4 WEEKLY CLASSES
April/May 2019
Listed Chronologically

 -- Please sign up 1 week in advance to avoid cancellation --

 Mondays    April 22 - May 13

Alexander Calder Inspired Wire Jewelry                                         11:00 - 2:00

(Lisa Spiros)                                                                                                               Blue Room

Learn to make Calder inspired sculptural jewelry forms using hammering, forging, milling, and wrapping techniques to create beautiful necklaces, bracelets and rings. The class will help you invent your own clasps and closures or incorporate ideas from Calder's amazingly simple yet sophisticated mechanisms into your own pieces. 

Skill level: Basic skills including sawing, finishing & soldering

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

Basic 3 - “Get Dimensional” - Hollow Rings                                     5:30 - 8:30

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                                            Blue Room

Let's shift towards a sculptural approach and explore more in depth knowledge of how to construct and solder with increased efficiency. Hollow rings are a great way to exercise your technical and fitting skills. Learn how to make the inner ring fit perfectly, then design anything you like for the outside shape with consideration to comfort and practicality...or not! These techniques are easily translated to containers and 3 dimensional components of all kinds. 

Skill Level: Basic 101 & Basic 2

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own or purchase from HVS 

Independent Study                                                                               5:30 - 8:30

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                                          Blue Room

For students with a broad range of technical skills needing individual attention with more advanced projects, from planning and materials needed to step by step process planning and hand holding. This class is a flexible continuation of your skills enabling you to have one on one consultation with the instructor. New techniques will be explored as individual needs are addressed. Classmates can observe demonstrations as they see fit. 

Skill Level: Basic 2 and 3 (or the equivalent)

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

 Tuesdays    April 23 - May 14

Basic 101 - Jewelry Foundations                                                           2:00 - 5:00

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                                              Blue Room

Start here if you want a clear, concise and in-depth knowledge of basic jewelry making techniques. Learn how to use hand tools to cut, texture and file, use machines to drill, sand and polish. There will be a number of demonstrations with hands-on bench-time to cement the knowledge. The wide range of topics covered will give you a solid foundation to set you out on your educational path with confidence. Learn how to recognize quality craftsmanship in the pieces you currently own or want to buy. The skills acquired in jewelry making come in handy on many levels, even fixing and altering things!

The 2 projects will introduce beginners to multiple techniques including sawing, drilling, texturing, filing, sanding, finishing & soldering,

Skill Level: Absolutely No Experience Necessary

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

Advanced Stone Setting 1                                                                     5:30 - 8:30

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                                                      Green Room

Add to your stone setting repertoire.  In this class you will learn how to use more complex settings to add bold and dramatic emphasis to your designs. We will be covering an assortment of advanced setting  methods (to be determined by group interest) including flush, tube and castle settings, making your own prong setting,  thick walled bezels and Stone-on-Stone setting techniques. These techniques are versatile and can be used with either cabochons or faceted stones. Learn the tools and tricks for using these varied processes. This class focuses on the techniques of setting, not necessarily on finished products. Basic knowledge of bezel settings is a plus. 

Skill Level: Basic 101 & Basic 2

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

Basic 101 - Jewelry Foundations                                                           5:30 - 8:30

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                                              Blue Room

Start here if you want a clear, concise and in-depth knowledge of basic jewelry making techniques. Learn how to use hand tools to cut, texture and file, use machines to drill, sand and polish. There will be a number of demonstrations with hands-on bench-time to cement the knowledge. The wide range of topics covered will give you a solid foundation to set you out on your educational path with confidence. Learn how to recognize quality craftsmanship in the pieces you currently own or want to buy. The skills acquired in jewelry making come in handy on many levels, even fixing and altering things!

The 2 projects will introduce beginners to multiple techniques including sawing, drilling, texturing, filing, sanding, finishing & soldering,

Skill Level: Absolutely No Experience Necessary

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

 Wednesdays    April 24 - May 15

Mechanical Constructions                                                                11:00 - 2:00

(Lisa Spiros)                                                                                                             Blue Room

Learn how to design and construct mechanical systems using cold connections and soldering techniques to make components for tension fittings, hinges, rivets, linkage systems, clasps and closures. Create necklaces, chains, bracelets, cuffs and earrings, which move ergonomically with the wearer’s body. These techniques also can be applied to jewelry designs which incorporate alternative materials such as plastic, paper, fabric, found objects, memorabilia or just on their own.

Skill Level: Basic 101 & Basic 2

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

Bench Time                                                                                             2:00 - 5:00

(Caleb)                                                                                                                          Blue Room

Finally, a chance to work independently at a jewelry bench in a fully equipped studio. B/T is only available to current and former students of HVS. Sign up a day in advance by emailing: hvsilverworks@gmail.com with “BTSU” in the subject line, along with your name, the date and time of attendance. Cash and checks accepted, or purchase a punch card and get an hour free! For more information look under the “Other Opportunities” tab at the top of this page.

Basic 2 - Cabochon Settings                                                                 5:30 - 8:30

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                                            Blue Room

Thirsting for more knowledge? This is the perfect class to expand upon the techniques you learned in Basic 101.  Cabochon stones can be added using a variety of bezel setting methods. The project of separate components that can be linked together allows each segment to be treated differently, enhancing the learning experience.

Project ideas: Linked together to make a bracelet, separate pendants, added to rings, bracelets  or belt buckles.

Skill Level: Basic 101

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own or purchase from HVS

Independent Study                                                                               5:30 - 8:30

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                                          Blue Room

For students with a broad range of technical skills needing individual attention with more advanced projects, from planning and materials needed to step by step process planning and hand holding. This class is a flexible continuation of your skills enabling you to have one on one consultation with the instructor. New techniques will be explored as individual needs are addressed. Classmates can observe demonstrations as they see fit. 

Skill Level: Basic 2 and 3 (or the equivalent)

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

 Thursdays    April 25 - May 16

Advanced Stone Setting 2                                                                     2:00 - 5:00

(Lissa Queeney)

Now that you have conquered setting round stones, you can try your hard at square, pear, or oval shape stones. Add new shapes like these with the more unusual setting techniques to bring your work to the next level. 

We will explore flush set, thick walled bezels, and tube settings. You can use these techniques with with either cabochons, or faceted stones.

Learn the tools and tricks for using these exciting processes. This class focuses on the techniques of setting, not necessarily on finished products.

Skill Level: Basic 101 & Basic 2 (Advanced Stone Setting I is recommended)

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

 Fridays    April 26 - May 17

Hone Your Skills                                                                                  1:00 - 4:00

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                                          Blue Room

This class is designed for people who have a fair amount of technical skill but lack the sleek craftsmanship that can make or break a design. Careful planning of a piece can make your life a lot easier and your work much cleaner. Knowing where to place the solder, when to trim excess material and how to achieve a pristine polish will be the focus of this session. Students will work on projects of their own choice while the instructor assists them with a logical, step by step approach.

Skill Level: Basic 2 and 3

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

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