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Weekend Workshops

January 2024

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Wax Carving Basics - Part 1

Design Your Own Wedding Bands

Sat   1/13       10:00 - 4:00

(Raychel Wengenroth)               

Wedding Bands signify a never ending circle of love, making casting one of the best methods to execute these rings, 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 we will not be doing the actual casting in class, instead the instructor will job them out. This workshop will give you the technical knowledge and resources to be intimately involved in the creation of your never ending symbol of love.

Skill Level: No experience necessary.

Tuition: $125

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $15

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Beginning Loop-in-Loop Chain Making

Sat            1/20         10:00 - 4:00

(Raychel Wengenroth)

Byzantine style Etruscan chains date back to antiquity and are still made by hand to this day. Students will learn the basics of taking fine silver wire and wrapping it around a dowel to make a coil, cutting it into individual links that are fused closed using a torch, shaping and then assembling a variety of different chains. We will focus on learning the various “stitches” allowing students to continue their studies at home. This technique requires very minimal equipment and the results are professional quality chains that impress everyone and are truly a labor of love. Caution: Extremely addictive!

Skill level: No experience necessary, Good eyesight is!

Tuition: $125

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students may purchase their own 20’ Fine Silver Wire - 20 gauge, (approximately $40-50 depending on the market price) Also available in class.

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