6 WEEKLY CLASSES
January/February 2018
Listed Chronologically

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    Mondays    January 8 - February 12

Anticlastic and Fold Formed Stackable Cuff Bracelets

(Lisa Spiros)                                                                        10:00 - 1:00

In this class we 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 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 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: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

Bench Time                                                                          2:00 - 5:00

Finally, a chance to work independently at a jewelry bench in a fully equipped studio. Only available to current & former students of HVS. Sign up at least 24 hours in advance by emailing: raychel@hvsilverworks.com 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.

Advanced Stone Setting

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                    6:00 - 9:00

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.  Basic knowledge of bezel setting a plus. 

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: To Be Determined

  Tuesdays    January 9 - February 13

Basic 2                                                                                  11:00 - 2:00

Take your skills to the next level by exploring more in depth aspects of jewelry making and silversmithing with increased emphasis on soldering, stone-setting and planning the construction of a slightly more complex design. A small cylinder box offers great opportunities to experiment with fittings and mechanisms, allowing plenty of creative options for the lid including inlay, textures and stone-setting. Students will continue working on jewelry items of their choice with more challenge and intensity. This is where the fun REALLY begins!

Skill Level: Basic 101 (or the equivalent)

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

Teens - Basic Jewelry (for the Beginner)                          3:00 - 5:00

You’re brilliant! You have unique fashion designs in your head but no one makes it for you to buy. Why not make it yourself? The techniques taught in this introductory class can be interpreted easily to accommodate your vision. Sawing and texturing sheet metal, hammering and twisting wire, drilling, soldering, stone setting and polishing are just some of the topics to be covered in this 6 week session. Student’s needs will set the direction of a creative education in a warm and friendly atmosphere.  This could be the beginning of an enriching career for the business minded spirit too!

Skill Level: No experience necessary.

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $15

Basic 101 - Jewelry Foundations                                         6:00 - 9:00

Start here if you want a clear, concise and in-depth knowledge of basic jewelry making techniques. Learn how to use hand tools to cut, texture and file, hammers to forge and form, torches to solder and machines to drill, sand and polish. Demonstrations will be plentiful with hands-on bench-time to cement the knowledge. The wide range of topics covered will give you a solid foundation to set you out on your educational path with confidence. Learn how 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! Skill Level: No experience necessary.

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

  Wednesdays    January 10 - February 14

Basic 101 - Jewelry Foundations                                      11:00 - 2:00

Start here if you want a clear, concise and in-depth knowledge of basic jewelry making techniques. Learn how to use hand tools to cut, texture and file, hammers to forge and form, torches to solder and machines to drill, sand and polish. Demonstrations will be plentiful with hands-on bench-time to cement the knowledge. The wide range of topics covered will give you a solid foundation to set you out on your educational path with confidence.Learn how 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!

Skill Level: No experience necessary.

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10 

Materials: $20

Bench Time                                                                          2:30 - 5:30

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: raychel@hvsilverworks.com 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.

Hand Painted Rendering Techniques for Jewelers

(Russell Jones)                                                                     6:00 - 9:00      

Jewelry rendering is equal parts inspiration, technique, and communication. In this class you will develop the technical skills required for hand drawn and painted jewelry renderings. Beautiful, effective renderings allow the designer, client, and fabricators of jewelry to experiment with materials without committing to metal, and to ensure that a finished piece meets the original concept of the designer. Students will learn painting techniques using gouache and watercolor and will create a series of renderings that describe textures, finishes, materials, gem ornamentation and placement. 

Skill Level: No experience necessary.

Tuition: $300

Lab Fee: none

Materials: Students bring their own (based on the Instructor"s Supply List)

 Thursdays    January 11 - February 15

Casting - Waxes, Finishing & Molds                             11:00 - 2:00

The casting process is primarily used for two reasons: Wax is the best means for producing the design and/or production of multiple pieces that are identical and can be cast in brass, bronze, silver, gold of any karat and color or platinum. It’s economical because it yields minimal scrap and is the preferred method of creating wedding bands because it signifies a  seamless never-ending circle. Understand the casting process from soup to nuts! Students will learn how to carve wax models for casting in the metal of their choice (the actual casting is sent out). De-sprue, polish and if desired, make a vulcanized rubber mold for the use in production.

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

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $15 (additional fee for casting and mold material)

Teens - Jewelry for Non-Beginners                                  2:30 - 4:30

So you already have basic skills including sawing and soldering and want take things up a notch? Jewelry making is great, but that’s just the tip of the ice burg. The same techniques can be used to make small functional objects as well. Think boxes, key rings, money clips, spoons and utensils. Technical translation: Forging, forming, soldering, bezels and mechanisms. Stretch the possibilities of your educational growth by increasing your vocabulary of skills and putting  more tools in the box.

Skill level: Basic 101 or equivilant

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $15

 Fridays    January 12 - February 16

Hone Your Skills                                                               11:00 - 2:00

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

Tuition: $290.

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

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