WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
Nov/Dec 2018
Listed Chronologically
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WORKSHOPS ARE 10:00 - 4:00
*Unless Indicated*

   PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED          

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

11/4                                                            "The Wire and You”

                      Making your own Prong Settings from Scratch

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                      Blue Room  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

Materials: Please bring your own 18 gauge sterling wire, approximately 12 inches, or purchase from the instructor

11/4      Social Media Marketing and Management: Level 1

(Olivia Hackett)                                                                   Green Room

In this course, practice photography techniques that beautifully and clearly represent your work for your social media pages and online business. Create descriptions/captions to accompany your photos with the intention to increase engagement on your pages to ultimately sell your artwork. 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: $100

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.

11/10                                              Carving Wax Rings - Part 1

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                       Green Room

Commitment rings signify a never ending circle of love, making casting one of the best methods to execute these bands, plus the technique is accessible to nearly everyone. Learn how to carve, file, melt and manipulate wax to create your own design that will be cast into the metal of your choice (gold of any karat, silver, platinum etc.). The methods of centrifugal and vacuum casting will be discussed, however the actual casting will be done at a casting house. This workshop will give you the technical knowledge and resources to be intimately involved in the creation of your own design. Once the castings are complete they can be cleaned up in the finishing workshop on 12/1 (or other arrangements can be made).

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $15

11/11                                                                    Forged Chains

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                          Blue Room

Explore the possibilities of hammering wire to form three-dimensional components for jewelry using controlled hammer blows against an anvil or mandrel with specifically shaped hammerheads. Students will sample a variety of techniques in a single day enabling a potpourri of skills to shape segments for bracelets and necklaces. Properties of metal including work hardening and annealing will be demonstrated in this fun filled one day workshop.

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $15

11/17-18                                                                    Box Clasps

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                       Blue Room

Forget the catalog, make your own specialized box clasp to enhance your designs. Box clasps can be designed to go with your creations, while adding security and individuality. This class will stretch your ideas of what is possible, to finish off that special bracelet or necklace. We will learn how to construct a box clasp, the tongue, and a safety catch. Together they will highlight your unique style, and bring your work to a higher level.

Skill level: Basic 101 & 2 or equivalent

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Bring your own or purchase from the instructor

11/17-18                                                                     Keum-Boo

(Lisa Spiros)                                                                          Green Room

Explore the ancient technique known as Keum-boo to permanently fuse 24 karat gold foil to fine silver. Keum-boo is a fun and economical way to incorporate gold accents into your jewelry work. In this workshop students will construct simple jewelry pieces from fine silver sheet and embellish the metal surface using fine gold foil. Supply list available upon registration.

Skill level: Basic 101

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Registered students will be emailed a list. Approximately $40 for 24k gold foil. Other supplies on the list will be available for purchase the day of the class. (Payable by check or cash) Students should bring their own silver.

THANKSGIVING "FAMILY TIME"

*11/24         1:00 - 4:00*                            Simple Silver Rings

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                          Blue Room

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 on it!

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $50

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $15

*11/24         1:00 - 4:00*                  Simply Social Media Tips

(Olivia Hackett)                                                                   Green Room

In this workshop we will explore and learn how to use the features of Instagram & Facebook and increase the visibility of your pages. We can set up your business page and work on creating posts and captions that will attract a wider audience. Wondering what an Instagram/FB story is and what they can be used for? What is a highlight and why can it be useful to pin to the top of your page? We will cover these answers and more!

Skill level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $50

Lab fee: none

Materials: Please bring your phone and charger as well as any photos that you’d like to post.

12/1                                    Finishing your Cast Rings - Part 2 

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                       Green Room

This workshop is for students who took the Carving Wax Rings (or other wax working classes) and 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 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 and antiquing will also be discussed.

Skill Level: Basic 101 is helpful but not mandatory

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Bring your castings

12/2                                          Lapidary - Cabochon Forming

(John Latsko)                                                                           Blue Room

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, Preforms, Laps, Safety, Forming, Oxides, Polishing and Critique.  Students may also pursue more in-depth aspects of cabochon forming to hone their skills. 

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Supplied for free or bring your own.

12/2                                                                     Filework Rings

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                    Green Room

A technique used by some knife makers, filework can enhance your rings, bracelets, or thick walled bezels. Traditionally used on the spine of the blade of a folding knife, this technique adds interest and originality to an ordinary piece. We start out making a band out of square wire, and use filework to take away portions of metal. This technique can be symmetrical, or freeform depending on your whim. Using small files, sawing, and refining the design will open up a whole new world of ideas.

Skill level: Basic 101

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $10

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

12/8                                                                Cold Connections

(Lisa Spiros)                                                                             Blue Room

In this workshop students will learn to design and construct mechanical solutions for jewelry closures using rivets, linkage systems or tension fittings. Alternative materials or found objects may also be incorporated.

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $10

"HOLIDAY GIFT MAKING TIME"

*12/15             10:00 - 1:00*                          Dapped Earrings

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                          Blue Room

Take your jewelry making hobby to the next level by making all of your own metal parts. Learn techniques using hammers and stamps to texture the sheet metal, disc cutters to stamp circles and drills to make holes if dangles are desired. This mini-class will focus on using sheet metal to create your own shapes. (The Get Wired workshop from 1:30-4:30  allows completion of your designs by making ear wires and attaching them using a variety of wrapping techniques.) 

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $50

Lab Fee: None

Materials: $10

*12/15             1:30 - 4:30*                                        Get Wired

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                          Blue Room

Working with wire is a quick and accessible way for beginners to start assembling jewelry with minimal tooling making it perfect for a home based hobby or business. Learn how to connect objects together using a double wrap, make dangles with a single wrap, create ear-wires, headpins and simple clasps. This class is also perfect for beaders who want to expand their skills and eliminate the need to buy findings. The use of beads will add color and value to the simplest design you’ll be proud to “show and sell.” 

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $50

Lab Fee: None

Materials: $10

12/15                                                    Wire Wrapped Crystals

(Olivia Hackett)                                                                   Green Room

Learn how to make a wire wrap pendant with your own crystals! We can make several basic wire wraps or work with a more involved wire wrapping technique.  Perfect for gift giving or making your own wire wrapped crystal jewelry to hold close.  Copper wire will be provided and there will be a small selection of crystals from our collection that you can choose from if you don’t already have some. If you’d like to work with sterling silver wire, please bring 5’ to 10’ of 16 ga and 10’ of 24 ga.

Skill level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab fee: None

Materials: $10 + more details in the description above

12/16                                                       Soldered Connections

(Lisa Spiros)                                                                             Blue Room

Students will learn how to construct hinges and linkage systems by soldering components, but the end result is a mechanical cold connection which is riveted or assemble into a piece of jewelry. This provides comfort and maximum flexibility when worn. Alternative materials (plastic, wood, found objects, etc)  may be also incorporated into your jewelry pieces using these connection techniques.

Skill level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab fee: $5

Materials $15.

12/16                                                                    Flush Settings

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                   Green Room

In this workshop students will learn how to set faceted stones in a flush setting. This setting style melds well with other contemporary settings and continues to gain popularity.  Terminology, tools, technique, demonstration and hands-on samples will be explored. Non-precious metals and cubic zirconia will be supplied so students can work on samples of this technique. Students can bring their own materials if they prefer precious metals and stones. Also, sterling silver is the easiest metal to work with, so scraps can be brought in to practice on.

Skill level: Basic skills including sawing, finishing & soldering

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $15

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