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Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Applications: Round Stones

Ring by Kirk Lang
  • Instructor: Kirk Lang
  • June 22 – 23, 2019
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Class Fee: $295

This class is full. Please email dana@danacadesign.com or call 206-524-0916 to be added to the wait list. 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. $95 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor, cash or check

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

necklace, student, jewelry, class, silver, sterling
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • June 29 – 30, 2019
  • 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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Jewelry Summer Camp for Kids 8-12

  • Instructor: Tegan Wallace
  • July 8 – 12, 2019
  • 5 weekdays, 9:00 - 2:00
  • Class Fee: $300

Looking for a great activity for your 3rd – 6th grader this summer?  Check out the Danaca Design jewelry camp! This week-long camp teaches cool jewelry-making techniques such as bead making and stringing, wire working, texturing, stamping, and riveting metal! In addition, we will explore the fundamentals of composition and color theory while learning to use a variety of basic hand tools.  Using polymer clay, Shrinky Dinks, seed beads, and copper and brass wire and sheet metal, we will create a variety of jewelry pieces students can wear proudly. After all, nothing is quite as fun as saying, “I made this!” Rings and bracelets and brooches, oh my! Come have fun with us for a week in July! No experience necessary, returning students welcome.
This class is taught by Tegan Wallace, who has been teaching jewelry making at the elementary and middle school level for several years.
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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Cuttlefish Bone Casting: Beyond Texture

Cuttlefish bone casting is an ancient means of creating cast objects however you may be surprised by the versatility possible with a few good tricks.  Create rings with stone settings, findings, and finished work without all the equipment required for lost wax casting. Its low cost and convenience make it great for a small studio and those on a budget. It’s fun, fast and affordable!  Until the invention of vulcanized rubber for lost wax, the expert carving of cuttlebone was an excellent way to reproduce designs. Participants will discover the immediacy of casting with cuttlefish bone, the texture it can create, and how to use it to create multiples by making simple models. Demonstrations will include how to create a multiple part mold for the 3-dimensional casting of a ring with a stone setting, links, and an ingot mold for blanks as well as prong, bezel, and tube stone settings. Students may bring any sterling silver scrap to recycle by casting. All levels. Basic materials included

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Intermediate Jewelry Series: Hinges and Clasps

  • Instructor: Peggy Foy
  • July 17 – August 7, 2019
  • four Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 9:30pm
  • Class Fee: $295

Advance your jewelry making skills by learning to add movement and increased complexity to your work.  This Intermediate Series workshop will present a variety of ways to make hinges and clasps, including traditional hinges with knuckles, locket latches, and closures for necklaces and bracelets.  Discover some ingeniously simple solutions and others that will stretch your metalsmithing skills; you will leave with several samples and a ton of new ideas.  A great slump-buster, this class will help push your work to the next level!  Beginning Series or equivalent required, returning students encouraged. *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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Keum-Boo: PMC Surface Treatment with Gold

PMC and Keum-Boo earrings, Suz O'Dell, Keum-Boo: PMC Surface Treatment with Gold
  • Instructor: Suz O'Dell
  • July 20, 2019
  • Saturday, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $95

Add the luster of gold to PMC or your silver fabrications using keum-boo. In this ancient Korean technique (pronounced kum-boo, meaning "attached gold"), pure gold foil is bonded to the surface of another pure metal such as fine silver. The result can be dramatic, especially in PMC adding rich color and incredible textural possibilities. This is a great technique to inexpensively add gold to your work for a beautiful mixed metal look.  In this workshop students will create a few quick pieces in PMC and then use them as the foundation for the keum-boo. Students are welcome to bring finished PMC pieces, fine silver, or sterling silver pieces with a fine silver finish to class for applying the keum-boo process (flat surfaces, no hollow forms).  All levels.   Materials Fee: $80 Payable to instructor, cash or check only

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Soldering Essentials

Smith acetylene/air torch, Soldering Essentials
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • July 21, 2019
  • Sunday, 10:00 - 4:00
  • 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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Rings, Rings, RINGS!

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • July 26 – 28, 2019
  • Friday-Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
  • Class Fee: $480

Rings hold a special place in the lexicon of jewelry and pretty much everyone loves them. In this three-day beginner’s workshop we will explore the basic construction of band rings, stacking rings, and rings with both bezel set cabochons and tube set faceted stones. Although rings can be relatively simple to make they do present a unique challenge, aside from the need to be comfortable and beautiful they also must fit! All students will leave with an understanding of how to measure, embellish, form, and solder both a basic band and shanked rings.  Depending on experience level students may explore a variety of band styles and decorative detailing. Cutting, chasing and embossing for texture, as well as soldering and some forming techniques will all be covered.  Every student will leave class with a handful of well-made ring that fits! All levels. Basic materials included

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Jewelry & Metalsmithing Summer Camp for Kids 13+

Brass bangle bracelets
  • Instructor: Tegan Wallace
  • July 29 – August 2, 2019
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 2:00
  • Class Fee: $325

Looking for a great activity for your teen this summer?  Check out the Danaca Design Jewelry & Metalsmithing Camp! This week-long camp teaches fundamental jewelry-making and metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, forming, forging, stamping, riveting, and basic soldering while learning to use a variety of basic hand tools. In addition, we will explore the fundamentals of composition and color theory while exploring a variety of media including polymer clay and powder coat. Using copper and brass wire and sheet metal, as well as a variety of other materials, we will create jewelry pieces students can wear proudly. Projects include stacking rings, bangle bracelets, earrings and pendants. No experience necessary, returning students welcome. This class is taught by Tegan Wallace, who has been teaching jewelry making at the elementary and middle school level since 2009. Basic materials included.

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Jewelry Making Basics with Wire

Wire link necklace
  • Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
  • August 3 – 4, 2019
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $295

In this fun introductory class, students will learn the essentials of soldering and making jewelry with wire – a perfect class to create gifts for family and friends or even start a little business.  Working with silver, copper, and brass wire students will tackle soldering, forming and forging wire creating simple findings and basic chain making.  Students will have the opportunity to use a variety of torches including a butane torch (think crème brûlée) and acetylene/air torch. How to set up your own basic jewelry making studio will also be discussed so that techniques covered in class can be continued at home with a simple set-up.  No experience necessary. Basic materials included

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Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • August 5 – 9, 2019
  • Monday - Friday | 5 weekdays | 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $695

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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Low Tech Gravity Casting

  • Instructor: Juan Reyes
  • August 10 – 11, 2019
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $325

Learn the fundamentals of casting by exploring the exciting and ancient technique of pouring molten metal directly into molds made from organic materials, sand and soft stone.  This process does not require a centrifugal setup or any major equipment so it is easily reproduced in a home studio or in your back yard!  This workshop will cover carving a mold and casting into tufa (light-weight sandstone), creating a quick mold in cuttlefish bone, a material easily found at any pet store producing a lovely texture, and sandcasting, an ancient way to reproduce an object.  Students will also explore casting into other organic materials for surprising effects!  Rudimentary alloying, pouring an ingot, finishing techniques and safety will all be discussed.  Bring your clean silver scraps if you have some.  No experience necessary. Basic materials included

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Total Immersion: Intermediate Jewelry Making

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • August 12 – 16, 2019
  • Monday - Friday, 5 weekdays, 10:30-5:00
  • Class Fee: $645

What could be more fun than making jewelry for an entire week? Nothing! Join me on this five-day journey that will boost your confidence and knowledge at the jeweler's bench. We will focus heavily on construction and soldering tricks as well as finishing techniques to create desired surfaces. A variety of stone setting options will be covered including tube, pedestal, and captured settings. Basic hydraulic press forming for creating multiples and preserving textures as well as simple hinges and a variety of cold connections and clasp systems will also be presented. Students may choose to work through the design and completion of a complex piece of jewelry or create samples of each technique over the course of the week. Prerequisites: Beginning Jewelry Series or equivalent Basic materials included

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The Alchemist’s Workshop

Gold rings with faceted stones, Jim Dailing, The Alchemist’s Workshop, ALCH
  • Instructor: Jim Dailing
  • August 23 – 25, 2019
  • three days Friday-Sunday
  • Class Fee: $490

This workshop focuses on the marvels and splendor of gold, a material long treasured among jewelers and patrons alike. Starting with pure gold you will learn to alloy multiple karats and colors of yellow gold, melt and pour ingots and mill your newly alloyed gold to create sheet, bezel material and wire. Having the gold you want when you need it will free you from the constraints of what you have on hand and save you money in the long-run. Additionally you will learn fusing and soldering for each type of gold created and to fabricate a simple band with a structural tapered tube bezel for a faceted gemstone that you will learn to set if time permits. This is an intermediate to advance level workshop. Students must have basic metal working skills to attend.
$30 Materials Kit Fee Payable to Instructor
Intermediate class, Basic metal working skills required

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Street Gemology

Gemstones, Street Gemology
  • Instructor: Jim Dailing
  • August 26, 2019
  • Monday, 10:00 – 1:00
  • Class Fee: $65

Learn how to pick the best stones! Experienced goldsmith, Jim Dailing will walk students through the realities of the gem industry. This course will cover what to look for when buying gemstones, how best to source stones domestically and internationally, and good practices for establishing relationships with dealers. Last but not least, students will leave understanding how to avoid getting taken advantage of and overpaying for high end gems! This course is also designed to help students develop an eye for determining how a stone will need to be set. Some time will be spent on the historical evolution of the cutting and faceting of gems and the various cuts used today. All levels.

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Fantastic Fold Forming!

  • Instructor: Juan Reyes
  • September 7, 2019
  • Saturday, 10:30 - 4:00
  • Class Fee: $95

Fold forming is an exciting technique wherein sheet metal is manipulated and hammered to create fabulously textured, 3-dimensional, organic forms.  This is a relatively quick process, so students will have the opportunity to create a variety of basic forms. Students will cut, file, and practice annealing metal as well as develop a fundamental understanding of how to use a jeweler's hammer. All levels. Basic materials included

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Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

Enamel earrings, student work, Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I
  • Instructor: Michelle Zeidman
  • September 8, 2019
  • Sunday, 10:30 – 5:00
  • Class Fee: $145

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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Designs in Woven Metal

Brooch, woven metal, Jeanie Pratt
  • Instructor: Jeanie Pratt
  • September 20 – 22, 2019
  • Friday - Sunday, 10:00 - 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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Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

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  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • September 28 – 29, 2019
  • 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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