WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
August 2021
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Due to COVID-19 a maximum of 6 students are permitted per class

Sun         8/8              10:00 - 4:00

Soldering Intensive

(Raychel Wengenroth)

This one-day workshop is geared for students interested in learning how to solder everything from jump rings to elaborate constructions. Get an in-depth knowledge of what torch is appropriate for your needs, the difference between solders and fluxes, as well as a variety of soldering techniques including butt joints, sweat and point soldering. The use of heat sinks, binding techniques and set-up will be covered as well. There are many approaches to soldering, this workshop will help make you more comfortable with a torch in your hand. 

Skill Level: Basic 101, 2 and 3

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $15

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Sun         8/15              10:00 - 4:00

Get Bailed Out

(Raychel Wengenroth)

Pendants and necklaces need a place for the chain to pass thru. This can be as simple as a small jump ring, tube or "rabbit ear" style bail. It can be an integral part of the design by folding sheet metal around at the top to create the bail.  Or making a coil from wire, maybe stretching it out to expose the chain inside. The placement of the bail dramatically effects how the chain appears as well. This workshop will open up all kinds of design options to provide function and beauty to your pendants.

Skill Level: Basic 101 & 2 including soldering basics

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee:  $10

Materials: Students may bring their own or purchase from the school

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Sat         8/21              10:00 - 4:00

Finishing your Loop-in-Loop Chains

(Raychel Wengenroth)

You asked for it...you got it! A class designed to walk you through finishing touches of the chain lengths you've worked on after the Beginning Loop-in-Loop Chain Making workshop. Learn how to true up your chains by tamping, pulling through a wooden draw plate, annealing and tumbling to a bright finish. Add jump rings or end caps and the clasp of your choice. "S" hooks and toggles can be simple yet elegant finishing elements offering many creative possibilities. By the end of the day you'll transform your irregular chain length into a stunning piece you'll be proud to wear.

Skill level: Beginning Loop-in-Loop Chain Making

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: Bring your completed chain lengths. Students can bring their own silver or purchase in class.

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Sun         8/22              10:00 - 4:00

Cluster Earrings

(Estyn Hulbert)

Make a pair of sensuous chain Cluster earrings. Large or small, using pearls, gemstones or findings, you can customize your own unique pair. Using only simple hand tools you’ll learn to work with wire and chain to make these sophisticated fringed earrings. 

Skill level: No experience necessary but good eyesight or magnifying eye wear is.

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: Available for purchase from instructor - cost varies depending on size and materials used. 

Sun         8/29              10:00 - 4:00

Basic Wax Working

(Raychel Wengenroth)

Lost wax casting dates back to the bronze age and is still used today, although there have been many advances since then. This class will focus on the wax aspect of the process. Learn how to carve, file, melt and manipulate to create designs for rings, pendants, pins and earrings. The wax can be cast by an outside source into the metal of your choice (including sterling, gold, platinum, brass or bronze). Once the castings are complete they can be cleaned up using files, sandpaper and polishing techniques. Casting is an excellent way to explore jewelry making without investing a lot of time or expensive metals in the process.

Skill Level: No experience necessary.

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $20

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