Learn how to add hinges to your lockets, earrings, pendants, and little boxes. Five distinctly different styles of hinges will be taught, from one-knuckle style hinges to multi-knuckle pin hinges. One spring loaded hinge and one clasp hinge will be included in the mix. Students should be very comfortable with the saw, file, and torch to fully enjoy this class. The baffling world of constructing hinges will be eased as students will be lead through the processes in a logical order. Students will receive specific hinge materials and a detailed, illustrated reference booklet to take home. There will be base metals to practice and learn on. A $30 materials fee will be paid directly to the instructor.
Fold forming is folding and unfolding sheet metal, quickly forming it into wonderful 3-D shapes and textures. Invented by Charles Lewton-Brain, the technique has become extremely popular. Line folds, “T” folds and their variations are the foundation for many fold-forming techniques. In this fun 2-day workshop, you’ll learn fold forming techniques, using a hammer and various forming blocks, that translate well in the making of pendants, cuffs, leaves and earrings from copper and Sterling silver sheet metal. Heat and other patinas will also be discussed and may be applied to your pieces.
The finish on a piece of jewelry can make all the difference between breathtaking and so-so. Learn the steps of metal finishing and surface textures such as mirror polish, satin, tumbled, texture brushed, solder removal, etc. Discover ways to get different finishes using the flex-shaft, tumbler, buffer or by hand. Learn the different buffs, abrasives, brushes, tricks and techniques to achieve your perfect finish.
Silver metal clay consists of microscopic particles of metal in a moist organic binder. It is pliable like clay and fired in a kiln to burn off the binder and fuse the particles into a solid piece of metal. In this workshop, you will design your own texture plate and templates to make a one of a kind pendant and earring set. Add sparkle with your choice of CZ or dichroic glass micro cabochon.
First time in the jewelry studio? No problem. Learn to solder sterling silver wire, form it into a circle and shape it using a steel bangle die and the hydraulic press. Beginners can expect to complete 3 bangles during this workshop. Instructor will have a variety of sterling silver wire for sale ranging from $5 to $15 per bangle.
Create a beautiful pair of sterling silver and glass earrings even if you have no experience in the jewelry studio. Beginners can expect to complete 2 pairs of earrings. Materials kits will start at $15.00. There will be a variety of sterling silver sea creatures and glass will be available in different colors and shapes. Holiday themed earring materials will be also available in November
Beginners and experienced metalsmiths can both learn new skills in this workshop. Construct a Sunburst pendant by: Cutting a shape using a pancake die and the hydraulic press; Forming the shape using a tessellation die; and Joining the pieces by soldering a tube through the hole in the middle. Experienced students may also learn to tube set faceted stones. Tubes with preset stone will also be available.
There will be a $40 materials fee payable to the instructor.
Learn this simple and safe way of etching metal. Create beautiful patterns, fine line drawing and textures into a variety of metals. This class will focus on exploring the many different resists creating multiple design effects. Enjoy creating finished jewelry and texture plates, which can be used for roller printing.
Learn the art of texturing metal in this fun and fast paced workshop. Students will discover new applications of surface embellishment to add to their own work. Texture plates, roller pressing, fusing and charcoal casting will be introduced as well as many other texturing methods. Students will create a library of new textures as well as a finished pair of earrings.