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July 2018
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-- Please sign up 1 week in advance to avoid cancellation --

    Mondays    July 9 - 30

Anti Clastic & Fold Forming Stackable Bracelets                         11:00 - 2:00

(Lisa Spiros)

In these four classes students will learn both Anticlastic Forming, a dynamic method of manipulating metal by hammering sheet into distinct and opposing curvatures, and Fold Forming, a new system of rapid forming in which metal is folded, forged, and then unfolded to reveal dramatic 3-D forms and textures. Learn to use sinusoidal stakes and delrin or wooden hammers to form a wide range of natural shapes into reflective, corporeal cuffs and bracelets. Then learn about the ductility and elasticity of metal’s natural properties through repetitive folding processes. The combination of these two techniques are great ways to explore metal characteristics and learn to achieve the results you want in metal forming. Techniques covered in this workshop are sawing, filing, annealing, hammering, edge thickening, polishing and oxidizing. Copper is provided.

Skill Level: No experience necessary (but it’s helpful)

Tuition: $190.

Lab Fee: 10.

Materials Fee: $30

    Tuesdays    July 10 - 31*

*Stone Setting (Lissa Queeney)      *(3 weeks   7/9-7/24)              2:00 - 5:00

Add to your stone setting repertoire.  In this class you will learn how to use more complex settings to add bold and dramatic emphasis to your designs. We will be covering flush setting, thick walled bezels and prong setting. These techniques are versatile and can be used with either cabochons or faceted stones. Learn the tools and tricks for using these varied processes. This class focuses on the techniques of setting, not necessarily on finished products. Basic knowledge of bezel settings is a plus. 

Skill Level: Basic 101 & Basic 2

Tuition: $140

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

Independent Study                                                                              6:00 - 9:00

For students with a broad range of technical skills needing individual attention with more advanced projects, from planning and materials needed to step by step process planning and hand holding. This class is a flexible continuation of your skills enabling you to have one on one consultation with the instructor. New techniques will be explored as individual needs are addressed. Classmates can observe demonstrations as they see fit. 

Skill Level: Basic 2 and 3 (or the equivalent)

Tuition: $190

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

 Wednesdays    July 11 - August 1

Bench Time                                                                                         3:00 - 6:00

Finally, a chance to work independently at a jewelry bench in a fully equipped studio. Only available to current and former students of HVS. Sign up at least 24 hours in advance by emailing: with “BTSU” in the subject line, along with your name, the date and time of attendance. Cash and checks accepted. For more information look under the “Other Opportunities” tab at the top of this page.

Basic 2 - Get Dimensional                                                                   6:00 - 9:00

Shift your focus towards a more sculptural approach and discover in depth knowledge of how to move metal. Sheet and wire can be manipulated in amazing ways! Bend, stretch, form, construct, fabricate, score, deck and forge pieces of jewelry and functional objects. Learn the basics of forging by hammering heavy wire to stretch it, learn to form and dap sheet to create bracelet and bowl shapes and to score and bend sharp corners to produce box forms. Students are encouraged to sample a variety of techniques and combine them in more significant pieces of their imagination. 

Projects may include (but are not limited to): A constructed cylinder box or hollow ring and a forged spoon or bracelet.

Skill Level: Basic 101 & Basic 2

Tuition: $190

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students can bring their own, or purchase in class

Fridays    July 13 - August 3

Hone Your Skills                                                                              11:00 - 2:00

Focusing on small cups and chalices

This class is designed for people who have a fair amount of technical skill but lack the sleek craftsmanship that can make or break a design. Careful planning of a piece can make your life a lot easier and your work much cleaner. Knowing where to place the solder, when to trim excess material and how to achieve a pristine polish will be the focus of this session. Students will work on projects of their own choice while the instructor assists them with a logical, step by step approach.

Skill Level: Basic 2 and 3

Tuition: $190.

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

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