July, August, September

Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

Get a taste for the timeless beauty of colored glass on metal. In this fast-paced one-day workshop students will be introduce 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. No experience necessary. More details...

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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 how to silver-solder or just get better at it, this class is for you. Expect lots of hands-on time at the soldering table and practice with different torches. No experience necessary. More details...

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Jewelry Summer Camp for Kids 8-12

  • Section 1: July 10-14 Instructor: Monica Street
  • Section 2: July 17-21 Instructor: Tegan Wallace
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00-2:00
  • Class Fee: $300/section, $575 for both | Materials included

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! More details...

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Low Tech Gravity Casting

Learn the fundamentals of casting by exploring the ancient technique of pouring molten metal directly into molds carved or formed from organic materials, soft stone and other surprising materials. This process does not require any major equipment so it is easily reproduced in a home studio or in your back yard! No experience necessary. More details...

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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 quick process, so students will have the opportunity to create a variety of basic forms in this quick workshop. All levels. More details...

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Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making

What could be more fun than spending a week totally immersed in learning to make jewelry? Spend five exciting days in a row doing just that. As part of this group, you'll learn the fundamentals of working with precious metal including: sawing, disc cutting and dapping, hammer texturing, roll printing, basic forming and finishing, as well as bezel setting stones. Each night you'll go home dreaming of what to create the next day, designing in your sleep. No experience necessary. More details...

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Bronze Precious Metal Clay Basic

  • Instructor: Suz O'Dell
  • July 29, Saturday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $95 | Materials kit: $30 payable to instructor

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. No experience necessary however intermediate level students are encouraged. More details...

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Summer Jewelry Intensive for TEENS, 13-16

  • Wednesdays in August, 9:30-3:30
  • Section 1: August 2, Wire Wrapping and Weaving Foundations
  • Section 2: August 9, Basic Torch-Work, Headpins and Stacking Rings!
  • Section 3: August 16, Stamp and Saw Personalized Cuff Bracelets and More
  • Section 4: August 23, Hammer-Textured and Riveted Pendants
  • Section 5: August 30, Resin Charms and Key Chains
  • Instructor: Monica Street
  • Class Fee: $75/session or $350 for the full series

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. They will use a variety of hand tools to craft original designs that reflect their sense of style. Each student will create a variety of jewelry pieces that can be worn or given proudly. No experience necessary. More details...

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Basic Band Ring

The construction of a basic band ring is simple yet does present some challenges. The ring must fit, be comfortable and, of course, beautiful! This quick ring class will focus on the construction of a texturized and fabricated band ring. No experience necessary. More details...

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Cuttlefish Bone Casting: Beyond Texture

Cuttlefish bone casting is an ancient means of creating cast objects however you may be surprised by the versatility possible with a few good tricks. Create rings with stone settings, findings, and finished work without all the equipment required for lost wax casting. All levels. More details...

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Image & Mark Making in Enamel

  • Instructor: Jan Smith
  • August 18 - 20, Friday - Sunday, Three days, 10:00-5:00
  • Class Fee: $435 | Some Materials Included, Materials list

Emphasis in this exploratory workshop will be on creating images and complex surfaces in enamel. A unique variety of enamel techniques which achieve and maximize the use of line and images will inspire you to develop new compositions and designs to incorporate into your work. Basic enameling experience required. More details...

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Anticlastic Forming in Metal

  • Instructor: Bill Dawson
  • August 25 - 27, Friday - Sunday, Three days, 10:00-5:00
  • Class Fee: $360 | $20 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor

Anticlastic forming lends itself to creating exceptionally strong, flexible, lightweight, and organic-looking forms. 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. Some facility with a hammer like "fold-forming" will be helpful (fold forming is offered July 23/24). More details...

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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, pedestal 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. 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. More details...

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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, solder, and tube-set a faceted stone! Everyone will make several rings made from brass, sterling silver and gold fill. Very basic metal working skills required. More details...

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Drawing on Metal

  • Instructor: Deb Karash
  • September 14-17, Thursday - Sunday, four days 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $795 | $20 kit fee payable to instructor; Materials List

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. More details...

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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. This is a great opportunity to learn how to add vibrant color to your copper and fine silver jewelry. Moderate comfort level with a jeweler's torch is helpful. More details...

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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. No experience necessary. More details...

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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! Easy, quick and inexpensive powder coat is a fun way to add color to any surfaces that can tolerate a little heat like metal, wood or... If you love color this is another tool in your toolbox. Basic metalworking skills helpful but not necessary. More details...

* Hang out after class for a Pop Up jewelry show with Rachel and her good friend Barbara Knuth!

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Mentored Independent Study

  • Tuesday EVENING: 6:00 - 9:00
  • July 11 - Sept 26
  • Instructor: Juan Reyes
  • Thursday MORNING: 10:00 - 1:00
  • July 13 - September 28 (no class 7/27, 8/31, 9/14)
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • Class fees:
  • 3 weeks = $115; 4 weeks = $145; 5 weeks = $180; 6 weeks = $215;
  • Drop-in = $20/hour; Punch cards = $150/12 hours
  • Materials are not included:
  • Students are required to bring project materials such as metal, saw blades, drill bits, sandpaper, and solder. Flux is provided.

Join a mentored independent study group to learn new skills in a consistently supportive environment. With instructor guidance, these on-going classes allow independent study students to explore a wide range of projects. Register for 3 - 6 weeks for a discounted rate; drop-in also welcome. Classes are offered both mornings and evenings. Basic metal working skills required. More details...

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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 PRACTICE HOURS: Students enrolled in multiple week classes are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours. There is no additional charge to attend.

Practice Hours: Sundays and Thursdays, 5-9. Tuesdays, 10-2

Questions? E-mail us at dana@danacadesign.com or call 206.524.0916

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