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Introduction to Hinges and Clasps

Bracelet, Peggy Foy
  • Instructor: Peggy Foy
  • February 20 – March 13, 2019
  • Four Wednesday Nights, 6:30 - 9:30
  • Class Fee: $295
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Learn to add movement and complexity to your work while increasing your skills as a jeweler.  This class will present a variety of ways to make hinges and clasps, including traditional hinges with knuckles, locket latches, and closures for necklaces and bracelets.  Peggy will show you some ingeniously simple solutions as well as some 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 Jewelry Making Series or equivalent required. *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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Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

  • Instructor: Michelle Zeidman
  • February 21 – 28, 2019
  • Two Thursday Nights, 6:00 - 9:30
  • Class Fee: $145

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

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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Soldering Essentials

Smith acetylene/air torch, Soldering Essentials
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • March 1, 2019
  • Friday, 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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Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Applications: Fancy Stones

  • Instructor: Kirk Lang
  • March 2 – 3, 2019
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • 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.

Shed your apprehension and learn to set challenging-shaped stones in this comprehensive, hands-on weekend with master stone-setter Kirk Lang. Building off of Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Applications: Round Stones, this more advanced workshop will teach students how to confidently set faceted stones with pointed corners. The workshop covers three types of settings: prong, flush, and bezel and three types of stone cuts: pear, triangle, and princess.  Students will learn the theory behind stone setting, gemstone characteristics, and how to make setting tools. The workshop focuses on solid demonstrations of each setting followed by practice setting stones in class.  Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Application: Round Stones or equivalent experience required. $125 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor, cash or check

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Stacking Rings with Gemstones

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • March 9, 2019
  • Saturday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • 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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Creative Metal Beads

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • March 10, 2019
  • Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $145

Beads are among the oldest and most treasured jewelry objects in human history. Fabricating hollow metal objects is a vital lesson in basic jewelry making and beads are an excellent way to learn some fundamentals. In this class students will become familiar with a variety of fundamental jewelry making tools including a disc cutter and dapping block, to make round domed beads, and a rolling mill to create fantastic and surprising textures. Basic hand skills like filing and drilling will be practiced as well as lessons in soldering hollow objects. Time permitted students will have the opportunity to explore other beads shapes, after all a bead does not have to be round! No experience necessary. Basic materials included

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Working with Gold-Filled Basics

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

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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Keum-Boo: Surface Treatment with Gold

  • Instructor: Suz O'Dell
  • March 17, 2019
  • Sunday, 10:30 - 1:30
  • Class Fee: $75

Add the luster of gold to 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 with rich color and texture. This is a great technique to inexpensively add gold to your work for a beautiful mixed metal look.  Students must bring finished PMC pieces, fine silver, or sterling silver pieces with a fine silver finish to class for applying the keum-boo process (mostly flat surfaces, no hollow forms).  All levels. $35 materials fee, payable to instructor check or cash Materials Fee: $35 or $75 Payable to instructor

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A Feast of Textures with Chasing and Repousse

Chasing and Repoussé, Megan Corwin
  • Instructor: Megan Corwin
  • March 29 – 31, 2019
  • Friday - Sunday | 3 weekdays | 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $490

Come join Megan Corwin in exploring the great textures and forms possible with the techniques of chasing and repousse. In this beginning class, students start by learning to use chasing tools and steel punches to define texture and create form in sheet metal held in the traditional chasers pine resin pitch. We will focus on experimentation and making samples. Megan brings tools for you to use during class and hand-made chasing tools by Bill Dawson are available for purchase in the studio. You will also make one or more chasing or texturing tools for your own personal collection. Check out Megan's website to see some examples of chased and repousse work. Discover new ways to express yourself in metal! $10 Materials Fee, payable to instructor cash or check. Materials Fee Includes: Tool steel to make a chasing tool(s) to take home

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Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • April 1 – 5, 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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Wax Working for Jewelers

  • Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
  • April 10 – May 29, 2019
  • 6 Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm - 9:30pm (no class May 15 and 22)
  • Class Fee: $360

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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Riveting Basics

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • April 13, 2019
  • Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Class Fee: $95

Basic riveting is a fun and a simple way to connect metal to metal and/or metal to non-metal or even non-metal to non-metal!  A new world of possibilities opens up to a jewelry designer when heat is taken out of the equation. Several simple rivet options will be demonstrated. We will discuss the advantages of each then hunker down to make some projects practicing what we’ve learned. This will be a fast paced, exciting class focused on designing, problem solving, practicing and producing work without soldering. Students should bring materials they are interested to incorporate into their projects. No experience necessary. Basic materials included.

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Soldering Essentials

Smith acetylene/air torch, Soldering Essentials
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • April 14, 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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Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • April 27 – 28, 2019
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $295

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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Engraving On and Off the Block

  • Instructor: Bill Dawson
  • May 4 – 5, 2019
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00-5:00
  • Class Fee: $295

Mastering the fine craft of engraving is a lifetime endeavor, but like most arts the basics can be learned in a fairly short time, thereafter repetition and careful practice increase skill. However a lot of embellishment can be done with relatively little engraving experience and engraving can add a great deal of interest to your designs. Understanding how to use a graver can also help with stone setting and tricky solder joints. In this workshop students will begin with the basics, tool setup and layout, then explore hand engraving, wriggle cut, and hammer driven engraving. A variety of methods for holding the work and schemes for pattern transfer will be covered. Lettering, gunmetal engraving, and inlay work will not. Each student will take home a basic set of gravers fitted to their own hands and a whole new range of options for decorating their designs. No experience necessary but some familiarity with tool sharpening is helpful as we will be doing a lot of that!
$60 Materials fee payable to instructor, cash or check

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Precious Metal Clay Weekend

  • Instructor: Suzette O’Dell
  • May 18 – 19, 2019
  • 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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Polymer Clay Seven Bead Sampler

  • Instructor: Cynthia Toops
  • May 25 – 26, 2019
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $295

There are incredible possibilities available to a jewelry artist using polymer clay.  Cynthia Toops' mastery will inspire you to explore and transform this mundane material while focusing on seven unusual polymer beads. In this comprehensive, intensive weekend, students will investigate various bead shapes, explore hollow and foil cores, surface decoration with simple and complex canes, as well as carving, drawing, onlay, and mosaic work. Time permitting, students will have the opportunity to work independently to pursue a particular area of interest with guidance from the instructor. Students will work with a restricted pallet in order to give focused attention to technique and construct either a bracelet or necklace. No experience necessary; returning students are encouraged. Materials Included.

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Silver Reticulation

  • Instructor: Juan Reyes
  • June 2, 2019
  • Sunday, 10:30-4:30
  • Class Fee: $125

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 to reticulate, 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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Enameling Oddities

Enamel brooch by Keith Lewis
  • Instructor: Keith Lewis
  • June 8 – 10, 2019
  • Saturday - Monday | 3 weekdays | 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.
 
  1. 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.
 
  1. 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.
 
  1. 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.
Some materials included.

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Stirred, Not Shaken – Sterling Bar Spoons

Sterling spoons, Bill Dawson
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • June 15, 2019
  • Saturday, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $180

Stir your next cocktail with a one-of-a-kind sterling silver bar spoon. This one day class will introduce you to the basics of forging a simple spoon, some hot silver work and soldering set ups for tricky joints. We will explore a variety of options to customize the spoon terminal including sterling pierce work, forged forms, a hollow form or a basic bezel setting. I hate to say it, but what an excellent holiday gift idea and a great way to spice up the party! Basic metal working skill required. Basic materials included.

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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

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

  • 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.
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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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Designs in Woven Metal

Brooch, woven metal, Jeanie Pratt
  • Instructor: Jeanie Pratt
  • September 20 – 22, 2019
  • Friday - Monday, 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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