In this class you’ll learn the basic stitches in bead weaving necessary to create bead woven jewelry using needle, thread, and glass seed beads. You’ll learn peyote, herringbone, ladder and netting stitches along with their variations. After learning the basic stitches, you’ll design and create a piece of jewelry such as a bracelet, necklace, or earrings. Basic supplies necessary to learn the stitches will be provided. You may wish to purchase additional beads for the jewelry project you design. A $20 materials fee will be paid to the instructor in the first class.
This class is for students who have completed at least two sessions of Introduction to Silversmithing or have had prior experience with silver fabrication, soldering and bezel setting. We will build on basic skills with weekly demonstrations which will include advanced fabrication techniques, dapping and forging metal, cold-connections, as well as variations of bezel setting. Students will design their own original piece and will work with the instructor on refining their design and ordering materials.
Join us as we explore the wonderful world of metalsmithing. In this class, students will be introduced to the basics of working with sterling silver. We will discuss jewelry design and cover metalsmithing techniques; correct use of tools, simple forming, texturing, soldering, bezels, finishing and shop safety. We will fabricate a pendant in sterling silver and a pair of earrings with bezel set stones that combine the techniques we have covered in class. * Level 2 students will continue to refine their skills creating a link and medallion bracelet with self closure.
Materials fee will be collected at the first class.
Level 1 approx. $75.00
Level 2 approx. $85.00
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.
This fun and unique swivel lid box opens and closes with the movement of your body- giving all a glimpse of what's inside. This interesting conversation piece is a real eye catcher!
What you will learn: Box construction, textures and stencil decorations, using polymer clay as a tool, dry construction, drilling, finishing construction including bail assembly, riveting/cold connection, finishing techniques, polishing and patinas.
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.
Enjoy the use of DFAC’s newly updated jewelry studio with endless thanks to our creative partners, the West Coast Florida Society of Goldsmiths. This open studio allows both currently enrolled DFAC jewelry students & WCFSG members time to continue their jewelry-making pursuits outside of the designated class time. Open Jewelry Studio registration entitles you to an additional 18 hours of studio time. A monitor is present to oversee the proper use of studio equipment only. No instruction provided.Tuition includes a $10 lab fee designated to a common studio fund.
In this fun class, you'll learn the basic skills needed to design and create your own beautiful wire art jewelry. You'll become familiar with the "tools of the trade" and their proper uses.
Not to be confused with traditional wire-wrapping, this class teaches a style of wire jewelry that incorporates forging, texturing and different wire manipulating skills. You'll also learn about patinas and finishing techniques, all while creating a variety of jewelry components and unique wire bracelets and earrings. $45 Material Fee to be paid to instructor at time of class.
Create beautiful and unique jewelry using wire and beads. Build on the fundamental skills learned in Basic Wire I. In this class, you will learn many of the finer details that will make your jewelry stand out from the ordinary. Learn advanced links, clasps, wire wrapping techniques and finishes, and take your wire jewelry art to the next level! A $50 material fee is paid directly to the instructor at the start of class. Please check the instructor's website www.hodgepodgerie.com for a complete supply list.
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.
A $20 materials fee will be paid to the instructor.
Refresh the fundamentals or learn from scratch! In this introductory metalsmithing class, you'll learn the fundamental skills of metal jewelry fabrication. Learn good studio habits while learning how to solder with a gas torch, sawing, filing, using the flex-shaft, riveting techniques, finish work and other common bench and studio necessities. All students will be following the same curriculum.
You'll complete unique jewelry projects in copper, brass and sterling silver while learning the proper techniques necessary to build a solid foundation in the metal jewelry arts. this is a limited entry class, so sign up early to ensure your spot.
A $75 fee will be paid to the instructor for the metals and supplies used in class.
This class builds on the skills learned in Fundamentals of Jewelry Fabrication I. In addition, you will learn how to create a bezel and basic stone setting along with lots of demonstrations and hands-on work. You'll create beautiful pieces of jewelry while expanding and building your metalsmithing skills. All students will be following the same curriculum.
A fee of $75 will be paid to the instructor to cover the cost of metals used in class.
In this 6 week class, you'll learn to hone those wire working skills! Similar in structure to the Basic Wire class, each week will offer many new techniques and projects to tickle your imagination and polish up your skills. Etching, woven wire bezels, earrings, clasps, cool patinas and finishing are just a few of the things you will be able to add to your wire jewelry arsenal. Basic wire working skills a must! A $50 material fee is paid directly to the instructor at time of class.
This is a guided independent studies class for the intermediate to advanced metalsmith student. Bring in your jewelry projects or start something new! We'll troubleshoot both design and technique challenges and critique designs both one-on-one and as a group. This class is loaded with great bench tips and technical demonstrations to guide students through projects with success.
Bring your own materials or you may purchase materials from the instructor. A $15 materials fee, payable to the instructor, helps to defray the cost of miscellaneous supplies.
In this Metalsmithing II class, students will be introduced to technique-based projects designed to increase confidence with the torch and expand and hone their jewelry fabrication skill set, with a focus on torch control and more advanced stone setting techniques like unusual bezel and tube settings. Basic metal fabrication skills are a must! This class builds on the skills learned in the introductory Fundamentals of Jewelry Fabrication I and II classes or equivalent and is appropriate for advanced beginner to intermediate metalsmiths. This is a limited entry class, so sign up early to ensure your spot. A $15 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor. Additional materials may be purchased from the instructor or you may bring your own.
In this Metalsmithing II class, students will be introduced to technique-based projects designed to increase confidence with the torch and expand and hone their jewelry fabrication skill set, with a focus on torch control and more advanced stone setting techniques like unusual bezel and tube settings. Basic metal fabrication skills are a must! This class builds on the skills learned in the introductory Fundamentals of Jewelry Fabrication I and II classes or equivalent and is appropriate for advanced beginner to intermediate metalsmiths. This is a limited entry class, so sign up early to ensure your spot. A $15 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor.Additional materials may be purchased from the instructor or you may bring your own.
Metal clay is a relatively new product with microscopic particles of metal in a moist organic binder. After firing in a kiln, the binder burns off, fusing the particles into a solid piece of metal. In this class you'll learn to design jewelry with this versatile and rewarding product. Projects emphasizing technique, construction and design with varying degrees of complexity will encourage beginners while challenging those with more experience.
PMC kits can be purchased in advance from the instructor for $60. Please see supply list for details.
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.
A $60 fee for a materials kit 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 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.