ALL WORKSHOP TIMES ARE 10:00 - 4:00
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Due to COVID-19 a maximum of 6 students are permitted per class
Sat 11/14 Filework Rings
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
Lab Fee: $15
Materials: Students may bring their own or purchase from the school.
Sat-Sun 11/21-22 Basic 2 - "Get Stoned"
Thirsting for more knowledge? This is the perfect class to expand upon the techniques you learned in the Basic 101 workshop. Bezel setting cabochon stones introduces students to the basics of hard silver soldering, bezel setting a cabochon stone as well as pre-planning a design. Texturing will also be demonstrated and can be incorporated into the design. A simple pendant is a great project to incorporate these techniques.
Skill Level: Basic 101
Lab Fee: $15
Materials: Variable - Students may bring their own or purchase from the school
Sat 12/5 Loop-in-Loop Chain Making 1
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: 20’ Fine Silver Wire (market price, approximately $50)
Students may bring their own or purchase from the school
12/12 Flush Settings
Demystify the flush setting process, and add sparkle to your pieces. In this workshop students will learn how to set faceted stones in a flush setting. This setting style melds well with other contemporary settings and continues to gain in popularity. Terminology, tools, technique, demonstration and hands-on samples will be explored. Non-precious metals and cubic zirconia will be supplied so students can work on samples of this technique. Feel free to bring in your current projects that you’d like to add flush set faceted stones to. Also, sterling silver is the easiest metal to work with, so scraps can be brought in to practice on if desired.
Skill level: Basic skills including sawing, finishing & soldering
Lab Fee: $5
Sat/Sun 12/19-20 Basic 3 - “Get Dimensional” - Hollow Rings
Let's shift towards a sculptural approach and explore more in depth knowledge of how to construct and solder with increased efficiency. Hollow rings are a great way to exercise your technical and fitting skills. Learn how to make the inner ring fit perfectly, then design anything you like for the outside shape with consideration to comfort and practicality...or not! These techniques are easily translated to containers and 3 dimensional components of all kinds.
Skill Level: Basic 101 & Basic 2
Lab Fee: $15
Materials: Students bring their own or purchase from the school