WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
Sept/Oct 2018
Listed Chronologically
ALL WORKSHOP TIMES ARE 10:00 - 4:00

   PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED          

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

9/15 - 16                                Basic 101 - Jewelry Foundations

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                          Blue Room

Immerse yourself in this fast paced course on the basic tools & techniques used in making jewelry. Demonstrations will be plentiful with hands-on bench-time to cement the knowledge. Sawing, drilling, texturing, filing, sanding, polishing and basic soldering techniques will make time fly. Students can expect to complete 2 projects, a flat pendant or keyring out of sheet metal and a simple ring. 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! This workshop is perfect for those interested in taking more advanced classes requiring basic skills.

Skill level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

9/16                                                            "The Wire and You”

                      Making your own Prong Settings from Scratch

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                   Green Room  Round wire settings are a very versatile component in jewelry design. Now you can learn how to make your own using silver wire. Whether you want four or six prongs, we  will discuss the techniques for making a setting to fit your stone. We will also cover making multiples for production, as well as amorphous shaped wire settings. Students should bring 18 gauge sterling wire to class.

Skill level: Intermediate including soldering skills

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: Bring your own 18 gauge sterling wire, approximately 12 inches.

9/22 - 23                                                                   ARTWALK

Noon - 5:00 both days

The Shirt Factory will have numerous open studios during this annual citywide event, including Hudson Valley Silverworks!

Come check out the newly expanded studio, watch live demonstrations, talk with the instructors & register for a class.

See beautiful works for sale by local artists.

HVS is proud to host Kingston jewelers including:

Sara Beames

Sherri Cohen

Olivia Hackett

Lissa Queeney

Marysa Sacerdote

Raychel Wengenroth

This event is FREE and open to the public.

9/29                                                          "It's All in the Name"

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                          Blue Room

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.

Skill level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $5

9/30                               "Stone on Stone" Setting Techniques

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                    Green Room

Learn to create a design in stone that is uniquely yours.  Stone on stone setting is a technique that you can use to expand your skills. Bezel set a stone on top of a stone. With this technique you can use multiple gems to enhance your designs.   This class will teach you to drill into stone and add a bezeled gem to create a three-dimensional piece.  This fun technique expands your expertise, adds color and stretches your creativity. 

Skill level: Basic-Intermediate  skills including soldering. Basic knowledge of bezel setting a plus. 

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: To Be Determined

10/6                                                              Soldering Intensive

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                          Blue Room

This one-day workshop is geared for jewelry students interested in learning how to solder everything from jump ring, posts & bezels to soldering a rim on a raised vessel. 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. (*Please note this class is specific to non-ferrous metals including sterling silver, copper, brass, bronze & nickel)

Skill Level: Basic 101 & 2 

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $10

10/7                                                              Finishing Intensive

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                          Blue Room

This workshop is for students who have basic skills but want a concise understanding of how to complete professional quality pieces.  Learn a variety of techniques (both hand & machine) to de-sprue, grind, file, sand, tumble, satin finish, texture and polish to bring your designs to life. "Clean up" can make or break a piece; a beautiful design can lose appeal if fine craftsmanship isn't applied, a plain design can be exquisite with attention to detail. Demystify the range of finishing options by hand (files, sandpaper) or machine (belt sander, polishing machine, tumbler and the incredible versatility of the flexible shaft). Depletion gilding, antiquing and texturing will also be discussed.

Skill Level: Basic 101 or equivalent

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Bring castings, any unfinished pieces you might have, or use scrap metal to experiment with the techniques.

10/13                                        Lapidary - Cabochon Forming

(John Latsko)                                                                           Blue Room

This one-day class will cover cabochon forming semi-precious and precious materials with fundamentals/advanced techniques in a fun and informative way. Topics will cover: Hardness, Grit, Safety, Sawing, Shaping, Polishing, Preforms, Laps, Safety, Forming, Oxides, Polishing and Critique.  Students may also pursue more in-depth aspects of cabochon forming to hone their skills. 

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: Supplied for free or bring your own.

Re-scheduled for  Dec. 2nd!

10/13                                                           Basic Wax Working

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                       Green Room

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) for an additional fee. Once the castings are complete they can be cleaned up using files, sandpaper and polishing techniques either on your own or in another class. 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: $15

10/14                                                             Bezel Set Pendants

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                          Blue Room

This class is for you if:

- you’re new at making jewelry and want to expand your soldering and stone setting skills 

- you took a Lapidary class and want to set your stone

- you’re like a lot of people who have a stone they’d like to set

- you’re a beader who wants to make the centerpiece 

A pendant is a mini painting of your creative spirit. This class is perfect for lapidary enthusiasts as well as beaders who want to take their skills to the next level. Learn how to make a bezel from wire, solder it to a backplate of any shape, get creative with the bail and finish it to a professional polish. Try adding decorative elements or multiple stones of different shapes.The possibilities are endless! 

Pendants offer tremendous versatility of design because the engineering isn’t hindered so much by weight and size as other jewelry items, yet the bail offers many avenues for functional creativity.

Skill level: Basic skills including sawing, finishing & soldering

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: Variable - payable in class

10/20 - 21                               Basic 2 - “Textures and Stones”

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                          Blue Room

Thirsting for more knowledge? This workshop builds on the techniques you learned in Basic 101. A variety of surface treatments will be explored including stamping and hammering. In addition, cabochon stones can be added using 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, anklet or neckpiece.

Skill Level: Basic 101

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

10/20                                                                        Keum-Boo I

(Lisa Spiros)                                                                          Green Room

Explore the ancient technique known as Keum-boo to permanently fuse 24 karat gold foil to fine silver. Keum-boo is a fun and economical way to incorporate gold accents into your jewelry work. In this workshop students will construct simple jewelry pieces from fine silver sheet and embellish the metal surface using fine gold foil. Supply list available upon registration.

Skill level: Basic 101

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Registered students will be emailed a list. Approximately $40 for 24k gold foil. Other supplies on the list will be available for purchase the day of the class. (Payable by check or cash) Students should bring their own silver.

10/27                                    Anticlastic Formed Cuff Bracelet

(Lisa Spiros)                                                                             Blue Room

Anticlastic Forming is a dynamic method of manipulating metal by hammering a metal sheet into two distinct curvatures, which are opposite to one another. Learn to use sinusoidal stakes and delrin hammers to form a wide range of natural shapes into reflective, corporeal cuffs and bracelets. This is a great way to explore metal characteristics and learn to achieve the results you want in metal forming. Techniques covered in this workshop are sawing, filing, annealing, sinking, bouging, planishing, edge thickening and polishing. Copper is provided.

Skill level: No experience necessary (but it's helpful)

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $20

10/27      Social Media Marketing and Management: Level 1

(Olivia Hackett)                                                                   Green Room

In this course, practice photography techniques that beautifully and clearly represent your work for your social media pages and online business. Create descriptions/captions to accompany your photos with the intention to increase engagement on your pages to ultimately sell your artwork. Expand your online presence and create posts that reflect you as an artist and maker. Each week we will follow up with your marketing and management progress and figure out a social media formula that works for your business and lifestyle.

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: none

Materials: Please bring your smart phone, laptop, or camera. Also bring pieces of your work that represents your skills and that you wish to sell.

10/28                                                                    Flush Settings

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                    Green Room

In this workshop students will learn how to set faceted stones in a flush setting. This setting style melds well with other contemporary settings and continues to gain popularity.  Terminology, tools, technique, demonstration and hands-on samples will be explored. Non-precious metals and cubic zirconia will be supplied so students can work on samples of this technique. Students can bring their own materials if they prefer precious metals and stones. Also, sterling silver is the easiest metal to work with, so scraps can be brought in to practice on.

Skill level: Basic skills including sawing, finishing & soldering

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $15

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