Classes

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The Rochester Arc + Flame Center is located at 125 FedEx Way, Rochester, NY 14624. 

Click on an icon below to filter classes by welding, glass, smithing and jewelry. From here you will view information about your respective class category and associated techniques.

Arc + Flame runs classes on specific dates/times and you must signup by paying for the class in advance of the start date. Once you have paid for the class, you will be added to the class roster. Registration can be done online, in-person or over the phone. There is a maximum capacity for each particular class and signup is on a "first come, first serve" basis.

Students must be at least 14-years of age to attend class unless otherwise noted (Tike, Teen and Creative Kids Classes). Any student under the age of 18 must print this waiver (CLICK HERE) and have a parent or guardian complete the waiver. The student must submit the completed waiver to their instructor on the first day of class. 

NOTE: Students under the age of 16 MUST contact Arc + Flame Blacksmithing Director (Candace Martens) for an evaluation prior to enrolling in a smithing class. Candace can be reached at blacksmithing@rocafc.com or 585-617-9644.  Interested Students MUST COMPLETE this underage student APPLICATION prior to meeting with Blacksmithing Director.

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FORMATS EXPLAINED: 

Arc + Flame offers a variety of class formats to suit your availability, learning style and budget. There are variations for each class's course type, but the general outline is as follows:

  • Sampler ($80-$125): 3 to 4-hour introduction to a particular process, typically offered on a weeknight
  • Workshop ($165-$200): 8 Hour class session on a Saturday or Sunday 
  • Multi-Day Workshop ($275-$1,200): Comprehensive, multi-day classes of varying lengths, typically held over a series of consecutive days or weekends
  • Night Course ($165-$500): Weekly classes for comprehensive learning, typically 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Date Night ($180-$225): Couple's session typically 7:00pm-11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Professional Training: Qualification and career programs for tradespeople
  • Studio Rental: Open class time for independent practice

 

CLASSES EXPLAINED: 

The following explanations are designed to give you an idea of what each class is about along with what a student can expect to make.

WELDING: Welding is a fabrication or sculptural process that joins metal together through fusion. Welding is not only a prominent career choice, but a useful skill for hobbyists and artists.

MIG Welding: Also known as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) or Wire Feed Welding, MIG is a versatile welding process that is relatively easy to learn. A MIG system includes a constant voltage welding power source, a wire feeder, torch, shielding gas, gas regulator, and welding wire. 

MIG is typically the process we recommend for those who have never welded before. It’s great for welding steel and the equipment is relatively inexpensive. MIG Welding classes at Arc + Flame are available as 8-Hour Workshops and a 30-Hour Night Course.

TIG Welding: Also known as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding or "Heli-Arc" Welding, TIG is a welding process that utilizes a non-consumable Tungsten electrode to create an electric arc. Although usually more difficult to master than MIG welding, TIG is capable of precise, high quality welds. A TIG system includes a constant current welding power source (AC output for aluminum and magnesium, DC output for most other metals), torch, shielding gas, gas regulator, and ground cable.

TIG is the ideal welding application for exotic metals (aluminum, stainless, titanium) and thin sheet metal and tubing. TIG Welding classes at Arc + Flame are available as 8-Hour Workshops and a 30-Hour Night Course.

Stick Welding: Also known as Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Stick welding is an electric arc process that uses a consumable flux-coated rod as the electrode and the filler metal. Required equipment is a constant-current welding power source, electrode cable with electrode holder, and ground cable with ground clamp.

Stick welding is versatile because it doesn’t require a shielding gass. Common uses for Stick welding include construction, agriculture, bridge and structural repair and equipment repair. Stick Welding classes at Arc + Flame are available as 8-Hour Workshops and 24-Hour Night Course.

 

GLASS: We have glass flameworking, glass fusing and glassblowing classes available:

Glass Flameworking: Using a table-top torch, glass rods are melted to a molten state, then shaped with tools and hand movements. There are two main types of flameworking glass, borosilicate (or boro) and soft. Each type of glass - boro and soft - is suited to making different types of projects (see below) based on its COE (coefficient of expansion). Below are descriptions of what each process entails:

Sculpture (Boro Glass): Boro glass is ideal for creating sculptures and hollow forms. Glass Flameworking Sculpture classes at Arc + Flame are available as 3-Hour Samplers8-Hour WorkshopsMulti-Session Night CoursesDate Nights and Specialty Courses.

Beads (Soft Glass): Soft Glass is ideal for projects involving bead making and surface decoration. Glass Flameworking Bead classes at Arc + Flame are available as 3-Hour Samplers8-Hour WorkshopsMulti-Session Night Courses and Specialty Courses.

Glass Fusing: Flat pieces of cold, colored glass are cut and arranged into a pattern or design, then put in a kiln where the glass is fused together as one piece. The piece can then be slumped over a mold to make objects including plates, bowls, picture frames, sun catchers, and elements for making jewelry.

Fusing is great for people who want to make a practical finished project or have aversion to working directly with fire. Glass fusing classes at Arc + Flame are available as 3-Hour SamplersKid's ClassesDate Nights. and Specialty Classes.

    Glassblowing (Hot Shop Glass): Using a steel rod (or blow pipe), molten glass is gathered from a furnace, and then carefully shaped using a variety of surfaces and tools. Please note: Not all hot glass classes involve physically blowing into the pipe/tube. Glassblowing classes at Arc + Flame are available as 3-Hour Samplers and Date Nights.

     

    SMITHING: A metalsmith is a craftsperson that creates useful items out of various metals. Smithing is one of the oldest metalworking occupations. Shaping metal with a hammer and anvil is the most prominent component of smithing. Often the hammering is done while the metal is hot, having been heated in a forge.

    Blacksmithing: Create objects from steel by heating and forging the metal, and using tools to hammer, bend, and shape. Arc + Flame uses both gas and coal forges for blacksmithing classes. Keep in mind, most smithing classes are physically demanding and also hot in temperature! Blacksmithing classes at Arc + Flame are available as 3-Hour Sampler, Workshops, Night Courses and  Date Nights.
      Metal & Coppersmithing: Create objects from copper and other non-ferrous metals by using various tools to hammer, bend, shape and cut. Non-ferrous metals are generally more malleable than ferris metals like steel, and can often be worked without heating. Coppersmithing classes at Arc + Flame are available as Samplers and Date Nights.
        Bladesmithing: Create knives/axes from carbon steel by forging the metal, and using tools to hammer, bend, and cut. Arc + Flame uses both gas and coal forges for blademithing classes. Keep in mind, most smithing classes are physically demanding and also hot in temperature! Bladesmithing classes at Arc + Flame are available as Multi-Session Workshops and Night Courses. (*Please Note: Bladesmithing is an advanced process and requires students to have prior forging experience.)

         

        JEWELRY: We have enameling, chainmail and metalsmithed jewelry classes available:

        Metalsmithed Jewelry: Create jewelry using fundamental metalsmithing techniques such as soldering, forming, and texturizing. Projects include, but are not limited to, bracelets, earrings, cuff links, pendant and rings. Metalsmithed Jewelry classes at Arc + Flame are available as 3-Hour SamplersWorkshopsNight Courses and  Date Nights.

          Enameling: Create jewelry made by fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing. The powder melts, flows and then hardens to a smooth, durable coating on metal. Enameling classes at Arc + Flame are available as 3-Hour Samplers and Workshops.
            Chainmail: Create jewelry by linking small metal rings together in a pattern. You will have the opportunity to make your own jump rings, or make a bracelet from a selection provided. Chainmail classes Arc + Flame are available as 3-Hour Samplers.