4 WEEKLY CLASSES
September 2019
Listed Chronologically

 -- Please sign up 1 week in advance to secure your spot --

 Mondays    September 9 - 30

Calder Style Jewelry                                                                              10:30 - 1:30

(Lisa Spiros)                                                                                                               Blue Room

Learn to make Calder inspired sculptural jewelry forms using hammering, forging, milling, and wrapping techniques to create beautiful necklaces, bracelets and rings. The class will help you invent your own clasps and closures or incorporate ideas from Calder's amazingly simple yet sophisticated mechanisms into your own pieces. 

Skill level: Basic skills including sawing, finishing & soldering

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

Bench Time                                                                                             2:00 - 5:00

(TBD)                                                                                                                          Blue Room

Finally, a chance to work independently at a jewelry bench in a fully equipped studio. Only available to current and former students of HVS. Sign up at least 24 hours in advance by emailing: hvsilverworks@gmail.com with “BTSU” in the subject line, along with your name, the date and time of attendance. Cash and checks accepted. For more information look under the “Other Opportunities” tab at the top of this page.

Basic 101 - Jewelry Foundations                                                           5:30 - 8:30

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                                              Blue Room

Start here if you want a clear, concise and in-depth knowledge of basic jewelry making techniques. Learn how to use hand tools to cut, texture and file and machines to drill, sand and polish. There will be a number of demonstrations with hands-on bench-time to cement the knowledge. The wide range of topics covered will give you a solid foundation to set you out on your educational path with confidence. Learn how 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!

The flat sheet project will introduce beginners to multiple techniques including sawing, drilling, texturing, filing, sanding, finishing and polishing. The simple silver ring is so rewarding to complete, soldering and all!

Skill Level: Absolutely No Experience Necessary

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

Beyond the Bezel, Easy Prong Settings                                                 5:30 - 8:30

(Russell Jones)                                                                                                           Green Room

Learn at least two prong setting techniques for faceted stones based on traditional basket settings but modified for the intermediate student.  You will be introduced to the many styles of faceted stones and their inherent gemological propertied such as hardness, cleavage, and inclusions which impacts successful stone setting. Gemstones will be available for purchase from the instructor.

Skill Level: Basic 101 & 2 including basic soldering skills

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own or purchase from the instructor

 Tuesdays    Sept 10 - Oct 1

Intro to Lampwork Glass Bead Making                                                1:00 - 4:00

(Stephanie Maddalena)                                                                                              Blue Room

Create unique, individualized glass beads to incorporate into your jewelry pieces.  Lampwork glass beads are made with melted glass and shaped to fabricate beautiful one of a kind beads. In this class students will learn the basics of lampworking, making beads decorated with flower designs, silver foil, copper leaf and layers of glass designs.

Skill Level: No Experience Necessary

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $60

Materials: Included

Basic 2 - Bezel Settings                                                                 5:30 - 8:30

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                                            Blue Room

Thirsting for more knowledge? This is the perfect class to expand upon the techniques you learned in Basic 101.  Cabochon stones can be added using a variety of bezel setting methods. The project of separate components that can be linked together allows each segment to be treated differently, enhancing the learning experience.

Project ideas: Linked together to make a bracelet, separate pendants, added to rings, bracelets  or belt buckles.

Skill Level: Basic 101

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own or purchase from HVS

Independent Study                                                                                  5:30 - 8:30

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                                              Blue Room

For students with a broad range of technical skills needing individual attention with more advanced projects, from planning and materials needed to step by step process planning and hand holding. This class is a flexible continuation of your skills enabling you to have one on one consultation with the instructor. New techniques will be explored as individual needs are addressed. Classmates can observe demonstrations as they see fit. 

Skill Level: Basic 2 and 3 (or the equivalent)

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

Wednesdays    Sept 11 - Oct 2

Bench Time                                                                                               2:00 - 5:00

(Caleb Anderson)                                                                                                        Blue Room

Finally, a chance to work independently at a jewelry bench in a fully equipped studio. Only available to current and former students of HVS. Sign up at least 24 hours in advance by emailing: hvsilverworks@gmail.com with “BTSU” in the subject line, along with your name, the date and time of attendance. Cash and checks accepted. For more information look under the “Other Opportunities” tab at the top of this page.

Basic 3 - “Get Dimensional” - Hollow Rings                                     5:30 - 8:30

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                                            Blue Room

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

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own or purchase from HVS 

Independent Study                                                                                  5:30 - 8:30

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                                              Blue Room

For students with a broad range of technical skills needing individual attention with more advanced projects, from planning and materials needed to step by step process planning and hand holding. This class is a flexible continuation of your skills enabling you to have one on one consultation with the instructor. New techniques will be explored as individual needs are addressed. Classmates can observe demonstrations as they see fit. 

Skill Level: Basic 2 and 3 (or the equivalent)

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

Fridays    Sept 13 - Oct 4

Crash-Course in Casting                                                                        10:00 - 1:00

 (Hannah Wilson)                                                                                                        Blue Room

Looking to add texture and volume  to your fabricated jewelry? This class will cover the basics of sand-casting and cuttlefish bone casting, allowing for a wider range of form and shape than construction alone. Sand-casting will teach you how to carve a simple wax, create a mold and pore in molten silver to create a one-of-a-kind pendant or ring. You can even use the mold to cast multiples of the same piece!

Create full pieces or elements to incorporate into your other fabricated work in this class.

Skill Level: No Experience Necessary

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $30

Materials: Sterling sold by weight/market price in class or bring your own clean scrap (no containments including solder)

Hone Your Skills                                                                                     1:00 - 4:00

(Raychel Wengenroth)                                                                                             Blue Room

This class is designed for people who have a fair amount of technical skill but lack the sleek craftsmanship that can make or break a design. Careful planning of a piece can make your life a lot easier and your work much cleaner. Knowing where to place the solder, when to trim excess material and how to achieve a pristine polish will be the focus of this session. Students will work on projects of their own choice while the instructor assists them with a logical, step by step approach.

Skill Level: Basic 2 and 3

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

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