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

 -- Please sign up 1 week in advance to secure your spot --

Sat  1/11   Loop-in-Loop Chain Making 1

(Raychel Wengenroth)    Blue Room

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: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: 20’ Fine Silver Wire (market price, approximately $35)

Students may bring their own or purchase from the school 

Sat  1/18       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

Sat   1/25* (9:00-4:00)    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 

Tuition: $120

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: Students bring their own

Sat  2/1   Loop-in-Loop Chain Making 2

(Raychel Wengenroth)    Blue Room

You asked for it...you got it! A class designed to walk you through finishing touches of the chain lengths you've worked on after the Beginning Loop-in-Loop Chain Making workshop. Learn how to true up your chains by tamping, pulling through a wooden draw plate, annealing and tumbling to a bright finish. Add jump rings or end caps and the clasp of your choice. "S" hooks and toggles can be simple yet elegant finishing elements offering many creative possibilities. By the end of the day you'll transform your irregular chain length into a stunning piece you'll be proud to wear.

Skill level: Beginning Loop-in-Loop Chain Making

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: Bring your completed chain lengths. Students can bring their own silver or purchase in class.

Sat  2/8                    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

Sat 2/15     The Versatile Flex Shaft

(Raychel Wengenroth)        Blue Room

So, you purchased a flexible shaft for setting up your own studio, congratulations! It's one of the best investments you can make because of it's versatility. Learn how and when to use all of those bits, burrs, buffs, stones, brushes, sanders, hammer hand pieces, etc. in assorted sample pieces. This intensive is technical in scope, not project oriented. Students are free to bring their unfinished pieces in case the flexi is appropriate*.  

Skill Level: No Experience Necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Scraps for samples provided at n/c or students bring unfinished pieces*.

Sat  2/22       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.

Skill Level: No Experience Necessary

Tuition: $120

Lab Fee: $30

Materials: $15

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