Most winter workshops are scheduled for Saturdays, leaving Sunday as a make-up in the event of inclement weather.
10:00 - 4:00
Please NO NOT use cell phones for online registrations - Please use a Desk/Laptop or Tablet until further notice
Feb. 11 Finishing Intensive
Feb. 18 Get Wired
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 & sell”.
Skill Level: No experience necessary
Lab Fee: None
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
Lab Fee: $10
Materials: Bring any unfinished pieces you might have, or use scrap metal to experiment with the techniques.
Feb. 19 Soldering Intensive
This one-day workshop is geared for students interested in learning how to solder everything from jump rings to elaborate constructions. 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.
Skill Level: Basic 101 & 2
Lab Fee: $10
Feb. 25 Stone Setting
Take your setting skills to the next level and learn how to set faceted stones in prong, tube and flush settings. Terminology, tools, techniques, demonstrations and hands-on samples will be explored.
Skill Level: Basic skills including soldering, sawing, drilling and finishing.
Lab Fee: $5
Materials: $20 (Non-precious metals and cubic zirconia will be supplied so students can work on samples of the techniques. Students can bring their own materials if they prefer precious quality of metals and stones.)