APRIL WORKSHOPS
Most winter workshops are scheduled for Saturdays, leaving Sunday as a make-up in the event of inclement weather.
10:00 - 4:00
           NO NOT use cell phones for online registrations until further notice - Please use a Desk/Laptop or Tablet             

April 1                Clasps & Closures

This intensive one day workshop will introduce students to a variety of simple clasps and other assorted findings. “S” hooks, toggles and wire wrapping are surprisingly vast in style and scope of skill levels necessary. Depending on time and expertise students can learn the basics of barrel clasps, figure 8 safety clasps and hinge-pin mechanisms. Basic skills including sawing and soldering are very helpful for maximizing “hands on” experience.

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $10 or Bring your own

April 8                Faceted Stone Setting

Take your setting skills to the next level and learn how to set faceted stones in prong, tube and flush settings. Terminology, tools, techniques, demonstrations and hands-on samples will be explored.

Skill Level: Basic skills including soldering, sawing, drilling and finishing.

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $20 (Sterling tubing, cubic zirconia and non-precious metals will be supplied so students can work on samples of the techniques. Students can bring their own materials if they prefer precious quality of metals and stones.)

April 22                 Soldering Intensive

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 

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $5 / Bring any problem pieces you need help with.

April 23              Finishing Intensive

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: $5

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

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