MARCH 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             

*"1/2 Day Sampler Saturdays" offer concise 3 hour workshops based on a single project and are meant to introduce people with no experience to the magical world of Jewelry and Silversmithing.

March 4        1/2 Day Saturday Samplers*

Egyptian Spiral Bracelet/Anklet                                                         10:00 - 1:00*

This workshop will introduce students to chain making using only pliers making it perfect for beginners and hobbyists of all ages. It is a repetitive and addictive technique resulting in amazingly beautiful chains in virtually any metal because the links are not soldered or fused closed. Start with a spool of wire, cut and shape the links, assemble them and viola! You’ll walk out of a 3 hour class wearing your bracelet with the knowledge to create more.

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $50

Lab Fee: None

Materials: $10 (silver sold separately)

March 4        1/2 Day Saturday Samplers*

Simple Rings                                                                                              2:00 - 5:00*

Feel the excitement and pride of making a beautifully polished ring from start to finish. Using sterling silver wire, students will cut, file, solder, hammer, sand and polish a ring. This is a perfect mini workshop for people who already make jewelry using beads & components, but haven’t worked with more advanced techniques in a fully equipped studio. This short class will open a window to the possibilities of working with metal and also put a ring it!

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $50

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $10

March 11        It's All in the Name

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 (silver sold separately)

March 12        Forged Components

The ancient art of cold forging involves stretching metal with controlled hammer blows against an anvil or stake. Topics covered include: properties of non-ferrous metals, types of hammers and when to use them, how to make the metal move where you want it to, plus a variety of related demonstrations. Applications for this technique include: Dangles for earrings and pendants, simple rings, pendants and bracelets, Jewelry and Objects.

Skill level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $10 (silver sold separately)

March 18           Loop-in-Loop Chain Making

Byzantine style Etruscan chains date back to antiquity and are still made by hand to this day. Students will learn the basics of taking fine silver wire and wrapping it around a dowel to make a coil, cutting it into individual links that are fused closed using a torch, shaping and then assembling a variety of different chains. We will focus on learning the various “stitches” allowing students to continue their studies at home. This technique requires very minimal equipment and the results are professional quality chains that impress everyone and are truly a labor of love. Caution: Extremely addictive!

Skill level: No experience necessary, Good eyesight is!

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: Payable in class - 20’ Fine Silver Wire (market price, approximately $45)

March 25-26     Basic 101- Foundations

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

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