Bench Jeweler Comprehensive with Blaine Lewis

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        • Our Bench Jeweler Comprehensive is a core class at NASJ, teaching you the fundamentals of being a successful, confident jeweler. With expert instruction on sawing, piercing, soldering, jewelry repair, polishing and more, this is an excellent fundamental course to take. With in-depth examples and demonstrations that clarify these concepts, you will walk away from this class with a new confidence and excitement about sawing, filing, torch theory, repairs, tool use and finishing your jewelry. Our video integrated classroom is the ideal environment for learning the intricate techniques of bench jewelry. (For tuition and class dates, click on tabs to the right of description)

          Essential skills included in the Bench Jeweler Comprehensive:

          • Torch Set-Up and Safety 
          • Jeweler Bench Set-Up - covering safety, comfort and ergonomics
          • Proper set up and use of the Flex-shaft
          • Proper use and identification of hand tools, including hand files, hammers and jewelers saw
          • Soldering
          • Sawing
          • Filing
          • Polishing and Finishing using proper polishing compounds
          • Chain Repair Techniques, including identification of chain styles and configurations and effective soldering techniques for repair
          • Ring Re-Tipping and Re-Pronging 
          • Ring Re-Sizing up and down
          • Head and Shank Assembly
          • Pre-requisites: None, Open to all levels of experience


        • Tuition: $1169.16 includes tuition, kit materials fee and applicable sales tax. (Tuition is $1120, kit fee with tax is $45, and tax is $4.16)

          ONE-FEE GUARANTEE New Approach is unique. We don't require you to buy or bring your own tools to attend our classes. All you need to bring is your personal optics, like an OptiVisor and 10x eye-loupe, if you have them. If not, we will provide them for you to use in class.

          Use of professional bench and tools is included. There is no requirement to purchase books or tools for this class.

          During the registration process, a $200 deposit is necessary to reserve your spot in the class. The remainder of tuition and kit fee is due by the first day of class.

          Pre-requisites: There are no pre-requisites for this class.

          • Dates:

            • January 29th through February 2nd, 2018
            • June 4th through June 8th, 2018
            • July 30th through August 3rd, 2018 

    Instructors: Blaine Lewis & Drew Hadley

    Student Perspectives:

    "I've been a jeweler for only one year and after attending this class I feel so much more confident in my skills than before. Blaine is great at explaining theory and fundamentals in such a way that it's hard not to understand what he's explaining. I've learned lots of good fundamentals that will help me avoid mistakes that would use up my time trying to figure out." - Max Orrantia, Bellingham WA

    "Fabulous class and instructors! Blaine's teaching style is informative and easy to follow. Having the up close TV/camera views really helped show details of what was being explained. This class has given me a new perspective on how jewelry is made and repaired, and inspires me to make my own jewelry." - Hayley Foltzer, Bloomington IN

    "Definitely suggest anyone who is the least bit interested in the jewelry industry/repair world should without a doubt seek Blaine's teaching skills and classes. I appreciate the jeweler position so much more now. Very thankful I was led here and I definitely want to come back for any course that would be offered. I'm honored to have been taught by Blaine and Drew." - Ariel Cothran, Hartwell GA

    "This class has opened many new doors for me. The benches are great, and easy to adapt to, and the tools are everything you need and more. I was intimidated when I first walked through the doors, but as soon as the ice was broken with Blaine and Drew's excitement and passion of this trade, I knew I was in the right place with the right people!" - Jeff Kostelecky, Columbus, MT




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      New Approach School for Jewelers teaches real world jewelry making skills for professional jewelers

      Enrollment Policy

      Your seat in class is not reserved until we receive your student application and deposit. Deposit will be applied toward the cost of tuition. Remainder of tuition is due the first day of class for all classes except the Graduate Bench Jeweler program, which can be paid in 3 equal installments (Beginning of: Week 1, Week 5 & Week 9 ).

      Registration Policy

      We make every effort to ensure that our students receive the best experiences possible at New Approach School. Our classes are extremely popular, fill quickly long in advance of start dates. To ensure that spaces are reserved for students who are truly committed to attending the classes they have registered for, we have adopted the following policies:

      To register for a class, a deposit is required as listed per class. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or you may pay by check or cash. 

      Please be aware that many of our classes fill long before that date, so if you plan to attend, please send in your deposit and application as soon as you register.

      If paying by check, please send your deposit check ASAP, and allow at least 7 days for your check to arrive. Your spot is NOT reserved until your check clears. 

      We are an independent, private school dedicated to your success and although we truly appreciate the commitment and sacrifice necessary to attend our programs, we do not offer financial aid or grants.

      Your deposit will be applied toward the cost of the class you register for.

      Additional kit fees and taxes will be added to the remainder of tuition as listed per class. 

      Cancellation Policy

      For the full cancelation policy of a specific class, please see the Class Registration Form for the class you wish to take. All of these registration forms are made available to view and download at REGISTER NOW

      Video & Materials Policy

      All materials and coursework, including techniques demonstrated by instructors or staff, may fall under copyrights or licenses held by New Approach School of Jewelry Technology or its affiliates. 

      To protect both you and any copyright holders from litigation, we ask that you DO NOT publish, share, copy, display or otherwise upload any provided coursework or any captured video footage through video sharing sites, forums, email, other websites, flyers, books, etc. If you are interested in publishing your video footage, please ask our Communications Department about obtaining permission in writing.

      You may make printed copies from appropriate materials for your own educational and training use only, unless otherwise noted in the publication. 

      We ask that you respect this policy to ensure a quality education for future students at New Approach School for Jewelers.

      Disclosure of Physical Limitations - Minimum Course Requirements

      Attendance at the New Approach School of Jewelers involves periods of prolonged sitting while performing very detailed work with and without magnification equipment. Additionally, students are required to attend classes for eight hours a day enduring periods of work and study significant enough to permit him or her to complete the course at a rapid pace. Accordingly, NASJ asks each student to disclose any physical limitations and/or health matters that may impact the student during their period of instruction:

      Please disclose any of the following medical conditions:

      Vision Problems 

      Eye Sight Correctable to 20/20 


      Black outs or dizzy spells 

      Posture or spinal problems 

      Please NOTIFY US IN WRITING any other medical conditions that may affect your ability to perform the minimum course requirements.

      In addition, NASJ requires all students to have an eye exam prior to the first day of class. It is crucial when discussing your vision with your doctor to emphasize the distance at which you will be working. You need to specify that you will be working 8 inches away from your nose. If you are near-sighted and wear contacts, you need to bring your glasses to school as well. 

      New Approach School for Jewelers does not discriminate unlawfully in any of its programs, procedures or practices against any person on the basis of age, citizenship, color, disability, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other category or classification protected by law. 

      The student hereby warrants that he or she has disclosed all medical problems to NASJ that may affect his or her performance at the school, and will disclose any and all medical problems in the future, as they become known. 

      General Release and Waiver

      Release and Waiver: In consideration of goods and services provided or to be provided by New Approach School of Jewelry Technology, and the school’s president, Marshall B. Lewis, individually and doing business as New Approach School for Jewelers (hereinafter referred to as “the school,”) the undersigned (hereinafter referred to as “the student,”) hereby acknowledging the above consideration to be good and sufficient to support this General Release and Waiver, hereby completely and forever releases and discharges New Approach School of Jewelry Technology’s past, present and future, it’s general and/or limited agents, employees, employers, attorneys, partner, heir, predecessors and successors in interest, and assigns, from any and all past, present or future claims, demands, obligations, actions, causes of action, rights, damages, costs, expenses and compensation of any nature whatsoever, whether based upon tort, contract or any other theory of recovery, and whether for compensatory or punitive damages or claims for attorney’s fees (hereinafter collectively referred to as “the legal remedies,”) which the student now has or may hereafter acquire, on account of, or in any way arising out of the school’s instruction, demonstration or supervision of student in jewelry manufacturing and/or repair and associated business of the school or otherwise out of the school’s provision of an opportunity for student to engage in any facet of the jewelry instruction business of the school. Furthermore, student hereby waives any and all rights and entitlements, directly or indirectly, to pursue any of such legal remedies arising out of such instruction, demonstration or supervision of student in the jewelry business of New Approach School of Jewelry Technology, or out of New Approach School of Jewelry Technology provision of an opportunity for student to engage in any facet of the jewelry business of NASJ. 

      General Release and Waiver and Assumption of Risk: The student further acknowledges and agrees that the release and waiver set forth in paragraph I hereof is a general release; that student expressly waives and assumes the risk of any and all claims for money due, compensation or damages which may exist as of this date, but which the student does not presently know or suspect to exist, and which, if known, would materially affect the student’s decision to enter future claims for money due, compensation or damages which may arise or exist in the future; and that the student, while being instructed, shown demonstrations, supervised and/or provided an opportunity to engage in various facets of the jewelry business of the school will be exposed to hand tools and may be exposed to power tools and machinery that is inherently dangerous and that the student expressly waives and assumes the risk of engaging in these activities fully acknowledging that such activities could result in serious bodily injury or even death. 

      Persons Bound: This General Release and Waiver and the terms, covenants, conditions, provisions, obligations, rights and benefits hereof, shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of New Approach School of Jewelry Technology, and the student and their respective officers, employees, employers, agents, representatives, successors and assigns.

      Full Understanding and Acceptance: The student represents that he or she has read this General Release and Waiver in full, completely understands the terms of the Release and Waiver and voluntarily accepts those terms.