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Upcoming classes at the Claremont MakerSpace

Greetings Upper Valley Makers:

We have an exciting list of upcoming classes at the Claremont MakerSpace that we think might interest you.

For most classes and events, CMS MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED. That said, members receive a discount on registration and there are some classes/events that are for members only (this will be clearly noted in the event description).

Class policies (liability waiver, withdrawal, cancellation, etc.) can be found here.

Instructors: Interested in teaching a class at CMS? Please fill out our Class Proposal Form.

Tours: Want to see what the Claremont MakerSpace is all about? Tours are by appointment only. Contact Us to schedule your tour where you can learn about all the awesome tools that the CMS offers access to, as well as how membership, classes, and studio spaces work.

Upcoming Events

Events that are currently open for registration.

Beginning Wire Sculpture and Ring Work

Thu Aug 17 2023, 06:00pm EDT — Thu Aug 17 2023, 08:00pm EDT

This class is intended for anyone who would like an introduction to wirework jewelry making or anyone who would like to make sized wirework rings. The first half hour will introduce types, shapes, gauges and hardness of wire, the basic wire tools and how to use them and basic techniques for wirework and Wire Sculpture in jewelry. The rest of the class will be used to create a birthstone ring. We will use copper wire for sculpting in class and a cubic zirconia for the birthstone ring with a sterling silver setting.

About the Instructor(s): Angela Hill has been making jewelry for over 50 years. She has taught classes for 30 years. She has sold her jewelry stores online and in market places for 20 years. She especially loves Wire work jewelry. I which she has been doing for over 30 years. 

Class Fees: Free for Members / $10 non-members

Materials Fee: $10 payable to instructor at class time

Prerequisite(s): none

Skill Level: beginner

Age requirement: Youth + Adult (15 years of age or older)

Register for this class now!

Wire Weaving a Bail and Free Form Wirework

Mon Aug 21 2023, 06:00pm EDT — Mon Aug 21 2023, 08:30pm EDT

This class has a two prong focus. The first is how to weave wire bails for pendants or earrings. The second is time to explore Freeform wire sculpting on a large donut gemstone using wire and other stones and crystals.

We will be using copper and brass wire, a gemstone doughnut, small gemstone beads and crystals.

All students need to see tiny work so bring a magnifier if you need one. Also, closed toe shoes are required in the studio. If the student wishes to polish their piece, hair must be tied back and no jewelry can be worn.

About the Instructor(s): Angela Hill has been making jewelry for over 50 years. She has taught classes for 30 years. She has sold her jewelry in stores, online and in market places for 20 years. She especially loves Wire work jewelry, which she has been doing for over 30 years.

Class Fees: Free for Members/$10 non-Members

Materials Fee: $5 to be paid to the instructor at class time

Prerequisite(s): none

Skill Level: beginner

Age requirement: Youth and Adult (15 years of age and older)

Register for this class now!

Beginner Cricut

Mon Sep 11 2023, 04:00pm EDT — Mon Sep 11 2023, 06:30pm EDT

Open up a whole new world by learning how to use the Cricut machines! You will get the basics of the Design Space software to use with any Cricut device. Depending on what you’d like to use it for, learn to do the basics. We will be using the Cricut and different devices and tools.

  • Learn about the devices in the Cricut family and the differences between them.
  • An introduction to the Design Space software and learning your way around it.
  • Setting up the machine to print and printing your design.
  • How to weed and transfer your print.
  • Discuss different types of vinyl and tools and their uses.

Why wait to learn something new! Join us!

About the Instructor(s): JoAnn Weeks has taught a variety of classes for the major craft chain stores plus numerous adult ed classes and at senior centers over the years. She has also created seasonal displays for craft stores. JoAnn created the Welcome signs in the photo by applying vinyl appliques cut with a Cricut to pre-stained pine wood, finished with a top coat of urethane.

Class Fees: $20 members/ $40 non-members

Materials Fee: None

Prerequisite(s): Basic computer skills

Skill Level: Beginner

Age requirement: Adult (18 years and older)

Register for this class now!

Make a Basic Cutting/Serving Board

Thu Nov 2 2023, 06:00pm EDT — Thu Nov 9 2023, 08:30pm EST

Would you like to learn how to use basic shop machinery to make a lovely hardwood serving/cutting board?  Then this is the course for you.  Starting with raw lumber you will learn how to make a useful and beautiful piece that can serve you or a special friend for years to come.

You will learn about wood selection, milling it “foursquare”, and designing a layout.  Then you will practice gluing it up and sanding it (wet and dry) before applying mineral oil and beeswax.

All tools, materials, and safety gear will be provided – though, students are welcome to bring their own tools and gear.

About the Instructor(s): Peter Gunn is a long time high school history teacher who loves wood from trees to the table.  Eight years ago he began taking woodworking courses and has been practicing steadily ever since.  He loves working on the lathe and with the jointer and planer to reveal the beauty of wood and make useful things.  Learning to make a cutting board encouraged him to develop his skills and nurtured his appreciation of what wood can become.  During the holidays in 2020, when Covid altered so much of our world, he began making cutting/serving boards to raise money for local food pantries.  Almost three years and over two hundred boards later, he is excited to share his knowledge.  He hopes people will enjoy making something uniquely beautiful and growing their skills and self-confidence in the process.

***This class meets twice***

November 2, 2023 6pm-8:30pm


November 9, 2023 6pm-8:30pm

Class Fees: $50 CMS members/ $60 non-members

Materials Fee: Included in class fee

Prerequisite(s): none

Skill Level: Beginner

Age requirement: Any age (children under 16 years old must be accompanied by their adult)

Register for this class now!

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