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Sat 3/11 10:00 - 4:00
Beaded Chain Necklace
Design and make your own layering necklace. Learn a simple technique to embellish a chain with pearls, stones or any beads and create a one-of-a-kind necklace that is as elegant or as wild and freeform as you like.
No experience necessary but good eyesight or magnifying eye wear is — we’ll be working very small.
Lab Fee: $5
Materials: Wire & chain kit $15; Beads and extra materials are available for purchase from instructor (cost varies depending on materials used) or students can bring their own.
Sat 3/18 10:00 - 4:00
Beginning Loop-in-Loop Chain Making
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!
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.
Sat 3/25 10:00 - 4:00
First Impressions: Metal Clay 101
An introduction into the world of fine silver precious metal clay; perfect for the absolute beginner! Traditional metalsmithing experience is not necessary, it helps, but is not required.
Students will learn to manipulate metal clay in its pliable form, refine details in its dry form, torch fire their work and ultimately be left with a piece of pure silver jewelry. Time and intricacy dependent, students can expect to leave with a charm and/or a pair of earrings.
Throughout the day, tools, tips, standard practices and the infinite possibilities that metal clay brings to your jewelry making skill set will be discussed.
Skill level: No experience necessary