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Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

Enamel earrings, student work, Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I
  • Instructor: Michelle Zeidman
  • November 23, 2019
  • Saturday, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $155

This class is full. Please email dana@danacadesign.com to be added to the wait list.
There is also another section of this class on January 25, click here to register.

Have you been curious about enameling, the timeless and vibrant beauty of colored glass and metal? Get a taste for it in this one day workshop. Students will work with a kiln for optimum control over their desired results and be introduced to proper application of opaque enamels onto flat and domed sheet metal by both sifting and wet-laying. They will have the opportunity to experiment with stencils and sgraffito to create exciting patterns or designs and explore controlled firing or, alternatively, allow for the interaction of enamels and the kiln to surprise and delight. Finished pieces can be completed with simple findings or incorporated into your current metal work with settings construct afterward. No experience necessary. Basic materials included

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Silver Reticulation

Earrings with reticulated silver, student work
  • Instructor: Juan Reyes
  • November 24, 2019
  • Sunday, 10:30-4:30
  • Class Fee: $135

 
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. Students will be introduced to alloying and casting an ingot of silver, preparing the silver for reticulation, and the heating process to develop the desired texture. No experience necessary although basic metalworking skills are helpful. $25 Materials fee payable to instructor, cash or check

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Basic Bead and Wire Jewelry

Wire and bead necklace
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • December 4, 2019
  • Wednesday, 10:00 - 1:00
  • Class Fee: $75

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 experience necessary. Basic materials included

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Creating Stone Settings: Baskets and Bezel Blocks

Pendant with basket setting, Jeff Georgantes, stone setting SSBB Georgantes, Creating Stone Settings: Baskets and Bezel Blocks
  • Instructor: Jeff Georgantes
  • December 7 – 8, 2019
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $390

This class is full. Please email dana@danacadesign.com to be added to the wait list.

This class combines two of the most requested stone setting projects: how to make your own basket settings and how to use a bezel block. Participants in this workshop will not only learn how to fabricate these settings but will also how learn how to set round and oval faceted stones into them. First, a series of exercises teaching the core principles of stone setting will be offered before moving into how to use jigs to simplify the basket setting fabrication process. Tips on how to build your own jigs for custom sizes will also be presented. You will learn how to solder these settings together but also how a precision arc welder can simplify the process. Second, making a tapered tube setting can be frustrating using traditional methods. Bezel blocks make the process be super easy! Students will learn how to use a bezel block to create complicated settings in minutes with very little effort. Bezel blocks can be used to make bezel settings, tapered tubes, prong settings and wax settings for casting. Participants will have the option to make a finished pendant or ring with the settings that are created. This class is open to beginners, but basic metalworking and soldering experience is required.

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Holiday Ornaments

  • Instructor: Tegan Wallace
  • December 14, 2019
  • Saturday 10:00 – 4:00
  • Class Fee: $95

Make your own beautiful metal ornaments for the holiday season! In this family-friendly 1-day workshop, students will create one-of-a-kind ornaments in copper, brass, and silver, while learning metalsmithing fundamentals such as sawing, drilling, disc-cutting, stamping, riveting, and basic wire working and colorful embellishments will be made with Prismacolor pencils! This class is designed to be both festive and informative for everyone attending and students may expect to leave with 2 ornaments. Adorn your tree, wreath, wall, window sill, or give them as gifts! Come on your own, or with your kids, 8 and up (students 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult). No experience necessary.

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Tailor-Make a Decorative Stamp

Handmade decorative stamps
  • Instructor: Bill Dawson
  • December 15, 2019
  • Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $145

Add distinction to your jewelry with a personalized, one-of-a-kind decorative punch. It's simpler than you may think! Learning to custom-make steel tools is a priceless skill and creating decorative stamping tools is an excellent first project. Take this opportunity to design your own maker's-mark or to create unique texturing tools. In this one-day workshop students will learn the basics of forging, cutting, tempering and annealing steel. This project will give students the basic knowledge to create a range of new designs and create steel tools to work with in the future. It also has the potential to save you hundreds of dollars! No experience necessary, returning students welcome. Basic materials included

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Working with Gold-Filled Basics

This 1-day weekend workshop will focus on an introduction to essential jewelry and metalsmithing techniques, tools, and design used to create jewelry using gold-filled wire. Students will learn by practicing the techniques demonstrated, by using wire to construct pieces that can be used for all kinds of jewelry & wearable art. The focus will be on the essentials of soldering, forming and construction of gold-filled wire as well as the proper use of tools and equipment, studio safety, metals, tube stone setting, design, and finishing techniques specific for gold-fill. Project demos will include making gold-fill rings, making flux paste for gold & gold-fill, and using small tube settings.

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

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  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • January 11 – 12, 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
  • Class Fee: $295

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. Students will develop a good understanding of soldering and setting stones into 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. Basic materials included.

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Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

Enamel earrings, student work, Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I
  • Instructor: Michelle Zeidman
  • January 25, 2020
  • Saturday, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $155

Have you been curious about enameling, the timeless and vibrant beauty of colored glass and metal? Get a taste for it in this workshop spanning two weekday evenings. Students will work with a kiln for optimum control over their desired results and be introduced to proper application of opaque enamels onto flat and domed sheet metal by both sifting and wet-laying. They will have the opportunity to experiment with stencils and sgraffito to create exciting patterns or designs and explore controlled firing or, alternatively, allow for the interaction of enamels and the kiln to surprise and delight. Finished pieces can be completed with simple findings or incorporated into your current metal work with settings construct afterward. No experience necessary. Basic materials included

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