A Feast of Textures with Chasing and Repousse

Chasing and Repoussé, Megan Corwin

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

Bang & Bend: Forged Rings

Forged ring, Andy Cooperman

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)

Instructor: Andy Cooperman

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

Wire and bead necklace

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

Stand away hinge, Richard Salley, Clasps, Hinges, and Mechanisms

This class is FULL. 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

Stand away hinge, 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 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

Enamel brooch by Keith Lewis

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

Explore and Expand

Necklaces, Micki Lippe

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.

Instructor: Micki Lippe

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 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor, cash or check

Instructor: Kirk Lang

Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Applications: Round Stones

Ring by Kirk Lang

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

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

Faceted Stone Setting, Theory and Applications: Round Stones

Ring by Kirk Lang

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

Fantastic Fold Forming!

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 as well as explore interrupted folds, texturing fold forms, and fold forming 3-D forms.  Students will cut, file, and practice annealing metal as well as develop a fundamental understanding of how to use a jeweler's hammer. This workshop is an excellent precursor to Anticlastic Forming offered later this year.  All levels. Basic materials included

Instructor: Bill Dawson

Filigree Techniques

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

Instructor: Peggy Foy

Fire, Forge and Flush-Stonesetting

This class will lead you on a journey filled with twists and turns to explore a variety of core metalsmithing skills that culminate with a finished silver ring. First, using either your own or purchased recycled sterling silver you will cast an ingot. Then with the help of the rolling mill along with hammers and an anvil, you will forge out a silver ring. Next, you'll practice flush setting faceted stones, getting ready for the real deal, setting stones into your hand-wrought silver ring. The class will be filled with tips and tricks for ingot making, forging and flush setting, including making your own setting tools. Open to all skill levels! $35 Materials fee payable to instructor, cash or check

Instructor: Jeff Georgantes

Fold-Forming with the Master

This workshop delivers more folds in one-day than you can possibly imagine! You will learn to make folds in each of the main categories. Forms are derived from the natural plasticity and ductility of the metal. Shaping is extremely efficient and rapid – many forms are complete in three to seven minutes. Tools are simple: fingers, hammer, anvil and mill. Complex relief forms are made from sheets of metal often in one annealing. Forms made with this method resemble chased, constructed and soldered forms and can be made with most metals, including steel. Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain has trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States to learn the skills he uses. You know that Fold Forming book you love? He wrote it! Materials included

Instructor: Charles Lewton-Brain

Forged Jewelry

Hand-forged jewelry is among the most classical and is executed with the most basic tools: a hammer and anvil. With these humble tools a skilled metalsmith can transform a copper rod or piece of silver wire into an extraordinary object of art. Using brass, copper, and silver, students will employ a variety of hammers to forge squares, tapers, twists, fullers, and decorative rivet heads to create elegant forms in jewelry. Students will learn the basics of forging non-ferrous metals and come away with an incredibly valuable and transferable set of skills. These techniques can be used in a multitude of projects. Students will experiment with basic torch work including casting ingots of sterling scrap to use in their projects. You’ll come away with forged samples as well as a finished pendant, ring, or bracelet. The class will forever alter your perspective on jewelry making. Moderate comfort with a jeweler's torch and hammer is helpful. Basic materials included

Instructor: Bill Dawson

High Relief Eastern Repoussé

Learn the secrets used by the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Scythian metalsmiths to texturally sculpt metal into any shape or design to achieve exquisite detail, unsurpassed depth, and multiple levels of relief exclusive to this type of repousse. You will gain a working knowledge of the process which can be used on any scale whether wearable, functional, or sculptural. Participants will also be introduced to the possibilities of working with alternative materials, such as mokume gane and bi-metal.  Victoria Landsford has generated an exciting revival of nearly lost, old world metalsmithing techniques including high relief Eastern repoussé and Russian filigree. She will be vising us all the way from Atlanta, GA! All levels. Basic materials included, tool sets available to purchase from instructor cash or check

Instructor: Victoria Lansford

History of Decorative Wire

Bead wire, roped molding, spiral and tapered wires can be used as decorative elements in your jewelry and you can custom make them on the spot! Come learn the techniques involved in producing traditional wire and moldings forms from different time periods.   In addition to new skills students will take home samples including those mentioned above and wire of various cross sections such as triangular and hexagonal. This quick class will open a world of possibility. Basic metal working experience helpful; no soldering experience required. Basic materials included

Instructor: Bill Dawson

Image & Mark Making in Enamel

This workshop focuses on ways to achieve images and marks in vitreous enamel. Develop new compositions and designs in your work by learning to make a variety of lines and marks in enamel.  Using copper as the substrate the demonstrations include sifting, sgraffito, stencils, ceramic oxides, overglaze/china paints, underglaze pencils and other experimental techniques. The emphasis in this workshop will be on creating exciting surfaces through exploration of both traditional and non-traditional enameling processes. Some Materials Included.

Instructor: Jan Smith

Image Transfer on Polymer Clay

If you are interested in incorporating photographs, texture, or color into your work, image transfers on polymer clay is a fun and easy solution with infinite possibilities. Creating clear photographic transfers as well as altering the images to conjure unusual textures and rich color will be demonstrated. Ideas for incorporating surface embellishments will also be introduced along with a variety of ways to use transfers in your work including cutting and setting as well as different options for protecting the surface. This class focuses primarily on using a transfer paper and Sculpey Premo. Other techniques will be discussed and, time permitting, students will have the option to try other systems. We will also cover the equipment needed to pursue this simple and affordable method in your home studio.  A basic understanding of working with polymer clay is helpful.

Instructor: Sarah Wilbanks

Introduction to Decorative Metal Inlay

Metal inlay techniques have been practiced both in Europe and the Far East for centuries as a straight-forward means to ornament everything from jewelry to ceremonial axes. The process allows jewelry and metal artists to securely apply contrasting colors of metal without heating the work.  As a result the inlay process allows the finished pieces to remain hardened, critical to functionality.  Simple patinas can be used to enhance the decorative images by creating vivid contrast. Begin learning these traditional techniques in this introduction workshop focused on decorative line inlay. Field and dot inlay will be touched on as well providing additional options to explore. Specialized tools are used for this technique. These tools will be provided for class and will be available for purchase. No experience necessary however basic metals working skill helpful. Materials Fee: $10 payable to instructor cash or check, specialized tools available for purchase

Instructor: Bill Dawson

Introduction to Hinges and Clasps

Bracelet, Peggy Foy

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.

Instructor: Peggy Foy

It Ain’t Just a Drill: Getting the Most From Your Flexible Shaft

Flex shaft hand piece, It Ain't Just a Drill- Getting the Most from your Flexshaft

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

So, you're a jeweler or metalsmith about to be stranded on a desert island. You can bring only one tool. (Oh yeah, the island has electricity). What tool do you bring?

If you were Andy Cooperman you’d most likely bring your Flexible Shaft machine. It may be the most versatile tool at the bench. And yet for many makers it is the most underutilized and least understood.

Here’s your chance to gain a deeper understanding of this marvelous tool and expand your vocabulary of flexible shaft techniques and applications.  This one-day, demonstration-only workshop will cover the basic machine itself and discuss the use of burrs, bits, grinding, shaping, finishing and polishing aids and various hand pieces.  Everything from Abrasives to Zam. Expect some eye opening innovative tricks as well. All levels.

Tool kits available, cash or check payable to instructor. Bur Kit $15, Abrasive Kit $10

Instructor: Andy Cooperman

Jewelry Making Basics with Wire

Wire link necklace

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

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

Jewelry Summer Camp for Kids 8-12

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. Materials included

Instructor: Tegan Wallace

Just Hot Enough: Mixed Metal Surfaces

Numerous beautiful and complex mixed-metal patterns and compositions can be created both by soldering and by exploiting the different melting points of common jewelry metals. In this workshop we will explore various ways of combining metals to create rich effects through experimentation with soldering, fusion and inlay, further enhanced by rolling and roll-printing and the application of a series of simple patinas that enhance the contrast between metals. The main focus will be on using metal scraps and powder to create “yardage” which can then be used- much like mokume-gane- as a part of finished jewelry pieces. Emphasis will be on understanding the ways in which the properties of different metals can be fully exploited to create rich and unexpected effects. (Extra-thick copper, Nu-gold, gold/silver bimetal and Frip’s Flux in spray bottles will be available for purchase from the instructor.) Some Materials Included

Instructor: Keith Lewis

Keum-Boo: Surface Treatment with Gold

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

Instructor: Suz O'Dell

Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

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

Instructor: Michelle Zeidman

Kiln Fire Enameling Basics II

The first class will leave you inspired and wishing for more time so this is the class for you!  Refine what you learned in Enamel Basics I and explore many new possibilities by adding transparent enamels to your palette, special effects with glass shards and beads, and rubber stamp images. Continue investigating how firing time and temperature affect results and discover the quick beauty of liquid enamels.  Students are encouraged to bring their own pre-cut copper shapes, stencils, rubber stamps, and lead-free enamels to experiment with in class.  Prerequisite: Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I or equivalent. Basic materials included

Instructor: Linnie Kendrick

Let’s Make a Spoon!

Sterling spoons, Bill Dawson

Create a one of-a-kind small serving, baby, table, or commemorative spoon.  It's not as complicated as you might think! In this workshop, students can choose among several techniques for creating a personalized spoon. This is an excellent introduction to the basics of smithing without the time and expense of raising a large vessel.  Spoons are a great gift idea and a marvelous opportunity to explore forging metal to create something other than jewelry. Copper will be provided; however, students are welcome to work in silver.  No experience necessary.

Basic materials included

Instructor: Bill Dawson

Low Tech Enameling

Sample of low tech enameling

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

Discover how to add vibrant color to your copper and fine silver jewelry using a torch and a few simple tools. In this exciting three-hour workshop students will learn the basics of enameling, sample a variety of colors, and work with both flat and three-dimensional forms as they explore the potential of this versatile technique.

Basic materials included

Instructor: Allan Thorne

Low Tech Gravity Casting

Learn the fundamentals of casting by exploring the exciting and ancient technique of pouring molten metal directly into molds made from organic materials, sand and soft stone.  This process does not require a centrifugal setup or any major equipment so it is easily reproduced in a home studio or in your back yard!  This workshop will cover carving a mold and casting into tufa (light-weight sandstone), creating a quick mold in cuttlefish bone, a material easily found at any pet store producing a lovely texture, and sandcasting, an ancient way to reproduce an object.  Students will also explore casting into other organic materials for surprising effects!  Rudimentary alloying, pouring an ingot, finishing techniques and safety will all be discussed.  Bring your clean silver scraps if you have some.  No experience necessary. Basic materials included

Instructor: Juan Reyes

Many Facets of Stones

Do you find yourself a little confounded at the gem shows, wondering how to determine quality and value? Do you just love stones and want to understand more about them?! Unravel some of the mystery by bringing your questions to a professional. This workshop will examine many of the issues and qualities you should understand when you begin to buy gem stones for your jewelry, as well how to communicate to your clients when you sell them. Jim will bring a variety of gemstones for discussion. Basic materials included  

Instructor: Jim Dailing

Mentored Independent Study

3 weeks = $115; 4 weeks = $145; 5 weeks = $180
Drop-in=$20/hour; Punch cards = $150/12 hours
Drop-in students and Punch Card holders do not have access to Practice Hours

Join a mentored independent study group to learn new skills in a consistently supportive environment. With instructor guidance, these on-going classes allow independent study students to explore a wide range of projects. Class-time can be used to both game-plan and work; demonstrations are tailored specifically to each class period. This is an excellent opportunity to tackle a challenging project that you may need feedback on or technical advice to execute. Register for 3 - 5 weeks for a discounted rate and access to *Practice Hours. Drop-in also welcome.  These ongoing classes are offered both mornings and evenings. Basic metal working skills required. Materials are not included.   Please call the studio to register for Mentored Independent Study, 206-524-0916. Students enrolled in multiple week classed are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during *Practice Hours; there is no additional charge to attend.  

Instructor: Dana Cassara, Juan Reyes

Moving Metal Three Ways

This workshop will introduce students to three of the most traditional and useful ways to directly work metal: raising, stretching and forging. All three techniques involve hammers, anvils in various forms and a torch. Most importantly they rely on the remarkably plastic nature of metal that with skillful execution can produce an astonishing array of desired forms from modern jewelry to ancient vessels. Raising is creating a dimensional form by compressing portions of the metal; making it thicker. This form may be anticlastic or synclastic. Stretching is creating a dimensional form by stretching portions of the metal; making it thinner. Forging is creating a dimensional form, by squeezing portions of it between the hammer and anvil. We will be discussing the differences between and relative advantages of these approaches, and will be working hands on with copper. Projects may include a sunken vessel, an anticlastic torc or bracelet, and or forged bar to create a cuff or handles to attach to a hollow form. No experience is required, but stamina and accuracy with a hammer is a must. Basic materials included

Instructor: Bill Dawson

Needlefelting Forms for Jewelry

Make large jewelry with a distinctive look that is practically weightless! How, you may ask? Felting is an excellent way to do it. Spend a relaxing and inspiring weekend learning to shape a ball of soft wool into amazing 3-dimensional objects using a felting needle. The pieces produced can be worn as pendants, strung like beads, incorporated into a ring or (since it’s that time of the year) used as a treasured tree ornament! Students will start by making felted beads and a variety of other basic forms. From there the class will create a bigger piece, adding sculptural details, patterns, color and found objects. You will probably poke your finger a few times but you will have lots of fun and discover a new exciting medium. $30 Materials fee payable to instructor

Instructor: Cynthia Toops

Patination of Metals

Patina is the final touch, the icing on the cake, the surface that sets one apart from the crowd; it can add both depth and texture transforming our metal, often unpredictably, into an unimaginably beautiful thing. On metal, patina refers to a thin coating of various chemical compounds such as oxides or sulfates formed on the surface during exposure to atmospheric elements, a common example is rust or the warm brown color of the penny in your pocket. Charles will present safe, easy patination methods for metals that involve easily obtainable (think kitchen chemicals) to produce a wide range of blues, greens, browns, blacks, greys and reddish tones on most metals including precious. Application methods and control of pattern and surface will be described and addressed as a compositional system. No experience required. Basic materials included

Instructor: Charles Lewton Brain

Polymer Clay Jewelry Intensive: Seven Bead Bracelet

Explore the wide variety of possibilities in polymer clay for jewelry while focusing on seven unusual beads for a comprehensive sampler bracelet. In this intensive weekend workshop students will investigate various bead shapes, explore hollow and foil cores, surface decoration with simple and complex canes, as well as carving, drawing, onlay, mokumegane 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. Cynthia is masterful with polymer clay, bringing a creative edge to everything she does. No experience necessary; returning students are encouraged. Materials Included

Instructor: Cynthia Toops

Polymer Clay Thin Sheet Bracelets

Cynthia Toops has mastered the intricacies of transforming polymer clay into remarkable and fine objects of wearable art. In this class students will learn to construct a variety of magnificent "thin sheet" bracelets using a typically mundane material. To save time, the class will work only in black and white clays (and not quite 50 shades of grey) exploring the limitless possibilities even within this restricted pallet. No experience necessary. Basic materials included

Instructor: Cynthia Toops

Polymer Micro Mosaics for Jewelry

Cynthia Toops is widely recognized for her remarkable artistry in polymer clay, most especially for her polymer clay micro mosaics. In this workshop students will learn her tricks and create incredible micro-mosaics of their own to use like gems in pendants, brooches and/or rings.  No previous polymer clay or metal working experience is necessary for this exciting workshop.  Some materials included

Instructor: Cynthia Toops

Potent Pair – Form & Color

The ability of color to manipulate the viewer's perception of and response to form will be discussed and experimented with in this three day workshop with renowned artist Helen Shirk. The workshop will include demonstrations of 3D hammer forming processes (like you have never seen before), texturing, attachment, and methods of surface coloration including prismacolor pencils, chemicals, and paint. Students will work in copper to develop combinations of form and color that give power and presence to their metalwork. Helen Shirk is Professor of Art Emerita at San Diego State University where she taught from 1975-2010. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to learn from a rock star! Some materials included

Instructor: Helen Shirk

Powder Coating With or Without the Gun

Powdered Plastic that fuses into a glassy plastic surface in a home toaster oven? Yes, it can be done with or without the gun! We will use both sifter and gun to play with color and demystify powder coating! Easy, quick and inexpensive powder coat is a fun way to add color to many surfaces. If you love adding color to your work this is another tool in your toolbox. Not just for cars or metal, powder coat can be applied to wood or any material that can tolerate heat. In addition to basic application we will explore creating forms with readily available silicone molds and for those interested we will construct simple silicone custom molds. We will also make a set of color samples of the different types of powder coat available (transparent, opaque, texture and fleck – the "glitter" used on cars). Basic metalworking skills is helpful for cutting metal shapes to coat but not necessary. Materials included    

Instructor: Rachel Shimpock

Precious Metal Clay Basics I

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

Instructor: Suzette O’Dell

Precious Metal Clay Basics Part II

Now that you have a little experience with PMC under your belt, continue to explore and learn more about this remarkable material. In this class students will have the opportunity to construct and fire several of pieces of their own design, and exploring various ring styles and prong setting. This quick class is designed to allow students to pursue projects of their choice with instructor guidance and build confidence with the techniques and equipment gaining a stronger foundation to work with PMC independently. Come to class with project ideas and discover how much more you can do with this clay. PMC Basics I required. Materials Fee: $75 Payable to Instructor, cash or check

Instructor: Suzette O'Dell

Precious Metal Clay Weekend

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.

Instructor: Suzette O’Dell

Press, Push, Puff!

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.

Instructor: Jessie Wylie

Repurposing Precious Metals and Jewelry

Finally, learn how to put those silver scraps you’ve been collecting to work for you. Melt down silver or gold to create new wire or sheet to work with. Take apart those single earrings that seem to accumulate and reuse the components. Create new jewelry from your old jewelry in this weekend workshop designed to teach basic casting and cold connections skills. This class will focus on identifying reusable materials including various metals, glass, resin and stones as well as how to problem-solve taking jewelry apart and putting it back together.

Instructor: Bill Dawson

Rings, Rings, RINGS!

Rings hold a special place in the lexicon of jewelry and pretty much everyone loves them. In this three-day beginner’s workshop we will explore the basic construction of band rings, stacking rings, and rings with both bezel set cabochons and tube set faceted stones. Although rings can be relatively simple to make they do present a unique challenge, aside from the need to be comfortable and beautiful they also must fit! All students will leave with an understanding of how to measure, embellish, form, and solder both a basic band and shanked rings.  Depending on experience level students may explore a variety of band styles and decorative detailing. Cutting, chasing and embossing for texture, as well as soldering and some forming techniques will all be covered.  Every student will leave class with a handful of well-made ring that fits!  No experience necessary. Returning students welcome! Basic materials included

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Riveting Basics

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

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Rivets & Cold Connections

Come learn a variety of techniques for joining parts securely, without the use of heat or solder. This workshop will cover a wide range of mechanical joints that can be achieved with simple tools. We will be working with simple headed rivets, roves, blind rivets, tube rivets, coiled joints, mini screws, and much more. There will be practice samples, as well as the option for a finished piece of jewelry to take home. We will work with brass, copper, silver, and horn or antler, learning how to determine the appropriate sort of cold joint for the materials at hand. Materials included

Instructor: Bill Dawson

Russian Filigree

Learn the secret of Russian filigree, the technique of tension fitted, open back filigree. Through extensive demonstrations and hands-on exploration, you will learn how to make delicate scalloped wire, create a pendant and a finger ring, and begin a bead. Discover the necessary steps and tricks to ensure success and fun through this exquisite technique. The workshop includes discussion and demonstrations of Victoria’s contemporary sculptural jewelry and functional objects and other three-dimensional possibilities with the process. Those familiar with the technique through Victoria's Russian Filigree DVD will have the opportunity to work on more advanced projects. Participants must know how to solder with a torch. Basic materials included

Instructor: Victoria Lansford

Setting Up a Home Studio: Tips, Safety and Q&A

Setting Up a Home Studio: Tips, Safety and Q&A Students frequently request advice when it comes to setting-up-shop at home. Here is your chance to ask all the important questions racing through your head. Ventilation, lighting, ergonomics, noise issues, and tool gathering will all be discussed in this quick workshop designed to help get you started and/or fine-tune a studio already in progress. Establish a safe and productive metal-working environment on a minimal budget. Build the studio you need with the resources you have! All levels. Materials included

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

Silver Reticulation

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

Instructor: Juan Reyes

Soldering Essentials

Smith acetylene/air torch, Soldering Essentials

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

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Stacking Rings with Gemstones

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

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Stirred, Not Shaken – Sterling Bar Spoons

Sterling spoons, Bill Dawson

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

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 your 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.

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Surface-Setting Faceted Stones

Transform any simple piece of jewelry with the sparkle and color of faceted gemstones! This two-day workshop will involve lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on time exploring the possibilities in surface-setting faceted stones. Jim Dailing, a master goldsmith, will cover flush setting, bead, pave, and channel setting. Jim also caters to the class frequently demonstrating techniques on demand such as a tapered tube setting and remarkably efficient wax carving.  Time will be spent looking at different cuts and working qualities of stones that should be considered during the setting process. Prerequisites: This is an intermediate-to-advanced level workshop. Basic materials included

Instructor: Jim Dailing

Survey of Stone Setting

This fast-paced, primarily demonstration style course will introduce students to a wide variety of stone setting techniques including a basic bezel for cabochons; prong and flush settings for faceted stones; pedestal settings; tube, post, and bar settings for multiple stones; capture sets; and a few ideas for how to set unusual shaped stones or found objects. Soldering setups and finishing tips, as well as and overview of tools and equipment that make setting easier and provide professional finishes will be introduced in this comprehensive and valuable class. For those with experience it may provide some review and/or a critical missing link of information. For beginning students this course will offer an excellent overview of what is possible with stones and simple techniques to jump in and try.  All levels, basic metal working helpful.

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

Tailor-Make a Decorative Stamp

Handmade decorative stamps

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

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

Instructor: Bill Dawson

The Big Ring

Hollow constructed ring

Make a statement! Hollow rings can be big, bold, and tough yet maintain a remarkably light weight saving metal and potentially your teeth!  In this quick workshop students will learn simple construction tricks to design and fabricate a sensational ring and walk away with greater understanding of jewelry fabrication. Hollow rings have been around since antiquity however the techniques used lend themselves to creating a very modern look that is not only stylish but physically strong. If you are looking for skill building projects and like big rings, this is the class for you! Intermediate level. Beginning Series or equivalent recommended.

Instructor: Juan Reyes

The Original Imaginative Captures

Do you have a stone, enamel sample or little found treasure that’s been lying on your bench just waiting for a great way to be incorporated into something? Well, imagine that you could take a workshop that would give you the strategies and tools to make that piece and along the way give you a new way to look at how you’re approaching your work and your workspace. This is Capturing. Based on many of the things we all ready know (the basic principles of stonesetting) Imaginative Captures can help you develop new, elegant, more fully integrated setting solutions and break down some of the rigid walls that exist between ideas, process and materials. This information packed workshop is designed to liberate the problem solver within by discussing the whys along with the how’s and offering a wide variety of tricks, shortcuts, studio tips and some really bad jokes. Among the topics demonstrated and discussed: cold connecting, caging, back setting, the flex shaft and advanced soldering techniques. Participants must have basic jewelry skills and a familiarity with tools and studio equipment. Required skills include drilling with the flex shaft machine, sawing, filing, silver soldering and basic bezel setting. Students should have experience with: the rolling mill, torches, hammers, buffers, etc. Those who enroll must be able to solder unattended. $25 materials fee payable to instructor, cash or check

Instructor: Andy Cooperman

Tool Making for Jewelers

You do not have to live without the tool you need. In this money-saving and skill-building workshop, learn to make exactly what you want and need with master tool maker Bill Dawson.  Students will explore working with steel to make several simple tools including a scribe, chasing punch and other decorative punches, while gaining the skills to create, alter and customize a range of tools both for the jewelry shop and general use. This course will cover the shaping, hardening and finishing of steel tools, as well as tool design and the making of nonferrous tools.  Learning these skills will provide the artist with a whole range of options, allowing him or her to create or alter tools to suit the task at hand.  No experience necessary. Basic materials included

Instructor: Bill Dawson

Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making

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

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Total Immersion: Intermediate Jewelry Making

What could be more fun than making jewelry for an entire week? Nothing! Join me on this five-day journey that will boost your confidence and knowledge at the jeweler's bench. We will focus heavily on construction and soldering tricks as well as finishing techniques to create desired surfaces. A variety of stone setting options will be covered including tube, pedestal, and captured settings. Basic hydraulic press forming for creating multiples and preserving textures as well as simple hinges and a variety of cold connections and clasp systems will also be presented. Students may choose to work through the design and completion of a complex piece of jewelry or create samples of each technique over the course of the week. Basic materials included

Instructor: Dana Cassara

Unique Settings for Stones and Found Objects

Break away from the ordinary bezel and explore simple yet uncommon and fabulous holding systems for cabochons, large faceted stones, enamels, and interesting found objects. This class focuses on choosing the right setting for the piece, soldering, and valuable construction tricks—like how to hold work together while creating these unique settings. Using a variety of wire shapes and basic sheet metal, students will learn to construct settings for all kinds of wearable art. Proper use of setting burs and the introduction of special stone setting tools will be demonstrated. Students must bring stones or other objects to works with in class. The use of unusual cut or uncut stones, enamels, and other found objects is highly encouraged. Basic metal working experience necessary. Note: students enrolled in multiple week classes are welcome and encouraged to attend Practice Hours.

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

Using the Smith Little Torch

Student using Smith Little Torch, Using the Smith Little Torch

While there are several torch options, one of the most popular among bench jewelers is a mixed fuel, oxy-propane, and one of the best is the Smith ""little-torch"".  Micki Lippe will show you why as she demonstrates the versatility and precision of this well-loved tool.  Whether you own a mini-torch or not this is a great opportunity to pick up some soldering tricks from a seasoned professional while exploring the ways in which the "little torch" can benefit you.  Set up and basic maintenance will be covered and students are encouraged to bring their "soldering problems" to class!  Basic soldering experience required.

Instructor: Micki Lippe

Wax Working for Jewelers

This class is FULL and has already started.

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

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

What’s Your Poison? Rings with a Catch

Poison ring, Maru Almeida

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

Instructor: Maru Almeida

Working Thin Sheet Polymer Clay

To the delight and awe of her clients and students, Cynthia Toops has been transforming polymer clay into incredible objects of wearable art. In this class she will further inspire you by teaching some new tricks to construct organic hollow forms, bracelets, brooches and pendants using thin sheets of polymer clay. Cane work will be covered as it is a useful way to add pattern and interest to the jewelry. To save time and to focus on techniques, we will be working in a limited palette: black and white. No experience necessary. Basic materials included

Instructor: Cynthia Toops

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.  

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse