CLASSES & WORKSHOPS - AUGUST

Introduction to PMC (2 Mondays)
August 1 & 8 • 10 AM - 4 PM

(Bring lunch and snacks)

Learn how to make fine-silver jewelry from Precious Metal Clay, a soft clay-like material. Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a material made from powdered metal. It is pure silver mixed with water and an ingredient made from the cell walls of green plants and is non-allergic and non-toxic. PMC is similar to traditional modeling clay which is transformed into a solid object by the use of a firing process.

Explore texturing, stamping, molds, bails, paper cut-outs and how to use a syringe filled with PMC. The focus will be on various methods used to create earrings and a pendant with CZs. Use your imagination and turn your ideas into wearable works of art such as your own amulets and charms.

Tuition:  $180

Lab Fee: None

Materials: $110 (Payable to the instructor. Includes: Silver Metal clay, use of tool kit, consumables, kiln firing and materials for finishing techniques).

Experience: No experience necessary

 

Instructor: Sherry Masters

Website: http://sherrymastersjewelry.com/

3-Day Kid’s Camp (ages 11-14)
Tuesday 8/2 - Thursday 8/4
Morning 9 AM - 12 Noon

Do you like making things & do you LOVE jewelry? This is an adventure you don’t want to miss! Come have fun learning the art of jewelry making. Create necklaces, anklets and earrings using wire and beads. You’ll have a lot a jewelry for your personal collection and plenty more as gifts for your friends and family.

Lunch Break 12:15 - 12:45

Afternoon 1 PM - 4 PM

Jewelry Making is a great way to express your personal tastes in fashion. Learn how to cut simple shapes, texture, hammer, drill, dangle beads and even inscribe your favorite quote! Make necklaces, rings, anklets and earrings to show your individuality of style and start setting trends.

Tuition:

1/2 Day: $140

Full Day: $280

Lab Fee: $5/$10

Materials: $20/$40

Instructor: Raychel Wengenroth

Website: http://www.raychelwengenroth.com/

Wax Working for Casting  (3-Day Weekend Workshop)
August 5, 6 & 7 • 10 AM – 4 PM

Lost wax casting dates back to the Bronze Age and is still used today although there have been many advances since then. This workshop will focus on the wax aspect of the process. On Friday and Saturday the instruction will include the techniques of wax forming. Learn how to carve, file, melt and manipulate to create designs for rings, pendants, pins and earrings. Sunday’s workshop will feature a demonstration of the centrifugal casting process. The wax can be turned into the metal of your choice including sterling, yellow gold or brass and will be cast by the instructor at a later date and made available for pick up at the school. The fee for silver is $25 per ounce; however, most pieces will weigh much less than an ounce. Once castings are back, they can be cleaned up using files, sandpaper and polishing. Casting is an excellent way to explore jewelry making without investing a lot of time or expensive metals in the process. 

Tuition: $270

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

 

Instructor: William Greenwood

Website: http://www.greenwooddesigns.com/

It’s All In the Name
Tuesday 8/9 • 10 AM - 4 PM

Do you attend events that require you to wear a “Hello, my name is” badge? Why not make your own signature into a classy metal pendant to express your identity? In the process you’ll learn the basics of jewelry making including: sawing, drilling, filing, sanding and polishing. It’s a great conversation piece and there’s no doubt people will remember you AND your name.

Tuition: $90

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $5 (silver is sold separately)

Experience: None

Instructor: Raychel Wengenroth

Website: http://www.raychelwengenroth.com/

Rings, Rings& More Rings
Thursday 8/11 • 10 AM - 4 PM

Rings are a rewarding way to learn a wide variety of techniques including forming, soldering and forging (oh, and that geometry class will finally come in handy)! The endless variety of ring types and the incredible array of technical approaches to them will create a rich learning experience. Students are encouraged to work on different projects to accommodate their skill level while interacting with their peers. Stackable rings are perfect for beginners, spinners and hollow rings are great for more advanced students. 

Tuition: $90

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $10 (silver is sold separately)

Experience: None

Instructor: Raychel Wengenroth

Website: http://www.raychelwengenroth.com/

Re-Surface: Part 1
Monday 8/15 • 10 AM - 4 PM

Learn how to incorporate an assortment of surface treatments into your existing metal work. Perfect for beginners and intermediate students, RE-SURFACE: Part 1 will give you an opportunity to explore and incorporate many traditional metal surface treatments onto your jewelry and objects alike. We will experiment with a variety of hammering, brush finishing, filing, sanding, sandblasting and more. This one-day workshop will give you the tools to bring another level of finishing into your work as well as expose you to expertise in polishing and refining these new textures!

Tuition: $90

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $10

 

Instructor: Cathryn Jasterzbski

Re-Surface: Part 2
Tuesday 8/16 • 10 AM – 4 PM

Learn how to incorporate coloration into your work! Perfect for beginners and intermediate students, RE-SURFACE: Part 2 will allow you to work with textured surfaces, patinas, gesso, paint, gold and silver leaf, colored pencil and more. This one-day workshop will provide you with a thorough understanding of how to layer different alternative materials in combination with traditional hammering textures. Using these unconventional materials on your metal surfaces will take your work a step further with a sophisticated pop of color.

Tuition: $90

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $10

Instructor: Cathryn Jasterzbsk

Smith Little 2-Day (ages 11-14)
Wed & Thur 8/17-18
Morning: 9 AM – 12 Noon

Lunch Break: 12:15 - 12:45

Afternoon: 1 PM – 4 PM

Come join us for a two-day workshop where you will learn your metalsmithing & jewelry basics. We will be covering texturizing metal, piercing, hammering, basic chain making, and cold connections. A perfect introduction for young beginners, this workshop will give you a great foundation for the possibilities of this material!

Tuition:

1/2 Day: $90

Full Day: $180

Lab Fee: $5/$10

Materials: $15/$30

 

Instructor: Cathryn Jasterzbski

3-Day Basic Jewelry Intensive
Tuesday 8/23 - Thursday 8/25
10 AM - 4 PM

Be immersed in this fast paced mini crash course on the basic techniques used in making jewelry. Demonstrations will be plentiful with hands-on bench time to cement the knowledge. Sawing, drilling, texturing, filing, sanding, polishing, wire work, basic soldering and stone setting will make for a full 3 days! This is a perfect way to gain the skills necessary to enroll in more advanced classes coming in the fall. Learn 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!

Tuition: $270

Lab Fee: $15

Materials: $20

Instructor: Raychel Wengenroth

Website: http://www.raychelwengenroth.com/

Benchtop Mokume  (2-Day Weekend Workshop)  
August 27-28 • 10 AM – 4 PM

Learn to make small scale mokume gane billets appropriate for jewelry with minimal equipment. After the demonstration, each student will make a minimum of two billets: one for a ring, another for sheet to fabricate from. Patterning will be covered extensively; using drills, burs, files, grinding, twisting and forging.

Tuition: $250

Lab Fee: $20

Materials: TBD in class. HVS will have the materials on hand.

 

Instructor: John Carnes

Website: http://www.johncarnesdesigns.com/

Soldering Intensive
Tuesday 8/30 • 10 AM - 4 PM

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.

Tuition: $90

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $15

Experience: Basic Skills

Instructor: Raychel Wengenroth

Website: http://www.raychelwengenroth.com/

BENCH TIME

Non-instructed use of the studio, tools and equipment is a convenience for jewelers wanting to work independently. Materials are not included, Supplies (sawblades, solder, polishing compound, acetylene, drill bits, etc.) are included in the membership fee.

Available to current and former students of HVS.

Times to be announced the first week of classes.

Please contact Raychel prior to showing up and to register (preauthorization and payment are required in advance).

Initial payment: $150

6 month membership fee: $50

10 hour Punchcard @10./per hour: $100

Receive the 11th hour free.

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