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ONSITE: Introduction to Silversmithing

July 12, 2022

Jump right into working with sterling silver for jewelry. Basic jewelry fabrication techniques will be demonstrated or reviewed including sawing, drilling, sanding, polishing, and soldering. You can expect to leave class with one finished piece of jewelry. This class is accessible to the beginner but is also ideal for someone looking to polish their beginner […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Metal Jewelry (B)

July 12, 2022

Learn how to transform metals into beautiful works of wearable art. We’ll cover techniques such as sawing, drilling, texturing, working with wire, filing, sanding and polishing. We’ll also cover riveting, soldering with a torch and basic stone setting. You’ll use these skills to make one finished piece of jewelry.

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ONSITE: Make it Riveting! Cold Connections in Metals

July 12, 2022

Make jewelry with no soldering. Apprehensive about using a torch? This is a great way to get your feet wet in metals. Learn how to make and design with rivets for bracelets, pendants, brooches and even rings! Experienced students will learn to refine their riveting skills and learn new ways of including riveting in their […]

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ONSITE: Tree of Life Wire Pendant

July 12, 2022

We will create a tree of life pendant or small window ornament. We will use traditional jewelry making tools, wire and beads. You may bring an item to incorporate into your design if desired. Students will leave with at least one finished pendant from this class and have a good foundational understanding of to how […]

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ONSITE: Silver Metal Clay Jewelry: Exploring Dimension (A)

July 12, 2022

Learn to work with metal clay, a malleable, metal-bearing material that is perfectly suited for creating jewelry. Use your hands to shape it and a variety of tools to add detail and texture. You’ll fire the metal clay to transform it into a silver object. Add a new skill to your repertoire each week and […]

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ONSITE: Stone Setting Basics

July 12, 2022

In this survey course, you will learn some of the fundamental techniques of stone setting including bezel setting, prong setting, and flush setting. In each class, we will learn a different technique and try our hand at it. Students will come away with a good grasp of setting techniques to incorporate into their jewelry-making practices. […]

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ONSITE: Metal Jewelry (Ages 15–18)

July 12, 2022

Explore metal! On our journey, we'll learn how to measure, shape, soften and strengthen. We'll also learn how to texture, form, cut and connect. You create your own pieces of wearable art along the way. Other techniques covered include: Sawing, drilling, texturing, working with wire, filing, sanding, polishing, riveting, annealing with a torch and fold […]

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ONSITE: Carve + Cast a Signet Ring Workshop

July 12, 2022

In this intensive weekend-workshop we will learn the process of lost wax casting. Each student will start by carving a wax signet, then learning the process of investment and burn out then finishing up with centrifugal casting and clean up. We will be casting in sterling silver.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Metal Jewelry Workshop

July 12, 2022

Discover the fundamental concept of jewelry design and learn basic techniques for working with metals in this introductory class. The class begins with instruction on techniques such as drilling, sawing, texturing, working with wire, and finishing techniques. Soldering with a torch will also be introduced. Students will then use these skills to make a piece […]

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ONSITE: Create a Locket with Metal Clay

July 12, 2022

Learn how to design and construct a silver locket that swings open to reveal someone (or something) special. We'll create an embellished locket with a 2mm faceted gem, then add riveting to finish your beautiful articulated pendant.

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ONSITE: Silver Metal Clay Jewelry: Exploring Dimension (B)

July 12, 2022

Learn to work with metal clay, a malleable, metal-bearing material that is perfectly suited for creating jewelry. Use your hands to shape it and a variety of tools to add detail and texture. You’ll fire the metal clay to transform it into a silver object. Add a new skill to your repertoire each week and […]

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ONSITE: Experimenting with Enamels

July 12, 2022

This class provides the space to experiment with bringing color into jewelry using the enameling process. Pre-cut shapes will be provided to allow focus to be on the enameling process. Students may bring pre-made copper jewelry-scale pieces. No final piece of jewelry will be made, but students will leave the class with pieces that can […]

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ONSITE: Lost-Wax Metal Casting

July 12, 2022

Learn to cast metal using the lost-wax technique to cast work in silver. By creating jewelry models of your own design, you’ll learn about model preparation, investing, burning out and casting with centrifugal and vacuum-casting machines. The first five weeks about carving wax will be taught by Jay Sharpe, and the second five weeks about […]

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ONSITE: Cloisonné Enameling (Only offered a few times a year!)

July 12, 2022

Learn cloisonné enameling, an ancient technique with contemporary applications. You’ll explore basic enameling and learn how to create cloisons (French for “compartments”) that separate different colors and shapes in a finished cloisonné design. Each student will finish this class having completed one small piece.

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ONSITE: Intermediate Metal Jewelry

July 12, 2022

Take your metal jewelry making to the next level. We’ll focus on design execution, complex stone setting as well as fabricating and soldering with sterling silver. You’ll also advance your polishing skills for finishing pieces.

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ONSITE: Spinner Rings (Only offered a few times a year!)

July 12, 2022

Experiment with spinner rings, which allow several rings to be made into one. The outer band supports one or more moving rings. We’ll cover sizing, shaping and soldering sheet metal and wire into rings. The rings will become one using a forming technique known as anticlastic. We’ll also cover basic solder, forging and forming techniques.

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ONSITE: Stackable Bands (Only offered a few times a year!)

July 12, 2022

Create a sweet stack of rings from 14-karat yellow gold-filled wire and silver. You’ll learn to solder bands and become proficient at single seams. We’ll also cover fabricating, embellishing and forging simple bands in different gauges and types of metal.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Metal Jewelry (A)

July 12, 2022

Learn how to transform metals into beautiful works of wearable art. We’ll cover techniques such as sawing, drilling, texturing, working with wire, filing, sanding and polishing. We’ll also cover riveting, soldering with a torch and basic stone setting. You’ll use these skills to make one finished piece of jewelry.

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ONSITE: Keum-boo: Korean Gilding

July 12, 2022

Keum-boo is an ancient Korean gilding technique that applies thin 24k gold to silver using heat and pressure. Learn the preparation, application and finishing steps in the keum-boo process for jewelry and add this technique to your repertoire of skills .

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