Below is a catalogue of classes available in the studio throughout the year.

Beginning Series Workshops

A comprehensive beginning jewelry making class, designed to be taken, one bite at a time. These workshops may be taken in any order and require no previous experience.

Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

This Beginning Series workshop is an ideal introduction to the fundamental aspects of silversmithing. Explore jewelry design while learning to saw, file, texture, and form nonferrous metals like copper, brass, and silver. Students will develop a basic understanding of soldering and setting stones in bezels and will complete two pieces of jewelry. Get a taste for working in metal while gaining the foundation necessary to pursue the art of silversmithing. No experience necessary.

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Materials INCLUDED:

  • - Copper to make samples
  • - Sterling silver to make pendant
  • - Cabochon stone
  • - If you choose to work larger than the samples shown in class there may be an additional materials fee.

Students MAY Bring:

  • - Additional sheet metal (available in studio store)
  • - A cabochon (available in studio store)

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Links and Hollow Construction

Learn soldering, or vastly improve your skills, while focusing on small hollow forms and linked elements. In this installment of the Beginning Series, students will be introduced to roll-printing, a technique for creating elaborate and organic textures in metal. You will create unique metal beads and learn some handy tricks for designing and soldering custom linked chains and clasps. Each person can expect to create at least one fabulous linked project. No experience necessary.

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Materials included:

  • - Copper wire and sheet for samples
  • - Sterling wire and sheet for final project
  • - If you choose to work larger than the samples shown in class there may be an additional materials fee.

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

This Beginning Series class focuses on the basic construction of fabricated rings, with and without stones. Each student will construct a simple band ring as well as a ring with a bezel-set stone. In the process of designing and constructing these rings, students gain new soldering skills and become familiar with some of the three-dimensional possibilities and challenges of working with heavier gaged metal. Leaving with a couple of rings is a bonus. No experience necessary.

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Materials INCLUDED:

  • - Materials to produce two sterling silver rings
  • - Cabochon stone
  • - If students choose to work larger than the samples shown in class there may be an additional materials fee.

Students MAY Bring:

  • - Additional sheet metal or wire (available in studio store)
  • - A cabochon (available in studio store)

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Intermediate Series Workshops

An inspired intermediate jewelry making class, designed to continue building basic skills and boost creativity. These workshops may be taken in any order and require the beginning Series or equivalent.

Contain It!

This Intermediate Series workshop will introduce students to fabricating unique lidded containers or pillboxes. When making your first piece of hollowware, it's good to start with the basics. A pillbox is a small lidded container that opens and seals back up snugly. Students will learn how to fabricate just such a box using basic metal-working and forming techniques. Creating this little vessel is a perfect project for students who want to build on their basic skills and practice fabricating an object larger than a typical piece of jewelry. Along with learning how to construct a pill box, students will explore incorporating luxurious textures using hammers, chasing tools, and roller printing. Basic sawing, soldering, and filing skills required.

Instructor: Barbara Knuth.

Materials Included:

  • - 20 gauge copper sheet to make projects
  • - Solder, flux, saw blades and other finishing materials

Students May Bring:

  • - Sketchbook
  • - 2" x 3" 22-20 gauge sheet sterling if students want to work in silver

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Designing with Cold Connections

This class aims to take what students have learned in their beginning classes and start to focus on designing with specific components, incorporating rivets and simple hinge mechanisms. There will be very little soldering in this class. Students will design two to three projects with a simple moveable/kinetic element and/or riveting system. The first project will focus on riveting as a way of connecting two or more components. The following projects will incorporate hinge making or rivets that allow for the piece to swing, hang, dangle, open, close, or spin. This class will focus on simplicity and design. Riveting and hinges can seem daunting however some of the most elegant designs use simple connections with a "riveting" effect. Beginning Series or equivalent experience necessary.

Instructor: Paul DeBlassie

Materials Included:

  • - 20 gauge sheet copper
  • - 20-16 gauge wire in copper and brass
  • - Drill bits that correspond to 20 gauge wire

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Drawing on Metal

If you've been dreaming of adding some yummy color to your metal work come and spend 4 fun filled days learning my technique for applying color to copper with colored pencils at Danaca Design. Color, pattern, and texture will be discussed as well as instruction on how to incorporate this technique into pendants, pins, and earrings. Design your own or use my simple pattern to get started. We will work on design, fabrication, and finishing as well. All levels welcome. It's always fun and you'll learn a lot.

Instructor: Deb Karash

Students MUST Bring:

  • - Students should bring hand tools, saw, #2 swiss half round file, needle files, etc. (studio store)
  • - Rivet hammer (studio store) or hammer hand piece
  • - Non-marring hammer, nylon or rawhide (studio store)
  • - 6x6 piece of 22g. copper (studio store)
  • - 6X6 piece of sterling silver (studio store)
  • - Prismacolor premier brand colored pencils
  • - Sketch pad
  • - X-acto knife and blades

Material KITS Include:

  • - Scotch brite pads, prepped copper samples, chemicals required for prep and finishing.

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Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Applications: Part I

Setting faceted stones doesn't have to be a daunting task. No... really! As long as you understand the unique characteristics of the gemstone you are working with, there is nothing to be intimidated by. Building off of the beginning series, this intermediate level stone-setting class will teach you how to set round faceted gemstones safely, securely and with confidence. Three settings will be covered in detail including prong, flush, and bezel setting. In addition, you will also learn the theory behind stone-setting, gemstone characteristics, how to make setting tools, how to create your own settings, and how to design with beautiful gems in mind. You may choose to create one complex piece of jewelry or a series of three simple pieces, as long as all of the aforementioned setting styles are incorporated. Beginning Series or equivalent experience necessary.

Instructor: Kirk Lang

Materials Included:

  • - 1.5, 2 and 5mm czs to practice stone settings
  • - 1 beadsetting tool to alter
  • - 1 pre fabricated heavy wall bezel to make samples
  • - 1 heavy armed sterling prong setting
  • - 2 2mm x 5mm Brass rings to make samples
  • - 3 fine sanding drums of different grits
  • - Solder and other soldering supplies
  • - Use of stone setting tools and supplies

Students Must Bring:

  • - Sponge (to be cut up into small squares)
  • - Small metal or plastic container for sponge
  • - Soft bristle toothbrush
  • - Bic lighter
  • - Small can of compressed air
  • - Stainless steel fork tines (to make into burnisher (Goodwill))
  • - Chain nose pliers (available in studio store)
  • - Flush cut snips (available in studio store)
  • - Digital calipers or brass calipers (brass available in studio store)
  • - Selection of saw blades (available in studio store)
  • - Visor w/ magnification is recommended (available in studio store)

Students May Bring:

  • - 5x2" band ring or some other finished piece of jewelry of similar dimensions to set stones into
  • - Chasing hammer (available in studio store)
  • - Jewelers saw frame (available in studio store)
  • - Tweezers to hold small stones (available in studio store)
  • - Set of needle files (available in studio store)
  • - Hand file (medium coarseness) (available in studio store)
  • - Diamond hand file
  • - 10x loupe (available in studio store)
  • - 3/32 shank broken burs (to make burnisher)
  • - Set of round burs, Cup burs, fine cut heart burs
  • - Graver block with attachment set to hold items
  • - Grs graver handle, collet holder and quick change collets
  • - Flat graver
  • - Knife edge fine pumice wheel and mandrel (available in studio store)
  • - Double tip carbide scribe (available in studio store)
  • - Replaceable tip divider (available in studio store)

Supplies available to use with option to purchase - Prices TBA

  • 1 - knife edge fine pumice wheel
  • 1 - screw top mandrel
  • 1 - flat graver with wood graver handle
  • 1 - double tip carbide scribe
  • 1 - 10x loupe
  • 3 - find sanding mandrels of different grits
  • 1" - heavy walled sterling tubing, od 6.5mm
  • 1 - replaceable tip divider

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Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Applications: Round Stones

Setting faceted stones doesn't have to be a daunting task. No... really! As long as you understand the unique characteristics of the gemstone you are working with, there is nothing to be intimidated by. Building off of the beginning series, this intermediate level stone-setting class will teach you how to set round faceted gemstones safely, securely and with confidence. Three settings will be covered in detail including prong, flush, and bezel setting. In addition, you will also learn the theory behind stone-setting, gemstone characteristics, how to make setting tools, how to create your own settings, and how to design with beautiful gems in mind. You may choose to create one complex piece of jewelry or a series of three simple pieces, as long as all of the aforementioned setting styles are incorporated. Beginning Series or equivalent experience necessary.

Instructor: Kirk Lang

Materials Included:

  • - 1.5, 2 and 5mm czs to practice stone settings
  • - 1 beadsetting tool to alter
  • - 1pre fabricated heavy wall bezel to make samples
  • - 1 heavy armed sterling prong setting
  • - 2 2 x 5mm Brass rings to make samples
  • - 3 fine sanding drums of different grits
  • - Solder and other soldering supplies
  • - Use of stonesetting tools and supplies

Students Must Bring:

  • - Sponge (to be cut up into small squares)
  • - Small metal or plastic container for sponge
  • - Soft bristle toothbrush
  • - Bic lighter
  • - Small can of compressed air
  • - Stainless steel fork tines (to make into burnisher -can get at Goodwill)
  • - Chain nose pliers (available in studio store)
  • - Flush cut snips (available in studio store)
  • - Digital calipers or brass slide gauge (brass available in studio store)
  • - Selection of saw blades (available in studio store)
  • - Visor w/ magnification is recommended (available in studio store)

Students May Bring:

  • - Band ring (min 5mmx2mm) or another finished jewelry piece of similar dimensions to set stones into
  • - Chasing hammer (available in studio store)
  • - Jewelers saw frame (available in studio store)
  • - Tweezers to hold small stones (available in studio store)
  • - Set of needle files (available in studio store)
  • - Hand file (medium coarseness) (available in studio store)
  • - Diamond hand file
  • - 10x loupe (available in studio store)
  • - 3/32 shank broken burs (to make burnisher)
  • - Set of round burs, Cup burs, fine cut heart burs
  • - Graver block with attachment set to hold items
  • - GRS system
  • - GRS graver handle, collet holder and quick change collets
  • - Flat graver
  • - Knife edge fine pumice wheel and mandrel (available in studio store)
  • - Double tip carbide scribe (available in studio store)
  • - Replaceable tip divider (available in studio store)

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Intermediate Jewelry Series: Boxes, Lockets, Hinges and Clasps

In this Intermediate Series workshop students will design and construct a keepsake locket or container employing flat hinges and crisply closing clasps. In this exploratory class students will be introduced to using a hydraulic press and Matrix Dies for creating locket cases and box lids. Basic hinge systems, clasps and design considerations will be investigated during the construction of these mechanical little hollow forms. The Beginning Series workshops or equivalent experience is required.

Instructor: Nanz Aalund

Materials:

All materials to complete the projects in copper will be provided.

Students are also welcome to bring silver to work with (available for purchase in studio store).

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Total Immersions Workshops

Total Immersion Workshops are week-long intensives focusing on skills taught in the beginning and intermediate series.

Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making

What could be more fun than spending a week totally immersed in learning to make jewelry? Absolutely nothing! Spend an exciting five straight days doing just that. Together we will tackle the fundamentals of learning to work with precious metal: sawing, disc cutting and dapping, hammer texturing, roll printing, basic forming and finishing, as well as bezel setting stones. In this beginning silversmithing class students will make individualized jewelry pieces including a pin, pendent, ring and a simple linked project. Each night you'll go home dreaming of what to create the next day, designing in your sleep. This class is an ideal opportunity to explore a range of techniques, in a condensed time, while creating several projects. No experience necessary.

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Materials Included:

  • - Copper for brooch and other samples
  • - Sterling silver for a pendant, band ring and linked bracelet
  • - Cabochon stone for pendant or ring
  • - If students want to work larger than the samples shown there may be additional materials costs.

Students May Bring:

Additional materials to work with like cabochons, found objects or other metal

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Total Immersion: Intermediate Jewelry Making

What could be more fun than making jewelry for an entire week? Nothing! Join me on this five day journey aimed at increasing your confidence and knowledge at the jeweler’s bench. We will focus heavily on construction and soldering tricks as well as finishing techniques to create desired surfaces. A variety of stone setting options will be covered including tube, prongs, pedestal settings and captured settings. Basic hydraulic press forming for creating multiples and preserving textures, simple hinges, a variety of cold connections and clasp systems will also be presented. Students may choose to work through the design and completion of a complex piece of jewelry or create samples of each technique over the course of the week.

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Prerequisites:

Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making or the entire Beginning Series: Introduction to Silversmithing + Rings for Beginner's + Nifty Links and Hollow Forms or equivalent beginning jewelry making class.

Materials included:

  • - Copper/brass sheet and wire for samples
  • - Copper and silver tubing for hinge and stone setting samples
  • - Solder, flux, sandpaper
  • - Hand tools and studio equipment
  • - Three, 3mm faceted czs for samples

Materials you might want to bring:

Projects will be variable. Students may choose to work with a variety materials. Below are suggestions for the range you may want to bring to class. Silver and a variety of stones are available for purchase in the studio store.

Silver sheet metal, 24-20 gauge

Various sizes of wire 14-20 gauge

Silver tubing

Stones or other found objects

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Mentored Independent Study

Join a mentored independent study group to learn new skills in a consistently supportive environment.

Mentored Independent Study

Tackle a wide range of projects with instructor guidance in an on-going class developed for independent study-students. Use class time to game-plan, problem-solve or just work in the studio taking advantage of the space and equipment. This is an excellent opportunity to explore challenging projects that you want feedback on or technical advice to execute.

Demonstrations are tailored specifically to the current class needs. Register for 3 - 6 weeks for a discounted rate; drop-ins are also welcome. Classes are offered both mornings and evenings.

Basic metal working skills required. Students enrolled in multiple week classed are eligible, and encouraged, to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours; there is no additional charge to attend.

  • Instructor: Juan Reyes, Tuesday, 6pm - 9pm
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara, Thursday, 10:30am - 1:30pm
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  • *Class fees: 3 weeks = $115; 4 weeks = $145; 5 weeks = $180; 6 weeks = $215;

  • Drop-in=$20/hour; Punch cards = $150/12 hours

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  • *Prepaid, consecutive week students have access to Practice Hours!
  • DROP-IN STUDENTS AND PUNCH CARD HOLDERS DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO PRACTICE HOURS

Students MUST Bring:

All consumable materials including metal, saw blades, drill bits, sandpaper and solder. Projects to work on!

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Specialty Workshops

Weekend, multiple day, and one day "Quickies!" Something for every level and schedule.

3D Etching: Imagery and Space in Metal and Other Possibilities

Do you think you've learned all there is to know about etching and are you looking for more ways to apply the process? Are you looking for ways to expand and explore new concepts for design that will help you further develop your own signature style?

Join me in a design oriented exploration of 3D etching as I introduce you to various sources and kinds of artwork for etching. Initially, we will etch a line and dot reference sampler. We will use paper and acetate to combine images for the purpose of creating a small layered piece combining various etching applications and patinas, then assemble those layers with 00-90 brass screws and nuts. Using table etching and spray etching methods, we will etch through copper based alloys. You will learn: a) to make a copper/clad silver laminate for the purpose of etching through the copper layer, and b) necessary techniques pertinent to soldering and forming this material. Finally, I will demonstrate black, brown, green and especially a dynamic red patina. Students for this class should have mastered basic jewelry techniques. This is a very intense class. Be prepared to work!

Instructor: Carol Webb

Materials Included:

  • Various studio tools and supplies

Students Must Bring:

  • SMALL selection of images: see imagery guideline below
  • Cutting surface; either the self-healing type found in art supply stores or scrap mat board at least 8x10"
  • Empty water bottle any size
  • Extra fine black Sharpie
  • Roll of paper towels a must
  • Smock or apron
  • Xacto knife with extra #11 blades
  • 3/0 blades

Students May Bring:

  • 16-14g sheet sterling silver 1x2" if you want to make copper clad bi metal
  • 16-14g sheet fine silver 1x2" if you want to make copper clad bi metal (This is a little more difficult to fuse)
  • 26 g copper sheet 1.25 x 2.25" if you want to make copper clad bi metal; the preferred combination is 14 g sterling or fine silver and 26 g copper
  • Digital camera
  • Jewelers files - flat, half round, round
  • Scissors

Material Kits Include:

  • TBA

Imagery Guidelines

  • Since we are using a photocopier, the images to use should be primarily black and white. On the copper clad fine silver, the black areas will be copper and the white areas will be silver.
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  • Drawings, doodles, rubber stampings, fingerprints, foot prints, lip prints, leaf prints, photo copies of objects, images from the newspaper and magazines, kids drawings, many of these will work. Many of the Dover publications are good sources for your images and are copyright free. However, I would like to minimize their use. I will also be bringing source material.
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  • Think also about reversing your artwork so that black areas become white and white areas become black.
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  • Color photographs may be used if you photocopy them. If you want to use a photographic image, make several copies of copies to reduce the range of grays and break your images into high contrast i.e. blacks and whites.
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  • In the case of dies for roll printing, the black areas will be high and the white areas will be recessed. When roll printing, the black areas will be recessed and the white areas will be high.
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  • Very thin lines can be problematic in that they may end up etched away... lines that are too close may bleed into each other... however, bring anything that interests you and we can evaluate them in the workshop. We will combine images and alter their scale.

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3-D Filigree

If you've ever wanted to try filigree but were intimidated by the thought of all those tiny wires, you've spent so much time preparing, melting into little balls, this is the workshop for you. This entry level, non-traditional, filigree workshop will cover a form of scroll work using bolder gauge round, square and flat wire to make unusual filigree objects.

This workshop will cover using framing mandrels to build wire frames, making the internal filigree design separately. We will then dome the filigree design and fit it into the shapes of the frames. Student will learn how to use framing mandrels and the hydraulic press, and how to modify silhouette dies to add 3-dimensional shape to their filigree. Annealing, tapering, and twisting square wire, score and fold technique, using forming plier & parallel plier, and using binding wire to stabilize the filigree during soldering will all be taught in this workshop. Beginning to intermediate soldering skills will be advanced by learning finer torch temperature control with multiple temperature soldering within each project. Participants will learn to fabricate their filigree and frames with copper and brass, but may use their own silver. Basic soldering skills required.

Instructor: Nanz Aalund

Materials Included:

- Copper and brass wire

- Solder

Students May Bring:

- Silver wire (available in studio store)

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Advanced Technique in Precious Metal Clay

Students with a basic understanding of PMC will want to take this class to expand on their knowledge discovering interesting new ways to incorporate PMC+ into their jewelry work. This one day workshop will cover several examples of stone setting in PMC+, working with PMC paper and simple clasp and hinge making. PMC Basics I and II required.

Instructor: Suz O'Dell

Supply fee includes:

  • One package of PMC+
  • Lab grown gems
  • PMC paper
  • Use of tool kit

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Anticlastic Forming in Metal

In this three-day workshop you will learn the basics of anticlastic raising. This process allows you to create exceptionally strong, flexible, lightweight, and organic-looking forms. A new focus on this Bronze Age technique has yielded some of the most interesting forms in contemporary metalwork. In anticlastic forming a flat sheet of metal is shaped by compressing its edges and stretching the center so that the surface develops two curves at right angles to each other like a horse saddle. We will focus on "open", or "mono-shell" forms made from single pieces of thin sheet metal, working to create striking dimensional shapes. Decking these forms will be shown in class to demonstrate how decking can expand the range of forms available to incorporate into your designs.

Though open anticlastic forms date to the middle Bronze Age, it is only recently that they have been explored in detail. This new focus has yielded some of the most interesting forms in contemporary metalworking. You do not need a great deal of metalworking experience to take this class, but some facility with the hammer is helpful. This class is however a prerequisite to taking Introduction to Decked Forms and will greatly expand the range of forms available for you to incorporate into your designs. Some forging or "fold-forming" experience helpful.

Instructor: Bill Dawson

Materials included:

  • - Copper to make a variety of samples and use of tool kits.

Tool Kits will be available for purchase and include:

  • - One steel mandrel
  • - One plastic mallet
  • - One steel embossing hammer
  • - One plastic sinusoidal stake
  • - Two steel raising hammers
  • - Three steel sinusoidal stakes

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Arts and Crafts Copper for the Contemporary Northwest Artists

Learn the basics of forming copper and develop motifs that are special to you and the region in which you live. In this three-day, intensive workshop we will draw on the decorative use of copper in the Pacific Northwest, which pre-dates European contact, as well as the use of copper as a popular material in the Arts and Crafts Movement. Come be part of an ongoing exploration into the creative potential of this rich and beautiful material. Find your individual voice, special motifs, and authentic expression while exploring those of the past. You will leave this workshop with new metalworking skills, an additional vocabulary of personal images, and beautiful decorative art objects for your home. No experience necessary.

Instructor: Bill Dawson

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Basic Band Rings

The construction of a basic band ring is simple yet challenging. The ring must fit, be comfortable and of course beautiful! This quick ring class will focus on the construction of a basic fabricated band ring. We will cover measuring, cutting, chasing and embossing for texture, as well as basic soldering and some forming techniques. Each student will leave class with a simple yet well-made and lovely ring to show off. No experience necessary.

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Materials Included:

  • - Sterling silver sheet and wire to produce a band ring

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Basic Bead and Wire Jewelry

Learn the simple tricks to cold working wire to create linkage systems for earrings, necklaces, ear wires and clasps. This class will give you the basic skills to start making jewelry for yourself, as gifts, or to begin selling! Using basic hand tools, we will explore linkage systems for making earrings and necklaces. Projects will include one or two pairs of earrings and a bracelet. Student will make their own clasps and ear-wires, and learn basic small scale forging to add distinctive accents to their pieces. No soldering. No soldering and no experience necessary.

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Materials INCLUDED:

  • - 20g silver for earrings
  • - 24g silver for bracelet
  • - 16g sterling for bracelet clasp
  • - Various glass beads
  • Students MAY Bring:

    • - Additional beads

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    Beginning Fusing: Links and Clasps

    This class will cover all of the basic skills you need to get started fusing with fine silver including safety and setup. Aside from learning to fuse links to create chains you will be introduced to a variety of fused clasp options, adding character to your beautiful handmade pieces. Come prepared to have a fun, successful experience working with a small butane torch and wire!

    You may bring the following materials to class or purchase a material kit from us at the time of the class. The cost of this kit will be subject to market prices which will be included in your registration confirmation letter at the time of registration. If you wish to purchase a supply kit please come to class with a check or cash!

    Instructor: Liz Jones

    Materials list:

    • – 1 oz 14 gauge Fine Silver Wire
    • – 2 feet 24 gauge Fine Silver Wire
    • – 1 foot 12 gauge Fine Silver Wire
    • – 6 inches 22 gauge Fine Silver Wire

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    Bench Tricks for Metalsmiths

    If you are interested in homemade tools and bench tricks to speed your production and understanding of metalsmithing, this workshop is for you. Charles will cover a loose, eclectic collection of short cuts, bench tricks, stone setting and polishing hints and alternative equipment options for metalsmiths. Cheap tool making, jeweler's secrets and unexpected sources for tools are described, many of which are found in Lewton-Brain's book, Cheap Thrills in the Toolshop and the CD, Bench Tricks for Goldsmiths. All levels.

    Instructor: Charles Lewton-Brain

    Materials list:

    Bring your favorite bench trick.

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    Beyond the Polymer Cane

    Cane work is the most common polymer technique to decorate beads. Learn to transform this basic technique into something extraordinary. In this two-part class we will first take basic canes and transform them into complex designs to use for surface decoration. Then we will explore alternative bead shapes and create other objects: leaves, cones, claws, tab tiles, as well as hollow sculptural forms for bigger pieces. Cynthia will forever alter your perception of polymer clay! All skill levels are welcome.

    Instructor: Cynthia Toops

    Materials Included:

    • - Black, white, yellow and red Fimo Soft polymer clay.
    • - Tools for the day.

    Students May Bring:

    • - Students who have made canes previously should bring an assortment of canes.
    • - If you want to work with colors other than black, white, yellow and red, you should bring those other colors in Fimo Soft polymer clay.
    • - Pasta machine and tissue blades if you have them.

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    The Big Ring

    Hollow rings can be big, bold, and strong while at the same time maintaining a relatively light weight. Explore and learn the ancient techniques used to design and build such a ring. In this one-day workshop, designed for intermediate students, you will learn some simple tricks in the process and can expect to increase your understanding of jewelry fabrication in general. Students must be comfortable with a jeweler's saw, file, torch, and basic soldering, and of course must like big rings!

    Instructor: Juan Reyes

    Materials list:

    • - #2/0-#4/0 saw blades (available in studio store)
    • - Silver solder/hard, medium and easy (available in studio store)
    • - 24ga sterling, at least a 2"x4" piece (available in studio store)
    • - Anything else they might want to incorporate into the ring like a stone and some bezel wire
      (bezel available in studio store)

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    Bronze Precious Metal Clay

    Bronze precious metal clay can be rolled, molded, pressed and carved just like silver and gold clay however it is much less expensive! The final luster of bronze is ideal for creating visually warm elements to incorporate into your bead work or to create one of a kind jewelry pieces. The relatively inexpensive bronze can also be used to test run a mold or to create models for molding. After being fired in a kiln, this unique material results in a finished piece of pure metal! This comprehensive workshop, ideal for any level student will present students with numerous techniques for working with this extraordinary material. Each student will have the opportunity to complete several projects with and without stones. No experience necessary however returning students are definitely encouraged!

    Instructor: Suz O'Dell

    Students May Bring:

    • - Sketchbook
    • - Fabric swatches/texture swatches

    Material KITS Include:

    • - Materials include two 30 gram packages bronze clay (one for each day)
    • - Gemstones
    • - Findings
    • - Mold making material
    • - Use of tool kit

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    Bronze Precious Metal Clay Basic

    Striking jewelry can be made easily and inexpensively with Bronze Precious Metal Clay, bronze clay that when fired in a kiln results in pure metal! This workshop will focus on constructing components for earrings and pendants. Let your imaginations go wild experimenting with different patterns and shapes, exploring the wide range of possibly with this remarkable material. This is an excellent opportunity to get introduced to Bronze PMC and or expand on basic PMC skills. No experience necessary however intermediate level students are encouraged as well.

    Instructor: Suz O'Dell

    Students May Bring:

    • - An object to mold
    • - Rubber stamps or fabric for textures

    Material KITS Include:

    • - One package of PMC Bronze
    • - PMC slip
    • - Rubber mold-making material
    • - A tool kit to use during class

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    Bronze PMC Illumination Bowl

    Explore the versatility of Bronze Precious Metal Clay in this one day class focused on larger-scale projects made with quick-fire bronze clay. The bronze illumination bowls will be big enough to hold a votive candle or other treasures, can be embossed with found objects or patterns, pierced to let light through or carved to create interesting designs. Students will discover a marvelous material that can be worked just like clay yet when fired results in pure metal. Beginning and intermediate levels.

    Instructor: Suz O'Dell

    Materials kit includes:

    • - One pack bronze PMC (enough to make 2 bowls)
    • - Use of tool kit during class

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    Cast Away!

    Long the chosen technique for creating substantial, three-dimensional jewelry, lost wax casting provides the jewelry artist a wide range of options for creativity and practicality. Just another tool in the toolbox, the ancient technique of lost wax casting is widely used today for mass producing jewelry and jewelry components as well as creating unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Learn the fundamentals of making wax models and then discover how those waxes are molded and then transformed into metal jewelry. In this class, students will take their projects from beginning to end including preparing the waxes for casting, preparing plaster molds, casting the metal into the molds and finishing the final metal pieces to wear. Projects may include pendants, rings or other jewelry components. All levels.

    Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

    Materials included:

    • - Wax to create models
    • - Spru wax
    • - Investment
    • - 2 oz. bronze casting grain

    Materials you might want to bring:

    Sterling silver casting grain or clean scrap silver (no solder!) (available in studio store). Students with some jewelry fabrication skills may want to bring stones to design their wax model around.

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    Cast Finishing

    Knowing how to finish a cast piece of jewelry is essential to make casting a time and money saving addition to your technical repertoire. Learn the most effective ways to set stones in your prepared cast seats and to refine surfaces in order to produce professional finishes. This class is highly recommended as a follow-up to our Wax Working class but can also be useful to any student looking to increase their understanding of polishing and refining or "finishing" in general. This is not a stone setting class. All levels.

    Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

    Materials included:

    Sandpapers and polishing compounds

    Students Must Bring:

    Most students attending this class will also be enrolled in our Wax Working class. If you are not but wish to attend to improve your finishing skills you must bring some pieces of jewelry to work on which are ready for the finishing process.

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    Chasing and Repoussé - Introduction Workshop

    The term repoussé refers to punching sheet metal from the backside to create raised areas on the front side in low to high relief. Chasing refers to detailing the front side of a piece using steel, wood, plastic or brass tools to texture, stamp, undercut and refine the surface. Since the Bronze Age, these techniques have been used to create relief from sheet metal and to add refined and expressive detail to a piece of jewelry, the outside of vessels or containers and to cast metal objects. This class will introduce students to the wonderful results possible with chasing and repoussé in pitch. Techniques such as lining, punching, undercutting and texturing will be covered. Students will be able to make several samples and complete a simple finished piece as well as explore the basics of making tools of the trade. No experience necessary.

    Instructor: Nancy Megan Corwin

    Materials included:

    • - Copper for producing samples
    • - Tool steel and other materials for tool making

    Students May Bring:

    • - Leather gloves
    • - Additional copper or silver (available in store)

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    Chasing and Repoussé – Beginning and Intermediate

    The term repoussé refers to punching sheet metal from the backside to create raised areas on the front side in low to high relief. Chasing refers to detailing the front side of the piece using steel, wood, plastic or brass tools to texture, stamp, undercut and refine the surface. Since the Bronze Age, these techniques have been used to create relief from sheet metal as well as to add refined and expressive detail to the front of the sheet, the outside of a vessel or container, and to cast metal objects. This class will explore chasing and repoussé in pitch, a wax-like substance that grips the metal and gives wherever the metal is hammered. Tool making and refining will also be covered in this intensive three-day workshop. No experience necessary however intermediate level students are encouraged as well.

    Instructor: Nancy Megan Corwin

    Materials included:

    Copper for producing samples will be provided as well as the use of studio pitch bowls and all other tools.

    Supply fee includes:

    • - Tool steel to make chasing tools to take home
    • - Other misc. materials to work with

    Tool kits will be available for purchase:

    Tool kits include shallow cast iron chasing "bowl" filled with NW Pitchworks medium pitch, chasing hammer, five chasing tools and a sand bag hand made by Bill Dawson. Price for kit will vary.

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    Chasing and Repoussé – Intermediate and Advanced Technique

    If you know the basics of handling chasing tools and working in pitch, you are ready to explore the process with greater precision and dimension. This intensive class with renowned chasing and repoussé artist, Nancy Megan Corwin, will focus on developing more sophisticated skills with this versatile technique. Students will explore creating fine, three-dimensional forms such as beads, pendants, bracelets, and earrings in this course. Students will also have time to thoroughly investigate the use of dies. Dies can be used with the hydraulic press or for hammering into to create raised and repetitive forms for hollow work such as beads or for mirrored images such as earrings. If you are not interested in jewelry forms these processes can also be used to create small vessels and sculptural objects. Students may also consider taking this opportunity to work in silver. Beginning Chasing and Repoussé required.

    Instructor: Nancy Megan Corwin

    Material kit includes:

    • - Wood-die kits
    • -Acrylic for dies
    • -Spiral saw blades
    • -Use of pitch pot, chasing hammer and instructor tool punches
    • -Copper sheet for projects (additional copper may need to be purchased for larger projects)

    Materials you might want to bring:

    • - Small copper bowls and vessels
    • - Chasing and repoussé punches, chasing hammer and pitch pot
    • - 22g sterling silver, if you want to work in silver (also available for purchase in studio store)

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    Chasing and Repoussé: A Modern Approach with a Traditional Base

    This is a beginning class in which students start by learning to use the tools and equipment, such as the pitch bowl and chasing hammer, for chasing and repoussé. On the first day students will experiment with the effects of these tools on sheet copper. The traditional approach of lining the front of the metal and punching out from the back is day two. Finally the students will learn texturing and refining techniques on day three. There will be time to make one chasing tool. This beginning class is process oriented resulting in an informative group of samples from which to build. Megan brings lots of her own samples, finished pieces, and a selection of tools for students to use during class. Recommended textbook: "Chasing and Repoussé - Techniques Ancient and Modern" by Nancy Megan Corwin, published by Brynmorgen Press. This can be purchased at Danaca Design (call ahead to make sure there are copies available) or through Amazon.com. Danaca Design also carries sets of Megan's tools and those of tool maker Bill Dawson, who makes many of the tools Megan uses. No experience necessary however returning students welcome.

    Instructor: Nancy Megan Corwin

    Materials INCLUDED:

    • - Sheet copper for producing samples
    • - Use of studio tools including pitch bowls

    Students MAY Bring:

    • - Personal pitch pot and tools
    • - Additional sheet metal, 22 g recommended (available in studio store)

    Material FEE Includes:

    • - Tool steel to make a chasing tool to take home

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    Classic Chain Making: Byzantine and Viking Knit

    As popular today as in the times of emperors, linked and woven chains are one of the oldest and most popular forms of jewelry on the planet. These chain patterns, created from wire, are relatively simple yet very satisfying to create and require no soldering. This class will focus on one linked pattern, Byzantine, and one woven, Viking Knit. The Byzantine woven link chain may be the oldest of the link chains. It was originally called the King’s Chain because only kings could wear it. This is a classic and it lends itself to variations once you know the basic chain. The easiest of the woven chains, Viking Knit is built around a mandrel and looks quite different when it is being made than the finished product. This is probably the most commonly seen woven chain woven from delicate silver wire using only a wooden dowel. The class will meet twice, two weeks apart for five hours each day. You will leave the class with two completed pieces of jewelry, one necklace and one bracelet. Materials are included in the cost of the class. All levels.

    Instructor: Sandra Caldwell

    Supply fee includes:

    • - .6oz 24gauge round wire, dead soft
    • - 1.25oz 18 gauge round wire, half hard

    *Fee may vary depending on silver costs at time of class. Students are also welcome to supply these materials.

    • – .6oz 24gauge round wire, dead soft
    • – 1.25oz 18 gauge round wire, half hard

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    Classic Chain Making: Helms Chain

    Woven link chains are one of the oldest and most popular forms of jewelry on the planet. These chain patterns require no soldering and are relatively simple yet very satisfying to create. This "quickie" class will focus on one linked pattern: Helm Chain. Helm Chain is a lovely flat-laying pattern reminiscent of lace, feminine and light weight. A sterling silver clasp will be provided so students can expect to leave class with a completed project. All levels.

    Instructor: Sandra Caldwell

    Supply fee includes:

    • - .3 oz. half-hard 20 gauge round silver wire
    • - Sterling silver clasp

    *Fee may vary depending on silver costs at time of class. Students are also welcome to supply these materials.

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    Classic Chain Making: Orbital Maille and Double Loop-in-Loop

    Learn two new patterns for non-soldered linked chains. Double loop-in-loop looks very much like a rope chain. Orbital Maille doesn't look like anything you have seen. People will stop you to get a better look. Both chains are not only beautiful but also comfortable to wear. If you are new to making link chains, you will also learn how to automate the making of the necessary silver rings and make a simple clasp. Each student will leave with two finished bracelets. All levels.

    Instructor: Sandra Caldwell

    Materials list:

    • – 1 oz 16ga round silver wire (approximately 6 feet)
    • – 22gm 18ga round silver wire (approximately 6 feet)

    Materials for the class can be purchased in the studio at the time of class. Price will vary depending upon current metal prices. Copper wire can be substituted. Copper wire in both 16ga and 18ga can be purchased at a hardware store.

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    Classic Chain Making: Helm's Chain and Square Maille

    The Helm's chain is a beautiful, flat, feminine chain that always draws attention. Square Maille is a deceptive chain because of its flexibility. It is wonderfully comfortable to wear and gets noticed because of the unusual square shape. You will leave class with two bracelets, both non-soldered link chains, easy to recreate at home. These bracelets make great gifts something to think about as we head into the gift giving season. All levels.

    Instructor: Sandra Caldwell

    Materials list:

    • - .3oz half-hard 20g round wire
    • - .75 half-hard 18g round wire
    • - 5" 16g round wire

    We do have pliers in the studio but if you have them bring chain nose, flat nose, round nose, and cutter.

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    Cloisonné Enameling

    The vivid color and unique beauty of enameling has been prized for centuries. Cloisonné, with fine lines of precious metal delineating patterns and images, is appreciated around the world. In this class you will learn to create a suitable design, bend and apply the cloisonné wires, apply multiple layers of enamel and fuse them in the kiln, and grind and flash-fire the finished enamel, thereby creating a gemlike image of lasting beauty. Enameling Basics or equivalent experience is required.

    Instructor: Linnie Kendrick

    Materials included:

    • - 2 precut 1" discs of 22 gauge, one fine silver, one copper (additional materials available in studio store)
    • - copper and fine silver cloisonné wire, 1' each (additional materials available in studio store)
    • - various enamel colors and other necessary tool and supplies

    Students may bring:

    • - additional precut fine silver at least 22 gauge or heavier, no larger than 1½" and no smaller than 5/8" in any direction
    • - Brushes size 3/0 – 5/0, one or two in various sizes
    • - Micro tweezers
    • - Needle tools
    • - Hand Towel
    • - Color Pencils

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    Cloisonné Enameling in the Round

    Cloisonné is essentially drawing with fine wire and coloring with vibrant glass. As such, this diverse enameling technique can be simple and easy or complex and challenging. The process becomes increasing challenging (and magnificent) when working on curved surfaces, especially a vessel. Harlan W. Butt is an artist working in metal and enamel who specializes in vessel making. Many of his vessels employ cloisonné patterns inspired by the natural environment. Harlan is a Regents Professor of Art at the University of North Texas where he has taught since 1976. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally for over thirty years and spent a year studying enameling and metalsmithing in Kyoto, Japan. He will go over the basics about enamel however the focus of this class is to challenge students to explore the potential of drawing with wire and bringing these drawings to life with colored class. Relative beginners can work cloisonné on flat or slightly domed copper. More advanced students can try working on a 3-D copper form. Basic metalsmithing/jewelry skills helpful. Basic enameling is required.

    Instructor: Harlan Butt

    Materials included:

    • - Copper sheet to form into low curved forms
    • - A variety of enamels to work with

    Students Must Bring:

    • - Cloisonné wire (available to purchase in class)
    • - Silver foil (available to purchase in class)

    Students May Bring:

    • - 20g-22g Fine silver sheet or preformed vessels with soldered seams
    • - 20g-22g Copper preformed vessels with soldered seams (available to purchase in class)
    • - Vessels should not exceed 3"x3"x3"

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    Cold Connections: Beyond Rivets

    Do you work primarily in copper, brass, silver or even 14K white or yellow gold? Are you frustrated with constantly cleaning up fire-scale after soldering? Do you want to learn a faster, cleaner but equally durable way of joining two pieces of metal together? If so, this workshop is a must! This class will teach you how to create flat, domed, tube, hinge and seamless flush rivets. It will also teach you how to use micro tap and dies to create your own custom nuts and bolts and lastly, how to utilize small tabs to fold over and attach one piece of metal to another. The best part is that often times, these cold joining techniques can also be used as decorative elements on finished pieces... truly marrying form and function! Learn to master all of these options and begin considering how you might incorporate them into your work by designing a piece of jewelry or other articulated object utilizing these techniques. Basic jewelry making skills helpful, soldering not necessary.

    Instructor: Kirk Lang

    Materials Included:

    • - Copper and brass sheet, wire and tubing to create samples
    • - Two drill bits, #60 and #55
    • - One #080 tap for threading screw holes

    Students May Bring:

    • - Sterling sheet, wire and tubing (available in studio store)

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    Cold Connections for Stone Setting

    The potential of cold connections as design choices for stone setting will be the focus of this informative and eye opening workshop. Jewelry designer and artist Nanz Aalund will guide students in learning to make and incorporate a variety of systems that do not require a torch for setting stones in jewelry. These unique options include tabs, rivets, pierced bent-finger prongs and staples. Explore the use of cold connections for integrating fragile and non-traditional materials into your jewelry making as well. Some stones will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring experimental materials and objects. Beginning to intermediate level.

    Instructor: Nanz Aalund

    Materials provided in supply kit:

    • - 6 mm CZ
    • - 11 mm round cabochon
    • - 24 X 18 mm cabochon
    • - 2" x 3" 18-gauge copper and aluminum plates
    • - 3" piece of Copper tube that fits a 14-gauge wire inside
    • - 1 foot 14-gauge copper wire
    • - 45 degree setting bur
    • - 14-gauge drill bit

    Materials to Birng:

    • - Jewelers saw blades
    • - Sheet silver if desired (available in studio store)
    • - Studio hand tools are available for student use however if you have your own please feel free to bring them including riveting hammer, files, sanding sticks, flush cutters and other pliers, jeweler's saw, bench block, awl, raw hide or nylon mallet, brass slide gauge and dividers (available for purchase in studio store).

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    Cold Connections with a Focus on Kinetics

    Do you work in copper, brass, silver or even 14K white or yellow gold? Are you frustrated with constantly cleaning up fire-scale after soldering? Do you want to learn a faster, cleaner but equally durable way of joining two pieces of metal together? Does exploring kinetics excite you? If so, this workshop is a must! This class will teach you how to create flat, domed, tube, hinge and seamless flush rivets. It will also teach you how to use micro tap and dies to create your own custom nuts and bolts and lastly, how to utilize small tabs to fold over and attach one piece of metal to another. The best part is that often times, these cold joining techniques can also be used as decorative elements on finished pieces... truly marrying form and function! Learn to master all of these options and begin considering how you might incorporate them into your work by designing a piece of jewelry or other articulated object like a toy or small sculpture utilizing these techniques. Basic jewelry making skills helpful, soldering not necessary.

    Instructor: Kirk Lang

    Materials Included:

    • - Copper and brass sheet, wire and tubing to create samples
    • - Two drill bits, #60 and #55
    • - One #080 tap for threading screw holes
    • - 4 # 080 1/4" fillister screws

    Students May Bring:

    • - Sterling sheet, wire and tubing (available in studio store)

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    Creative Metals Beads

    Fabricating hollow objects is a vital lesson in basic jewelry making and beads are an excellent way to learn. In this class students will become familiar with a variety of fundamental jewelry making tools including a disc cutter and dapping block, to make round domed beads, and a rolling mill to create fantastic and surprising textures. Basic hand skills like filing and drilling will be practiced as well as lessons in soldering hollow objects. Time permitted students will have the opportunity to explore other beads shapes, after all a bead does not always have to be round! No experience necessary.

    Instructor: Dana Cassara

    Materials Included:

    • - Copper, brass and sterling silver sheet to make a variety of beads
    • - 20g sterling silver wire to make ear wires for earrings

    Students May Bring:

    • - Additional 24g sterling sheet metal to work with (available in studio store)
    • - Something to roller print like fabric, ribbon, lace, leaves anything that might make an interesting impression in metal.

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    Creative Stone Settings in Wax

    The ancient technique of lost wax casting is widely used today for mass producing jewelry and jewelry components as well as creating unique one-of-a-kind treasures. This class will focus on creating settings for stones in wax. Learn the fundamentals and some good tricks for designing and creating wax models for casting in this six night workshop. Students will not only explore a variety of techniques for working in wax but will be introduced to the casting process in order to learn how to carve and prepare good waxes for casting. Returning students will be challenged to create more sophisticated projects than the first time around. Final waxes will be sent to a professional casting house and returned the following week for finishing final metal parts and setting of stones. All levels welcome.

    Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

    Materials included:

    Students will be provided with both carving wax and forming wax to explore a variety of was working techniques, as well as wax saw blades. Students are allotted up to 20 grams of silver in final castings. An additional supply fee will be charged based on current silver prices for additional material.

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    Creative Surface Development

    Our world is covered in textures and patterns that inform and delight us. In the studio, a unique or well-chosen surface adds character and depth to an object, enhances and even defines it. But it so often happens that we come to rely on a handful of basic textures rather than developing our own creative surfaces.

    The goal of this workshop is to fix that, to uncover new ways to consider surface, to loosen up and experiment, generating a wide variety of metal samples — "flash cards". Each sample will be accompanied by notes detailing how the surface was produced, so that the effect can be replicated for future application. We will explore heat-generated surfaces as well as rolled, hammered, abraded, spontaneous and complex surfaces.

    Then, using some of the surfaces discovered, participants will build a brooch or pendant. A simple but elegant brooch finding system will be demonstrated.

    Discussion includes using natural surfaces as source material as well as how and when to apply surface texture during the construction of a piece. Bring a sense of play and a sharp pencil — there are sure to be lots of tips and tricks.

    Instructor: Andy Copperman

    Materials to bring:

    • - Sterling sheet, approx. 4x4 18ga- 22 ga
    • - Sterling wire14 gauge or thicker
    • - Sterling to make filings from: thick piece of sheet or clean (no solder) sterling scrap
    • - Gold, if you have some and wish to experiment... (Some gold karats and alloys can be torch textured, especially some 14k rose. Students may wish to try this, although every alloy is different. We can melt clean (no solder) scrap of a particular alloy into an ingot and roll sheet or you can bring a small piece of gold sheet if you like, 18-22 ga)

    For alloying:

    • - Fine (999) silver, approx: 1/2 oz.( this could be fine silver coin, bezel scrap, shot, etc.)
    • - Brass sheet (if you like brass)

    Other supplies:

    • - Flex shaft tools: any burs, buffs, abrasives, etc. (many available in studio store)
    • - Drill bits: 1mm (18ga), .8mm (20ga) (available in studio store)
    • - Saw blades: 2/0, 6/0 (available in studio store)
    • - Silver solder: wire or sheet: easy, medium and hard (available in studio store)
    • - Finishing materials, such as Sandpapers in various grits (available in studio store)
    • - Sketchpad and pencil
    • - Dust mask (available in studio store)
    • - Participants may wish to bring patterns (fabrics, papers, etc.) suitable for rolling against metal. Any favorite burs or an old "beater" hammer can be utilized in producing surfaces.

    Students are may bring favorite hand tools however these are all on hand in the studio:

    • - pliers
    • - saw frame
    • - files
    • - hand vices, etc.
    • - burnisher (curved or straight)
    • - Small riveting or goldsmith's hammer
    • - Solder pick (if you use one)
    • - Magnifiers (loupes/optivisors)—if you need them
    • - Measuring devices: mm gauge or degree gauge
    • - Safety Glasses

    Materials included:

    • - Copper sheet for creating samples, approx. 9" x 6" 18-22ga.
    • - Clean (no solder) copper scrap, approx. 1oz for alloying
    • - Bronze sheet to create samples

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    Custom Settings for Faceted Stones

    In this skill based, intermediate level workshop we will be making pendants or rings. Students will learn to set oval and cushion cut faceted stones. Students will learn to cut seats in pre-made "heads" or crowns and then move onto building heads for a gemstones brought to class. Explore the use of wire and sheet fabrication to build mountings for non-traditionally cut, faceted gemstones and use them in your jewelry making. Tools demonstrated will be: dividers, brass slide gauge, and setting burs. Flex shaft and bur use will be stressed for precision stone setting. Beginning jewelry level skills are a prerequisite.

    Instructor: Nanz Aalund

    Materials:

    Material Kit $25 and includes CZs, setting burs and pre-made heads for practice setting.

    Students should bring:

    • – Odd shaped faceted stones to make heads as well as some sterling round wire and sheet.
    • – Wire and sheet can be drawn or rolled to smaller sizes so larger gauges to start is recommended.
    • – Personal basic hand tools are always a good idea too although the studio is equipped with everything needed. Basic tools are also available to purchase in the studio store.

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    Cuttlefish Bone Casting: Beyond Texture

    Cuttlefish bone casting is an ancient means of creating a cast object. Create rings with stone settings, findings, and finished work without all the equipment needed for lost wax casting. Its low cost and convenience make it great for the small studio and those on a budget. It is fun, fast and affordable! Until the invention of vulcanized rubber for lost wax, the expert carving of cuttlebone was an excellent way to reproduce designs. Participants will discover the immediacy of casting with cuttlefish bone, the texture it can create, and how to use it to create multiples by making simple models. Demonstrations will include how to create a multiple part mold for the 3-dimensional casting of a ring with a stone setting, links, and an ingot mold for blanks as well as stone setting into the cast object. Students may bring any sterling silver scrap to recycle by casting. All levels.

    Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

    Materials Included:

    • - 1 oz bronze casting grain (additional bronze will be available for purchase)
    • - 2 large Cuttlefish bones for carving
    • - Dust mask

    Students May Bring:

    • - Sterling silver scrap or casting grain, ½ - 1oz (available for purchase)
    • - Small cabochons and faceted stones (a small selection of stones will be available for purchase)
    • - Small soft paint brush
    • - Dental tools or sharp little carving tools
    • - X-acto knife
    • - Safety glasses
    • - Personal basic jewelry working tools

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    Die Forming and Multiples for Chasing and Repoussé

    Die forming for chasing and repoussé is the process of pressing or hammering metal into a cut out design in a hard, resistant material. The result is a puffed out shape that can be repeated many times. The die can be flipped over and pressed from the other side as well for making hollow forms and reverse earrings. The die forming allows the chaser to create a repoussé form without punching it out by hand. The individual forms are easily chased to make them unique. You will be working with Nancy Megan Corwin, expert chasing and repoussé artist who specializes in die forming as part of her artwork and teaching.

    The student must know the basics of chasing and repoussé, such as working in pitch, handling chasing hammers and tools, in order to get the most out of this two day intensive. The teacher and the studio will supply variously shaped dies for use during class. Students will learn to use acrylic dies in the hydraulic press and non-toxic PVC dies for hand hammering the forms.

    Instructor: Nancy Megan Corwin

    Materials Included:

    • - Sheet copper for producing sample
    • - Use of studio tools including pitch bowls

    Students May Bring:

    • - Personal pitch pot and tools
    • - Additional sheet metal, 22 g recommended (available in studio store)
    • - Sterling silver sheet, 22 g recommended (available in studio store)

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    Digital Photography for Jewelry

    This workshop will cover some essential tools and techniques needed to successfully photograph your own work for your portfolio or promotional purposes. Learn how to best use your digital camera's settings and how understanding the basic photography terminology can help in taking better shots. The class will show effective and inexpensive lighting set ups and different background options that can be used at home. Students will be using their own cameras and photograph their own pieces. The final part of the class will focus on post-production, covering digital image essentials such as resolution and sizing requirements for print and show submissions, as well as software options to add the final adjustments and touch-ups to your images.

    Instructor: Maru Almeida

    Students Must Bring:

    • Digital camera
    • 3-4 pieces to photograph
    • Thumb drive

    Students May Bring:

    • Laptop (optional)
    • Cable to transfer photos from camera (optional)

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    Electroforming for Jewelry

    The process of electroforming uses electricity to deposit particles of metal onto metallic and non-metallic objects using electrolysis. Using this process you are able to create a thin or thick coating of metal, which is essentially 'grown' over an electrically charged object that is suspended in an acid-copper sulfate bath. When used with a low, steady voltage, exact replicas can be created. With longer exposure and higher voltage a rich texture of nodules are created. In this workshop students will learn a variety of electroforming applications and the breakdown of what is needed to build your own electroforming unit. Learn how to prepare and electroform objects made up of metal, wax, enameled metal, natural objects, and other mixed media. Join us in our exploration of this fascinating technique, which allows us to transform, preserve, or strengthen a variety of objects. All levels.

    Instructor: Barbara Knuth

    Materials Included:

    • - Electroforming unit
    • - Shellac (for sealing natural objects)
    • - Copper conductive paint (for non-metallic objects)
    • - Paint brushes
    • - Masks/gloves for shellac
    • - 16 gauge copper wire
    • - Easy solder (for soldering lead wire to metal objects)

    Materials to bring:

    Natural object (must be dried out!), mixed media, metal, or wax object to be prepped and copper electroformed.

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    Etching Without Acid

    Learn this family and pet safe way to etch copper, brass, and nickel in your home or studio. Etching a pattern or design into the surface can bring metal to life, ultimately adding a layer of interest to any piece of jewelry. It is a great place to begin a unique project, even the simplest of them. Discover the best application tricks for PnP (Press and Peal-Blue paper resist) and a clean, easy system for etching at home without special equipment. This is also a great project to share with kids and adults alike!

    Instructor: Nanz Aalund

    Students Must Bring:

    • - An old cell-phone charger to recycle for use in this class

    Material Kits Include:

    • - Copper
    • - Etching container
    • - Alligator clips
    • - Wire
    • - Copyright free designs on PnP paper

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    Fire, Forge and Flush-Stone Setting

    This class will lead you on a journey filled with twists and turns to explore a variety of core metalsmithing skills that culminate with a finished silver ring. First, using either your own or purchased recycled sterling silver you will cast an ingot. Then with the help of the rolling mill along with hammers and an anvil, you will forge out a silver ring. Next, you'll practice flush setting faceted stones, getting ready for the real deal, setting stones into your hand-wrought silver ring. The class will be filled with tips and tricks for ingot making, forging and flush setting, including making your own setting tools. Open to all skill levels!

    Instructor: Jeff Georgantes

    Materials Included:

    • - Sterling silver casting grain and/or clean scrap to cast
    • - Round faceted CZ's

    Students May Bring:

    • - Additional sterling silver casting grain and/or clean scrap to cast an additional or larger ingot

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    Hollowware Fundamentals Series: Introduction

    The Hollowware Fundamentals Series covers the diverse techniques and traditions used to create practical and artful hollow objects like cups, bowls, and other vessels. After completing the Introduction students may take any of the workshops in the series offered throughout the year, including Crimp Raising, Angle Raising and Fabrication. Students who complete the series will have the breadth of skill to choose the techniques best suited for any project and execute them with skill and flair. Kicking off the series is the Hollowware Fundaments Introduction. This workshop will cover the basic techniques common to all hollowware including layout, proper annealing, boughing, plannishing, and simple finish work. We will not cover patinas, or edge finishing techniques in depth. Forming techniques in this workshop will include sinking and hammer stretching, allowing students the opportunity to complete at least one simple copper vessel. No experience necessary.

    Instructor: Bill Dawson

    Material Fee Includes:

    • - Copper sheet to complete project

    Students May Bring:

    • - Additional 20g-18g copper sheet or alternative metal like brass or silver (available in studio store)
    • - Forming hammers and stakes

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    Introduction to Hollowware

    This introductory class is designed to expose students to the fundamental techniques involved in creating a piece of Hollowware. The word hollowware includes a variety of vessels that serve as containers including bowls, vases, cups, pitchers, and teapots. In this class an emphasis will be placed on the forming and fabrication of copper sheet which can transform under the careful strike of a hammer. Demonstrations will include preparing the metal, sinking and raising to create volume, hammer texturing, soldering if needed and finishing techniques. Our main project in this course will be a copper bowl (6" diameter). Sinking and raising are traditional metalsmithing techniques that exemplify the plasticity of metal. They are fascinating and fun! Using hammers, stakes, anvils, stumps, and torches we will explore these techniques essential to a well-rounded understanding of the art metalsmithing.

    Instructor: Barbara Knuth

    Materials Included:

    • 20g copper sheet to make class projects

    Students May Bring:

    • Ear protection
    • Leather work gloves

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    Jewelry Summer Camp for Kids 8-12

    Nothing is quite as fun as saying, "I made this!" Looking for a fun, creative and artistic activity for your 3rd-6th grader this summer? Check out the Danaca Design Summer Jewelry Camp. These week-long programs teach cool jewelry-making techniques such as bead stringing, fimo bead making, creative wire-working, metal texturing, stamping, and riveting! Using polymer clay, paper, Shrinky Dinks, beads, cord, cable, copper and brass, wire and sheet metal, students will create a variety of projects they can wear proudly. In addition, kids will explore the fundamentals of design composition and color theory while learning to use a variety of important hand tools and, of course, their hands! Rings and bracelets and brooches, oh my! Come have fun with us for a week (or two) in July! Both Monica Street and Tegan Wallace have been teaching jewelry making and art at the elementary school level for several years.

    Section 1: Instructor: Monica Street

    Students will begin Section 1 by making a sketch book to capture their creative ideas in. Students will use a variety of mediums, paper, sheet metal, wire, beads, Shrinky Dinks and wire to help bring their designs to life. Students will bring home at least 3 projects a day that they can wear or give as gifts.

    Section 2: Instructor: Tegan Wallace

    Students will begin Section 2 by making a personalized name badge. From there the week unrolls into a feverish exploration of materials and process. Students will have the opportunity to see and learn about professional jewelry making tools and see professionals at work in the studio!

    Materials included:

    Students will be provided with all tools and materials necessary for class projects including Polymer clay, Shrinky Dinks, seed beads, copper and brass wire and sheet metal, stringing materials, clasps and other findings. In addition, parents will be given a resource list should they wish to have supplies for at-home use after the class.

    Students MUST Bring:

    Sack Lunch

    Students MAY Bring:

    Any beads or other materials they think will be fun to work with

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    Just Hot Enough: Mixed Metal Surfaces

    Numerous beautiful and complex mixed-metal patterns and compositions can be created both by soldering and by exploiting the different melting points of common jewelry metals. In this workshop we will explore various ways of combining metals to create rich effects through experimentation with soldering, fusion and inlay, further enhanced by rolling and roll-printing and the application of a series of simple patinas that enhance the contrast between metals.

    The main focus will be on using metal scraps and powder to create "yardage" which can then be used- much like mokume-gane - as a part of finished jewelry pieces. Emphasis will be on understanding the ways in which the properties of different metals can be fully exploited to create rich and unexpected effects. Beginning Series or equivalent required.

    Instructor: Keith Lewis

    Materials included:

    • - Copper and brass to make samples
    • - Soldering supplies

    Students MUST Bring:

    Some things from the list below!

    Students MAY Bring:

    • - Any thick (12G +) copper, Sterling, Nu-gold (Dix-gold/Jeweler's Bronze/rich low brass) sheet that you have. (Metalliferous sells it as "rich low brass" in both 12 & 8G)
    • - 18 and/or 22K Gold/silver bimetal sheet (some will be available for purchase) or you can buy a few square inches from Hauser-Miller. The workshop is about making a little go a long way!
    • - "Interesting" scraps from your scrap bin. All non-ferrous metals, including sterling- including both wire and sheet. Cut outs and cool small shapes are the best.
    • - Any silver or gold granules that you might have lying around.
    • - Filings (lemel) of silver, gold or other nonferrous metals. These must be CLEAN of all steel filings or sawblade shards. Use a magnet to extract ALL steel!
    • - Any metal stamps, dies or chasing tools that you have that might make a good repeated pattern
    • - Copper or brass mesh or window screen. MUST NOT be steel or aluminum!!!!
    • - Small brass hardware parts (nails, screws, washers). Again, these MUST NOT be plated steel.
    • - Roll-printing materials such as: 3 x 5 cards, manila folders, construction paper, tulle, nylon screen, cloth scraps, cheesecloth, tamale wrappers (hojas de maiz), lace, etc. Remember; nothing that is harder than the rolling-mill roller (such as sandpaper)!!!!! Beware of steel wires along the edge of ribbons!!!
    • - Rio Rubber PSA Mandrel
    • - Some PSA sanding disks (220, 320 grit are best. No need for finer)

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    Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

    Are you curious about enameling? Get a taste for the timeless beauty of glass on metal in this fast-paced one-day workshop. This class will introduce students to enameling with a kiln for optimum control over desired results. Students will learn how to properly apply richly colored opaque enamels onto flat and domed sheet metal by both sifting and wet-laying. They will also have the opportunity to experiment with stencils and sgraffito in order to create exciting patterns or designs and explore controlled firing or, alternately, allow for the interaction of enamels and the kiln to surprise and delight. Finished pieces can be completed with simple findings or with settings construct afterward. No experience necessary.

    Instructor: Linnie Kendrick

    Materials INCLUDED:

    • - Students will be provided with copper and a wide variety of enamel colors to work with.

    Students MAY Bring:

    • - Precut copper shapes, stamps, stencils, lead free enamels
    • - Students are welcome to bring 20g-22g fine silver sheet if they want to experiment with silver. The silver must be fine and not sterling.

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    Kiln Fire Enameling Basics II

    If the first class left you inspired yet out of time, this is the class for you. Refine what you learned in Enamel Basics I and explore new possibilities by adding transparent enamels to your palette, special effects with glass shards and beads and rubber stamp images. Continue investigating how firing time and temperature affect results and discover the quick beauty of liquid enamels. Students are encouraged to bring their own pre-cut copper shapes, stencils, rubber stamps, and lead free enamels to experiment with in class. Prerequisite: Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I.

    Instructor: Linnie Kendrick

    Materials Included:

    Students will be provided with copper and a wide variety of enamel colors to work with.

    Materials Included:

    Precut copper shapes, stamps, stencils, lead free enamels

    Students are welcome to bring 20g-22g fine silver sheet if they want to experiment with silver. The silver must be fine and not sterling.

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    Enameling Recycled Steel for Jewelry

    Are you the magpie always collecting pieces of rusty steel on the street? Are there bits of magnetic metal in your studio that you've tucked away, swearing that one day you'll clean them up to make a masterpiece? Enamelling is a great way to protect jewellery made from mild steel and is so easy to master. Bring your rusty recycled bits and bobs to Danaca Design in Seattle to learn the skills to turn these into beautiful and unique jewels. Some jewelry making and enameling experience helpful.

    Instructor: Melissa Cameron

    Materials included:

    • - Liquid enamels
    • - Steel
    • - Dust masks
    • - Mark making tools

    Students Must Bring:

    • - A magnet (a fridge magnet is fine)
    • - Recycled steel - steel from tin cans, scrap steel, washers, whatever!
    • - Inexpensive paint brushes
    • - Graphite pencil and markers (a selection of washable and permanent markers)
    • - Any other steel you might want to enamel on - recycled or otherwise

    Students May Bring:

    • - Rubber stamps with stamp pads (can be used instead of markers)
    • - Stringing thread or chain for pendants ie. silk/cotton cord and ribbon or thin sterling or steel chain
    • - Micron markers with brush ends

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    Enameled Engravings with Cloisonné

    Make your own exquisite enameled jewels while being introduced to two traditional metalworking techniques. Student will first engrave a pattern into a fine silver base, and then work a simple cloisonné pattern into transparent and opaque enamels. The effect is brilliant, and the techniques are fairly simple. Once fired, the enameled disc can be set like a cabochon or antique coin, in whatever design you choose. This workshop is appropriate for beginners, but experienced jewelry artists may find it very exciting as well!

    Instructors: Bill Dawson

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    Enamel on Glass

    Since the Islamic period artists have used enamel to decorate glassware. In this course we will be following in the footsteps of these early glass workers, learning how to decorate flat glass with commercial enamel powders and frit, creating permanent surface designs. We will be covering several techniques including wet and dry enameling and sgraffito. All levels welcome. No experience needed.

    Instructor: Cynthia Toops

    Materials Included:

    • – Glass plates and beads
    • – Enamels and Frit

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    Enameling Oddities

    This workshop will feature a number of somewhat unusual enameling techniques that are straightforward and simple to use, but which significantly expand the expressive potential of enameling and which are easily adaptable to many purposes.

    We will begin with a brief overview of basic conventional Limoges (painted) enamel techniques including drawing directly onto enamel, the use of watercolor enamels, the preparation of enamel paints from raw oxides, and the use of lusters, etc. After that we will explore the following:

    1. The firing of graphite drawings into enamel- which offers the possibility of producing highly detailed and delicate images. Demos will include prepping the enamel for receiving the pencil marks, the use of blending, shading and graphite washes, the building-up of layers and over-glazing and the combination with Limoges techniques- especially watercolor washes. While it is possible to fire the drawings in a kiln, I will focus on a straightforward method of torch-firing that maximizes the clarity of the images.

    2. The second technique (pioneered by jeweler Joan Parcher), will utilize reflective glass beads (used on airport runways) to create unexpected optical effects. Demos will include the use of various sized beads, compatible enamel undercoats and the complex optical interactions that can be created.

    3. The third technique- virtually unknown in contemporary enamel circles and only described in one 1911 book- utilizes synthetic aventurine (goldstone) to produce enamels which sparkle due to the inclusion of copper or cobalt crystals into the enamel matrix.

    4. The final technique will be the application- on enamel- of extremely delicate sgrafitto drawings in gold leaf- a technique derived from late Roman glass portrait rondels and adapted for use on vitreous enamels. Demos will focus on the crucial aspects of surface preparation and precise firing conditions that are necessary to achieve the effect.

    Instructor: Keith Lewis

    Materials Included:

    • - 20g or thinner copper sheet
    • - 24K Rich Gold Leaf
    • - ESP-12 Enameled Steel Plate
    • - Reflective glass beads
    • - A selection of enamels and enameling supplies to experiment with

    Students Must bring:

    • - Saw blades and sandpaper (available in studio store)
    • - Drawing or drafting pencil (4H preferable) and good sharpener
    • - A very sharp scribe or the largest sewing needle from a card-pack of needles (available in studio store)
    • - Fine-pointed tweezers (available in studio store)
    • - An xacto knife

    Students May Bring:

    • - 20g or 22g fine silver sheet if you wish to work with transparent enamels
    • - Basic metal working hand tools
    • - A few dixie cups or plastic cups to wash & hold enamel

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    Enameling Techniques for Jewelers

    Enamel is a wonderful way to bring color into the jewelry you already make. This workshop will introduce students to a variety of ways to work with enamel allowing the jewelry artist to begin incorporating the process into their work immediately. Sifting opaque enamels, students will explore both torch firing and kiln firing and be introduced to stenciling, cloisonné, working with unusual forms and a few alternative techniques like over and under firing, and sgraffito. Creating settings to best show off and protect your enamels will be discussed. Each student will create several components that can later be set like cabochons or strung. Basic jewelry fabrication skills encouraged.

    Instructor: Aran Galligan

    Materials included:

    Students will be provided with copper and a wide variety of opaque enamel colors to work with.

    Materials to bring:

    Students are encouraged to bring shapes or forms they would like to enamel. Students are also welcome to bring fine silver to enamel onto. Any materials to build settings will need to be provided by student. Materials are available for purchase in the studio store.

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    Alternative Enameling Processes

    Whether you are familiar with traditional enameling techniques or new to metalworking, this class will give you something to explore. We will work with opaque enamels, liquid enamels and enamel threads. We will experiment with mark making by using pencils, colored pencils, crayons, and sgraffito. Make dimensional forms by utilizing tabs and fold forming to create interesting forms and textures. Then, learn how to fuse elements together. Learn how to create variegated colors with over-firing, and textured enamels with under-firing. This class will focus on experimentation and exploration. Students will finish the class with several enameled components, and techniques that can be utilized in both traditional and non-traditional enameling. All levels.

    Instructor: Aran Galligan

    Materials Included:

    • - Enamels and copper for projects

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    Etching Metal

    See an image or pattern come to life in brass and copper through an acid etching process! This technique is excellent for creating rolling mill templates, photo transfers and embossing precious metal and paper. Physical properties of different acids and metals will be explored, resist techniques and studio safety. The end result will yield several etched plates for use in future jewelry/design projects! This workshop is appropriate for beginners, however experienced jewelry artists may find it very exciting as well.

    Instructor: Jessie Wylie

    Materials included:

    Students will be provided with metal to etch both for immediate use and for embossing plates as well as all other necessary supplies.

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    Explore and Expand

    Challenge yourself out of your comfort zone and move into new creative territory. Students, working as a group and individually, will participate in a series of creative "exercises" involving paper, metal, and found objects. In the afternoon class will focus on the individual needs of each participant, applying a revitalized vision to project student bring to class. There will be some assignments however it is generally hoped that each student will bring in projects they want to use to explore their fresh ideas. No soldering will be done in class. All levels.

    Instructor: Micki Lippe

    Material list:

    Students are highly encouraged to bring current projects and or drawings for ideas to class.

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    Extraordinary Effects with Polymer Striped Canes

    What do you think of when you think of polymer clay? If you are familiar with the work of Cynthia Toops you think, magic. The mundane becomes magical when viewed and worked as a material worthy of artistry. In this class students will start with simple striped canes, reassembling and transforming them into more complex canes like leaf and floral designs uncovering endless possibilities. These canes can then be used to cover beads and cabochons to create unique decorative elements for your jewelry. Techniques like combing, carving and mokume gane will be covered expanding and enlivening your repertoire. Finally students will explore "thin sheet work" to make simple pins, bracelets and other alternative polymer clay forms. This class is open to all levels, from the beginner curious about the many possibilities of polymer clay to the advanced student interested in focusing on a particular aspect of the medium. All levels.

    Instructor: Cynthia Toops

    Material list:

    - Polymer clay and tools to work with

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    Fabricating Custom Findings

    Are you ready to refine your design with that extra hand-crafted touch? Perhaps you've found yourself caught in a pinch without enough time to wait for your metal order to arrive. Can you even find a prefabricated finding perfect for your piece? Every good jeweler should have a firm grasp on how to make their own findings-everything from ear wires and post backs to clasps and pin mechanisms. This skill is a foundation from which an artist can easily springboard to the next level of design, incorporating each individual element of a piece flawlessly into its overall concept. Custom finding fabrication allows for flexibility in creation not otherwise afforded by the constraints of factory produced parts. This class will focus on a series of basic findings construction and incorporation, and will explain the principles behind developing more intricate and involved mechanisms. Students should have a basic understanding of metalwork and be comfortable with torchwork. Bring an almost completed, heat-tolerant piece that needs a finding or be prepared to make an in-class sample. Intermediate level.

    Instructor: Katie Williams

    Materials included:

    • - Various copper/brass stock: sheet, tubing, and wire.
    • - Spring-steel (for pin mechanisms)

    Materials to bring:

    • - Various sterling stock: sheet, tubing, and wire. Available for purchase at the class.

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    "Quickie"

    Fantastic Fold Forming!

    Fold forming is an exciting technique wherein sheet metal is manipulated and hammered to create fabulously textured, 3-dimensional, organic forms. This is a relatively quick process, so students will have the opportunity to create a variety of basic forms as well as explore interrupted folds, texturing fold forms, and fold forming 3-D forms. Students will cut, file, and practice annealing metal as well as develop a fundamental understanding of how to use a jeweler's hammer. This workshop is appropriate for beginners, however experienced jewelry artists will find it very exciting as well.

    Instructor: Bill Dawson or Juan Reyes

    Materials included.

    Copper for a variety of samples will be provided. If students wish to work in silver, 24g sheet is ideal.

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    Faux Bone for Jewelry and Forms

    Faux Bone is a remarkably resilient and workable material that can not only be used to create forming dies but also as a fantastic material for jewelry. In this exciting course, taught by two excellent instructors, students will explore both possibilities. A non-toxic PVC type plastic, Faux Bone can be easily cut and filed, hammered on and colored. Megan Corwin will teach you how to cut the die and form the metal in the hydraulic press, incorporating roller printing and some basic fold forming. Melissa Cable will follow up the next day showing you how to transform the dies into part of the art through cutting, carving, bending and coloring. The plastic and metal can then be combined through cold joining techniques to create fresh, fun jewelry. This exciting class will open up a world of alternative creative possibilities! All levels.

    Instructor: Megan Corwin and Melissa Cable

    Materials included:

    • Copper sheet for forming
    • Copper and brass wire for cold connections
    • Saw blades

    Supply fee includes:

    • 1 1/4" Faux Bone sheet for mold
    • 1 1/8" Faux Bone sheet for use in completed project
    • Saw blades to cut Faux Bone

    Materials you might want to bring:

    Various sizes of silver sheet and wire for final projects (available for purchase in studio store)

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    Faux Bone for Metalsmiths and Jewelers

    Learn to use your existing metal skills and tools on Faux Bone, a type of PVC developed as an artist material by Robert Dancik. Faux Bone can be sawed, drilled, filed, sanded and textured in many of the same ways as metal and can be easily heatformed into any shape. It is nearly indestructible and accepts color treatments especially well, allowing you to mimic the look of bone or wood or color it with bright hues to add a punch to your metalwork. It works equally as well as a focal piece and a backing for your other metal work and can even be used to make tools. Join Melissa Cable, consulting designer and product developer for Faux Bone, as she spends two days immersing you into the basic how-to's of working with Faux Bone as well as advanced techniques such as dying with fabric dyes, prong and flush stone setting in Faux Bone, threading/tapping wire into screws to insert into the material, and advanced heat forming techniques. Students will work on the project of their choice in consultation with the instructor. Students should know how to saw and be comfortable using a flexible shaft.

    Instructor: Melissa Cable

    Kit Includes:

    Use of all shared instructor tools and supplies such as heat guns, engravers, dyes, inks, sealant, sandpapers/pads, applicators, saw blades, crystals, rivets, screws, etc and $20 worth of Faux Bone sheet or shapes (depending on the student's project).

    Students May Bring:

    Favorite pliers, bench blocks, riveting hammer and files.

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    Filigree and Granulation

    This class is an introduction to the techniques used to produce open and closed back filigree with granulation. Filigree is ancient ornamental metalworking technique that employs a frame filled with fine threads of twisted and curled wire, small grains or balls of metal that attach at points, creating a delicate open wire work structure that can be formed and shaped for jewelry and decorative accessories. Participants will learn how to create patterns for a frame and fill the frames using various techniques from around the world. Demonstrations will include creating the frame, fill, and granulation; fusing and soldering for different styles; forming open wire work and closed back fret work with filigree on formed surfaces; and flash plating to hide solder seams. Demos will also include how to work with different metals including copper, fine silver and Argentium. To learn the techniques students will work primarily in fine gauge, round copper wire provided in the materials fee however they may also bring fine silver or Argentium wire to work on more elaborate finished pieces. Basic soldering and sawing skills required.

    Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

    Materials Included:

    • - 16ga-28ga copper and brass wire
    • - Materials for soldering including charcoal blocks and solder

    Students may want to bring:

    • -Fine silver or Argentium silver wire in 16ga – 28ga, round and or square
    • -round nose pliers
    • - flush wire cutters
    • - fine tweezers

    Materials to have for the class:

    small hard charcoal blocks, fine solder brush in fiber glass or natural bristle, wire for frame 16-20 gauge round (or square) wire, for detail work 28-24 gauge round wire, round nose pliers, flush wire cutters, tweezers, and solder in easy, medium and hard.

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    Filigree Techniques

    Learn to create ornate, fine wirework and improve your soldering skills! Filigree jewelry has a long history and is made all over the world, from Thailand to Norway. In this class, you will learn how to make these graceful and intricate pieces yourself. We will explore how to construct wire frames to create forms that are lightweight but strong. We'll then work with different soldering methods, including chip solder, paste solder, and dry powdered solder. You will leave with a pair of filigree earrings, a pendant, or both. This is an intermediate-level course; some experience with soldering is required.

    Instructor: Peggy Foy

    Material KITS Include:

    • - 16g and 26g sterling wire and solder for projects

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    Finishing Techniques for Jewelry

    This course will explain and demonstrate a series of basic surface finishing techniques. We will cover a variety of finishes including polished, brushed, sandblasted, tumbled and patinated, --utilizing buffing wheels, brass brushes, a variety of flexible shaft tools (such as scotch, rubber, steel, and brass wheels), the sandblaster, tumblers, liver of sulfur, silver black, dormant spray and torches. Students will learn how to successfully apply one or many of these finishes to their work. With a sound understanding of finishing procedures you will be able to take you project to the next level, incorporating a cohesiveness of design not possible without the full consideration of form and finish. Students should bring a dust mask (for polishing and sandblasting) and any work they have that is ready for that final touch. Sample material will be provided for practice. All levels.

    Instructor: Katie Williams

    Materials included:

    - All materials and supplies needed to create sample

    Materials to bring:

    • - Dust mask
    • - Jewelry to practice finishes on.

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    Fold Forming: Exploring the Process

    This weekend workshop is intended for those with some fold forming experience who want to delve deeper into the process. The workshop will include lots of hands on time and explore more complex forms than presented in our one day Fantastic Fold Forming class. Bring your fold forming challenges to class for trouble shooting. This class is a good opportunity to fold form in silver. Students will explore a variety of more complex samples including interrupted folds, texturing fold forms, and fold forming 3-D forms. Intermediate level. Prerequisite: basic fold forming.

    Instructor: Bill Dawson

    Materials included:

    Copper for a variety of samples will be provided. If students wish to work in silver, 24g sheet is ideal.

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    Fold-Forming with the Master

    This workshop delivers hundreds of folds in two days. You will learn to make folds in each of the main categories. Forms are derived from the natural plasticity and ductility of the metal. Shaping is extremely efficient and rapid – many forms are complete in three to seven minutes. Tools are simple: fingers, hammer, anvil and mill. Complex relief forms are made from sheets of metal often in one annealing. Forms made with this method resemble chased, constructed and soldered forms and can be made with most metals, including steel. All levels.

    Instructor: Charles Lewton-Brain

    Materials included.

    Copper for a variety of samples will be provided. If students wish to work in silver, 24g sheet is ideal.

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    Hand Forged Jewelry

    Using brass, copper and silver students will employ a variety of hammers to forge squares, tapers, twists, fullers, and decorative rivet heads to create elegant forms in jewelry. Hand forged jewelry is among the most classical and is executed with the most basic of tools, a hammer and anvil. With these humble tools a skilled metalsmith can transform a copper rod or piece of silver wire into an extraordinary object of art. In this must have workshop for jewelers, students will explore and learn the basics of forging non-ferrous metals and come away with an incredibly valuable and transferable set of skills. The application of these techniques can be used in a multitude of projects; this workshop will be geared toward making forged samples as well as a finished pendant, ring or bracelet. Students will experiment with some basic torch work including casting ingots of sterling scrap to work with. The class will forever alter your perspective on jewelry making. Moderate comfort with a jeweler's torch and hammer is helpful.

    Instructor: Bill Dawson

    Materials Included:

    • - 6, 8 and 10 gauge brass and copper rod/wire
    • - 6" sterling silver, 10 gauge wire
    • - Earplugs

    Students Must Bring:

    • - Leather Work Gloves

    Students May Bring:

    • - Additional brass and copper rod/wire
    • - Additional sterling or fine silver wire (10g - 18g sterling available in studio store)
    • - Clean sterling or fine silver scrap to cast ingots for forging
    • - Ear protection
    • - Vice grips or good parallel pliers
    • - Sketchbook
    • - Heavy forming hammers

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    High Relief Eastern Repoussé

    Basic metalsmithing skills required/students must know how to solder with a torch. No previous experience with repoussé or forging is necessary.

    Learn the secret of texturally sculpting metal into any shape or design of high or low relief with the technique of Eastern repoussé and chasing, used by the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Scythian metalsmiths. Make 2-3 pendants and 1 finger ring while learning how to achieve exquisite detail, unsurpassed depth, and multiple levels of relief that are exclusive to this type of repoussé, yet applicable to any type of design.

    By working on a jewelry scale, you will gain a working knowledge of the process that can be used on metalwork of any scale whether wearable, functional, or sculptural. Through the ring project you will learn Victoria's method of creating cuff bracelets in a fraction of the time. Participants will also be introduced to the possibilities of using this process with alternative materials, such as mokume gane and bi-metal.

    No tool making required! Victoria will provide sets of tools for use during the workshop that are Swiss machine replicated from her own. You will have the option to buy these sets at the end of class if you wish. (Sets are $195./ea.) Included in the extensive color handout is information on tool making, but the majority of class time will be devoted to doing repoussé.

    Students familiar with the technique through Victoria's video will have the option to work on more advanced projects in class.

    Instructor: Victoria Lansford

    Materials Included:

    • - Copper sheet for projects
    • - Van Aken brand Plastalina Modeling Clay
    • - Pitch bowl and hammer to use during class
    • - Victoria will provide one set of Eastern Repoussé tool for each student to use during the workshop (so you won't have to make any tools). You will have the option to buy these sets at the end of class if you wish. Sets are $195/ea.

    Students Must Bring:

    • - Easy silver solder (sheet or wire) if you would like to solder on any findings
    • - 2"x3" sheet of 24 gauge sterling silver for ring (available in studio store)

    Students May Bring:

    • - You may opt to work in entirely in sterling, in which case a 3"x4" sheet is recommended
    • - 4" deep pitch bowl and stand with Medium Green Chaser's Pitch (green pitch on top, at least)
    • - Additional Medium Green Chaser's Pitch in fist sized blob for placing on top of filled bowl
    • - Scribe
    • - Chasing hammer
    • - Rawhide mallet
    • - Steel bench block
    • - Ear plugs
    • - Saw and 2/0 saw blades
    • - Flat and Half round needle files
    • - Flat and round nose pliers
    • - Joyce Chen Shears or something equivalent in cut and comfort
    • - Course, med, and high shine silicon knife edge wheels in 7/8" diameter

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    Hot and Cold Forging for Jewelry

    This class aims to initiate students into the hot and cold manipulation of non-ferrous and ferrous metals for jewelry and other small scale objects. Using brass, copper and steel students will employ a variety of hammers and other tools to forge squares, tapers, spoons and utensils, twists, fullers, decorative rivet heads and other ornamental details. The class will experiment with some basic torch work and will included making and using a small table top forge (or hot oven) for students to take home to use in their own studio for hot forging work. Forging on a small scale is an exciting approach to embellishing jewelry projects and hot forging will allow students to explore steel and other metals not easily manipulated otherwise. David will forever alter your perspective on jewelry making during this weekend workshop! Moderate comfort with a jeweler's torch and hammer is helpful.

    Instructor: David Tuthill

    Materials Included:

    • - 4, 6, and 8 gauge rods in brass, copper, and steel. Approximately 2-3 one foot pieces per student.
    • - Earplugs

    Students Must Bring:

    • - Leather work gloves recommended

    Students May Bring:

    • - 4, 6, and/or 8 gauge sterling or fine silver rod
    • - Ear protection
    • - Parallel pliers or vice grips

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    The Gold Standard: Basic Jewelry Repair, Ring Sizing & Gold Identification

    For this two-day workshop Student's own broken jewelry will be used to teach the how-to repair techniques of jewelry repair. Bring your broken earrings, necklaces, and rings to learn how they can be fixed, in silver and gold! Yes - due to popular demand gold identification and use in jewelry making will be covered too. Solders, torch tips, fluxes, karats, and hallmarks that are used with gold will be taught. Strategies for pricing and identifying what jewelry damage can be repaired (and what should not) will be covered. Intermediate level.

    Instructor: Nanz Aalund

    Materials list:

    • - Broken gold jewelry (any Karat)
    • - Gold Rings to be sized (sized smaller preferable)
    • - any old gold jewelry for casting into ingots and rolling out
    • - Keum-boo foil

    Materials provide:

    • - Gold solders (easy, med., & hard in 14K and 18K), Keum-boo foil to demonstrate with, Brass rings to practice sizing on, silver chain to practice repair on. (Instructor will not be providing any additional gold other than solder)

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    Granulation

    Granulation is an ancient technique practiced some five thousand years ago by people with no modern equipment. In order to honor those who came before us, one who commits themselves to the time consuming practice of granulation, must have unlimited patience and respect for the craft. The process is repetitive and requires a great deal of skill and accuracy. During this class we will gain the skill needed for granulation. We will start with chain making to get accustomed to the fusing process and quickly move to granulation over the 5 week course. You will finish the class with some very fine granulated samples that can be used in finished pieces. This class is focused on the technique of granulation rather than on producing a finished piece. There will be a little bit of history thrown in the mix for inspiration and as always bring your imagination!

    Instructor: Molly Epstein

    Materials included:

    Students will be provided with 22g fine silver wire to produce a bracelet length loop and loop chain, thin fine silver sheet silver to create a few granulated samples, a wooden dowel and glue for granulation.

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    Hands-on History of Decorative Wire

    Come learn the techniques involved in making different kinds of wire and moldings from different time periods. In addition to new skills students will take home samples including bead wire, roped molding, spiral wire, tapered wires, and wire of various cross sections such as triangular and hexagonal. Basic metal working experience helpful; no soldering experience required.

    Instructor: Bill Dawson

    Materials included:

    Students will be provided with copper and solder for samples.

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    Hollow Fold Forms and Decking

    Expand on your basic knowledge of fold forming with more complex patterns including wire scoring and hollow fold-forms. Fold forming can create incredibly beautiful shapes but hollow folded forms can be too flexible for practical purposes. Learn to "deck" your forms to create rigidity, turning these fantastic organic shapes into more functional vessels. Like the deck of a large ship deck, "decking" makes open forms stronger and can be used to fortify any hollow metal shape making it a very transferable skill. Some advanced soldering techniques will be demonstrated as soldering a deck onto a hollow form is no easy task. Basic fold forming and soldering skills required.

    Instructor: Bill Dawson

    Materials included:

    Students will be provided with copper and solder for samples.

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    Hydraulic Press Forming

    This class will focus on using the hydraulic press to make puffed metal forms that can be altered using various techniques such as chasing, roller printing, and using the flexible shaft for various textures. Students will make dies for these forms in acrylic sheet, Masonite board and with non-toxic molding plastics. This is a great way to make multiples such as a series of pendants, each one with the same outside silhouette but finished differently. Mirror form earrings are easy to make and to repeat. For those students with soldering experience, use these dies to make hollow forms such as beads and hollow pendants. There is no pre-requisite for this class. All levels.

    Instructor: Nancy Megan Corwin

    Materials included:

    • - Cast acrylic sheets for dies
    • - Some copper and brass for pressing
    • - Masonite board
    • - Spiral saw blades for cutting acrylic and wood
    • - Neoprene for packing dies
    • - Molding plastics

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    Image & Mark Making in Enamel

    Emphasis in this workshop will be on creating exciting surfaces through exploration of nontraditional enameling processes. Line is an important element in composition and we will explore enamel techniques which allow us to achieve lines and images. Develop new compositions and designs in your work by learning to make a variety of lines in enamel. We will explore a range of techniques including mark making, drawing, sgrafitto, and removal. Methods for creating surfaces will include inlaying seed beads and enamel shards, dry screening and stencilling, sgrafitto, graphite, oxide and painting enamels.

    Instructor: Jan Smith

    Students need to bring:

    • – Copper pieces: circles squares whatever you want to work on jewelry size
    • – Brushes #03, 01 fine #10 flat and additional round and flat brushes
    • – Flat palette knife
    • – Flat piece of glass or tile for mixing on
    • – Round paint tray plastic or glass, best with a lid
    • – Pencils of varying hardness (2h, 2b,4b etc.) and automatic pencil with leads
    • – Scribe, pin tool or needle tools (if you have various pointy tools with different thickness bring them)
    • – Calligrapher's pen with tips (quill pen)

    Materials included:

    • – Glass etch with plastic container
    • – Stones or 3m brushes
    • – Glass brush
    • – Copper bright
    • – Green scotch pads
    • – Kiln gloves, firing screen, firing forks
    • – Sifters. One 150 mesh one 200 mesh
    • – Klyr fire
    • – Scrap magazines for sifting
    • – Set of underglaze pencils
    • – Set of underglaze paints
    • – Misc. China paints
    • – P3 liquid
    • – #5 thinning oil
    • – Lavender oil
    • – Set of micron marker pens (UW book store sells them)
    • – Various enamel colors

    NOTE:

    A sample kit is available from Thompson Enamel, www.thompsonenamel.com. Students may want to purchase the sample kit for a wider variety of colors and to have enamels to work with after class.

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    Classic Chain Making: Byzantine and Viking Knit

    In this class you will learn two types of chain, one woven and one made with links, neither of which require soldering. The woven chain is the Viking Knit. The easiest of the woven chains, Viking Knit is built around a mandrel and looks quite different when it is being made than the finished product. This is probably the most commonly seen woven chain.

    The Byzantine is the link chain that you will learn. This may be the oldest of the link chains. It was originally called the King?s Chain because only kings could wear it. This is a classic and it lends itself to variations once you know the basic chain.

    The class will meet twice, two weeks apart for five hours each day. You will leave the class with two completed pieces of jewelry, one necklace and one bracelet. Materials are included in the cost of the class.

    Instructor: Sandra Caldwell

    Materials list:

    • – .6oz 24gauge round wire, dead soft
    • – 1oz 18 gauge round wire, half hard

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    Introduction to Decked Forms: Creating Rigidity

    When you apply a cover or "decking" to an anticlastic form, a hollow form, or even a fold form, something interesting happens. In all cases, the form becomes rigid. Un-decked, these forms may be manipulated, usually by twisting, so that their curves change to create beautiful and sometimes useful shapes. Once decked, they no longer twist, and hold these new shapes with a remarkable toughness.

    In this class you will learn to make patterns and to apply decking to a variety of forms to create beautiful and in some cases functional objects. You need not be an expert metalsmith, but you do need to know how to solder, sear, and file metals. You will need to have already taken the Introduction to Anticlastic Forming workshop, as we will be making a number of simple anticlastic forms to be decked. If you are familiar with fold forming, that is also a plus. You will be amazed at the diversity of forms you are able to create using this process, and you will marvel at their lightness and toughness.

    Instructor: Bill Dawson

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    Off Block Engraving

    Mastering engraving is a lifetime endeavor, but like most such arts the basics can be learned in a fairly short time, and after that repetition and careful practice increase skill. There is a lot of embellishment that can be done with relatively little engraving experience, and engraving can add a great deal of interest to your designs. In this two-day workshop we will start with tool setup and layout and then explore hand engraving, wriggle cut, and hammer driven engraving. We will work with a variety of methods for holding the work piece and a variety of schemes for pattern transfer. Lettering, gunmetal engraving, and inlay work will not be covered. Each student will take home a basic set of gravers fitted to their own hands and a whole new range of options for decorating their designs. Some familiarity with tool sharpening is helpful as we will be doing a lot of that!

    Instructor: Bill Dawson

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    Image Transfer on Polymer Clay

    If you are interested in incorporating photographs, texture or color into your work, image transfers on polymer clay is a fun and easy solution with infinite possibilities. Creating clear photographic transfers as well as altering the images to conjure unusual textures and rich color will be demonstrated. Ideas for incorporating surface embellishments will also be introduced along with a variety of ways to use transfers in your work including cutting, setting and different options for protecting the surface. This class will cover primarily one type of transfer using a transfer paper and Sculpey Premo. Other techniques will be discussed and time permitting students will have the option to try other systems. We will also discuss the equipment needed should you choose to pursue this simple and affordable method in your home studio. A basic understanding of working with polymer clay helpful.

    Instructor: Sarah Wilbanks

    Materials Included:

    • - 2 sheets Lazertran transfer paper

    Students Must Bring:

    • - 1 Block of pearl sculpey premo/ student - conditioned before class (avaialbe at Blick on Capitol Hill)
    • - 1 Block of white sculpey premo/student- conditioned before class (avaialbe at Blick on Capitol Hill)

    Students May Bring:

    • - A tissue blade
    • - Jeweler's saw with a small blade
    • - Image to discuss in class (the instructor will also provide images for class)

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    The Original Imaginative Captures

    Do you have that stone, enamel sample or little found treasure that's been lying on your bench just waiting for a great way to be incorporated into something? Well, imagine that you could take a workshop that would give you the strategies and tools to make that piece and along the way give you a new way to look at how you're approaching your work and your workspace. This is Capturing.

    Based on many of the things we already know (the basic principles of stonesetting) Imaginative Captures can help you develop new, elegant, more fully integrated setting solutions and break down some of the rigid walls that exist between ideas, process and materials.

    This information packed workshop is designed to liberate the problem solver within by discussing the whys along with the how's and offering a wide variety of tricks, shortcuts, studio tips and some really bad jokes. Among the topics demonstrated and discussed: cold connecting, caging, back setting, the flex shaft and advanced soldering techniques.

    Participants must have basic jewelry skills and a familiarity with tools and studio equipment. Required skills include drilling with the flex shaft machine, sawing, filing, silver soldering and basic bezel setting. Students should have experience with: the rolling mill, torches, hammers, buffers, etc. Those who enroll must be able to solder unattended.

    Instructor: Andy Cooperman

    Materials INCLUDED:

    • - Copper and brass wire for riveting
    • - Finishing materials, such as sandpapers/emery and polishing compounds

    Students MUST Bring:

    • - METAL: Sheet: 18-22ga.Appox. 6 X 6 - Whatever metal you wish from which to make several small brooches or jewelry objects: Sterling, copper, brass, bronze (even small amounts of gold). (Remember, we can always roll down thicker material.)
    • - Clean (no solder) scrap (sterling, gold, bronze - if you have some): This can be handy to melt for wire or small amounts of sheet or simply to play with, fuse, etc.
    • - Wire for possible forging or forming: 8, 10 or 12 g. (We can even make wire from scrap)
    • - Sawblades: 2/0, 6/0
    • - Silver solder: wire or sheet: easy, medium and hard
    • - Drills: any you have, especially: 1mm (18ga) approx. #58, .8mm (20ga) approx. #66
    • - Magnifiers (loupes/optivisors) - if you need them
    • - Measuring devices (if you have or use them)
    • - Sketchpad and pencil
    • - Dust mask

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    It Ain't Just a Drill: Getting the Most From Your Flexible Shaft

    So, you're a jeweler or metalsmith about to be stranded on a desert island. You can bring only one tool. (Oh yeah, the island has electricity). What tool do you bring?

    If you were Andy Cooperman you'd most likely bring your Flexible Shaft machine. It may be the most versatile tool at the bench. And yet for many makers it is the most underutilized and least understood.

    Here's your chance to gain a deeper understanding of this marvelous tool and expand your vocabulary of flexible shaft techniques and applications. This one-day demonstration only workshop will cover the basic machine itself and discuss the use of burrs, bits, grinding, shaping, finishing and polishing aids and various hand pieces. Everything from Abrasives to Zam. Expect some eye opening innovative tricks as well. All levels.

    Instructor: Andy Cooperman

    Material Kits:

    The flexshaft items below are recommended by Andy. The Special Bur and Abrasive Kits are assembled exclusively for this class for your convenience and must be purchased with cash so please be prepared.

    Some of the items in the kits can be purchased in the store but generally in larger quantities. The other items on this list we carry in the store on a regular basis.

    Special Bur Kit: $15.00 (cash only, no tax)

    • - .5mm round bur (Rio Grande 342049/full sets available at Danaca)
    • - 2.9mm round bur (Rio Grande 342070/full sets available at Danaca)
    • - 3mm stone set bur (Rio Grande 342385/full sets available at Danaca)
    • - 2.1 mm inverted cone (Rio Grande 342539)
    • - 1.8mm cross- cut bur (Rio Grande 342551)
    • - 2.3 mm OD cup bur (Rio Grande 342360/full sets available at Danaca)

    Special Abrasive Kit: $10.00 (cash only, no tax)

    • - Shofu, fine knife-edge (Rio Grande 332-362)
    • - AdvantEdge, med, wheel (Rio Grande 33262110)
    • - AdvantEdge, very fine, wheel (Rio Grande 33278010)
    • - Advantage, pumice, med (pack of 10 available at Danaca)
    • - 2 Cut-off wheel, aluminum oxide, 1x.030" Rio Grande 337-261 (pack of 10 available at Danaca)
    • - 2 Separating disc, silicon carbide, 7/8x.023 Rio Grande 337-871 (pack of 10 available at Danaca)

    Snap-on Sanding Discs (available in studio store)

    • - Corse, med, fine, 3 of each $2.75

    Flexshaft Mandrels (not part of the kit but available in studio store)

    • - Slotted, strait head 3/32" $2.25
    • - Screw top, reinforced 3/32" $2.25
    • - Snap-on, 3/32" $3.85

    Flexshaft Mandrel Pack - one of each $8.45

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    Jewelry Making Basics with Wire

    In this fun introductory class, students will learn the essentials of soldering and making jewelry with wire – a perfect class to create gifts for family and friends. Working with silver, copper, and brass wire we will cover soldering, forming and forging, creating simple findings, and basic chain making. We will also look at examples of contemporary jewelry made completely with wire. We will cover using a butane torch (think crème brulee), a smith acetylene/air torch, and The Little Torch. Students will get practice working with the torch of their choice. We will also cover how to set up your own basic jewelry making studio so that techniques covered in class can be continued at home with a simple set-up. No experience necessary.

    Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

    Materials included:

    • - Copper, brass, and sterling silver wire, 20 and 18 gauge, to create projects
    • - Solder for projects

    Materials May Bring:

    • - Additional sterling silver wire of varying gauges (also available for purchase in studio store)

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    Jewelry Rendering: Drawing Jewelry for Custom Design and Fabrication

    Knowing how to communicate with clients visually about custom designs is a priceless skill worth developing. Learn the basics of just how to do that in this one-day intensive workshop designed to for jewelry makers. Students will learn to draw symmetrical patterns for piercing and fabrication, to draw three-quarter views for customer viewing, and architectural lay-out of jewelry designs for master fabrication. Using templates, mirror imaging, and multiple detail capture with a light table, students will gain valuable techniques and skills for "rendering" (drawing in 2D) their jewelry concepts. All levels.

    Instructor: Nanz Aalund

    Materials list:

    • - Tracing paper & drawing paper
    • - Mechanical pencil in H2 lead (fine 0.5 lead)
    • - Templates (circles, ovals, triangles, or jewelry specific)
    • - Colored pencils
    • - Extra Fine tip permanent black markers

    Materials provided:

    Light table, white paint, paint brushes, templates, color pencils, hand-outs, and books to share during class.

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    "Quickie"

    Keum-Boo: Surface Treatment with Gold

    Add the luster of gold to your silver fabrications using keum-boo. In this ancient Korean technique (pronounced kum-boo, meaning "attached gold"), pure gold foil is bonded to the surface of another pure metal such as fine silver. This allows the jewelry artist to incorporate gold with minimal expense. The result can be dramatic with rich color and texture. This is a great technique to inexpensively add gold to your work for a beautiful mixed metal look. Students must bring finished PMC pieces, fine silver, or sterling silver pieces with a fine silver finish to class for applying the Keum-boo process (mostly flat surfaces, no hollow forms). All levels.

    Instructor: Suz O’Dell

    Materials Kit Includes:

    • 24K gold foil

    Students Must Bring:

    • - Finished PMC, fine silver or sterling silver piece with fine silver finished raised to surface, to work with. (Fine and sterling silver available for purchase)
    • - Wooden kitchen skewer (or chop stick)
    • - Leather garden gloves that actually fit and in which you can work
    • - Sharp scissors
    • - Craft paper cutters, spiral, star, etc. (optional)

    Students May Bring:

    • - Fine tip tweezers - 5 inches or longer (available in studio store)
    • - Agate burnisher (available in studio store)

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    Let's Make a Spoon!

    Create a one of-a-kind small serving, baby, table, or commemorative spoon, it's not as complicated as you might think! In this workshop students will have the opportunity to choose among several techniques for creating a personalized spoon. This is an excellent introduction to the basics of smithing without the time and expense of raising a large vessel. Spoons are a great gift idea and a marvelous opportunity to explore forging metal to create something other than jewelry. Copper will be provided however students are welcome to work in silver. No experience necessary.

    Instructor: Bill Dawson

    Materials Included:

    • - Copper sheet

    Students May Bring:

    • - Sterling silver sheet, 18g -16g, 1"-2"x 4"-6" (depending on desired spoon size - 18g available in studio store)
    • - Sterling wire 8g - 10g about 4"-6" (10g available in studio store)

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    Loop and Loop Chain

    Among the oldest decorative linked chains known, loop and loop chains are made from multiple fine-gauge, fused links carefully woven together to create a supple, strong, elegant chain. Students will learn to make and fuse very delicate wire rings, and create several loop and loop patterns including single, double, and quadruple loop and loop! Students then will have the opportunity to design and execute a simple terminal to complete a fine piece of jewelry. Materials to complete one 18? single loop and loop with a terminal as well as a sample of the other patterns demonstrated will be provided in the cost of the class. Basic metal working skills helpful.

    Instructor: Molly Epstein

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    Low Tech Gravity Casting

    Learn the fundamentals of casting by exploring the exciting and ancient technique of pouring molten metal directly into molds carved from organic materials and soft stone. This process does not require a centrifugal setup or any major equipment so it is easily reproduced in a home studio or in your back yard! This two night workshop will cover carving a mold and casting into tufa stone, light-weight sandstone, and creating quick molds in cuttle bone, a material easily found at any pet store which produces the loveliest textures. Students will also explore casting into other organic materials as well as create a mold in sand, an ancient way to reproduce an object. Rudimentary alloying will be discussed as well as pouring an ingot, finishing techniques and safety. Bring your clean silver scraps if you have some. No experience necessary.

    Instructor: Juan Reyes

    Materials included:

    • - Tufa and cuttlefish bone to carve molds from
    • - Sandcasting materials to use in class
    • - 1/2 oz. sterling silver
    • - 1oz. casting bronze
    • - Dust mask

    Students may bring:

    • - A small object to mold that you think would be nice to reproduce in metal for jewelry like a shell or button
    • - Clean silver scrap (no solder on it!) or silver casting grain (available for purchase in studio store)

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    Low Tech Enameling

    Using a torch and a few simple tools, students will learn the basics of enameling in this exciting three-hour workshop. Students will explore the potential of this fascinating medium, sample a variety of colors, and work with flat and 3-dimensional forms. This is a great opportunity to learn how to add vibrant color to your copper and fine silver jewelry. Moderate comfort with a jeweler's torch is required.

    Instructor: Allan Thorne

    Materials included:

    Copper sheet and an exciting variety of enamel colors will be provided, as well as an appropriate protective face mask for each student.

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    Making Metal Forms: Techniques in Hollowware

    Direct hammer forming is the most versatile approach to creating three dimensional objects in metal. The truly special quality of metal is its remarkable plasticity, meaning it can take virtually any shape and remain strong. The metal artist with skill and knowledge can turn a flat sheet of metal into a teapot or goblet or a beautiful bracelet. In this four-day intensive workshop we will explore some of the many techniques for working with the plasticity of metal to create three-dimensional forms. Techniques will include sinking, various forms of raising, hammer forging, bouging and plannishing, upsetting and other edge treatments. No formal metalworking experience is required, but some stamina and facility with a hammer is helpful.

    Instructor: Bill Dawson

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    The Many Facets of Stones

    Do you find yourself a little confounded at the gem shows, wondering how to determine quality and value? Do you just love stones and want to understand more about them?! Unravel some of the mystery by bringing your questions to a professional. This workshop will examine many of the issues and qualities you should understand when you begin to buy gem stones for your jewelry, as well how to communicate to your clients when you sell them. Fresh back from the Tucson gem and mineral show, Jim will no doubt be packing some beautiful gems himself!

    Instructor: Jim Dailing

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    Marketing a Production Line

    Now that you are making jewelry, how do you sell it? This class will cover various avenues available for selling. Learn the basics behind selling wholesale on both a consignment and buy-outright basis to venues ranging from small boutiques to high-end galleries. Learn to promote your work through gift shows and sales reps. Learn also about selling retail at craft markets, fairs, and online. In addition, we will discuss creating a line of work, pricing it, and marketing it. Students are asked to bring their own jewelry to use as a springboard for discussion as well as a notebook and pen to take notes. Class will be a mix of instruction, discussion, and practical activities.

    Instructor: Chuck Domitrovich

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    Introduction to Decorative Metal Inlay

    Metal inlay techniques have been practiced both in Europe and the Far East for centuries as a straight-forward means to ornament everything from jewelry to ceremonial axes. Metal inlay allows the metal artist to securely apply contrasting colors of metal without heating the work thus the inlay process allows the finished pieces to remain hardened. Simple patinas can be used to enhance the decorative images by creating vivid contrast. Begin learning these traditional techniques in this introduction workshop focused on decorative line inlay. Field and dot inlay will be touch on as well providing additional options to explore. Specialized tools are used for this technique. These tools will be provided for class and will be available for purchase. No experience necessary.

    Instructor: Bill Dawson

    Students Must Bring:

    • - 1mm drill bit (available in studio store)

    Students May Bring:

    • - Chasing hammer (available in studio store)
    • - Fine flat file (available in studio store)
    • - Magnification (available in studio store)

    Material Fee Includes:

    • - Copper, silver, brass and steel for samples (provided by Bill)

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    Mechanisms: Hinges and Clasps

    Learn to add movement and complexity to your work while increasing your skills as a jeweler. This class will present a variety of ways to make hinges and clasps, including traditional hinges with knuckles, locket latches, and closures for necklaces and bracelets. Peggy will show you some ingeniously simple solutions as well as some that will stretch your metalsmithing skills; you will leave with several samples and a ton of new ideas. A great slump-buster, this class will help push your work to the next level! Beginning Series or equivalent required. *Students enrolled in multiple week classes are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours.

    Instructor: Peggy Foy

    Material Included:

    • - Copper and brass sheet, wire and tubing to complete projects

    Students May Bring:

    • - Sterling sheet, wire and tubing to incorporate into projects (available in studio store)

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    Metal Surface Treatment

    Transforming images from 2-D drawings or photographs to metal is the goal of this class. The surface of metal will be manipulated and enhanced using the rolling mill and other tools. Construction techniques, roller printing, fusing, gilding, overlay, inlay and patinas will be covered. Students will texture metal to create patterns and practice soldering to strengthen skills, adding to their individual artistic growth.

    Instructor: Jane Martin

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    Needle Felting Forms for Jewelry

    Want to make large jewelry with a distinctive look that is practically weightless? Felting is an excellent way to do it. Spend the weekend learning to shape a ball of soft wool into an amazing cuff bracelet or a 3-dimensional object using a felting needle. We will start by making felted beads, learning how to make a variety of forms. From there we will create a bigger piece, adding sculptural details and/or patterns. You will probably poke your finger a few times but you will have lots of fun and discover a new exciting medium. Instructor: Cynthia Toops

    Materials included:

    • - felting needles
    • - foam
    • - bracelet form
    • - roving

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    Nomadic Cold Connections

    Cold connection is a fun way to play with metal and design jewelry. At first glance it may seem limiting however restricting your process can cause you to think about your design in a functional way generating unlimited outcomes. In this cold connection class students learn how to create a hinged bracelet with a clasp out of sheet metal, all without picking up a torch. You'll learn the basics of sawing, piercing, drilling, forming metal and how to layer, add detail and a unique design to your creation. Other techniques learned will include tube rivets, metal/wire forming and finishing details with oxidization. With a unique approach to jewelry design, Casey will offer beginners to advanced level students something useful and insightful to walk away with. No jewelry experience is necessary but can be useful. Please join me after the class for a personal tour of my traveling metalsmithing studio. Instructor: Casey Sheppard

    Materials included:

    • - All materials to complete project.

    Students May Bring:

    • - Personal hand tools like a saw frame, files and silver sheet and wire (available in studio store)
    • - Sterling sheet, 22 and/or 20 gauge (available in studio store)

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    Patination of Metals

    Patina is the final touch, the icing on the cake, the surface that sets one apart from the crowd; it can add both depth and texture transforming our metal, often unpredictably, into an unimaginably beautiful thing. On metal, patina refers to a thin coating of various chemical compounds such as oxides or sulfates formed on the surface during exposure to atmospheric elements, a common example is rust or the warm brown color of the penny in your pocket. Charles will present safe, easy patination methods for metals that involve easily obtainable (think kitchen chemicals) to produce a wide range of blues, greens, browns, blacks, greys and reddish tones on most metals including precious. Application methods and control of pattern and surface will be described and addressed as a compositional system. No experience required. Instructor: Charles Lewton Brain

    Materials included:

    • - Copper, brass and supplies for class samples

    Students may bring:

    • - Precious metals to experiment with

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    Secret Agent Anodizing 1: Building Your Own Rectifier

    Harness some voltage and explore the world of battery operated color! Have you always wanted to experiment with the color potential of anodizing your own reactive metals, but were hesitant to purchase an expensive electrical rectifier? In this class you will build your very own anodizer with simple materials, and begin coloring metal the same day.

    During this workshop we will discuss the process and theory of anodizing reactive metals, and practice electrical soldering as we build our own basic individual anodizing units. We will also discuss how basic tools and masking techniques can be used to selectively color your metal.

    By the end of the class you will have a selection of colorful metal samples, and the ability to go home and continue to anodize! Basic metal working helpful. Knowledge of electronics soldering helpful but not necessary.

    Instructor: Julia Heineccius

    Materials Kit Includes:

    • Platform for rectifier
    • All necessary electrical components for building your rectifier
    • 10 - 9 Volt Batteries
    • Stainless steel anode
    • A sampling of Titanium and Niobium: wire, sheet and tubing

    Students Might Consider:

    • Although disposable 9 Volt batteries will be provided in the rectifier kit - I would suggest considering an investment in rechargeable batteries. Batteries are the only real waste product in this anodizing method, and if you plan to continue to use your rectifier over a period of time it will also be more cost effective to use rechargeable 9 Volts. If you have any number of rechargeable 9 Volt Batteries, please bring them!

    Students Must Bring:

    • Sketchbook and colorful drawing utensils.
    • A few paintbrushes with metal ferrules and non-metal handles.

    Students May Bring:

    • Any Titanium or Niobium you might happen to have (additional sheet and wire Titanium will be available for purchase on the day of the class).
    • If you have an electrical soldering iron you would like to use, please bring it. There will be soldering irons available for use during the workshop.

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    Secret Agent Anodizing 2: Coloring and Cold Connecting Titanium and Niobium

    Go beyond the look of 80's rainbow earrings and learn how to further utilize the versatile and colorful properties of titanium and niobium.

    After reviewing the different grades of Titanium and Niobium, we will begin 'designing with voltage' by discussing masking maps and making an anodized color chart using our anodizers.

    Since reactive metals are restricted to cold forming, class will continue with an in-depth exploration of the best ways to saw, form, connect and texture these special metals. Demos will be given on cold-connection techniques such as rivets, piercing, and printing the surface of the metal, as well as the proper procedures to use when combining Titanium and Niobium with stones, beads, and mixed media.

    By the end of this class you will have created a simple complete piece of jewelry, or a variety of samples that will guide you into the colorful world of anodizing!
    Prerequisites: Ninja Anodizing 1.

    Instructor: Julia Heineccius

    Students Must Bring:

    • The rectifier you built in Ninja Anodizing 1!
    • Sketchbook and colorful drawing utensils.

    Students May Bring:

    • Any Titanium or Niobium you might happen to have (additional sheet and wire Titanium will be available for purchase on the day of the class).

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    Pewter Basics

    Have you ever heard of a metal that work softens instead of work hardens? This is one of the many fascinating properties of pewter, which lends itself to creating forms quickly. Modern day pewter is fairly inexpensive compared to other metals and consists of an alloy of tin, antimony, and copper. It is an extremely malleable material with a melting temperature of only 465 degrees. Because of this low melting temperature you can fuse the metal creating seamless connections... you can even hold your pieces in your hand while soldering! Learn how to saw, file, fuse, solder, form, cast, and finish pewter while creating a volumetric vase or vessel. Basic sawing and filing skills required.

    Instructor: Barbara Knuth

    Materials included:

    • - 16 gauge pewter sheet for project
    • - Low temp solder and flux
    • - Special tools and equipment: metal scrapers (tools made from old files): used for scoring
    • - Bastard cut file
    • - Chalk
    • - Shears
    • - Bricks
    • - Saw blades

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    Pewter Spoons and Servers

    Have you ever heard of a metal that work softens instead of work hardens? This is one of the many fascinating properties of pewter, which lends itself to creating forms quickly.

    Modern day pewter is fairly inexpensive compared to other metals and consists of an alloy of tin, antimony, and copper. It is an extremely malleable material with a melting temperature of only 465 degrees. This white metal is often used for kitchenware because it is affordable and food safe. Learn how to saw, file, form, texture, solder, and finish pewter while creating your very own pewter spoon! No experience necessary.

    Instructor: Barbara Knuth

    Materials included:

    • - 14 gauge pewter sheet
    • - Low temp solder
    • - Tools to make class projects

    Students May Bring:

    • - Old bastard cut files
    • - Shears, pewter
    • - An old hand towel

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    Plique a Jour Epoxy

    Learn the secrets of creating open bezels for resin in multiple geometric, organic, and freeform shapes in this intermediate level workshop. Participants will discover different ways to secure open bezels for epoxy resin casting and what different kinds of epoxy resins are best suited for casting. Learn to create different textures, effects, colors, and how to prepare fragile objects to be embedded in resin.

    This workshop will demonstrate and explore framing mandrels to repeat a bezel shape in graduated sizes and score and fold techniques. Rap 'n' tap pliers, forming pliers, tube cutters and bezel mandrels are a few of the tools that will be demonstrated and used in this skill expanding workshop. Plus, students will explore how to incorporate findings and attachments into the Plique a Jour Epoxy to create rings, brooches, pendants, links and clasps with this versatile technique. Independent soldering skills required.

    Note: students enrolled in multiple week classes are welcome and encouraged to attend practice hours.

    Instructor: Nanz Aalund

    Material Kits Include:

    • - Copper and brass for class samples
    • - Epoxy resin

    Students May Bring:

    • - Something to embed in resin bezel
    • - Silver sheet (available in studio store)

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    Precious Metal Clay+: Beginning and Intermediate Levels

    PMC+ is silver clay that can be rolled and molded, pressed and carved. After being fired in a kiln, this dream material results in pure silver pieces! This comprehensive workshop presents students with numerous fundamental techniques for working with PMC+. Each student will have the opportunity to complete several projects, including a pair of earrings; a pin; two pendfants, one with a stone set into it; and a hollow bead. Instruction also includes finishing techniques. No experience necessary. Returning students welcome.

    Instructor: Suz O’Dell

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    Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Applications: Fancy Stones

    Shed your apprehension and learn to set challenging shaped stones in this comprehensive, hands-on weekend with master stone-setter Kirk Lang. Building off, Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Applications: Part I, this more advanced level workshop will instruct students in how to confidently set faceted stones with pointed corners. Three types of settings will be covered including prong, flush and bezel. Three stone cuts will be presented, pear, triangle and princess cut. Students will learn the theory behind stone setting, gemstone characteristics and how to make tools for setting. Solid demonstrations of each setting will be the focus of the workshop. Students will practice and set stones in class and time permitting will fabricate a stone setting. Prerequisites: Basic jewelry fabrication skills and Theory and Application Part I or equivalent.

    Instructor: Kirk Lang

    Materials Included:

    • - Sterling silver pear-shaped prong setting
    • - Sterling silver princess cut bezel
    • - Pear shaped cubic zirconia (5x7mm)
    • - Triangle cubic zirconia (3mm)
    • - Princess cut cubic zirconia (6mm)
    • - Sticky wax
    • - Punch (to be made in class from beading tool)
    • - Round burs (.5mm) 3/student
    • - Setting bur (1.3mm, 2mm fine cut) to be modified
    • - Custom brass ring blanks 2/student
    • - Kit to Use in Class with Option to Purchase (Cost: TBA)
    • - 3/32 medium and fine grits sanding drums, 1 each/student
    • - Drill bits (.6mm, .8mm, and 1mm) 1 each/student
    • - Krause bur (1mm)
    • - 70 degree hart bur (1mm, 1.5mm, and 3mm)

    Students Must Bring:

    • - 20G sterling silver sheet (at least 6mm x 1 inch long) (available in studio store)
    • - 24G sterling silver sheet (at least 4mm x 1 inch long) (available in studio store)
    • - Hard, medium and easy sterling solder (available in studio store)
    • - Scribe (available in studio store)
    • - Dividers, 3" w/ fine tips (available in studio store)
    • - Digital or brass calipers (brass available in store)
    • - Set of needle files, specifically square is important (available in studio store)
    • - Chasing hammer (available in studio store)
    • - Chain nose pliers (available in studio store)
    • - Flush cut snips (available in studio store)
    • - Saw blades (available in studio store)
    • - Tweezers to hold stones (available in studio store)
    • - Pumice wheel, knife edge (available in studio store)
    • - Pumice wheel, flat edge (available in studio store)
    • - Cut off discs on mandrel (available in studio store)
    • - Sponge (to be cut up into small squares)
    • - Small metal or plastic container for sponge
    • - Soft bristle toothbrush or compressed air can
    • - Sharpie marker
    • - Students May Also Bring: (these items are available to share in class)
    • - 10x loupe (available in studio store)
    • - Opti-visor, ideally a medium and high magnification version (medium available in studio store)
    • - Jeweler's saw frame (available in studio store)
    • - Round bur set (available in studio store)
    • - Cup bur set (available in studio store)
    • - Hart bur set (fine cut, if available)
    • - Krause bur (1mm)
    • - 70 degree hart bur (1mm and 1.5mm, 3mm)
    • - 3/32 sanding drums (medium and fine grits, from Stuller)
    • - Drill bits (.6mm, .8mm, 1mm)
    • - Hand file, fine cut, flat or barrette
    • - Sanding sticks
    • - Flat graver (1mm or 1.5mm tip)
    • - 90 degree graver
    • - BIC lighter
    • - Sharpie marker
    • - ZAM polishing compound
    • - Hard felt wheel (flat edge, small)
    • - Soft/medium end brush (3/32 shank)
    • - Medium brush (3/32 shank)
    • - Graver block (or bench mate) with attachment set to hold items
    • - GRS Thermo-lock or equivalent

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    Polymer Bracelets, Bangles and Beads

    Explore a variety of polymer clay techniques while creating jewelry and/or beads. Learn how to make sculptural forms, beads and other dangly elements. Experiment with drawing, onlaying, carving, cane work and thin sheet elements. The more ambitious can create bracelets and bangles while others can work on beads to create a sampler necklace.

    Instructor: Cynthia Toops

    Materials list:

    A wide variety of polymer clay colors to begin the first night of class will be provided. Once students choose a direction for their projects students may need to purchase additional clay. Polymer clay is readily available and inexpensive.

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    Polymer Clay Jewelry Intensive: Thin Sheet Bracelets

    Cynthia Toops has mastered the intricacies of transforming polymer clay into remarkable and fine objects of wearable art. In this class, students will learn to construct a variety of magnificent "thin sheet" bracelets using a typically mundane material. To save time, the class will work only in black and white clays (and not quite 50 shades of grey), exploring the limitless possibilities of the material. No experience necessary.

    Instructor: Cynthia Toops

    Materials Included:

    • - 4 oz black Fimo Soft
    • - 4 oz white Fimo Classic
    • - .005 black Pigma Micron pen
    • - Spring cord for 4 bracelets

    Materials Included:

    • - Razor blades (tissue blades if you have them)
    • - Scissors
    • - Fiskars 2mm hole punch
    • - Ruler

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    Polymer Clay Jewelry Intensive: Seven Bead Bracelet

    Explore the wide variety of possibilities in polymer clay for jewelry while focusing on seven unusual beads for a comprehensive sampler bracelet. In this intensive weekend workshop students will investigate various bead shapes, explore hollow and foil cores, surface decoration with simple and complex canes, as well as carving, drawing, onlay, mokumegane and mosaic work. Time permitting students will have the opportunity to work independently to pursue a particular area of interest with guidance from the instructor. Students will work with a restricted pallet in order to give focused attention to the many techniques presented in class. Cynthia is masterful with polymer clay, bringing a creative edge to everything she does. No experience necessary however returning students are encouraged.

    Instructor: Cynthia Toops

    Materials included:

    - A wide variety of polymer clay colors to experiment with and other supplies.

    Students Must Bring:

    • - Fine tipped tweezers (available in studio store)
    • - Sewing needle

    Students May Bring:

    - Additional Fimo soft clay

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    A Potent Pair: Form and Color

    The ability of color to manipulate the viewer's perception of and response to form will be discussed and experimented with in this three day workshop with renowned artist Helen Shirk. The workshop will include demonstrations of 3D hammer forming processes (like you have never seen before), texturing, attachment, and methods of surface coloration including prismacolor pencils, chemicals, and paint. Students will work in copper to develop combinations of form and color that give power and presence to their metalwork. Helen Shirk is Professor of Art Emerita at San Diego State University where she taught from 1975-2010. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to learn from a rock star! All levels.

    Instructor: Helen Shirk

    Materials included:

    • - Flux and flux brush
    • - Krylon Clear Acrylic Matte Spray or similar brand
    • - 22 gauge copper sheet for samples
    • - 20ga, 18ga, 16ga, 14ga round copper wire
    • - Paper mist mask
    • - Leather for embossing
    • - Tracing paper
    • - -Card stock for patterns/models
    • - Masking tape in various widths
    • - Cupric nitrate, technical grade
    • - Ferric nitrate, technical grade

    Materials to bring:

    • - Silver solder
    • - Large sketch book and soft drawing pencils
    • - Fine tip sharpie - black
    • - Abrasive paper 220, 320, and 400 (available in studio store)
    • - Drill bits # 60, 55 (available in studio store)
    • - Saw blades (available in studio store)
    • - Prismacolor pencils and personal pencil sharpener
    • - 18 - 20 gauge copper sheet (available in studio store)
    • - Press on letters various sizes (bring if you have)

    Hand tools. Available in the studio but you may want to bring your own.

    • - Jeweler saw 5" depth or larger
    • - Larger ? round file
    • - Needle files
    • - 12" ruler
    • - Hand metal shears
    • - Flat and round pliers
    • - Small mallet
    • - Rivet hammer
    • - Chasing tools and chasing hammer
    • - Altered hammers for surface texture
    • - Scribe
    • - Hammers: round and cross peen hammers

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    Polymer Micro Mosaics for Jewelry

    Cynthia Toops is widely recognized for her remarkable artistry in polymer clay, probably most significantly for her micro-mosaics. If you are not familiar with them now is your chance to investigate them up close (she has an amazing array of samples) and learn how to make them yourself. You will learn to transform a somewhat mundane material into incredible images to use like gems in pendants, brooches and/or rings. This class will cover mixing colors, making the mosaic elements, setting and finishing the jewelry or framed piece. Metalsmiths can bring a finished piece with a thick walled bezel to work with. No previous polymer clay or metal working experience is necessary for this exciting workshop.

    Instructor: Cynthia Toops

    Materials Included:

    • - A wide variety of polymer clay colors to work with and the necessary tools

    Students Must Bring:

    • - 1/8" bezel cup with bale or a finished piece of jewelry with a 1/8 inch deep bezel, no more than 1" diameter (a bezel cup will be available to purchase if students don't have one).
    • - A design sketch or image to work from for mosaic

    Students May Bring:

    • - A larger bezel cup however there may not be time to finish the mosaic in a larger bezel
    • - Fimo classic or soft, variety colors for threads and tiles
    • - Fine tipped tweezers
    • - Sewing pins
    • - Single sided razor blade or tissue blade
    • - A finished piece of jewelry with a bezel ready to drop a mosaic in to (the bezel SHOULD be thick walled to properly support the mosaic)

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    Polymer Clay Jewelry Intensive - Focus on Canes

    In the class students will investigate the wide variety of possibilities available to a jewelry artist with polymer clay focusing on cane work, including beads and other more unusual and exciting jewelry forms. Students will first create decorative canes and various shaped solid and hollow beads. Then face cane and thin sheet work will be explored. Finally students will have the opportunity to work independently to pursue a particular area of interest with guidance from the instructor. Special attention to technique, design and color combinations will be offered. No experience necessary however intermediate level students are encouraged as well.

    Instructor: Cynthia Toops

    Materials included:

    A wide variety of polymer clay colors to experiment with.

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    "Quickie"

    Precious Metal Clay Basics I

    Discover what can be made with Precious Metal Clay (PMC), a marvelous material that can be worked just like clay yet when fired results in pure silver. Students of many disciplines (ceramic, polymer clay, enamel and metal) will discover interesting ways to incorporate PMC into their work. In this one day class students will have the opportunity to construct and fire a few pieces for jewelry, gaining a solid foundation to pursue the material in the future. This one-day class is designed to give you a taste. No experience necessary.

    Instructor: Suz O’Dell

    Material KITS Include:

    • One package PMC+
    • PMC slip
    • Rubber mold-making material
    • A variety of stones
    • Tool kit to use during the class

    Students MAY Bring:

    • Rubber stamps or fabric for textures

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    "Quickie"

    Precious Metal Clay Basics II

    Now that you have a little experience with PMC under your belt, continue to explore and learn more about this remarkable material. In this class students will have the opportunity to construct and fire several of pieces of their own design, and exploring various ring styles and prong setting. This quickie class is designed to allow students to pursue projects of their choice with instructor guidance and build confidence with the techniques and equipment gaining a stronger foundation to work with PMC independently. Come to class with project ideas and discover how much more you can do with this clay. PMC Basics I required.

    Instructor: Suz O’Dell

    Supply fee includes:

    • - One package PMC+
    • - PMC slip
    • - Rubber mold-making material
    • - A variety of stones
    • - Tool kit to use during the class

    Materials you might want to bring:

    - An object to mold.

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    Bronze Precious Metal Clay Bracelet

    Striking linked bracelets can be made easily and inexpensively with Bronze PMC in just two class sessions. Let your imaginations go wild and make each link a different pattern or shape. Parts for the bracelet will be made during the first session. Between sessions the instructor will fire them. The second session will consists of clean up, polishing, and completion. This is an excellent opportunity to get introduced to Bronze PMC and or expand on basic PMC skills. Tools provided. No experience necessary however intermediate level students are encouraged as well.

    Instructor: Suz O'Dell

    Materials included:

    Supply fee includes a package of PMC Bronze, PMC slip, rubber mold-making material, a variety of stones, and a tool kit to take home and use during the course of the class.

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    Press, Push, Puff!

    Add dimension quickly and consistently to your metalwork by using a hydraulic press. Ideal for making forms with patterned metal, building a production line, beginning a chasing project and much more! This is a fun and easy way to add texture, unique shapes and dimension to your art work! You will learn how to make a die using various materials. We will experiment with folds, cuts, and holes while using tons of pressure to form our metal. Some experience with metal recommended.

    Instructor: Jessie Wylie

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    Print and Press

    In this beginning level workshop students will use etched plates and other materials to emboss sheets of metal and then use a hydraulic press to cut and dome the sheets into puffed forms to be used for jewelry components and more. Shaping and forming the printed metal to avoid marring the printed surface will be taught. Proper pressure roll-printing using the rolling mill and doming metal in varied shapes using the hydraulic press with all safety precautions and training is included. Proper use of tools is stressed for future independent work. Special soldering techniques to keep the solder out of the pattern and enhance designs will be covered. Multiple design options for using printed metal will be explored and discussed. Basic metal working skills helpful.

    Instructor: Nanz Aalund

    Materials Included:

    - Copper sheet for making samples

    Students May Bring:

    - Previously etched plates

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    Production Techniques and Tips for Jewelers New!

    This class will address the unique challenges inherent in designing and creating a line of production jewelry. We will focus largely on developing the mindset necessary to think in terms of production including design approaches, execution strategies, outsourcing, and choosing the right tool for the job. Class will include some demo but will focus on presenting new perspectives, making it easier and cheaper to produce and sell your work. Students should bring in samples of pieces they are interested in pursuing as a full jewelry line. Part of class time will be used to brainstorm ways of cutting production time and costs on each student's work so that it can be produced in the quantities needed to sustain a production line.

    Instructor: Chuck Domitrovich

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    Pulse Arc Welding with the Orion New!

    Pulse Arc Welding allows the jeweler/Metalsmith to join elements in places near and around materials that cannot be heated. It's worth restating: we can create seams and fabricate objects up against materials that can't take the heat. Think of the possibilities! This technology has been around for a while but most of us don't have a welder sitting around our studio as they can be a bit pricey — although not out of reach. But if you could try one on for size with an expert ready to answer every question, now wouldn't that be great? Well, your wish is my command... This will be a chance to get to experience the Orion pulse arc welding system up-close. People who already own the machine will get very detailed, one-on-one training from an Orion expert, and people who don't already own the machine will get an introduction to how it works and get to try it out for themselves. We will go over many common jewelry repair applications, including: closing jump rings, resizing rings, fixing porosity, re-tipping prongs near sensitive stones, small chain repair and advanced fabrication. We will discuss how to weld different types of metals from precious antiques to pot metal type costume jewelry pieces. This will include a discussion about metals such as silver, gold, platinum, brass, titanium, copper, etc... We will also compare and contrast the gas torch, an Orion welder, and a laser welder. Lastly, we always encourage people to bring any items they would like to try the Orion on.

    Instructor: Orion experts

    Students Must Bring:

    - Anything you would like to try the Orion on specifically

    - A list of questions about projects you would use the Orion for

    - Scrap pieces of metal to practice on, small parts of steel, gold, silver, etc...

    Students May Bring:

    - Personal Orion welder

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    Repurposing Precious Metals and Jewelry

    Finally, learn how to put those silver scraps you’ve been collecting to work for you. Melt down silver or gold to create new wire or sheet to work with. Take apart those single earrings that seem to accumulate and reuse the components. Create new jewelry from your old jewelry in this weekend workshop designed to teach basic casting and cold connections skills. This class will focus on identifying reusable materials including various metals, glass, resin and stones as well as how to problem-solve taking jewelry apart and putting it back together. Basic soldering and sawing skills required.

    Instructor: Bill Dawson

    Materials list:

    • – Bring old jewelry; both costume and precious metal, with and without stones.
    • – Silver solder: hard, medium and easy (available to purchase in the studio)
    • – Silver sheet and wire, various sizes (available to purchase in the studio)

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    Riveting Basics

    Basic riveting is a fun and a simple way to connect metal to metal and/or metal to non-metal or even non-metal to non-metal! A new world of possibilities opens up to a jewelry designer when heat is taken out of the equation. Several simple rivet options will be demonstrated. We will discuss the advantages of each then hunker down to make some projects practicing what we've learned. This will be a fast paced, exciting class focused on designing, problem solving, practicing and producing work without soldering. Students should bring materials they are interested to incorporate into their projects. No experience necessary.

    Instructor: Dana Cassara

    Materials Included:

    • - Copper, brass, and other metals for making samples
    • - Some stuff that might be fun to rivet

    Students may bring:

    - Some stuff that might be fun to rivet

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    Rivets, Tabs, and Tiny Screws: Cold Connections for Jewelry

    Come learn a variety of techniques for joining parts securely, without the use of heat or solder. This workshop will cover a wide range of mechanical joints that can be achieved with simple tools. We will be working with simple headed rivets, roves, blind rivets, tube rivets, coiled joints, mini screws, and much more. There will be practice samples, as well as the option for a finished piece of jewelry to take home. We will work with brass, copper, silver, and horn or antler, learning how to determine the appropriate sort of cold joint for the materials at hand. No experience necessary although basic metal working skills helpful.

    Instructor: Bill Dawson

    Materials included:

    Copper and brass is included for making samples, as well as a variety of rivet-making components. Depending upon the season, Bill often provides a delicious snack of heirloom home-grown vegetables and fruit, as well as lavender goat cheese, among other delightful treats. Not to be missed!

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    Russian Filigree

    Learn the secret of Russian filigree, the technique of tension fitted, open back filigree. Through extensive demonstrations and hands-on exploration, you will learn how to make delicate scalloped wire, create a pendant and a finger ring, and begin a bead.

    Discover the necessary steps and tricks to ensure success and fun through this exquisite technique. Also included in the workshop will be discussions and demonstrations of Victoria's contemporary sculptural jewelry and functional objects and other three-dimensional possibilities with the process. Those familiar with the technique through Victoria's Russian Filigree DVD will have the opportunity to work on more advanced projects. Participants must know how to solder with a torch.

    Instructor: Victoria Lansford

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    Setting Pointed Stones: Theory and Applications Part II

    Learn not to be apprehensive when it comes to setting challenging stone shapes. Building off the Intermediate Series workshop Faceted Stone Setting, this more advanced level workshop will instruct you how to set faceted gemstones with pointed corners safely, securely and confidently. Three types of settings will be covered including prong, flush and bezel setting. As in the intermediate class, you will also learn the theory behind stone setting, gemstone characteristics, how to make setting tools, as well as how to make your own settings. The focus of the workshop will be on solid demonstrations of each setting, however students can expect to fabricate and set stones in class. Ring and setting blanks will also be provided for you to practice on. Prerequisite: Setting Faceted Stones or equivalent experience.

    Instructor: Kirk Lang

    Materials Included:

    TBA

    Students Could Bring:

    TBA

    Students Must Bring:

    TBA

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    Setting Up a Home Studio: Tips, Safety and Q&A

    Students frequently request advice when it comes to setting-up-shop at home. Here is your chance to ask all those questions rolling around in your head. Ventilation, lighting, ergonomics, noise issues, and tool gathering will all be discussed in this quick workshop designed to help get you started or fine-tune a studio already in progress. Establish a safe and productive metal-working environment on a minimal budget. Build the studio you need with the resources you have! All levels.

    Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

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    "Quickie"

    Silver Reticulation

    First developed in Russia by Czarist jewelers such as Fabergé, reticulated silver will add exciting and unique 3-dimensional texture to your work. The process begins with a particular alloy of silver. Then by carefully preparing the surface of the metal and heating it with a focused yet delicate torch, this specialized technique reveals a mysterious lunar-like landscape within every piece of silver! In this workshop students will be introduced to allowing and casting an ingot of silver, preparing the silver to reticulate and the heating process to conjure the coveted texture. No experience necessary although basic metalworking skills helpful.

    Instructor: Juan Reyes

    Materials Fee Includes:

    - 20 gram reticulating silver

    Students May Bring:

    - Additional fine silver to alloy

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    Silver Spoons

    Create a one of-a-kind serving, baby, table, or commemorative silver spoon, it's not as complicated as you might think! In this weekend workshop students will have the opportunity to choose among several techniques for creating a personalized silver spoon. This is an excellent introduction to true silversmithing without the time and expense of raising a large vessel. No jewelry experience is necessary, however basic metal working skills will be helpful. Spoons are a great gift idea and a marvelous opportunity to explore silver as something beyond jewelry.

    Instructor: Bill Dawson

    Materials list:

    If you choose to bring your own materials to this class, supply recommendations are as follows: For a one piece forged to shape spoon: a slab of sterling about 1"x4"x10ga. For an all sheet-metal spoon of the Celtic sort: about 2"x4"x18ga. For one of the fabricated varieties, (spoon bowl with slender handle): 1 1/2"x2"x18ga, and 5" of 4 or 6ga square bar. For a baby spoon: 1"x 1"x18ga, and 4" or so of 8 or 10ga wire.

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    Silver Tableware

    Create your own one-of-a-kind tableware; it's not as complicated as you might think! In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to choose from among several projects, including spoons, forks, and napkin rings. This is a fine introduction to silversmithing, without the time and expense of raising a large vessel. We will be working in copper, making trial designs, with the option to execute successful designs in silver. This is a great gift idea and an excellent opportunity to explore silver as something other than jewelry. See materials list or contact the instructor if you wish to work in silver. No jewelry experience is necessary, but basic metalworking skills are helpful.

    Instructor: Bill Dawson

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    Silversmithing and Jewelry Design: Introduction Workshop

    First in the Beginner's Series, this workshop is an ideal introduction to the fundamental aspects of silversmithing. Explore jewelry design while learning to saw, file, texture, and form nonferrous metals. Students develop a basic understanding of soldering and setting stones in bezels and will complete two pieces of jewelry. Acquire a real taste for working in metal while gaining the foundation necessary to pursue the art of silversmithing. No experience necessary.

    Instructor: Dana Cassara

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    Skill Advancement for Jewelers

    Make this workshop an exploration of pushing your jewelry making skills to the next level. Sequencing of multi-layered projects for greater refinement of craftsmanship, planning jewelry designs for linear work progression and incorporating use of gold accents is explored. Manufacturing techniques for cleaner final results, pre-polishing, production options, and finishing tips will be presented. Overlay techniques, edging, piercing, and beginning filigree projects can be made in this class. Intermediate level.

    Instructor: Nanz Aalund

    Materials included:

    • – Instructional handouts
    • – Students will be encouraged to bring projects to class

    Other materials:

    All items below are available for students to use in the studio however if you have your own please feel free to bring them. Students should bring jewelers saw blades and sheet silver. Copper and brass will be available to students.

    • – Riveting Hammer - can be a cross-peen or ball-peen
    • – Hand Files various grits, and/or sanding sticks
    • – Wire cutters, flush cutters
    • – Chain, flat, and round nose pliers
    • – Bench vise (small)
    • – Jewelers Saw
    • – Small bench block
    • – Awl
    • – Raw hide or Nylon mallet
    • – Brass slide gauge
    • – Dividers

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    Skin Deep: Surface Treatments for Jewelers

    In this three-day intensive workshop students will learn a variety of techniques to enhance the surface of metal for jewelry applications. Some basic tool making along with processes of hammering, torch-texturing, fusing, stamping, punching, silver reticulation, patinas, color applications, and the preparation, tools, and materials used to achieve them, will allow participants to develop a new visual vocabulary for jewelry and metal work. We'll learn a bunch of bench tricks and assorted construction methods to manipulate metal and other material while creating quick and effective results. All levels.

    Instructor: Ken Bova

    Materials list:

    • Materials to Bring
    • – Twist drill bits numbers 51, 55, & 60
    • – Jeweler's saw and blades (# 2/0)
    • – Small chasing hammer
    • – Tweezers
    • – Pair of Straight cut (not curved) toenail clippers.
    • – 6 inch Straight edge (steel ruler or plastic),
    • – Several small cheap watercolor brushes (e.g. camel hair)
    • – one piece 2x2 inches of 20ga. sterling sheet
    • – foot of 16ga. sterling wire
    • – any bits of scrap sterling or sterling silver wire on hand
    • – several prismacolor pencils in your favorite colors
    • – A notebook and pen/pencil for
    • – piece of old flannel or a buffing/polishing cloth (rouge, "sunshine")

    • Materials Included
    • – 6 x 12 inch sheet of 20ga. copper cut into 2x2 inch pieces (18 total)
    • – sheet of 320 grit emery paper
    • – sheet of 400 grit emery paper
    • – steel wool (#4/0, i.e. 0000)
    • – 3 or 4, FORTY PENNY (40D) Nails
    • – WAXED dental floss

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    Slump Busters!

    This is a design class for students that have some technical skills they would like to challenge. Each class project is designed to get the creative juices flowing, and be able to take back to the workbench for exploration and solutions appropriate to the individuals working level to help break the artist slump. Students will work with a variety of materials in a low tech, fast paced way to inspire ideas and designs. A notebook for drawing and note taking, color pencils and pens, some scrap metal, found objects, and an open mind are needed to get the most out of the class. Brainstorming and critique will be used to propel the class. So come prepared to discuss and share your ideas! Bring your tools, failed bits and pieces, and scrap to play!

    Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

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    Soldering Essentials

    Whether you've had a soldering class, attempted to learn from a book, or never even tried, if you are looking to learn to silver-solder or just improve, this class is for you. Detailed demonstration will be presented followed by lots of hands-on time at the soldering table. We will discuss different torches including acetylene/air, butane, and propane/oxygen, as well as safety concerns. No experience necessary.

    Instructor: Dana Cassara

    Materials Included:

    • - Copper for samples
    • - Solder
    • - Flux

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    Special Projects in PMC+

    Take the skills you've learned and build on them in this workshop designed to explore the remarkable possibilities of Precious Metal Clay+. This intermediate to advanced level class will focus on specific student projects. Students should come to class prepared with design ideas. Advanced techniques for working with PMC+ will be demoed each class based on student projects. Student will have the opportunity to complete several projects. Some experience necessary.

    Instructor: Suz O'Dell

    Materials list:

    Students will want to bring whatever materials they want to use in class or students can make arrangements before class with the instructor and she will order and bring what you need.

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    Stacking Rings with Gemstones

    Stacking rings are all the rage. They are fun to mix and match and super easy to make! This class will focus on creating your own delicate stacking rings with sparkling gemstones. Students will learn to size and solder the bands, create and add a simple but very functional tube setting for a round faceted stone, and set the stones! Everyone will make several rings gaining them the opportunity to practice the process and leave with a finger full of beautiful rings made from brass, sterling silver and gold fill. Very basic metal working skills required.

    Instructor: Dana Cassara

    Materials INCLUDED:

    • - Brass, Sterling and gold fill wire and tube to create rings and settings
    • - Faceted, round cz's for setting
    • Students MAY Bring:

      • - Additional round stones sized 2-5mm
      • - Additional metal to incorporate into projects

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      Stone Setting Clinic

      Stone setting can be challenging sometimes, and honestly it's not for everybody, however if you want to set stones don't let intimidation get in your way, just come get some help from the stone setting doctor! This clinic is designed for anyone struggling to learn a specific stone setting and or even trying to set a specific stone. Professional stone setter Kirk Lang will give you the pointers for your particular challenge. He will guide you through your fear with precise knowledge and gentle coaxing. Heavy walled bezels, prongs, flush settings, pear shaped stones, emerald and opals, bring it on! Drop-in or register for all three nights for a substantial discount. Basic Jewelry making and stone setting experience required.

      Instructor: Kirk Lang

      Students MUST Bring:

      All consumable materials including metal, saw blades, drill bits, sandpaper and solder AND stones.

      Projects to work on!

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      Studio Maintenance

      Learn how to repair, clean, maintain and organize the tools and equipment in a studio of your own while participating in Studio Maintain Hours at the Metal Crafting Center. This excellent opportunity will be guided by Bill Dawson twice a month in conjunction with Open Studio Hours. Projects will be based on current studio needs and may include everything from mixing pickle, to cleaning soldering tweezers, refinishing hammers, creating new tools and building a new exhaust system! Join us once or every month! Students must complete necessary paperwork to participate in Open Studio.

      Instructor: Bill Dawson.

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      Summer Jewelry Intensive for TEENS, 13-16

      Does your teen love to make jewelry and wants to learn more? The Danaca Design Jewelry Intensive for TEENS is the answer! This camp meets Wednesdays in August and each week will introduce a new set of jewelry making skills and tools to create projects that can be worn that day! Pick and choose from the weeks or take all 5 for a well-rounded experience and a discounted rate. Students will create charms, rings, bracelets, necklaces, and brooches. Students will use a variety of hand tools to craft original designs that reflect their sense of style. Cool jewelry-making techniques taught will include: sawing, wire working, basic to torch work, making findings, designing, texturing, stamping and riveting metal and using resin! Materials used are copper, silver, brass, wire, sheet metal, resin, and beads each student will create a variety of jewelry pieces students can wear or gift proudly. No experience necessary!

      Section 1: Wire Wrapping and Weaving Foundations

      Section 2: Basic Torch-Work, Headpins and Stacking Rings!

      Section 3: Stamp and Saw Personalized Cuff Bracelets and More

      Section 4: Hammer-Textured and Riveted Pendants

      Section 5: Resin Charms and Key Chains

      Instructor: Monica Street

      Materials INCLUDED:

      Students will be provided with all the tools and materials necessary for class projects. In addition, parents will be given a resource lists should they wish to have supplies for at home use after the class.

      Students MUST Bring:

      Sack Lunch

      Students MAY Bring:

      Any beads or other materials they want to work with.

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      Surface-Setting Faceted Stones

      Embellish any simple piece of jewelry with a spot of sparkle and color! This two-day workshop will involve lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on time exploring the possibilities in surface-setting faceted stones. We will cover flush setting, bead, pave, and channel setting. We will also spend time looking at different cuts and working qualities of stones that should be considered during the setting process. This is an intermediate-to-advanced level workshop.

      Instructor: Jim Dialing

      Materials list:

      • – You will need some thick metal to practice setting stones into. Ideally this could be a band ring at least 2mm thick and 4-5mm wide. You also might make a band from low dome or half round and experiment with working on a rounded surface but be sure it is at lease 2mm thick, to accommodate the stone thickness. If you don't have time to make a band a 1" flat piece of 14 gage sheet silver will work.
      • – Additional magnification is advised!
      • – Stones, burs and drill bits will be provided.

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      Unique Settings for Stones and Found Objects

      Break away from the ordinary bezel and explore simple yet uncommon and fabulous holding systems for cabochons, large faceted stones, enamels and interesting found objects. Using a variety of wire shapes and sheet metal students will learn to construct settings that can be used for all kinds of wearable art. The focus of this class will be on choosing the right setting for the piece, soldering and valuable construction tricks like how to hold work together while creating these unique settings. Proper use of setting burs and the introduction of special stone setting tools will be demonstrated. Students must bring to class stones or other objects to works with. The use of unusual cut or uncut stones, enamels and other found objects is highly encouraged. Basic metal working experience necessary. Note: students enrolled in multiple week classes are welcome and encouraged to attend practice hours.

      Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

      Students Must Bring:

      • - Solder: hard, medium and easy (available in studio store)
      • - Stones and/or objects to work with (stones available in studio store)
      • - Sterling silver wire, a variety of shapes and sizes is nice to work with including square and rectangle (round wire, 20g -10g available in studio store)
      • - Sterling silver sheet, 20g-24g (available in studio store)
      • - Note: it is not necessary to come the first night with everything on this list. Class needs will be discussed in class and evolve as the class progresses.

      Students May Bring:

      • - Personal handtools
      • - A sketch book
      • - Additional magnification

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      Tablet Weaving With Metal

      Tablet weaving is an ancient textile technique that is only now being applied to metals. It can be used to create remarkably tough and flexible woven wire bands, which may be plain or elaborately patterned. In addition to instruction, each student will receive materials that include wire for one weaving project, a frame loom, and a set of tablet weaving cards so you'll be able to set up shop as soon as you get home! In this exciting class, we will go all the way from designing a simple woven pattern and setting up the loom to the actual weaving. No experience necessary.

      Instructor: Bill Dawson

      Supply fee includes thin gage fine silver wire and copper wire to complete a woven bracelet as well as a loom and weaving cards to take home.

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      Tailor-Make a Decorative Stamp

      Add distinction to your design repertoire with an individualized mark for your metalwork. It is simpler than you might think! Learning to custom-make steel tools is a priceless skill and creating a personalized decorative punch is a great first project. Take this opportunity to design your own makers-mark or simply create a unique texturing tool. Making a punch or two will give you the basic knowledge and freedom to create a range of new designs and tools to work with in the future. All levels.

      Instructor: Bill Dawson.

      Materials included:

      Steel for making two punches.

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      Shake and Shoot: Powder Coating With or Without the Gun

      Powdered Plastic that fuses into a glassy plastic surface in a home toaster oven? Yes, it can be done with or without the gun! We will use both sifter and gun to play with color and demystify powder coating! Easy, quick and inexpensive powder coat is a fun way to add color to many surfaces. If you love adding color to your work this is another tool in your toolbox. Not just for cars or metal, powder coat can be applied to wood or any material that can tolerate heat. In addition to basic application we will explore creating forms with readily available silicone molds and for those interested we will construct simple silicone custom molds. We will also make a set of color samples of the different types of powder coat available (transparent, opaque, texture and fleck - the "glitter" used on cars). Basic metalworking skills is helpful for cutting metal shapes to coat but not necessary.

      Instructor: Rachel Shimpock

      Materials Included:

      • - A facemask for particulates
      • - Sandpaper
      • - A selection of appox. 15 colors of powder coat in a variety of opacity and textures
      • - A variety of metal scrap and pre-cut shapes to practice with

      Students Must Bring:

      - Respirator (MUST bring if using the gun)

      Students May Bring:

      • - Pre-cut pieces of metal, chain, metal found objects, wood, cork any small object that can tolerate 450 degrees to experiment with
      • - An apron
      • - Leather gloves if you have them (for handling and manipulating hot forms)

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      Tool Making

      You do not have to live without the tool you need. Make every tool in the tool box with master tool maker Bill Dawson in this money-saving and skill-building workshop. Students will make several simple steel tools including scribes, chasing and other decorative punches, and gain the skills to create, alter and customize a range of tools both for the jewelry shop and general use. The course will cover the shaping, hardening and finishing of steel tools, as well as tool design and the making of nonferrous tools. Learning these skills will provide the artist with a whole range of options, allowing him or her to create or alter tools to suit the task at hand. Students will be provided with earplugs and safety glasses however it is recommended to bring an apron, bandana or hair ties, and leather shoes to help keep students both safe and clean. Students may bring old nail sets, rail road spikes, toothbrushes and plastic cutting boards, as well as small scraps of tool steel and hardwood. No experience necessary.

      Instructor: Bill Dawson

      – Supply fee includes steel rod for making several tools.

      – It is recommended that students bring aprons, bandanas, hair ties, and wear leather shoes. Students may also bring old nail sets, old toothbrushes or plastic cutting boards, small scraps of tool steel, and scraps of hardwood.

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      Tool Making for Jewelers

      In this money-saving workshop, students will make several simple tools and gain the skills to create and customize a range of tools for the jewelry shop. Learning to custom-make steel tools is a priceless skill that will add distinction to your design repertoire and it is simpler than you might think. We will cover the shaping, hardening, and finishing of steel tools, as well as tool design. Learning these skills provides the jeweler with a whole new range of options, allowing him or her to create or alter tools to suit the task at hand. Remember, you do not have to do without the fnancy tool you need! All levels.

      Instructor: Bill Dawson

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      Tool Making for the Chasing and Repoussé Artist

      Learn to make chasing and repoussé tools exactly to suit your needs. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced metalsmith, you need not be limited by what tools are available to purchase. Students will explore the shaping of steel, its hardening and tempering, and the finishing of hammer driven tools. We will also cover the principles of tool design, and discuss the making of tools other than steel punches, such as sand bags, and soft punches. This class is designed to help build confidence in tool making so that the chasing and repoussé artist may refine their skills. All levels.

      Instructor: Bill Dawson

      Material kit includes:

      • – all materials needed to make several tools
      • – students are encouraged to bring files they don't mind using on annealed steel

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      Tool Making for Enamelists

      Fine art enamel work requires specialized tools and many are simple enough to make your self! Learn to make the tools you need for small scale cloisonné, including quill scoops, probes, layout panes spatulas and trivets. We will also make fine silver cloisonn? wire, and base plates, which will be available for the cost of the metal.

      Instructor: Bill Dawson

      Materials list:

      Materials to make tools will be included in the class fee. * The cost for the cloisonné wire and base plates will be subject to market prices at the time of class. The price of these supplies will be included in your registration confirmation letter at the time of registration. If you wish to purchase cloisonné wire and base plates please come to class with a check or cash!

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      Unique Settings for Stones and Found Objects

      Break away from the ordinary bezel and explore simple yet uncommon and fabulous holding systems for cabochons, large faceted stones, enamels and interesting found objects. The focus of this class will be on choosing the right setting for the piece, soldering and valuable construction tricks like how to hold work together while creating these unique settings! Using a variety of wire shapes and basic sheet metal students will learn to construct settings that can be used for all kinds of wearable art. Proper use of setting burs and the introduction of special stone setting tools will be demonstrated. Students must bring to class stones or other objects to works with. The use of unusual cut or uncut stones, enamels and other found objects is highly encouraged. Basic metal working experience required.

      Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

      Students Must Bring:

      • Solder, hard, medium and easy (available in studio store)
      • Stones and/or objects to work with (stones available in studio store)
      • Sterling silver wire, a variety of shapes and sizes is nice to work with including square and rectangle (round wire, 20g -10g available in studio store)
      • Sterling silver sheet, 20g-24g (available in studio store)

      Students May Bring:

      • - Personal hand tools
      • - A sketch book
      • - Additional magnification

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      Using the Smith Little Torch

      While there are several torch options, one of the most popular among bench jewelers is a mixed fuel, oxy-propane, and one of the best is the Smith "little-torch". Micki Lippe will show you why as she demonstrates the versatility and precision of this well-loved tool. Whether you own a mini-torch or not this is a great opportunity to pick up some soldering tricks from a seasoned professional while exploring the ways in which the "little torch" can benefit you. Set up and basic maintenance will be covered and students are encouraged to bring their "soldering problems" to class! Basic soldering experience required.

      Instructor: Micki Lippe

      Materials Included:

      • - Solder

      Students Must Bring:

      • - Silver bits and pieces to practice soldering with (silver available in studio store)

          Students May Bring:

          • - Current projects to discuss and practice using the torch
          • - Personal "little torch" and tips

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          Wax Working for Jewelers

          The ancient technique of lost wax casting is widely used today for mass producing jewelry and jewelry components but it is also used to create unique one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Learn the fundamentals and some good tricks for designing and creating wax models for casting in this comprehensive workshop. Students will explore a variety wax types and techniques and be introduced to the casting process to better understand how to prepare ideal waxes for casting. Projects will include pendants, rings and charms. The final waxes will be sent out to a professional casting house and returned the final week for finishing. *Students enrolled in multiple week classes are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours. No experience necessary however returning students are welcome.

          Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

          Materials Included:

          • Carving and forming wax.
          • The use of wax saw blades and carving tools.
          • 20 grams sterling silver for final castings.
          • 1oz Bronze for final casting.
          • If students want to exceed the 20 gram sterling allotment, additional material cost will be calculated based on current metal prices at the time of class. The additional fee will be based on the combined weight of the final products as well as any additional flask fees incurred.

          Students May Bring:

          • Project design ideas
          • Additional magnification (available in studio store)
          • Stones to incorporate into projects (available in studio store)

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          Advanced Wax Working with a Focus on Stone Setting

          There are many simple approaches to designing and working in wax, truthfully anyone can carve wax. However few can do it with precision and efficiency. Challenge yourself to improve your skills in wax by tackling complex designs and patterns while incorporating stones as either a focus or access component. Lost wax casting is widely used for mass production and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. If you enjoy working in wax it is a marketable skill worth developing. Nothing beats practice and having a good teacher to support and guide you over the hurdles. The final waxes produced in class will be sent out to a professional casting house and returned the final week for finishing. Basic wax working skill required. *Students enrolled in multiple week classes are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours.

          Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

          Materials Included:

          • - Carving and forming wax
          • - The use of wax saw blades and carving tools
          • - 20 grams sterling silver for final castings
          • - 1oz Bronze for final casting
          • - If students want to exceed the 20 gram sterling allotment, additional material cost will be calculated based on current metal prices at the time of class. The additional fee will be based on the combined weight of the final products as well as any additional flask fees incurred.

          Students Must Bring:

          - Cabochons and/or faceted stones in unusual shapes and/or interesting objects (cabochons available in studio store)

          Students May Bring:

          • - Project design ideas
          • - Additional magnification (available in studio store)

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          Working in Wax for Jewelers: Rings & Stone Settings

          The ancient technique of lost wax casting is widely used today for mass producing jewelry and jewelry components as well as creating unique one-of-a-kind treasures. This beginning and intermediate level class focuses on creating rings and settings for stones in wax. Learn the fundamentals and some good tricks for designing and creating wax models for casting in this six night workshop. Students will not only explore a variety of techniques for working in wax but will be introduced to the casting process in order to learn how to carve and prepare good waxes for casting. Returning students will be challenged to create more sophisticated projects than the first time around. Final waxes will be sent to a professional casting house and returned the following week for finishing final metal parts and setting of stones. All levels welcome.

          Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

          Materials included:

          Students will be provided with both carving wax and forming wax to explore a variety of techniques, as well as wax saw blades. Materials include up to 20 grams (easily 2 rings) in final castings. If students want to have more items cast (more than the 20 gram allotment) there will be an additional supply fee. The additional fee will be based on the weight of the final products.

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          Wet-felted Flower Brooch

          This class will introduce the techniques of layering wool fibers to form flat felt and prefelt which will then be manipulated to create three-dimensional forms such as flowers!! This technique will explore complex color and how to join fibers all trough the wet felting process. Bring images of your favorite flowers and some idea of how you will use them for a wearable piece -- over-sized brooch, tiny flowers around your neck or a stylish hair ornament. This quickie will give you a good understanding of how to go beyond flat felt and continue exploring forms on your own. No experience necessary.

          Instructor: Maru Almeida

          Materials list:

          • – 2 old towels and a plastic bag to take them home in
          • – Medium coffee thermos or traveling mug
          • – Shallow large tupperware or plastic dish tub
          • – Images of your favorite flowers

          Bring these items if you have them:

          • – Rolling pin or wide dowel
          • – 2ft piece of bubble wrap w/small bubbles
          • – Sushi rolling mat
          • – Pieces of wool yarn
          • – Plastic apron

          Supply fee includes:

          • – Wool roving with many colors to choose from
          • – Needles and thread
          • – Pin backs for brooches
          • – Felting needles will be available to use for detail work

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          Wire Wrapped Cabochons

          Large, wire-wrapped cabochon necklaces are really big style right now. Come learn the basics for creating your own masterpieces with only wire and a few simple tools. Bring a round or oval large cabochon if you have one. I will have a few inexpensive stones available for purchase. Bring your patience and be prepared to be surprised by your creation. No prior experience necessary.

          Instructor: Sandra Caldwell

          Materials Included:

          • – 1/2 oz. 22 gauge square half-hard wire
          • – 1/4 oz. 20 gauge half-round, half-hard wire
          • – 4 mm black rubber cord necklace, 18 in., with clasp
          • – Mousepad
          • – 12 in. flexible stainless ruler with cork back

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          Working Thin Sheet Polymer Clay

          To the delight and awe of her clients and students, Cynthia Toops has been transforming polymer clay into incredible objects of wearable art. In this class she will further inspire you by teaching some new tricks to construct organic hollow forms, bracelets, brooches and pendants using thin sheets of polymer clay. Cane work will be covered as it is a useful way to add pattern and interest to the jewelry. To save time and to focus on techniques, we will be working in a limited palette: black and white. No experience necessary.

          Instructor: Cynthia Toops

          Materials Included:

          • - Black Fimo Soft
          • - White Fimo Soft
          • - .005 black pigma Micron pen
          • - Spring cord for 4 bracelets

          Must Bring:

          • - Razor blades (tissue blades if they have them)
          • - Scissors
          • - Fiskars 2mm hole-punch
          • - Ruler

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