6 WEEKLY CLASSES*
Nov/Dec 2018
Listed Chronologically

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

 Mondays    October 29 - December 3*

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

(Lisa Spiros)                                                                                                  Blue Room

In this weekly class 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: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials Fee: $30

Bench Time                                                                                  2:00 - 5:00

(Olivia Hackett)                                                                                           Blue Room

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.

*Social Media Marketing - Level 1                                              5:00 - 8:00

(Olivia Hackett)                                                                                           Green Room

In this course, we will practice photography techniques that beautifully and clearly represent your work for your social media pages and online business. We will work together to create descriptions/captions to accompany your photos with the intention of increasing engagement on your pages, and ultimately selling your artwork online. We will expand your online presence and create posts that reflect you as an artist and maker. Each week, we will follow up with your marketing and management progress and figure out a "social media formula" that works for your business and lifestyle.

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Tuition:  $250

Lab Fee: none

Materials: Please bring your smart phone, laptop, or camera. Also bring pieces of your work that represents your skills and that you wish to sell.

Basic 2 - Textures and Stones                                                    5:30 - 8:30

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                               Blue Room

Thirsting for more knowledge? This is the perfect class to expand upon the techniques you learned in Basic 101. A variety of surface treatments will be explored including stamping, hammering, roller-printing and reticulation as well as discussion about marriage of metals and patinas. In addition, cabochon stones can be added using a variety of bezel setting methods. The project of separate components that can be linked together allows each segment to be treated differently, enhancing the learning experience.

Project ideas: Linked together to make a bracelet, anklet, neckpiece, or separate pendants.

Skill Level: Basic 101

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

Tuesdays    October 30 - December 4

Casting - Waxes, Finishing & Molds                                        2:00 - 5:00

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                            Green Room

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 for now). 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)

Bench Time                                                                                  2:00 - 5:00

(TBD)                                                                                                             Blue Room

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.

Independent Study                                                                     5:30 - 8:30

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                               Blue Room

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: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

Basic 3 - “Get Dimensional”                                                      5:30 - 8:30

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                               Blue Room

Shift your focus to a more sculptural approach and discover more 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: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20 

Handmade Lockets                                                                   5:30 - 8:30  

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                                      Green Room

Whether it holds a loved ones photo, or a lock of hair, or maybe even a small drawing, lockets have been prized for centuries. Come join us as we make modern heirlooms. We will explore lockets with hinges, and swing cover lockets. You can even make a locket with crystals in them to protect that prized photo. Techniques covered in this workshop will include engineering the construction of a hinge and a catch.

Skill level: Basic 1 & 2,  including soldering

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students may bring their own or purchase from the instructor

Wednesdays    October 31 - December 12

Cold & Soldered Connections                                                11:00 - 2:00

(Lisa Spiros)                                                                                                   Blue Room

Learn how to design and construct mechanical systems using cold connections and soldering techniques to make components for tension fittings, hinges, rivets, linkage systems, clasps and closures. Create necklaces, chains, bracelets, cuffs and earrings, which move ergonomically with the wearer’s body. These techniques also can be applied to jewelry designs which incorporate alternative materials such as plastic, paper, fabric, found objects, memorabilia or just on their own.

Skill Level: Basic 101 & Basic 2

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

Bench Time                                                                                  2:00 - 5:00

(Caleb Anderson)                                                                                        Blue Room

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.

Basic 101 - Jewelry Foundations                                                5:30 - 8:30

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                                 Blue Room

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. There will be a number of demonstrations 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!

Projects may include (but are not limited to): A flat sheet project, a stone set pendant and a silver ring.

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20.

Thursdays    November 1 - December 13*

*Basic 2 - Textures and Stones*   (*4 weeks*)                            1:00 - 4:00

(Raychel Wengenroth)                    (Nov 1 - Nov. 29)                     Blue Room

Thirsting for more knowledge? This is the perfect class to expand upon the techniques you learned in Basic 101. A variety of surface treatments will be explored including stamping, hammering, roller-printing and reticulation as well as discussion about marriage of metals and patinas. In addition, cabochon stones can be added using a variety of bezel setting methods. The project of separate components that can be linked together allows each segment to be treated differently, enhancing the learning experience.

Project ideas: Linked together to make a bracelet, anklet, neckpiece, or separate pendants.

Skill Level: Basic 101

Tuition: $190.

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

Advanced Stone Setting                                                             2:00 - 5:00

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                                         Green Room

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 an assortment of advanced setting  methods (to be determined by group interest) including flush, tube and castle settings, making your own prong setting,  thick walled bezels and Stone-on-Stone setting techniques. 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: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

Fridays    November 2 - December 14

Hone Your Skills                                                                         1:00 - 4:00

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                               Blue Room

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: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

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