6 WEEKLY CLASSES
September/October 2017

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 Mondays    September 18 - October 23

Anticlastic and Fold Formed Stackable Cuff Bracelets

(Lisa Spiros)                                                                                           10:00 - 1:00

In this class we will learn both Anticlastic Forming, a dynamic method of manipulating metal by hammering sheet into distinct and opposing curvatures, and Fold Forming, a new system of rapid forming in which metal is folded, forged, and then unfolded to reveal dramatic 3-D forms and textures. Learn to use sinusoidal stakes and delrin hammers to form a wide range of natural shapes into reflective, corporeal cuffs and bracelets. Then learn about the ductility and elasticity of metal’s natural properties through repetitive folding processes. The combination of these two techniques are great ways to explore metal characteristics to achieve the results you want in metal forming. Techniques covered in this workshop are sawing, filing, annealing, hammering, edge thickening, polishing and oxidizing. Copper is provided.

Skill Level: No experience necessary (but it’s helpful)

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

Advanced Stone Setting

(Lissa Queeney)                                                                                     2:00 - 5:00

Flush, castle, heavy bezel. No, these aren't card game terms, these are different setting methods to add to your repertoire. Learn how to use more complex settings to create bold or dramatic emphasis in your work. These techniques are versatile and can be used with either cabochon or faceted stones. Learn the tools and tricks for setting these varied processes. Basic knowledge of bezel setting a plus. 

Skill Level: Basic 2 (or the equivalent) Basic knowledge of bezel setting a plus. 

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: To Be Determined

Basic 101 - Jewelry Foundations                                                         6:00 - 9:00

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, hammers to forge and form, torches to solder and machines to drill, sand and polish. Demonstrations will be plentiful 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! Skill Level: No experience necessary.

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

 Tuesdays    September 19 - October 24

Basic 101 - Jewelry Foundations                                                         11:00 - 2:00

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, hammers to forge and form, torches to solder and machines to drill, sand and polish. Demonstrations will be plentiful 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!

Skill Level: No experience necessary.

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10 

Materials: $20

Teens - Basic Jewelry (for the Beginner)                                           3:00 - 5:00

You’re brilliant! You have unique fashion designs in your head but no one makes it for you to buy. Why not make it yourself? The techniques taught in this introductory class can be interpreted easily to accommodate your vision. Sawing and texturing sheet metal, hammering and twisting wire, drilling, soldering, stone setting and polishing are just some of the topics to be covered in this 6 week session. Student’s needs will set the direction of a creative education in a warm and friendly atmosphere.  This could be the beginning of an enriching career for the business minded spirit too!

Skill Level: No experience necessary.

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $15

Independent Study                                                                               6:00 - 9:00

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 Intermediate (or the equivalent)

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

 Wednesdays    September 20 - October 25

Casting - Waxes, Finishing & Molds                                            10:00 - 1:00

The casting process is primarily used for two reasons: Wax is the best means for producing the design and/or production of multiple pieces that are identical and can be cast in brass, bronze, silver, gold of any karat and color or platinum. It’s economical because it yields minimal scrap and is the preferred method of creating wedding bands because it signifies a  seamless never-ending circle. Understand the casting process from soup to nuts! Students will learn how to carve wax models for casting in the metal of their choice (the actual casting is sent out). De-sprue, polish and if desired, make a vulcanized rubber mold for the use in production.

Skill Level: No experience necessary (but it’s helpful)

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $15 (additional fee for casting and mold material)

Bench Time                                                                                             1:30 - 5:30

Finally, a chance to work independently at a jewelry bench in a fully equipped studio. Available to current & former students of HVS. Sign up at least 24 hours in advance by emailing: raychel@hvsilverworks.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 2                                                                                                    6:00 - 9:00                                                                 

Take your skills to the next level by exploring more in depth aspects of jewelry making and silversmithing with increased emphasis on soldering, stone-setting and planning the construction of a slightly more complex design. A small cylinder box offers great opportunities to experiment with fittings and mechanisms, allowing plenty of creative options for the lid including inlay, textures and stone-setting. Students will continue working on jewelry items of their choice with more challenge and intensity. This is where the fun REALLY begins!

Skill Level: Basic 101 (or the equivalent)

Tuition: $290

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: $20

 Thursdays    September 21 - October 26

Intermediate Concentrations - “Hone Your Skills”                  10:00 - 1:00

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

Tuition: $290.

Lab Fee: $10

Materials: Students bring their own

Teens - Jewelry and More (for Non-Beginners)                         2:00 - 4:00

So you already have basic skills including sawing and soldering and want take things up a notch? Jewelry making is great, but that’s just the tip of the ice burg. The same techniques can be used to make small functional objects as well. Think boxes, key rings, money clips, spoons and utensils. Technical translation: Forging, forming, soldering, bezels and mechanisms. Stretch the possibilities of your educational growth by increasing your vocabulary of skills and putting  more tools in the box.

Skill level: Basic 101 or equivilant

Tuition: $200

Lab Fee: $5

Materials: $15

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