WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
January 2019
Listed Chronologically
ALL WORKSHOP TIMES ARE 10:00 - 4:00

 -- 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                  1/5                                       "It's All in the Name"

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                             Blue Room

Do you attend events that require you to wear a “Hello, my name is” badge? Why not make your own signature into a classy metal pendant to express your identity? In the process you’ll learn the basics of jewelry making including: sawing, drilling, filing, sanding and polishing. It’s a great conversation piece and there’s no doubt people will remember you AND your name.

Skill level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $5

Sun                   1/6           "Stone on Stone" Setting Techniques

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                       Green Room

Learn to create a design in stone that is uniquely yours.  Stone on stone setting is a technique that you can use to expand your skills. Bezel set a stone on top of a stone. With this technique you can use multiple gems to enhance your designs.   This class will teach you to drill into stone and add a bezeled gem to create a three-dimensional piece.  This fun technique expands your expertise, adds color and stretches your creativity. 

Skill level: Basic-Intermediate  skills including soldering. Basic knowledge of bezel setting a plus. 

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: To Be Determined

Sat-Sun                1/12 & 13               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                           1/19            Loop-in-Loop Chain Making 1

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                          Green 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: Payable in class - 20’ Fine Silver Wire (market price, approximately $45)

Sun                          1/20                   Fold Formed Cuff Bracelet

(Lisa Spiros)                                                                                 Blue Room

This new system of rapid forming uses thin sheets of metal which are annealed, folded, repeatedly forged, and then unfolded to reveal dramatic three- dimensional forms and textures. This is an excellent technique to learn about the elasticity and ductility of metal by working with its natural properties. The organic effects of this repetitive process allows one to create beautiful, natural forms which are enhanced by patinas and oxidation, and are perfect for cuffs and bracelets. Copper is provided.

Skill level: No experience necessary (but it's helpful)

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $20

Sat                             1/26      Anticlastic Formed Cuff Bracelet

(Lisa Spiros)                                                                                 Blue Room

Anticlastic Forming is a dynamic method of manipulating metal by hammering a metal sheet into two distinct curvatures, which are opposite to one another. Learn to use sinusoidal stakes and delrin hammers to form a wide range of natural shapes into reflective, corporeal cuffs and bracelets. This is a great way to explore metal characteristics and learn to achieve the results you want in metal forming. Techniques covered in this workshop are sawing, filing, annealing, sinking, bouging, planishing, edge thickening and polishing. Copper is provided.

Skill level: No experience necessary (but it's helpful)

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $20

Sat                               1/26                    Wire Wrapped Crystals

(Olivia Hackett)                                                                      Green Room

Learn how to make a wire wrap pendant with your own crystals! We can make several basic wire wraps or work with a more involved wire wrapping technique.  Perfect for gift giving or making your own wire wrapped crystal jewelry to hold close.  Copper wire will be provided and there will be a small selection of crystals from our collection that you can choose from if you don’t already have some. If you’d like to work with sterling silver wire, please bring 5’ to 10’ of 16 ga and 10’ of 24 ga.

Skill level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab fee: None

Materials: $10 + more details in the description above

Sun                              1/27                                   Filework Rings

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                       Green Room

A technique used by some knife makers, filework can enhance your rings, bracelets, or thick walled bezels. Traditionally used on the spine of the blade of a folding knife, this technique adds interest and originality to an ordinary piece. We start out making a band out of square wire, and use filework to take away portions of metal. This technique can be symmetrical, or freeform depending on your whim. Using small files, sawing, and refining the design will open up a whole new world of ideas.

Skill level: Basic 101

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $10

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

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