Working with PMC960 Flex (the flexible hybrid 960 silver clay), learn to create a cuff bracelet of your design. In the green ware stage, this exceptionally strong metal clay textures beautifully and carves easily enabling you to create elaborate surface designs before they are fired. Embellish your bracelet with an accent of colorful polymer clay as the focal point.
Skills you will learn: Create the bracelet components with a textured surface, add elements or create cells for polymer clay accents, learn to make and apply the hinge elements, polish all the fired elements, apply the polymer accents, assemble the bracelet and make the clasp closure.
Turn "Plain Jane" settings into attention getting, creative captures with unique prong engineering and design skills. The workshop will present slot prongs, fold formed prongs, integrated body prongs, star formed prongs, cutaway prongs, simple (very simple) basket setting, and shank button style prongs. Forget about fancy specialty tools in this workshop. Your favorite, well trained tools are all you will need. The DFAC studio is fully equipped for this workshop. We will use both faceted stones and cabochons. You will receive required materials and a step by step instruction book. If you have a certain stone you want to set, bring it; we'll see what can be done. A $65 materials fee will be paid directly to the instructor.
This is a weekend workshop.
Add the beauty of gold to your sterling silver jewelry with 24 karat gold! Students will be introduced to the Korean art of Keum-boo - an ancient gilding technique used to apply thin sheets of precious metal to silver and other metals. Aura22 - a 22 karat yellow gold "paint" will also be demonstrated. Traditional and unconventional methods of Keum-boo application and the advantages/disadvantages of each will be discussed to help the student find the application technique that serves them best. Learn how to achieve a dark patina on silver to make the gold pop! Students will create a pair of earrings or a pendant of Sterling silver embellished with 24 karat gold using the Keum-boo technique. Add the richness of gold to your jewelry designs with minimal expense! Students must be comfortable with a torch.
A materials fee of $85 is paid directly to the instructor (average depending upon the metals market at the time of the workshop).
Metal clay is a relatively new product consisting 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. It is a very versatile material that lends itself to mixed media combinations with glass, ceramics, and other materials as well as with traditional metalsmithing techniques. Accessible and easy to learn, beautiful pieces can be made by the average crafter in an afternoon. In this workshop, you will design your own texture plate and templates to make a one-of a kind pendant and earring set. Add some sparkle to your creations with your choice of CZ. Learn how to roll and texture the clay, make a bail, set a stone, and finish and polish your pieces.
A $15 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor. In addition, students must purchase metal clay, either online or from the instructor. See supply list for details.
In this workshop we will be using fine silver metal clay sheet, also known as metal clay paper. This soft and pliable material, made from particles of fine silver, was developed for use by origami artists. It can be folded, cut, punched, textured, and woven. We will fold a butterfly and decorate it with textured, punched and cut metal clay paper. You can make a pendant, ring or pair of earrings. Finish with a touch of gold. After firing in a kiln, you will have a beautiful, silver “jewelgami.” Learn about the possibilities presented by this form of metal clay and extend your metal clay skills. Also fun for those who love scrapbooking, origami, and other forms of paper crafting.
Metal clay comes in several forms. For this project, we will be using fine silver syringe to decorate a face or mask sculpted from metal clay. Two styles of metal clay ring shanks will be demonstrated. Metal clay ring sizing and shrinkage will be discussed. A $75 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor.
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 two pairs of earrings. There will be a variety of sterling silver sea creatures and glass will be available in different colors and shapes. Material kits start at $15 and are purchased directly from the instructor.