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April Mentored Independent Study

Registration for Mentored Independent Study is currently suspended until the end of March.

Join Mentored Independent Study to learn new skills in a consistently supportive environment. With instructor guidance, these weekly classes allow students to explore a wide range of projects and techniques. Class-time can be used to both game-plan and work, while demonstrations are tailored specifically to each student. This is an excellent opportunity to tackle a challenging project that you need feedback on, or technical advice to execute. Basic metal working skills are required. Classes are on-going, register monthly. Find more info here, or call the studio with any questions.

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

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  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • April 4 – 5, 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
  • Class Fee: $325

This class has been rescheduled for June 27 and 28.

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Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

Enamel earrings, student work, Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

This class has been rescheduled for May 9. 

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Wax Working for Jewelers

  • Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
  • April 15 – May 27, 2020
  • 6 Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm - 9:30pm (No class May 20)
  • Class Fee: $390

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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The Original Imaginative Captures

Andy Cooperman
  • Instructor: Andy Cooperman
  • April 17 – 20, 2020
  • Friday - Monday, 4 days 9:30-5:00
  • Class Fee: $750

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

They used to call me-- Andy Cooperman-- “The Crusher” for my heavy hand in stone setting. I had to find a new way to include stones without breaking them. What began as a work-around became a way of working: This is Capturing.

If you’re tired of manufactured prongs and bezels; If you just can’t find an elegant way to incorporate that special stone, enamel sample or little found treasure into your work; If you just need to shake things up, then Imaginative Captures is for you! This information-packed workshop is full of tips and tricks and can help you develop new, more integrated setting (capturing) solutions and break down some of the rigid walls that exist between ideas, process and materials. We’ll get up close and personal with the flex shaft, soldering, riveting and cold connecting.

Participants must have basic jewelry skills and experience with the rolling mill, torches, hammers, buffers, etc. Required skills include drilling with the flex shaft machine, sawing, filing, silver soldering and basic bezel setting. Those who enroll must be able to solder unattended.

$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
  • May 2 – 3, 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $325

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

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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Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

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This is the rescheduled Kiln Fire Enameling Basics class from April 11.

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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Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

Rings, student work, Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • May 16 – 17, 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $325

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

This is the rescheduled Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings class from March 21 and 22.

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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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

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

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. $70 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 class is full, please email dana@danacadesign.com to be added to the waitlist.

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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Just Hot Enough: Mixed Metal Surfaces

  • Instructor: Keith Lewis
  • June 12 – 14, 2020
  • Friday - Sunday, Three days, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $490

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. The main focus will be on using metal scraps and powder to create “yardage” which can then be used- much like mokume-gane- as a part of finished jewelry pieces. Emphasis will be on understanding the ways in which the properties of different metals can be fully exploited to create rich and unexpected effects. (Extra-thick copper, Nu-gold, gold/silver bimetal and Frip’s Flux in spray bottles will be available for purchase from the instructor.) Some Materials Included

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

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  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • June 27 – 28, 2020
  • Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 5:00
  • Class Fee: $325

This is the rescheduled Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction class from April 4 and 5.

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 & Metalsmithing Summer Camp for Teens

Powder coated animal silhouettes, Tegan Wallace - Jewelry & Metalsmithing Summer Camp for Kids 13+
  • Instructor: Tegan Wallace
  • July 6 – 10, 2020
  • Monday - Friday, 9:30 - 2:30
  • Class Fee: $350

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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Rings, Rings, RINGS!

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • July 10 – 12, 2020
  • 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 Summer Camp for Kids 8-12

  • Instructor: Tegan Wallace
  • July 13 – 17, 2020
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 2:00
  • Class Fee: $350

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.

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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Basic Steel and Gold, a Love Story

  • Instructor: Bette Barnett
  • August 14 – 16, 2020
  • Friday - Sunday, three days, 9:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $570

Steel is an amazing metal -- strong, lightweight and malleable. One of the most exciting characteristics of steel is that gold “loves” it. Gold has an uncanny affinity for steel. Marrying the two results in dramatic mixed metals jewelry that responds to today’s modern aesthetic for work that is bold and earthy yet maintains a richness and allure. In this workshop students learn how to fuse gold to steel to create dramatic mixed metals jewelry. The workshop covers a broad range of techniques for creating high-impact steel and gold jewelry:
•Working with mild, cold rolled steel including sourcing, cutting, soldering, forming, texturing, patinating and sealing. Materials and supplies required to work with steel.
•Cleaning and prepping steel for fusing and Keum Boo.
•Alloying various karats and colors of gold in preparation for fusing, a skill that can be broadly applied to other metals.
•Heat fusing gold to steel sheet and iron wire. Managing the fusing process. Trouble shooting.
•Keum Boo on steel. Using the torch to apply gold foil to steel.
•Texturing steel. Hammer and roller patterning steel to add interest to fused pieces.
•Patinating and sealing steel jewelry.
•Hands-on work. Students will be able to complete at least two finished pieces of steel/gold jewelry.

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Fold-Forming with the Master

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

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

This is the rescheduled Fold-Forming with the Master class from March 28 and 29.

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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Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire

Belt buckle, Richard Salley
  • Instructor: Richard Salley
  • September 4 – 6, 2020
  • Friday - Sunday, three days, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $590

These three iconic pieces of personal adornment lend themselves to unlimited design possibilities. Although they obviously have their roots in the traditions of the Old West, in this workshop you will be challenged to reinterpret them into your own personal style. There will be plenty of sawing, soldering and fabrication with which to hone your jewelry making skills and maybe learn a new technique or two along the way.

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