Classes, Community

Beginning Jewelry, Concrete Jewelry and Wax Working: The First Classes of Fall! 

We’ve got lots happening at Danaca Design this month: a gem show, a new gallery exhibition, a jewelry pop-up but in my book NOTHING is more important that our excellent jewelry making classes and we’ve got some great ones just around the corner! 

Barb Knuth is helping me out this month by teaching one of my most popular classes, Beginning Jewelry: Introduction. This beginner’s workshop is an ideal overview to the fundamental aspects of silversmithing. Over the course of 4-week nights, you’ll learn all the valuable basics: to saw, file, texture, form, and solder nonferrous metals like copper, brass, and silver. Not only that you’ll learn how to set a cabochon stone! 

Beginning Jewelry: Introduction with Barbara Knuth 
September 14, 21, 28, October 5, Four Wednesday evenings, 6-9pm 

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 I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Nashef last February when he presented at the Yuma Art Symposium. He is a dynamic and multitalented artist with an extensive background in traditional jewelry making. Traveling all the way from Michigan, he will share his secrets of concrete in jewelry making. This is a super exciting opportunity for anyone looking for new ideas. Concrete is a versatile material and it is down right cheap, so you can’t go wrong! 

Concreation – Concrete Jewelry with visiting teacher Michael Nashef 
September 23-25, Friday – Sunday 

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Learns the ins and outs of working with wax from the exceptionally knowledgeable Maru Almeida. 

Lost wax casting is widely used today for mass production of jewelry and jewelry components. However, it is also perfect for creating exceptional, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. 

Introduction to Wax Working for Jewelers with Maru Almeida 
September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 14, 21 Six Monday nights, 6:00 – 9:30pm 

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And at the VERY end of the month we are hosting an online class WITH A TWIST: work in the comfort of your own studio, OR in the studio at Danaca Design with access to all the tools necessary to complete the workshop and an assistant on hand for studio questions. This first ever hybrid class is offered by instructor Milt Fischbein who will dial in from Calgary to enrich us with his deep knowledge of filigree.

Introduction to Filigree Jewellery
September 30 – October 2, Friday 6-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

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Don’t forget, Mentored Independent Study now meets THREE times per week! 

Mentored Study is a great place to tackle challenging projects, learn fresh skills and discover new equipment in a consistently supportive environment. Register to drop in just one time or attend weekly. Mix and match teachers for a broader learning experience. Take more than one class per week and receive a 20% discount on the second class.  

MONDAY mornings with Maru Almeida | TUESDAY evenings with Juan Reyes | THURSDAY mornings with Dana Cassara 

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That’s it for classes in September but the great opportunities continue right on through into October. See all the coming classes HERE. 


LASTLY, Don’t miss the ROCK, GEM, BEER Gem Show Pop-up this Saturday, September 10. Thousands of cut stones from some of Seattle’s top gem dealers, all in one place, at one time, and there is beer! 

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Looking forward to seeing you there!