm

Join us at Arch Brewing Co. for a delicious and creative event!   Enjoy 2 pints or flights of beer, some food and design and customize your own unique item using our Epilog Laser!


SKILL BUILDING WORKSHOPS

Introduction to Metal Welding 101 
WINTER Session: 9:30am-12:30pm Saturdays, January 12, 19, 26
Registration Opens: 
Newmarket Residents: December 8, 2018 at 6:30am
Non - Residents: December 12, 2018 at 8:30am

This course will teach participants the elements of metal welding.  Participants will learn about different types of welding and why they are used.  Participants will complete practical projects using ARC, Stick, MIG and TIG welding methodologies.


Introduction to Digital Fabrications 
WINTER Session: 6:30-9:30pm Wednesdays, Feb 6 to March 13

Registration Open now

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to digital fabrication.  Participants will take a hands-on approach to learn the skills required to take a concept from idea to a tangible physical item.  Covered in this course is Computer Aided Design concepts, designing and creating products using advanced tools such as 3D printers, Laser Cutters/Engravers, CNC Routers and more.


Introduction to Woodworking (101) 
WINTER Session: 1pm-4pm Saturdays, Feb 23 to March 30

Registration Open now

This is an introductory class for participants that wish to learn the art and skill of woodworking.  During this program participants will learn the basics of creating with wood.  From different types of wood and materials, to working with shop tools and equipment to create several different projects.  Participants will learn proper operation of various tools such as Table and band saws, planer, router, jointer and sanders.  They will also be introduced to finishing techniques like painting and staining.


WOOD! Build a Custom End Table (201) 
WINTER Session: 6:30-9:30pm, Thursdays Feb 7 to March 14

Registration Open now

In this workshop, participants will build on their basic skills, learn various woodworking techniques and tools to create a customized end table from a basic design.  Students will learn how to create a plan and drawing, use traditional and digital fabrication tools and methodologies to select, cut and prepare materials, wood joinery and finishing techniques.

CERTIFICATION COURSES

Epilog Laser Certification 
Bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Learn the basic operations of the laser machine in cutting and etching materials ranging from wood and acrylic to textiles such as cloth and leather. Successful completion of this class allows a member to use the laser machines at NewMakeIt.


3D Printing Certification
Monday, February 11, 2019, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Monday, March 18, 2019, 6:30pm-9:30pm

This workshop is tailored to individuals that would like to become certified and start using the 3D printing resources available at NewMakeIt. The course will consist of instruction, Q&A and a demo.


Metal Lathe Certification Workshop 

Dates to be announced

This workshop will teach participants the basics of lathe work, mounting of the work piece, the types of cutting tools, basic lathe operations & lathe safety. This will allow participants to familiarize themselves with the concept of lathe work. 


Introduction to the CNC (Router)
Dates to be announced

This course is designed to give participants an introduction in to the core concepts and considerations in preparing a 2D program to be machined on a CNC router.


Introduction to CAD: Modeling in Fusion 360 

Dates to be announced

This is an introductory level course in to the world of Computer Aided Design, using Autodesk Fusion 360. This course will cover some of the basic principles of CAD, the rudimentary elements of the software interface, and basic modeling using primitives and solids.


CNC Milling Machine Certification 
Dates to be announced

This course will teach the fundamentals of CNC milling using our Tormach PCNC 1100 3 axis mill. Workshop participants will be creating a 2.5D solid model and toolpaths using Autodesk Fusion 360. They will also learn safe and proper use of the Tormach including; the control software, machine setup, and work holding and fixturing.


Intro to MIG Welding Certification 
Date to be announced

Mig welding is used in approx. 95% of all welding projects. The purpose of this course is to allow a person to do basic welds. The course will cover safety, basic setup of the equipment, metal preparation and welding techniques that will allow students to complete common welding projects.


IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NEWMARKET PUBLIC LIBRARY

These workshops are being offered at the Newmarket Public Library.

Introduction to Autodesk Fusion 360 
 

Fusion 360 is a powerful 3D CAD / CAM software by Autodesk. Fusion brings much of the same power and functionality of Inventor, but is available free for non-commercial use. This course covers an introduction to Fusion 360.


 

 

 
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