WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
10:00 - 4:00
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March/April 2018
Listed Chronologically

Please Register 1 week in advance

to avoid cancellation due to insufficient enrollment

           Please DO NOT use cell phones for online registrations until further notice - Please use a Desk/Laptop or Tablet             

3/3 - Sat                     Beginning Loop-in-Loop Chain Making

(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: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: Available in class. (20’ Fine Silver Wire - market price, approximately $40)

3/4 - Sun                          Wire Wrapping (Connections,  Clasps & Dangles)

Raychel Wengenroth) 

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 and sell.” 

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: None

Materials: $10

3/10 & 11 - Sat&Sun           Basic 101 - Jewelry Foundations

(Raychel Wengenroth)

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

There's Another Offering

April 21-22!

3/17 - Sat                                          Prep a Piece for Keum-Boo

(Raychel Wengenroth)

Session 1 - 10:00 - 1:00

Session 2 -   1:30 - 4:30

These mini-sessions are intended for preparing small pieces to be used in Sunday's Keum-boo workshop with Lisa Spiros. Flat 22 gauge sterling silver sheet will be cut, pierced, drilled, textured, finished and depletion gilded to serve as a "canvas" for the gold accents to be done the next day. Students should bring copies of their designs to be transferred to metal. Earrings and pendants are perfectly sized for Keum-boo experimentation.

Skill Level: Basic 101 or equivalent preferred

Tuition: 50.

Lab Fee: 5.

Materials: Students may bring their own (or purchase in class)

                    22 Gauge Sterling Silver sheet (sold by weight)

3/18 - Sun                                                                     Keum-Boo

(Lisa Spiros)

Explore the ancient technique known as Keum-boo to permanently fuse 24 karat gold foil to fine silver. Keum-boo is a fun and economical way to incorporate gold accents into your jewelry work. In this workshop students will construct simple jewelry pieces from fine silver sheet and embellish the metal surface using fine gold foil. Supply list available upon registration.

Skill level:Basic 101

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: Students should bring their own silver. 

                    $40 for 24k gold foil. Other supplies on the list will be available for                           purchase the day of the class. (Payable in class by check or cash)

3/24 - Sat                                                   "It's All in the Name"

(Raychel Wengenroth)

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

3/25 - Sun          *10:00 - 5:00*     Alloy Your Own Gold Ring

(Lissa Queeney & Raychel Wengenroth)

Time to try your hand at making a gold ring? Learn about the working properties of gold including alloys, solders and flux. Melt your old jewelry and scrap gold into an ingot, roll it out to make wire or sheet and fabricate a simple band all in a single day of intense fun!  

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

Tuition: $125

Lab Fee: $10

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

Rescheduled for May 19th!

4/7 - Sat                                  Anticlastic Formed Cuff Bracelet

(Lisa Spiros)

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: $15

4/8 - Sun                                            Fold Formed Cuff Bracelet

(Lisa Spiros)

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: $15

DIKRA GEM SHOW                                                        Friday April 13th                                                            3:00-9:00

4/14 - Sat                                                        Bezel Set Pendants

(Raychel Wengenroth)

This class is for you if:

  • you’re new at making jewelry and want to expand your soldering and stone setting skills 

  • you took a Lapidary class and want to set your stone

  • you’re like a lot of people who have a stone they’d like to set

  • you’re a beader who wants to make the centerpiece 

A pendant is a mini painting of your creative spirit. This class is perfect for lapidary enthusiasts as well as beaders who want to take their skills to the next level. Learn how to make a bezel from wire, solder it to a backplate of any shape, get creative with the bail and finish it to a professional polish. Try adding decorative elements or multiple stones of different shapes.The possibilities are endless! 

Pendants offer tremendous versatility of design because the engineering isn’t hindered so much by weight and size as other jewelry items, yet the bail offers many avenues for functional creativity.

Skill level: Basic skills including sawing, finishing & soldering

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: Variable - payable in class.

4/15 - Sun                         "Stone on Stone" SettingTechniques

(Lissa Queeney)

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

4/21 & 22 - Sat&Sun           Basic 101 - Jewelry Foundations

(Raychel Wengenroth)

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

4/28 - Sat                                                     Forged Cuff Bracelet

(Raychel Wengenroth)

The ancient art of cold forging involves stretching metal with controlled hammer blows against an anvil or stake. Topics covered include: properties of non-ferrous metals, types of hammers and when to use them, how to make the metal move where you want it to, plus a variety of related demonstrations. A cuff bracelet is a great way to learn these basic techniques in a single project you'll walk out wearing with pride. Copper is provided.

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

Tuition: $100

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $10

4/29 - Sun                                                     Thick Walled Bezels

(Lissa Queeney)

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: Intermediate (including soldering)

Tuition: 100.

Lab Fee: 10.

Materials: Students may bring their own (or purchase in class)

5/5 - Sat                                      Lapidary - Cabochon Forming

(John Latsko)

This one day class will cover cabochon forming semi-precious and precious materials with fundamentals/advanced techniques in a fun and informative way.
Topics will cover: Hardness, Grit, Safety, Sawing, Shaping, Polishing and Critique.
Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate

Tuition: 100.

(Lab Fee: None)

Materials: Supplied for free or bring your own.

5/6 - Sun.                                      Lapidary - Faceted Forming

(John Latsko)

This one day class will cover faceting precious gemstones and materials with fundamentals/advanced techniques in a fun and informative way.
Topics will cover: Hardness, Preforms, Laps, Recipe/Sequential diagram, Safety, Forming, Oxides, Polishing and Critique
Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate

Tuition: 100.

(Lab Fee: None)

Materials: Supplied for free or bring your own.

5/19 - Sat         *10:00 - 5:00*     Alloy Your Own Gold Ring

(Lissa Queeney & Raychel Wengenroth)

Time to try your hand at making a gold ring? Learn about the working properties of gold including alloys, solders and flux. Melt your old jewelry and scrap gold into an ingot, roll it out to make wire or sheet and fabricate a simple band all in a single day of intense fun!  

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

Tuition: $125

Lab Fee: $10

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

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