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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

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  • Instructor: Michelle Zeidman
  • September 8, 2019
  • Saturday, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $155

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

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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Wax Working for Jewelers

  • Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
  • September 18 – November 6, 2019
  • 6 Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm - 9:30pm (No class October 23 and 30)
  • 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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Designs in Woven Metal

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  • 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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Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Applications: Fancy Stones

  • Instructor: Kirk Lang
  • October 5 – 6, 2019
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $430

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.

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Precious Metal Clay Basics I

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  • Instructor: Suzette O’Dell
  • October 19, 2019
  • Saturday 10:30 – 5:00
  • Class Fee: $95

Discover what you can make with Precious Metal Clay+ (PMC+). This marvelous material that can be worked just like clay yet when fired results in pure metals, in this case fine silver. Students will have the opportunity to construct and fire two or three pieces. In this one-day class, you will get a taste of what is possible while building a strong foundation to pursue the material in the future. No experience necessary.

Materials kit $75 payable to instructor, cash or check

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Keum-Boo: Surface Treatment with Gold

  • Instructor: Suz O'Dell
  • October 20, 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

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • October 26 – 27, 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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Filigree Techniques

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  • Instructor: Peggy Foy
  • November 16 – 17, 2019
  • 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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Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

Enamel earrings, student work, Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I
  • Instructor: Michelle Zeidman
  • November 23, 2019
  • 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 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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Tailor-Make a Decorative Stamp

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  • 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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