January, February, March 2014

Introduction to Designing and Silversmithing Jewelry

A great place to start, this Beginning Series workshop is an ideal introduction to the fundamental aspects of designing and silversmithing jewelry. Learn to saw, file, texture, and form nonferrous metals like copper, brass, and silver. No experience necessary. More details...

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Unique Settings for Stones and Found Objects

Break away from using ordinary bezel settings for cabochons and learn to create simple but uncommon, even fabulous holding systems for cabochons, faceted stones, enamels and other found objects. The focus of class will be on choosing the right setting for the piece as well as soldering and construction tricks including how to hold work together while creating these unique settings. More details...

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

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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, boxes, and lockets. More details...

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Kiln-Fired Liquid Enameling on Steel

Explore the option of enameling on steel, a light weight and inexpensive alternative to more precious materials like copper and silver. Students will investigate both new and recycled metal as well as a variety of surfaces possibilities. More details...

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Metal into Metal Inlay

  • Instructor: Bill Dawson
  • January 31, February 1 and 2
  • Friday - Sunday, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $285 | Materials Fee: $10 payable to instructor, specialized tools available for purchase

Metal inlay techniques have been practiced both in Europe and the Far East for centuries as a strait 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 which means you don't need a torch and your final piece will be work hardened when finished. More details...

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Precious Metal Clay Basics I

  • Instructor: Suz O’Dell
  • February 8
  • Saturday, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $95 | Materials Fee: $75 payable to instructor

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. No experience necessary. More details...

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Precious Metal Clay Basics Part II

  • Instructor: Suz O’Dell
  • February 9
  • Sunday, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $95 | Materials Fee: $75 payable to instructor

Continue to explore and learn more about this marvelous material. Students will have the opportunity to construct and fire several of pieces of their own design, gaining a stronger foundation to work with PMC independently. More details...

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Rings for Beginners

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. No experience necessary. More details...

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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 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. 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. More details...

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Polymer Clay Jewelry Intensive — Seven Bead Bracelet

Explore the possibilities of polymer clay in jewelry while focusing on making 7 big beads for a sampler bracelet. Explore a variety of bead shapes and surfaces with special attention to technique, design and color combinations; Cynthia is a master of all three and brings a creative edge to everything she does. No experience necessary but returning students welcomed! More details...

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Plique a Jour Epoxy

  • Instructor: Nanz Aalund
  • March 3, 10, 17, 24, four Monday evenings, 6:30 - 9:30
  • Class Fee: $245 | Material fee: $25 payable to instructor

Learn the secrets of creating open bezels for resin in multiple geometric, organic, and freeform shapes. In this intermediate level workshop, a variety of tools and techniques to maximize the potential of epoxy resin will be demonstrated and explored. More details...

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

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Electroforming

The process of electroforming uses electricity to deposit particles of metal onto metallic and non-metallic objects using electrolysis. Join us in our exploration of this fascinating technique, allowing us to transform, preserve, or strengthen a wide variety of objects including organic and inorganic materials. More details...

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

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Beginning Links and Hollow Forms for Jewelry

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, and handy tricks for creating custom linked chains and clasps. No experience necessary. More details...

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Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

Get a taste for the beauty of glass on metal in this fast-paced one-day class. Using a kiln for optimum control, students, depending on personal style, will enjoy results that are more controlled or allow for the interaction of enamels and kiln to surprise and delight. No experience necessary. More details...

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Kiln Fire Enameling Basics II

If the first class left you inspired but out of time, this is the class for you. Practice and refine the techniques you've learned and expand your enameling repertoire by adding transparent enamels, glass shards and rubber stamp images. 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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Hot and Cold Forging for Jewelry

Explore the hot and cold manipulation of non-ferrous and ferrous metals for jewelry and other small objects. Using brass, copper and steel, students will employ a variety of hammers and other tools unveilings the mysteries of the blacksmith. More details...

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Mentored Independent Study

With instructor guidance, these on-going classes allow independent study students to explore a wide range of projects. Class time can be used to both game-plan and work; demonstrations are tailored specifically to the current class. This is an excellent opportunity to tackle a challenging project on which you may need feedback or technical advice to execute. Classes are offered both mornings and evenings. Basic metal working skills required. More details...

  • January 7 - March 25, Tuesday EVENING: 6:00 - 9:00 (exceptions)
  • Instructor: Juan Reyes
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  • January 9 - March 27, Thursday MORNING: 10:00 - 1:00 (exceptions)
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
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  • *Class fee:
  • $180/ five consecutive weeks prepaid; $15/ hour to drop-in; $150/ 12 hour punch card
  • (Prepaid students have space priority and free access to practice hours. See below.)
  • Materials are not included:
  • Students are required to bring project materials such as metal, saw blades, drill bits, sandpaper, and solder. Flux is provided.
  • Note: students enrolled in multiple week classes are welcome and encouraged to attend practice hours.

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