WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
10:00 - 4:00
November/December 2017

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1 Day Workshops

11/4 - Sat                                                                      "The Wire and You"

(Lissa Queeney)                             Making your own Prong Settings from Scratch

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.

Material: Bring your own 18 gauge sterling wire 

11/5 - Sun                                                            Fold Formed Cuff Bracelet

(Lisa Spiros)

This new system of rapid forming uses thin sheets of metal which are annealed, folded, repeatedly forged, and then unfolded to reveal dramatic three- dimensional forms and textures. This is an excellent technique to learn about the elasticity and ductility of metal by working with its natural properties. The organic effects of this repetitive process allows one to create beautiful, natural forms which are enhanced by patinas and oxidation, and are perfect for cuffs and bracelets. Copper is provided.

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

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $10

11/11 - Sat                                                                      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

11/12 - Sun                                          Anticlastic Forming Cuff Bracelet

(Lisa Spiros)

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: $10

11/18 - Sat                                                  Lapidary - Cabochon Forming

(John Latsko) 

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 and Critique.
Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate

Tuition: 100.

(Lab Fee: None)

Materials: Supplied for free or bring your own.

11/19 - Sun                                                      Lapidary - Faceted Forming

(John Latsko)

This one day class will cover faceting precious gemstones and materials with fundamentals/advanced techniques in a fun and informative way.
Topics will cover: Hardness, Preforms, Laps, Recipe/Sequential diagram, Safety, Forming, Oxides, Polishing and Critique
Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate

Tuition: 100.

(Lab Fee: None)

Materials: Supplied for free or bring your own.

12/2 - Sat                                                                       Soldering Intensive

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

12/3 - Sun                                                                      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: $10

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

12/10 - Sat                                                                                       Gold Rings

(Lissa Queeney)

Time to try your hand at making a gold ring? Learn about the working properties of gold; including solders and flux. Fabricating, soldering, and basic bezel setting will help start your love affair with this alluring metal. If you're not quite ready to make the entire ring out of gold, start with making a silver ring that you can add a gold bezel and/or gold accents to. 

Skill Level: Prior knowledge of soldering, sawing and filing required.

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $15 for solder, etc. *Gold for rings & bezels is not included.

                     (Registered students may contact Lissa for more information)

2 Day Weekend Workshop

12/16-17                                                   Basic 101 - Jewelry Foundations

Be immersed 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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