WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
March 2019
Listed Chronologically
ALL WORKSHOP TIMES ARE 10:00 - 4:00
*Unless Indicated*

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

In the event of winter weather cancellations a class will be added to the end

Sat-Sun                3/2 & 3                    Basic 101 - Foundations

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                          Blue Room

Immerse yourself 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

Sat                    3/9                                          Soldering Intensive

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                              Blue Room

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

Sun                    3/10                                       Finishing Intensive

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                               Blue Room

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

Sat             3/16           Intro to Lampwork Glass Bead Making

(Stephanie Maddalena)                                                       Blue Room

Create unique, individualized glass beads to incorporate into your jewelry pieces.  Lampwork glass beads are made with melted glass and shaped to fabricate beautiful one of a kind beads. In this workshop students will learn the basics of lampworking, making beads decorated with flower designs, silver foil, copper leaf and layers of glass designs.

Tuition: $120

Lab Fee: $25

Materials: Included

Skill Level: No Experience Necessary

Sat-Sun                 3/23-24                                    Basic 2 - Bezels

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                            Blue Room

Thirsting for more knowledge? This is the perfect class to expand upon the techniques you learned in Basic 101.  Bezel setting cabochon stones introduces students to the basics of hard silver soldering, bezel setting a cabochon stone as well as pre-planning a design. Texturing will also be demonstrated and can be incorporated into the design. A simple pendant is a great project to incorporate these techniques.

Skill Level: Basic 101

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Variable - Students may bring their own or purchase in class

Sat                          3/30              Introduction to Etching Metal

*9:00 - 5:00*

(Sandra Wolfe Christie)                                                             Blue Room

Etching enables you to create endless designs in metal using a chemical process, by selectively removing metal using salt/acids. In this Introduction to Etching Workshop, we’ll explore numerous techniques to apply your designs and artwork to brass and copper sheet to be etched. We will review methods of creating your design directly on the metal as well as methods for transferring designs. Using a salt-based etching solution makes etching a healthier process then it historically has been.

Etching is easy, fun and exceptionally gratifying! No previous experience required.

Tuition: $135

Lab Fee: $20

Materials: $10

Skill Level: Hands on experience is helpful but not necessary. However, a willingness to experiment and have fun is mandatory! Minimum age 18.

Enrollment is Full!

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