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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
  • In Progress

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

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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Die Forming and Chasing for Multiples and Hollow Forms

  • Instructor: Nancy Megan Corwin
  • January 17 – 19, 2020
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
  • Class Fee: $460

Die forming is an exciting and simple way to make three-dimensional multiple forms that can be representational or abstract, with intricate surface texture and great modeling. In this workshop students will learn to use the hydraulic press and non-toxic PVC hand-hammered dies to create the raised parts. Then, using pitch (pine resin and non-toxic additives) as a support, add surface textures and more three-dimensional forms for a unique, entirely your own, design. You will come away with a couple of dies and lots of die-formed pieces that you can continue to work in your own or shared studio. Copper will be the material of choice for samples, but those with prior experience in chasing and repoussé should feel free to work in silver. This class is process-oriented and students will come away with several samples. It is possible to make elements for finished pieces as well. Some materials included, $10 materials fee payable to instructor cash or check

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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

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

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

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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Intermediate Jewelry Series: Skill Advancement

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

Hone your existing skills and add new ones while gaining confidence in your ability to realize your own designs. This class will focus on specialized tools and techniques that will stretch your imagination and offer you more possibilities for making. These will include forming with the hydraulic press, surface design with acid etching, and an introduction to faceted stone setting. If you have already learned the basics of jewelry-making and are ready for the next step, this workshop is a great way to continue advancing your skills. 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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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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