January, February, March 2018

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 metals, in this case fine silver. No experience necessary. More details...

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Keum-Boo: Surface Treatment with Gold

  • Instructor: Suz O'Dell
  • January 14, Sunday, 10:30 - 1:30
  • Class Fee: $75 | Materials Fee: $35 Payable to instructor, Materials list

In this workshop students will learn to add the luster of gold to their jewelry by applying 24K gold foil to fine silver. The result is dramatic, creating rich color and beautiful textural possibilities with minimal expense. 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? Absolutely nothing. Each night you'll go home dreaming of what to create the next day, designing in your sleep! Absolutely no experience needed. More details...

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Alternative 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! Basic metal working experience necessary. More details...

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

This Beginning Series Workshop is an ideal introduction to the fundamental aspects of silversmithing. Explore jewelry design while learning all the valuable basics: to saw, file, texture, form and solder nonferrous metals like copper, brass, and silver. No experience necessary. More details...

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Chasing and Repoussé: A Modern Approach with a Traditional Base

  • Instructor: Megan Corwin
  • February 2 - 4, Friday - Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $450 | $10 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor

Come join Megan Corwin in exploring the great textures and forms possible with the techniques of chasing and repoussé. In this beginning class, students start by learning to use the pitch bowl and hammer to chase, defining and texturing the front of a piece of sheet metal and repoussé, forming from the back. No experience necessary. More details...

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

This Beginning Series Workshop focuses on the basic construction of fabricated rings, with and without stones. Perfect timing for Valentine's Day! Each student will construct a simple, textured band ring as well as a ring with a bezel-set stone. No experience necessary. More details...

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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. Basic metal working skills required. More details...

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Wax Working for Jewelers

Lost wax casting is widely used today for mass producing jewelry and jewelry components but it is also perfect for creating 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. Projects will include pendants, rings and charms. No experience necessary however returning students are welcome. More details...

* Students enrolled in multiple week classes are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours.

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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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Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Applications: Fancy Stones

  • Instructor: Kirk Lang
  • March 3 and 4, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $295 | $95 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor

Shed your apprehension and learn to set challenging-shaped stones in this comprehensive, hands-on weekend with master stone-setter Kirk Lang. Building off of Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Applications: Round Stones, this more advanced workshop will teach students how to confidently set faceted stones with pointed corners. Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Application: Round Stones or equivalent experience required. More details...

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Polymer Micro Mosaics for Jewelry

Cynthia Toops is widely recognized for her remarkable artistry in polymer clay, most especially for her polymer clay micro mosaics. In this workshop students will learn her tricks and create incredible micro-mosaics of their own to use like gems in pendants, brooches and/or rings. No previous polymer clay or metal working experience is necessary for this exciting workshop. 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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Silver Reticulation

  • Instructor: Juan Reyes
  • March 25, Sunday, 10:30 - 3:30
  • Class Fee: $95 | $25 Materials fee payable to instructor

First developed in Russia by Czarist jewelers such as Fabergé, reticulated silver will add exciting and unique 3-dimensional texture to your work. By carefully preparing the surface of the metal and heating with a focused yet delicate torch, this specialized technique reveals a mysterious lunar-like landscape within every piece of silver! Moderate comfort level with a jeweler's torch is helpful. 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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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. All levels. More details...

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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. More details...

  • Tuesday PM: 6:00 - 9:00
  • January 2 - March 27
  • Instructor: Juan Reyes
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  • Thursday AM: 10:00 - 1:00
  • January 4 - March 29, (no class January 18)
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
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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 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.
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  • Materials are not included:
  • Students are required to bring project materials such as metal, saw blades, drill bits, sandpaper, and solder. Flux is provided.
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  • * 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

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