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Jewelry Making Basics with Wire

Wire link necklace
  • Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
  • December 15 – 16, 2018
  • 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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Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • January 12 – 13, 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. Basic materials included.

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Bang & Bend: Forged Rings

Forged ring, Andy Cooperman
  • Instructor: Andy Cooperman
  • January 19 – 21, 2019
  • Saturday - Monday | 3 weekdays | 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $490

One of the great joys of metalsmithing is forging: moving metal with a hammer, redistributing mass and changing dimension without losing material. Forging lies at the very core of metalsmithing. In fact, the word smith is derived from “smite”, which means to strike. In this 3-day class we’ll explore small-scale forging, focusing on rings. We’ll get our feet wet hammering copper or brass rod and then move into sterling with the goal of finishing at least one wearable ring. Time permitting, we can even melt clean (solder free) sterling scrap into ingots and forge from there. The skills learned here can be applied to different metals and scales. Topics include simple model making, tapering, clean up and alternative methods. Students must have basic skills and be able to file, use the flex shaft, solder and anneal. Materials Fee $20 payable to instructor, cash or check (w/ option to purchase additional materials)

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Filigree Techniques

  • Instructor: Peggy Foy
  • January 23 – February 13, 2019
  • Four Wednesday Nights, 6:30 - 9:30
  • 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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Press, Push, Puff!

  • Instructor: Jessie Wylie
  • January 26, 2019
  • Saturday, 10:00 - 4:00
  • Class Fee: $125

Add dimension quickly and consistently to your metalwork by using a hydraulic press. It is ideal for making forms with patterned metal, building a production line, beginning a chasing project and much more! This is a fun and easy way to add texture, unique shapes and dimension to your art work. You will learn how to make a die using various materials. We will experiment with folds, cuts, and holes while using tons of pressure to form our metal.  Basic metal working experience recommended.

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Explore and Expand

Necklaces, Micki Lippe
  • Instructor: Micki Lippe
  • January 27, 2019
  • Sunday, 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $95

Increase Your Design Vocabulary and move into new creative territory. This workshop addresses design through a series of creative exercises involving paper, metal, and found objects. A portion of class time will focus on your individual needs—bring any projects to use as a basis for your new ideas. Challenge yourself out of your comfort zone. You’ll learn how to confidently resolve your, "I’ve been thinking about this but I’m not sure where to take it" moments, and leave with an increased ability to design the jewelry you want to make. All levels.

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Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • January 28 – February 1, 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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Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

  • Instructor: Michelle Zeidman
  • January 31 – February 7, 2019
  • two Thursday nights, 6:00-9:30
  • 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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Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Applications: Round Stones

Ring by Kirk Lang
  • Instructor: Kirk Lang
  • February 2 – 3, 2019
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • 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: Rings

  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • February 9 – 10, 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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What’s Your Poison? Rings with a Catch

Poison ring, Maru Almeida
  • Instructor: Maru Almeida
  • February 16 – 18, 2019
  • Saturday – Monday | 3 weekdays | 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $395

In this 3 day workshop we will not only discuss the mysterious history behind the Poison Ring but also learn the multiple techniques to create such a fun and challenging artifact. Students will construct a small container with hinges and a clasp all set atop a ring shank with or without a set stone, you pick your poison ;) An excellent technical skill builder, this class will explore the many different ways in which you can integrate the ring and container using the technique that best suits your individual taste and skill level. Although the Poison Ring may be behind many dark stories of plotting and revenge, they also where used for personal keepsakes. So whether it is a poison, a potion, a keepsake or your inner secrets…only you will know what is inside that beautiful ring you just made. Beginning to Intermediate level, must have soldering and basic metal working skills. $10 Materials fee payable to instructor, cash or check

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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

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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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

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 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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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. 2. 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. 3. 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. 4. 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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