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Wax Working for Jewelers

  • Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
  • September 19 – November 7, 2018
  • 6 Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm - 9:30pm (no class October 24 and 31)
  • Class Fee: $360
  • In Progress

This class is FULL. The ancient technique of lost wax casting is widely used today for mass producing jewelry and jewelry components but it is also used to create unique one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. In this comprehensive workshop, you will learn the fundamentals and some useful tricks for designing and creating wax models for casting. Students will be introduced to the casting process and explore a variety wax types and techniques in order understand how to prepare ideal waxes for casting. Projects will include pendants, rings, and charms. The finished waxes will be sent out to a professional casting house and returned the final week for finishing. *Students enrolled in multiple week classes are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours.  No experience necessary; returning students are welcome. Basic materials included

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Filigree Techniques

  • Instructor: Peggy Foy
  • September 22 – 23, 2018
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:30-5:00
  • Class Fee: $295

Learn to create ornate, fine wirework and improve your soldering skills! Filigree jewelry has a long history and is made all over the world, from Thailand to Norway.  In this class, you will learn how to make these graceful and intricate pieces yourself.  We will explore how to construct wire frames to create forms that are lightweight but strong. We'll then work with different soldering methods, including chip solder, paste solder, and dry powdered solder. You will leave with a pair of filigree earrings, a pendant, or both. $20 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor, cash or check

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • September 29 – 30, 2018
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • 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. Basic materials included.

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Clasps, Hinges, and Mechanisms

  • Instructor: Richard Salley
  • October 8 – 10, 2018
  • Monday - Wednesday, 10:00-5:00
  • Class Fee: $490

This class is FULL. Please give us a call if you'd like to be added to the waitlist, 206-524-0916.

Clasps, Hinges, and Mechanisms will be the focus of this three-day workshop. Students will learn to construct a variety of clasps that can be added to jewelry for a fully handcrafted closure to pendants, necklaces, and bracelets. No longer will you be limited by commercial catches for your creations. In addition, you will learn several techniques to taking the fear and loathing out of hinge making. Learn to construct perfectly aligned, no fail hinges. We will also delve into mechanism such as springs, gears, and locking devices that will add a new dimension to your jewelry designs. Prerequisites: basic metal working skill required.

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Clasps, Hinges, and Mechanisms

  • Instructor: Richard Salley
  • October 12 – 14, 2018
  • Friday - Sunday, 10:00-5:00
  • Class Fee: $490

This class is FULL. Please give us a call if you'd like to be added to the waitlist, 206-524-0916.

Clasps, Hinges, and Mechanisms will be the focus of this three-day workshop. Students will learn to construct a variety of clasps that can be added to jewelry for a fully handcrafted closure to pendants, necklaces, and bracelets. No longer will you be limited by commercial catches for your creations. In addition, you will learn several techniques to taking the fear and loathing out of hinge making. Learn to construct perfectly aligned, no fail hinges. We will also delve into mechanism such as springs, gears, and locking devices that will add a new dimension to your jewelry designs. Prerequisites: basic metal working skill required.

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Precious Metal Clay Weekend

  • Instructor: Suzette O’Dell
  • October 20 – 21, 2018
  • 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: $65, payable to instructor cash or check.

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It Ain’t Just a Drill: Getting the Most From Your Flexible Shaft

  • Instructor: Andy Cooperman
  • October 27, 2018
  • Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
  • Class Fee: $135

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. Here’s your chance to gain a deeper understanding of this marvelous tool and expand your vocabulary of flexible shaft techniques and applications.  This one-day, demonstration-only workshop will cover the basic machine itself and discuss the use of burrs, bits, grinding, shaping, finishing and polishing aids and various hand pieces.  Everything from Abrasives to Zam. Expect some eye opening innovative tricks as well. All levels. Tool kits available, cash or check payable to instructor. Bur Kit $15, Abrasive Kit $10

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Soldering Essentials

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • October 28, 2018
  • Sunday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Class Fee: $95

Perhaps you’ve taken a soldering class, attempted to learn from a book, or never tried soldering before.  If you want to learn to solder silver or improve your skills, this class is for you. You’ll learn from detailed demonstrations with plenty of hands-on time at the soldering table. You’ll also learn about different torches including acetylene/air, butane, and propane/oxygen, as well as safety concerns. No experience necessary. Basic materials included

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Using the Smith Little Torch

  • Instructor: Micki Lippe
  • November 3, 2018
  • Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Class Fee: $95

While there are several torch options, one of the most popular among bench jewelers is a mixed fuel, oxy-propane, and one of the best is the Smith ""little-torch"".  Micki Lippe will show you why as she demonstrates the versatility and precision of this well-loved tool.  Whether you own a mini-torch or not this is a great opportunity to pick up some soldering tricks from a seasoned professional while exploring the ways in which the "little torch" can benefit you.  Set up and basic maintenance will be covered and students are encouraged to bring their "soldering problems" to class!  Basic soldering experience required.

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Stacking Rings with Gemstones

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • November 4, 2018
  • Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Class Fee: $165

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 and solder the bands, create and add a simple but very functional tube setting for a round faceted stone, and set the stones!  Everyone will make several rings gaining them the opportunity to practice the process and leave with a finger full of beautiful rings made from brass, sterling silver and gold fill. Very basic metal working skills required. Basic materials included

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Enameling Oddities

  • Instructor: Keith Lewis
  • November 10 – 12, 2018
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00-5:00
  • Class Fee: $490

This workshop will feature a number of somewhat unusual enameling techniques that are straightforward and simple to use, but which significantly expand the expressive potential of enameling and which are easily adaptable to many purposes.

We will begin with a brief overview of basic conventional Limoges (painted) enamel techniques including drawing directly onto enamel, the use of watercolor enamels, the preparation of enamel paints from raw oxides, and the use of lusters, etc. After that we will explore the following:

1. The firing of graphite drawings into enamel- which offers the possibility of producing highly detailed and delicate images. Demos will include prepping the enamel for receiving the pencil marks, the use of blending, shading and graphite washes, the building-up of layers and over-glazing and the combination with Limoges techniques- especially watercolor washes. While it is possible to fire the drawings in a kiln, I will focus on a straightforward method of torch-firing that maximizes the clarity of the images.

2. The second technique (pioneered by jeweler Joan Parcher), will utilize reflective glass beads (used on airport runways) to create unexpected optical effects. Demos will include the use of various sized beads, compatible enamel undercoats and the complex optical interactions that can be created.

3. The third technique- virtually unknown in contemporary enamel circles and only described in one 1911 book- utilizes synthetic aventurine (goldstone) to produce enamels which sparkle due to the inclusion of copper or cobalt crystals into the enamel matrix.

4. The final technique will be the application- on enamel- of extremely delicate sgrafitto drawings in gold leaf- a technique derived from late Roman glass portrait rondels and adapted for use on vitreous enamels. Demos will focus on the crucial aspects of surface preparation and precise firing conditions that are necessary to achieve the effect.

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Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Applications: Round Stones

  • Instructor: Kirk Lang
  • November 17 – 18, 2018
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Class Fee: $295

This class is FULL. Please give us a call if you'd like to be added to the waitlist, 206-524-0916.

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.