WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
October 2019
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-Sun                10/5-6                     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                      10/12                                                Stone Inlay

(Hannah Wilson)                                                                      Blue Room

Stone Inlay, similar to mosaic, allows you to use broken pieces or chips to create new and beautiful objects.  If you have cracked or broken stones, or just want to learn a new way to incoporate stone and color into your jewelry, this workshop is for you. This workshop will cover the basics of stone inlay, including the creation of a piece suitable for this technique. Students should have a basic knowledge of soldering before enrolling in this course.

Skill level: Basic 101 & 2, including soldering skills

Tuition: 100.

Lab Fee: 10.

Materials: 5.   *Students wanting to work in silver should bring sheet, as well as any stones they have to crush. The instructor will have small amounts to sell.

Sun                     10/13                                             Forging Fun

(Raychel Wengenroth/Caleb Anderson)                          Blue Room

This fast paced workshop is a perfect family outing. Two projects will give you  hands on experience forging components in different shapes and sizes. You will learn the basic fundamentals of smithing non-ferrous metals including properties of the metal, safety, proper use and care of tools and applications for the technique. 

The first project (earrings or a pendant) incorporates samples named the “50/50” and “Comma”. The second project is a “wave ring” which includes soldering and polishing (two very cool techniques for beginners to experience in their first jewelry class). Both projects will be in sterling silver!

Skill Level: No Experience Necessary

Tuition: 100.

Lab Fee: 5.

Materials: 20.

Sat                      10/19                          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-Sun              10/26-27   Advanced Stone Setting-Ring Version

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                        Blue Room

Make a unique ring from start to finish using your own handmade settings and ring shank. Create settings for your selection of stones, fabricate an under bezel, then form and fit a ring shank to support the settings. After polishing and setting the stones, your ring will be complete.  Some prior fabrication experience is a plus.

Skill level: Basic 101 & 2, including soldering skills

Tuition: 200.

Lab Fee: 10.

Materials: Students bring their own. Faceted (preferred) or small cabochon stones, sterling silver wire in 18 gauge and 14 gauge; 20 gauge sterling silver sheet

Sat                     11/2        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

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