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Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • January 20 – 24, 2020
  • Monday - Friday | 5 weekdays | 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $695
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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 a 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. In this beginning silversmithing class, students will use copper, brass, and sterling silver to make individualized jewelry pieces including a pin, a pendent, a 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 way to explore a range of techniques and create several projects in a concentrated time. 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

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

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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Beginning Jewelry Series: Links and Hollow Construction

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • February 1 – 2, 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday | 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Class Fee: $295

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

Learn soldering, or vastly improve your skills, while focusing on small hollow forms like beads and linked elements such as chains and simple hinged pieces. 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. Expect to create at least one fabulous linked project. No experience necessary.

Basic materials included.

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Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Applications: Round Stones

Ring by Kirk Lang
  • Instructor: Kirk Lang
  • February 8 – 9, 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Class Fee: $460

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. This intermediate level stone-setting workshop 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 heavy-walled bezel setting. In addition, you will also learn the theory behind stone-setting, gemstone characteristics, how to make setting tools and how to design with beautiful gems in mind. Practice rings will be provided or you may choose to create your own piece of jewelry, incorporating the aforementioned setting styles. Beginning Series or equivalent experience required. Kit fee included in class fee.

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Bang & Bend: Forged Rings

Forged ring, Andy Cooperman "Stinger"
  • Instructor: Andy Cooperman
  • February 15 – 17, 2020
  • Saturday - Monday | 3 weekdays | 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $530

This class is full, please email dana@danacadesign.com to be added to the waitlist.

Forging--moving metal with a hammer-- lies at the very heart of metalsmithing and is one of its most joyful processes.  A forged object can be uniquely sculptural and expressive.

This 3-day class will explore small-scale forging, focusing on rings. We’ll get our feet wet hammering copper or brass rod and then move into sterling with the goal of finishing at least one wearable ring. Time permitting, we can even melt clean (solder free) sterling scrap into ingots and forge from there. The skills learned here can be applied to different metals, scales and objects.

Topics include simple model making, tapering, clean up and alternative methods.

Students must have basic skills and be able to file, use the flex shaft, solder and anneal.

Materials Fee $20 payable to instructor, cash or check

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Intermediate Jewelry Series: Skill Advancement

Pendant, Peggy Foy, sterling, brass, garnet
  • Instructor: Peggy Foy
  • February 19 – March 25, 2020
  • 6 Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Class Fee: $325

Hone your skills and add new ones to bring your designs to life. This class will focus on specialized tools and techniques to add volume, texture, and complexity to your work. Learn how hydraulic press forming, acid etched surfaces, and faceted stone setting can bring your jewelry to a whole new level. Beginning Series or equivalent required.

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Polymer Micro Mosaics for Jewelry

  • Instructor: Cynthia Toops
  • February 22 – 23, 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $325

Cynthia Toops is widely recognized for her artistry in polymer clay, most especially for her micro-mosaics. If you are not familiar with her work, here is your chance to investigate it up close (she has AMAZING samples) and learn how to make treasured mosaics yourself. You will learn to transform a basic material into incredible images to use like gems in pendants, brooches, and rings. This class will cover mixing unique colors and choosing a pallet, making mosaic elements, and setting and finishing the mosaic in a piece of jewelry or frame. Metalsmiths can bring a finished piece with a thick-walled bezel to work with. No experience necessary, returning students welcome. Some materials included.

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Precious Metal Clay Weekend

  • Instructor: Suzette O’Dell
  • February 29 – March 1, 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 – 5:00
  • Class Fee: $260

Discover the limitless potential of Precious Metal Clay; a marvelous material that is worked just like clay yet when fired results in finished, pure silver, jewelry. In this comprehensive weekend workshop students will have the opportunity to construct and fire multiple pieces of their own design and explore a full range of technical projects including rings and stone setting. Students will not only get a taste of this seemingly magical material but will build the confidence necessary to work independently and master it. Just imagine the possibilities! No experience necessary, returning students welcome. Material Kit Fee: $95 payable to instructor cash or check.

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Production Solutions and Jigs

Tool Tips and tricks

This workshop is designed to help jewelry makers become more efficient by creating easier paths to consistent results. When designing a production line or even a special project, jigs and systems made from common objects and easy to obtain materials, can dramatically reduce effort. We will address altering common tools and how to use hand tools already in your tool box to hold, shape, fold, stretch, cut, and bend in ways you might not have thought of. Bring your ideas and projects that pose repetitive challenges and together we’ll find an easiest way!  Students are also invited to scrounge through their junk drawers, studio and goodwill, for material that will become indispensable future tools!

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Silver Reticulation

Earrings with reticulated silver, student work
  • Instructor: Juan Reyes
  • March 15, 2020
  • 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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Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

Rings, student work, Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • March 21 – 22, 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $325

This Beginning Series Workshop focuses on the basic construction of fabricated rings with and without stones.  Each student will construct a simple, textured 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 the three-dimensional possibilities and challenges of working with heavier gaged metal. Leaving with a couple of rings is a bonus. No experience necessary. Basic materials included.

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Bench Tricks for Metalsmiths

bench tricks tool tips

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 in detail, many of which are found in Lewton-Brain's book, Cheap Thrills in the Toolshop and the CD, Bench Tricks for Goldsmiths.

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Fold-Forming with the Master

  • Instructor: Charles Lewton-Brain
  • March 28 – 29, 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 – 5:00
  • Class Fee: $420

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. Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain has trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States to learn the skills he uses. You know that fold forming book you love? He wrote it! All levels.

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Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

Enamel earrings, student work, Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

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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Designs in Woven Metal

Brooch, woven metal, Jeanie Pratt
  • Instructor: Jeanie Pratt
  • June 5 – 7, 2020
  • Friday - Sunday, 9:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $490

In this workshop you will learn how to weave small sheets of metal from flattened wire to incorporate in your jewelry. You will be introduced to a variety of different patterns that can be achieved with weave structures that range from a simple over under plain weave to beautiful flowing undulating designs. There are so many fun ways to achieve different effects in weaving, including the weave pattern itself, combining different metals for contrast in the weave pattern and varying the widths of the wire used in the weave structure. Students will be encouraged to create a variety of samples. You will learn how to form your samples in the hydraulic press as well as to solder their edges. Kits will be provided with the materials to get started, as well as instructions on how to prepare the materials yourself. How to design your own weave patterns with graph paper will be introduced as well as a wealth of resources to inspire you. There will be discussions and samples on how to set and utilize your ‘woven sheet’ in brooches, pendants, beads, and earrings. Basic metalsmithing skills are required. $60 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor

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Advanced Designs in Woven Metal

  • Instructor: Jeanie Pratt
  • June 8 – 9, 2020
  • Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $325

This workshop is a continuation of the 3 day beginning Designs in Metal Workshop You will have an opportunity to try new weave structures—pick a new pattern or two from your handout OR one of the new bonus patterns to be provided with your registration. More advanced soldering techniques will be covered, including soldering a shaped liner onto flat woven sheet and then forming it. This creates a woven bare edge (great for earrings!) and is a step in making a disc bead. Please bring a woven sheet of metal to practice soldering--one from your previous workshop OR one you did at home. A plain woven or 2-2 twill sheet would work fine. The supply list is the same as for the beginning Designs in Woven Metal Workshop. You are welcome to contact me about picking a new design. If you prefer working in silver, I can guide you about how much wire to bring. Ample amounts of a variety of gauges of copper wire will be available. There is no materials fee for this class if students bring the kit parts from the previous class.

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