WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
March/April 2020
Listed Chronologically
ALL WORKSHOP TIMES ARE 10:00 - 4:00
*unless otherwise indicated*

Sat 3/21         Thick Walled Bezels

(Lissa Queeney)                 Green Room

Confident with making bezels and want to make them more dramatic? Learning how to make a thick walled bezel can expand the look and weight of your work. This workshop features different thicknesses of bezels, how to decorate them, and how to set your stones with a hammer hand-piece. You can concentrate on a stone you love, or practice on separate stones of varying sizes. Whichever style you choose, this class is for those of us who love stones, and love setting them in interesting ways.

Skill Level: Basic 101, Basic 2 (including soldering)

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $10

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

Sat&Sun 3/21 - 22       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  3/28       Precious Metal Clay-Basics and Beyond

(Elke Hekler)             Blue Room

PMC is an exciting metal clay which can enable you to create your own unique “pure  jewelry with simple tools!  You will begin with a lump of PMC3 fine silver clay that can be rolled, cut, shaped, coiled, imprinted with rubber or texture stamps, pressed into molds with heat resistant stone added and made into fine silver earrings, pendants, beads, charms and more.  After drying and firing you will have a fine silver piece. If desired it can be added or worked together with traditional metal smithing techniques.  In this class you will learn the basics, then your creativity will take you beyond.

Skill Level: No Experience Necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: TBD - Payable to the Instructor (varies greatly - roughly $40-80)

Sat 4/4        Torch Fired Enamels - Earrings

(Dawn Lombard)     Blue Room

Explore the spontaneity of torch fired enameling. This is a beginner level class in which students will learn the art of fusing powdered glass (enamel) to metal using a hand held torch. Each student will learn the preparation of metal, application of enamel, firing and proper safety.  Hands on work allows you to use and understand the tools and supplies involved in firing this ancient art. In addition to enameling, the class will teach you how to use a hydraulic press, dies, files, center punch,  pliers, and Whitney Roper punch. Using simple yet sophisticated surface design techniques, we will spend the day making multiple pairs of earrings that you can take home with you that very day. No previous experience required. Please tie long hair back.

Skill level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $125

Materials: $25

Sun 4/5         Watercolor Enamels

(Dawn Lombard)     Blue Room

Want to bring some color into your life? Learn how to "paint" glass onto copper then fire it to melt your painting onto metal.  Not great at drawing, no worries - we will have plenty of stencils to help with your designs. This is a beginner level class in which students will learn the art of painting enamels (glass) onto metal and fusing it using a hand held torch. Each student will learn the preparation of metal, application of enamel, firing and proper safety.  Hands on work allows you to use and understand the tools and supplies involved in firing this ancient art. In addition to enameling, the class will teach you how to use a disc cutter, files, center punch, pliers, and Whitney Roper punch. We will spend the day making colorful discs that you will assemble into a perfectly sized bracelet. Best part of it all, you can wear your new bracelet home that very day. No previous experience required. Please tie long hair back.

Skill level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $125

Materials: $25

Sat 4/11  *12 - 4*   Ring in the Family

(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: $65

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $15

Sat 4/18                  Sand Casting

(Hannah Wilson)        Blue Room

Cast jewelry allows the artist to create a wider range of shapes and forms than constructed jewelry might tolerate.  During this sand-casting intensive, you will learn how to create a mold, pore in molten silver creating a one-of-a-kind pendant or ring. You can even use the mold to cast multiples of the same piece! This workshop will cover the basics of sand-casting. All skill levels welcome!

Skill Level: No Experience Necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $15

Materials: Sterling sold by weight/market price in class or bring your                       own clean scrap (no contaminants including solder)

Sun 4/19  *10 - 5*   Alloy Your Own Ring

(Raychel Wengenroth)

How much fun is this? Torches, melting metal, hammering and making something from precious metal junk you knew you kept for some reason (single earrings, spoons that went down the disposal, I get it)! 

Why not melt your old jewelry and scrap into an ingot, roll it out to make wire or sheet and fabricate a simple band all in a single day of intense fun!

Learn about the working properties of these precious alloys, how to measure and cut the prepared metal, file, bend, solder, shape, file, sand, polish, texture and walk out with knowledge In & On your body. 

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

Tuition: $125

Lab Fee: $15

Materials: Students should bring their own gold and silver scrap to class

Sat&Sun 4/25-26    Making a Locket

(Lissa Queeney)       Blue 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: $200

Lab Fee: $15

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

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