A Feast of Textures with Chasing and Repousse

Chasing and Repoussé

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

Instructor: Megan Corwin

Advanced Wax Working with a Focus on Stone Setting

There are many simple approaches to designing and working in wax, truthfully anyway can carve wax. However few can do it with precision and efficiency.  Challenge yourself to improve your skills in wax by tackling complex designs and patterns while incorporating stones as either a focus or access component. Lost wax casting is widely used for mass production and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. If you enjoy working in wax it is a marketable skill worth developing.  Nothing beats practice and having a good teacher to support and guide you over the hurdles. The final waxes produced in class will be sent out to a professional casting house and returned the final week for finishing. Basic wax working skill required. *Students enrolled in multiple week classes are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours.

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

Anticlastic Forming in Metal

Anticlastic forming lends itself to creating exceptionally strong, flexible, lightweight, and organic-looking forms. In anticlastic forming a flat sheet of metal is shaped by compressing its edges and stretching the center so that the surface develops two curves at right angles to each other, like a horse saddle. Students will develop a basic of the process in this three-day hands-on workshop focusing on "open" or "mono-shell" forms made from a single piece of thin sheet metal, working to create striking dimensional shapes. Decking these forms will be shown in class to demonstrate how doing so will expand the range of forms available increasing design options. Anticlastic forming dates to the Early Iron Age yet a new focus on this ancient technique has yielded some of the most interesting forms in contemporary metalwork and has only recently been explored in detail. Some facility with a hammer like “fold-forming” will be helpful. Materials Included (tool kits available for purchase)

Instructor: Bill Dawson

Basic Band Ring

The construction of a basic band ring is simple yet does present some challenges. The ring must fit, be comfortable and, of course, beautiful! This quick ring class will focus on the construction of a texturized and fabricated band ring. Measuring, cutting, chasing and embossing for texture, as well as soldering and some forming techniques will be covered.  Every student will leave class with a handsome, well-made ring that fits!  No experience necessary. Basic materials included

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Basic Bead and Wire Jewelry

Basic Bead and Wire Jewelry

Learn the simple tricks to cold working wire to create linkage systems for earrings, necklaces, ear wires and clasps.  This class will give you the basic skills to start making jewelry for yourself, as gifts, or to begin selling! Using basic hand tools, we will explore linkage systems for making earrings and necklaces. Projects will include one or two pairs of earrings and a bracelet. Student will make their own clasps and ear-wires, and learn basic small scale forging to add distinctive accents to their pieces.  No soldering. No experience necessary. Basic materials included

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

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.

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Beginning Jewelry Series: Links and Hollow Construction

Learn soldering, or vastly improve your skills, while focusing on small hollow forms and linked elements. 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. Each person can expect to create at least one fabulous linked project. No experience necessary. Basic materials included

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

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

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Bench Tricks for Metalsmiths

If you are interested in homemade tools and bench tricks to speed your production and understanding of metalsmithing, this workshop is for you. Charles will cover a loose, eclectic collection of short cuts, bench tricks, stone setting and polishing hints and alternative equipment options for metalsmiths. Cheap tool making, jeweler's secrets and unexpected sources for tools are described, many of which are found in Lewton-Brain's book, Cheap Thrills in the Toolshop and the CD, Bench Tricks for Goldsmiths.

Instructor: Charles Lewton-Brain

Bronze PMC Illumination Bowl

Explore the versatility of Bronze Precious Metal Clay in this one day class focused on a slightly larger-scale project made with quick-fire bronze clay. The bronze illumination bowl is big enough to hold a votive candle or other small treasures. It can be embossed with found objects like buttons or leaves, patterned by etched plates or fabric, pierced to let light through or carved to create unique designs. Bronze PMC is realatively inexpensive and strong. Students in this class will discover a marvelous material that can be worked just like clay yet when fired results in pure metal. No experience necessary; returning students welcome. $35 Materials fee payable to Instructor, cash or check  

Instructor: Suz O'Dell

Bronze Precious Metal Clay

Striking jewelry can be made easily and inexpensively with Bronze Precious Metal Clay. It can be rolled, molded, pressed and carved just like silver and gold clay however it is much less expensive! After being fired in a kiln this unique material results in a finished piece of pure, very strong bronze. The beautiful luster of bronze is ideal for creating visually warm elements to incorporate into your bead work or to create one of a kind jewelry pieces. This relatively inexpensive material can also be used to test run a PMC mold or to create models for molding.  This comprehensive workshop, ideal for beginning and intermediate levels will present students with numerous techniques for working with this fun material. Each student will have the opportunity to complete several projects with and without stones. No experience necessary; returning students welcome. $30-35 Materials fee payable to Instructor, cash or check

Instructor: Suzette O’Dell

Bronze Precious Metal Clay Bracelet

Striking jewelry can be made easily and inexpensively with Bronze Precious Metal Clay, bronze clay that when fired in a kiln results in pure metal!  This workshop will focus on the construction of a linked bracelet however students might also explore components for earrings and pendants.  Let your imaginations go wild and make each link a different pattern or shape, exploring the wide range of possibly with this remarkable material.  Parts for the bracelet will be made during the first day.  The instructor will fire them over-night and the second day will consists of clean up, polishing, and completion.  This is an excellent opportunity to get introduced to Bronze PMC and or expand on basic PMC skills.  No experience necessary however intermediate level students are encouraged as well. Materials kit: $30 payable to instructor, cash or check

Instructor: Suz O'Dell

Catches, Findings and Hinges

This workshop is an information-packed compilation of goldsmith’s construction tricks and fast, sure procedures for building a basic hinge and hints for other mechanisms. These will include pinbacks and basic hinges. The concept of relative fitting is emphasized.  This results in more successful construction technique and technical problem solving skills than traditional 'blueprint building' approaches may offer.  Production aids and bench tricks are discussed. There is a fair amount of lecture time in this intensive workshop-be prepared to take notes. Some materials included

Instructor: Charles Lewton Brain

Clasps, Hinges, and Mechanisms

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

Clasps, Hinges, and Mechanisms will be the focus of this three-day workshop. Students will learn to construct a variety of clasps that can be added to jewelry for a fully handcrafted closure to pendants, necklaces, and bracelets. No longer will you be limited by commercial catches for your creations. In addition, you will learn several techniques to taking the fear and loathing out of hinge making. Learn to construct perfectly aligned, no fail hinges. We will also delve into mechanism such as springs, gears, and locking devices that will add a new dimension to your jewelry designs. Prerequisites: basic metal working skill required.

Instructor: Richard Salley

Clasps, Hinges, and Mechanisms

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

Clasps, Hinges, and Mechanisms will be the focus of this three-day workshop. Students will learn to construct a variety of clasps that can be added to jewelry for a fully handcrafted closure to pendants, necklaces, and bracelets. No longer will you be limited by commercial catches for your creations. In addition, you will learn several techniques to taking the fear and loathing out of hinge making. Learn to construct perfectly aligned, no fail hinges. We will also delve into mechanism such as springs, gears, and locking devices that will add a new dimension to your jewelry designs. Prerequisites: basic metal working skill required.

Instructor: Richard Salley

Cloisonné Enameling

The vivid color and unique beauty of enameling has been prized for centuries. Cloisonné, with fine lines of precious metal delineating patterns and images, is appreciated around the world. In this class you will learn to create a suitable design, bend and apply the cloisonné wires, apply multiple layers of enamel and fuse them in the kiln, and grind and flash-fire the finished enamel, thereby creating a gemlike image of lasting beauty. With diligence our goal is to end with a completed piece ready for setting.  This is a beginner level class, no experience necessary however basic enameling helpful. Basic materials included

Instructor: Linnie Kendrick

Cold Connections: Beyond Rivets

  Do you work primarily in copper, brass, silver or even 14K white or yellow gold? Are you tired of constantly cleaning up fire-scale after soldering? Do you want to learn a faster, cleaner but equally durable way of joining two pieces of metal together? If so, this workshop is a must! Learn how to create flat, domed, tube, hinge, and seamless flush rivets. You will also learn how to use micro tap and dies to create your own custom nuts and bolts, and how to utilize small tabs to fold over and attach one piece of metal to another. Best of all, these cold joining techniques can also be used as decorative elements on finished pieces—truly marrying form and function. Learn to master these techniques and discover how you might incorporate them into your work by designing a piece of jewelry or other articulated object. Basic jewelry making skills helpful, soldering not necessary. Basic materials included

Instructor: Kirk Lang

Creative Metal Beads

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

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Creative Metals Beads

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.

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Creative Surface Development

Our world is covered in textures and patterns that inform and delight us. In the studio, a unique or well-chosen surface adds character and depth to an object, enhances and even defines it. But it so often happens that we come to rely on a handful of basic textures rather than developing our own creative surfaces. The goal of this workshop is to fix that, to uncover new ways to consider surface, to loosen up and experiment, generating a wide variety of metal samples — "flash cards". Each sample will be accompanied by notes detailing how the surface was produced, so that the effect can be replicated for future application. We will explore heat-generated surfaces as well as rolled, hammered, abraded, spontaneous and complex surfaces. Then, using some of the surfaces discovered, participants will build a brooch or pendant. A simple but elegant brooch finding system will be demonstrated. Discussion includes using natural surfaces as source material as well as how and when to apply surface texture during the construction of a piece. Bring a sense of play and a sharp pencil — there are sure to be lots of tips and tricks. Intermediate level. Some materials included

Instructor: Andy Cooperman

Cuttlefish Bone Casting: Beyond Texture

Cuttlefish bone casting is an ancient means of creating cast objects however you may be surprised by the versatility possible with a few good tricks.  Create rings with stone settings, findings, and finished work without all the equipment required for lost wax casting. Its low cost and convenience make it great for a small studio and those on a budget. It’s fun, fast and affordable!  Until the invention of vulcanized rubber for lost wax, the expert carving of cuttlebone was an excellent way to reproduce designs. Participants will discover the immediacy of casting with cuttlefish bone, the texture it can create, and how to use it to create multiples by making simple models. Demonstrations will include how to create a multiple part mold for the 3-dimensional casting of a ring with a stone setting, links, and an ingot mold for blanks as well as prong, bezel, and tube stone settings. Students may bring any sterling silver scrap to recycle by casting. All levels. Basic materials included

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

Decking Hollow Fold Forms

Fold forming can create incredibly beautiful shapes but hollow folded forms can be too flexible for practical purposes. Like the deck of a large ship deck, "decking" makes open forms stronger and can be used to fortify any hollow metal shape making it a very transferable skill.  Expand on your basic knowledge of fold forming with more complex patterns including wire scoring and hollow fold-forms. Learn to "deck" your forms to create rigidity, turning these fantastic organic shapes into more functional vessels. Some advanced soldering techniques will be demonstrated as soldering a deck onto a hollow form is no easy task. Basic fold forming and soldering skills required. Basic materials included

Instructor: Bill Dawson

Die Forming for Multiples: The Wonders of the Hydraulic Press

Die forming for chasing and repoussé is the process of pressing or hammering metal into a cut out design in a hard, resistant material. The result is a puffed-out shape that can be repeated many times. The die can be flipped over and pressed from the other side as well for making hollow forms and reverse earrings. Die forming allows the chaser to create a repoussé form without punching it out by hand. The individual forms are easily chased to make them unique. Nancy Mēgan Corwin is an expert chasing and repoussé artist who specializes in die forming as part of her artwork and teaching. To get the most out of this two-day intensive, students must know the basics of chasing and repoussé, such as working in pitch and handling chasing hammers and tools. The teacher and the studio will supply variously shaped dies for use during class. Students will learn to use acrylic dies in the hydraulic press and non-toxic PVC dies for hand hammering the forms. Some materials included, $5-15 materials fee payable to instructor cash or check

Instructor: Nancy Megan Corwin

Drawing on Metal

If you've been dreaming of adding some yummy color to your metal work come and spend 4 fun filled days learning my technique for applying color to copper with colored pencils at Danaca Design. Color, pattern, and texture will be discussed as well as instruction on how to incorporate this technique into pendants, pins, and earrings. Design your own or use my simple pattern to get started. We will work on design, fabrication, and finishing as well. All levels welcome. It's always fun and you'll learn a lot. $20 kit fee payable to instructor

Instructor: Deb Karash

Enameling Oddities

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

Instructor: Keith Lewis

Enameling Recycled Steel for Jewelry

Are you the magpie always collecting pieces of rusty steel on the street? Are there bits of magnetic metal in your studio that you’ve tucked away, swearing that one day you’ll clean them up to make a masterpiece? Enameling is a great way to protect jewelery made from mild steel and is so easy to master. Bring your rusty recycled bits and bobs to Danaca Design in Seattle to learn the skills to turn these into beautiful and unique jewels. Some jewelry making and enameling experience helpful. Basic materials included

Instructor: Melissa Cameron

Engraving On and Off the Block

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

Instructor: Bill Dawson

Etching Metal

See an image or pattern come to life in brass and copper through the acid etching process!  This technique is excellent for creating exclusive textures on copper and brass sheet which can be cut and incorporated into jewelry, enameled or used as rolling mill templates to emboss precious metals and even paper.  Patterns can be hand drawn directly on the sheet metal or photo transferred. Physical properties of different acids and metals, resist techniques and studio safety will be explored. The end result will yield several etched plates for use in future jewelry/design projects!  This workshop is appropriate for beginners, however experienced jewelry artists may find it very exciting as well. $35 Material Kit fee payable to instructor, cash or check

Instructor: Jessie Wylie

Extrodinary Effects with Polymer Striped Canes

What do you think of when you think of polymer clay? If you are familiar with the work of Cynthia Toops you think, magic.  The mundane becomes magical when viewed and worked as a material worthy of artistry.  In this class students will start with simple striped canes, reassembling and transforming them into more complex canes like leaf and floral designs uncovering endless possibilities.  These canes can then be used to cover beads and cabochons to create unique decorative elements for your jewelry.  Techniques like combing, carving and mokume gane will be covered expanding and enlivening your repertoire.  Finally students will explore "thin sheet work" to make simple pins, bracelets and other alternative polymer clay forms.  This class is open to all levels, from the beginner curious about the many possibilities of polymer clay to the advanced student interested in focusing on a particular aspect of the medium. No experience necessary. Some materials included

Instructor: Cynthia Troops

Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Applications: Fancy Stones

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 or $150 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor, cash or check

Instructor: Kirk Lang

Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Applications: Round Stones

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

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  

Instructor: Kirk Lang