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Making Jewelry with Wire

Jewelry Making Basics with Wire

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
November 4-5, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 – 5:00
Class Fee: $295| Basic materials included

Basic Bead and Wire Jewelry

Instructor Dana Cassara
December 15, Friday, 10:00 – 1:00
Class Fee:$75| Basic materials included

If you’ve looked at our fall class schedule (and if you haven’t you can at www.danacadesign.com) you may have noticed that we are offering two classes about making wire jewelry: Jewelry Making Basics with Wire and Basic Bead and Wire Jewelry. Both of these classes will get you on your way making your own jewelry designs but what’s the difference between them?

Basic Bead and Wire Jewelry is teaching the skills most people think off when you say “wire jewelry”. Basic wire wrapping to create linkage systems for earrings, necklaces, ear wires, and clasps. These linkage systems can be used to add beads and other items to necklaces and earrings or to even be links all by themselves. Ear wires and clasps mean you don’t have to buy them premade and can make them to fit the style and design that meets your creative needs. All of these techniques are cold connected meaning that no soldering is involved so all you need to get started are a few pliers, wire cutters, hammer, and bench block.

From the links to the toggle clasp all you need is some wire and solder know how!

 

The Jewelry Making Basics with Wire workshop is taking wire jewelry to the next level. In this class you will learn the essentials of soldering wire and making wire jewelry. So you can make your own chain and a variety of clasps and findings. But that’s not all you can do. Basic prong setting and some quick tricks for simple stacking rings are also covered in this class.  

 

Examples of prongs settings made with wire

 

Hopefully we’ve inspired you to start looking at wire in new ways. Now the real question is what are you going to make with wire?

 

To register for these or any of our other classes call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by our studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle

For  our complete fall schedule visit us at www.danacadesign.com

 

22nd Seattle Metals Guild Symposium

Tiff Massey, Power

It’s almost SMG Symposium time! What’s the SMG Symposium? It is an annual event put on by the Seattle Metals Guild that is a gathering of makers and speakers from both the Pacific Northwest and around the globe. It is a popular tradition that is great for metalsmiths, artists, and jewelers of all ranges and abilities. You don’t have to be a member to attend…but you do get a discount on tickets if you are. 

Online ticket sales end at midnight, Thurs Oct. 12.

There are many places in the area to purchase lunch but you may pre-buy lunch through the symposium. Last day to purchase lunch with symposium ticket is by midnight, Sat Oct. 7

For more information to go www.seattlemetalsguild.org 

To purchase an advance ticket click here

This year’s speakers include:

Montreal-based jeweler, author, and Toolbox Initiative co-creator Matthieu Cheminee

New Orleans based modernist sculptor, and post-industrial blacksmith Rachel David

Self -taught engineer, inventor, and kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson

San Francisco Bay area art jeweler, curator, and Shibumi Gallery owner April Higashi

and Detroit based interdisciplinary sculptor and jewelry artist Tiff Massey

While the artist talks are a big part of the symposium that’s not all! Explore a selection of hard-to-find metals and jewelry related titles at Charon Kransen’s book sale, the always popular Silent Auction, and a post-Symposium after-party at Rhein Haus restaurant.

And that’s not all…there is more to see and do over Symposium Weekend

Friday, October 13:

Nucor Steel Mill Tour (spots are limited)

Sunday, October 15:

1pm – 3pm “Designing Kinetic Sculptures: A Conversation with Arthur Ganson” at Equinox Studios

3pm – 5pm Opening reception for SMG show Contained at KOBO in Higo

5pm – 8pm Open House at Equinox Studios

What a weekend!

 

 

Fall Schedule Sneak Peek

Happy Fall! It’s finally cooler and the rain is coming back…which is a perfect time to take a class. Here’s a sample of what is in store for fall but visit www.danacadesign.com for our complete schedule, expanded class descriptions, and materials list.

To register stop by our studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle or call us at 206-524-0916

Guest Instructor: Jeff Georantes

Start with scrap metal and end up with a ring…how cool

Fire, Forge, and Flush-Stonesetting

December 1-3, $395|$35 materials fee paid to instructor

Jeff Georantes is coming from Hanover, New Hampshire to explore a variety of core metalsmithing skills that culminate in a finished silver ring set with faceted stones. Class will begin with casting and end with polishing and in between you will roll, hammer, and set stones. This class will be filled with tips and tricks and is open to all skill levels. No experience necessary!

Featured Classes

We don’t have this classes very often…so best to get them while you can!

Cloisonne Enameling

with Linnie Kendrick

October 21-22, $295|Basic materials included

The vivid color and unique beauty of enamel has been prized for centuries. The beauty of Cloisonne, with it’s fine lines of precious metal combined with the rich color of enamel to create patterns and images. This is a beginner level class, no experience necessary however basic enameling helpful

Jewelry Making Basics with Wire

with Jennifer Stenhouse

November 4-5, |Basic materials included

Learn the essentials of soldering and making jewelry with wire – a perfect class to create gifts for family and friends, or even start a little business. The techniques covered in class can be continued at home with a simple setup. No experience necessary

Needle Felting Forms for Jewelry

with Cynthia Toops

December 16-17, $285|$30 materials fee paid to instructor

Spend a relaxing and inspiring weekend learning to shape a ball of soft wool into amazing 3-dimensional objects. You might poke your finger a few times but you will have lots of fun discovering this new medium. No experience necessary

Fall Quickies

Can’t commit to a whole weekend? These one day “quickies” pack a lot into one class

Soldering Essential

with Dana Cassara

October 27, $95|Basic materials included

Whether you’ve already started soldering or never even tried, if you are looking to learn how to silver solder, or just get better, this class is for you. Expect lots of hands on time at the soldering table and practice with different torches. No experience necessary

Riveting Basics

with Dana Cassara

November 17, $95|Basic material included

Don’t have a torch at home? Don’t worry you can still make jewelry! Riveting is a fun and simple way to connect metal to metal or metal to non-metal. A new world opens up once you take away the heat. This is a fast paced class focused on designing, problem solving, practicing, and producing work without soldering. No experience necessary

Using the Smith Little Torch

with Micki Lippe

December 9, $95| Materials list

There are several torch options on the market but a popular choice among jewelers is the Smith “little torch”. Micki Lippe, a seasoned professional, will show you why as she demonstrates the versatility and precision of this well loved tool. Basic soldering experience required

 

 

Classes for Newbies

New to metalsmithing and don’t know where to start? These classes are great for those with no experience or those who want to sharpen their skills.

Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

with Dana Cassara

October 7-8, $295|Basic materials included

This workshop is an introduction to the fundamental aspects of silversmithing. Explore jewelry design wile learning all the valuable basics: to saw, file, texture, form, and solder nonferrous metals like copper, brass, and silver. No experience necessary

Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

with Dana Cassara

November 11-12, $295|Basic materials included

Another class in our Beginning Workshop series focuses on the basic construction of fabricated rings, with and without stones. Each student will construct a simple, textured band ring as well as a ring with a bezel set stone. No experience necessary

Basic Bead and Wire Jewelry

with Dana Cassara

December 15, $75|Basic materials included

Learn the simple tricks to cold working wire to create linkage systems for earrings, necklaces, ear wires, and clasps. This class will give you the basic skills to start making jewelry for yourself or even as gifts. No experience necessary

Pop-up show with Rachel Shimpock and Barbara Knuth

Rachel Shimpock will be teaching at Danaca Design, Sept 30 – Oct 1 and as a bonus she’s bringing her awesome jewelry and having a pop-up trunk show with Barbara Knuth!

We are sooo excited to see Rachel’s current collection. As usual the original “kitchensmith” has created a collection that highlights her sense of humor and kitsch to create jewelry that will certainly get some attention.

Barbara is debuting a new collection so come get the first chance to see (and own!) one of her newest pieces.

Not familiar with Barbara and Rachel? Read on for more info:

Rachel Shimpock

Rachel Shimpock

Rachel Kassia Shimpock is a California native raised in Orange County, Ca.She received her MFA in the Jewelry/Metalsmithing program at San Diego State University with Professors Helen Shirk and Sondra Sherman.

At age 11 she got separated from her parents in historical Williamsburg and wandered into a smithy where a blacksmith let her hit steel with a tiny sledge hammer, she’s been smitten ever since! Metal and the format of jewelry in particular speaks to her and for the last 12 years has allowed her to communicate personal stories and there are many! Rachel is carrying on the legacy of her family and her trade by teaching workshops and art classes utilizing any opportunity to spread the gospel of metals and jewelry!

Show off your love of chips and fries with jewelry by Rachel Shimpock. Personally I’m loving the french fry earrings

Barbara Knuth

Barbara Knuth

Barbara lives and works in Seattle and was the 2015 Seattle Metals Guild Emerging Artist award recipient. 

Barbara Knuth’s work contemplates the experience of the bereaved. After a loved one has passed, there is a longing for return; she feels an urge to ‘put things back’. Fueled by a need to reconcile with the past, she repairs and restores detached branches and cut sections of trees. Using the familiar bodily forms of a tree, Barbara creates sculpture and body adornment that act as memorials. Metal, wax, and salt are used in combination with the wood in efforts to preserve and salvage the items. Repetitive processes such as wrapping, stapling, and pinning are meditative and express a passing of time.

 

We love this new necklace from Barbara Knuth. Can’t wait to see the rest!

 

 

 

We can’t wait to see what both of these wonderful jewelry artists bring! Want even more time hanging out with Rachel while she is in town? There is still room in her powder coating class too!

Shake and Shoot: Powder Coating With or Without the Gun

September 30, October 1, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00

Class Fee: $325 | Materials included

Powdered Plastic that fuses into a glassy plastic surface in a home toaster oven? Yes, it can be done with or without the gun! Easy, quick and inexpensive powder coat is a fun way to add color to any surfaces that can tolerate a little heat like metal, wood or… If you love color this is another tool in your toolbox. Basic metalworking skills helpful but not necessary.

To register call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by the studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA

 

Expand Your Skills with Mentored Study

So you’ve taken a few beginner metalsmithing classes and have jewelry ideas you want to make but are still feeling a little unsure of your skills. Or maybe you’re starting to get more confident but have a question from time to time and don’t have a place to set up a studio at home. You are in the perfect position to sign up for mentored study!

What’s mentored study?

Mentored Independent Study at Danaca Design is having a space to work on your own thing with a helping hand along the way. You can learn new skills while improving the skills you already have in a supportive environment. 

How does mentored study work?

Register for a mentored study class time; either Tuesday evening 6:00 pm-9:00 pm with Juan Reyes or Thursday morning 10:00 am-1:00 pm with Dana Cassara. Classes run in consecutive weeks: 3 weeks = $115, 4 weeks = $145, 5 weeks = $180, 6 weeks = $215.

But the best part is you also have access to practice hours! Practice hours are Tues 10am-2pm, Thursday 5pm-9pm, and Sun 6pm-9pm. 

What is I can’t commit to consecutive weeks?

We also have options for that too. Drop-in to either class time for $20 an hour or purchase a punch card. Punch cards are $150 for 12 hours of class time. Stay for the whole class or just an hour or two. They don’t expire so you can use the time as you need. 

Tell me more about the mentored study teachers:

Juan Reyes began studying silver smithing in 1995 at North Seattle Community College and since then has developed extensive expertise in a wide range of techniques including lapidary and goldsmithing. He is generous with his knowledge, patient beyond measure and well loved for his helpful, non-judging nature. Juan brings warmth and creativity to every class he teaches.

Dana Cassara is the founder of Danaca Design. Her aim as an instructor is to guide individuals through the learning process offering solid technical information, personalized attention, and lots of fun. With the intention of setting students on the path towards transforming their ideas into solid form, she hopes students will take the experience they gain in this studio beyond the classroom into their everyday life where problem solving skills and a profound sense of achievement always come in handy!

Alright I’m sold…now how do I sign up?

To register for mentored study or buy a punch card either stop by the studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle or call us at 206-524-0916 to register over the phone. 

 

FYI…Dana will not be having mentored study 8/31/17 because we are having our Intermediate Intensive that week. 

Jan Smith enamel+metal

Traces 1 by Jan Smith

This month we are pleased to have enamel artist Jan Smith coming down from Canada to join us for a weekend in our studio!

Jan started her art career as a print maker, and you can see those influences of in her jewelry and mark making. Since the mid 1980’s Jan has worked in the field of art jewelry. Her pieces combine vitreous enamels, alternative materials, and precious metal to create dream like surfaces. 

Red by Jan Smith

Focusing on the surface she uses color, texture and mark making to create unique non-traditional surfaces. Her pieces are meant to explore memory, how it changes and the impressions memories leave behind. 

Stem Slice by Jan Smith

August 18-20, Jan will be with us sharing how to create exciting surfaces through the exploration of nontraditional enameling processes. Line is an important element of design and will be explored through a variety of enamel techniques that allow you to achieve line and images.

Image and Mark Making in Enamel

Aug 18-19, Friday-Sunday, 10:00-5:00

Class Fee: $435 | Some Materials Included

To register call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by our studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle

Cuttlebone Casting – Texture from the Sea

Pretty Pink Princess Party Birthday Cake Ring by Jennifer Stenhouse

Cuttlebone casting is one of the oldest jewelry casting methods. It is quick and fairly accurate, its main limitations being the size of the item to be cast. However it is perfect for casting at a jewelry scale and produces a wonderful unique texture that is a favorite among jewelers and jewelry lovers alike. 

Look at this adorable cuttlefish. Such a cutie.

Cuttlebone comes from a squid-like mollusk known as a cuttlefish. The cuttlefish has a chalky internal shell with a hard, thin crust surrounding a soft internal shell.Because the cuttlebone’s soft interior can be easily carved and withstand high temperatures make it perfect as a mold making material. These days cuttlebone can commonly be found in pet stores for parakeets and parrots as a bill sharpener. 

Cuttlebone washed up on the beach

The cuttlebone can be found on beaches after sea storms and the technique has been used in Mediterranean  countries for centuries and was using in mass produced jewelry up until the 1950’s. These days the majority of cast jewelry is done by centrifugal casting which is faster and cheaper than cuttlebone for mass production. However it is still a favorite method among artists because of the unique texture that the cuttlebone produces on the metal and the spontaneity of the technique.

Halo Rings with cuttlebone texture by Jennifer Stenhouse

This texture is created naturally by the cuttlebone. It is reminiscent of ocean waves, shifting sands, and topographical maps. It can be uses as a small design element or the focal point of the piece. Learning to cast cuttlebone isn’t too hard and if you wanted to do it in your own studio the casting set up is much cheaper and easier than with lost wax casting. Jennifer Stenhouse will be teaching Cuttlefish Bone Casting: Beyond Texture with us Sunday, August 13th where she will give some tricks and tips that can extend the versatility of your cuttlebone designs. Come play with us and learn all about this wonderful technique:

 

Class Details: Cuttlefish Bone Casting:Beyond Texture

August 13, Sunday, 10:00-5:00

Class Fee: $145| Basic materials included

To register give us a call at 206-524-0916 or stop by our studio at 5919 University Way NE, Seattle 98105

Low Tech Gravity Casting

Melting silver scrap for gravity casting

Melting silver scrap for gravity casting

Come play with fire this summer! Spend three Wed evenings, July 12,19, & 26, 6:30-9:30 learning everything you need to start doing this fun and fast form of casting.This class is only offered once a year and features, among other things, sand casting, cuttlebone, and tufa stone casting. Gravity Casting is a great way to learn metal casting with out a huge set up like lost wax casting and is a great class to use up any scrap silver you might have laying around.

Gravity Cast 4

Keeping the metal hot right before pouring into the mold.

Gravity Casting

Gravity Casting is a permanent casting method where metal is heated until it is molten and then poured into a mold. The molds can be made of many materials such as metal, sand, tufa stone, and cuttle bone. In jewelry making the most frequent mold materials are sand casting, tufa stone, and cuttle bone.

 

Learning to cast isn’t just about making jewelry components. By knowing how to cast you can alloy your own metals; for instance creating sterling silver out of fine silver casting grains or pouring ingots. An ingot is a block of metal typically oblong in shape. Ingots can be rolled out in a rolling mill (creating sheet or wire) or can be forged. Pouring ingots is a great way to use up small bits of metal scrap and shavings getting the most out of your precious metals.

 

Cuttlebone cast earrings by Jennifer Stenhouse

Cuttlebone Casting

This metal casting technique takes advantage of the properties of a finely porous bone-like internal organ that is shared by all members of the cuttlefish family. Using cuttlefish bone to carve out molds in order to cast is one of the oldest casting methods on record. It creates a very distinct texture that is unique to carving the cuttlefish bone. Cuttlefish bone will wash up on beaches from naturally-deceased animals all over the world. It’s ease in carving and accessibility is probably what led to it being used as a mold material since ancient times.

 

Pouring into a tufa stone mold

Pouring into a tufa stone mold

Tufa Stone Casting

The Spanish coming to New Mexico and Arizona is what brought the tradition of silversmithing to the American South West. They taught the Navajo and Pueblo people how to cast molten silver to create jewelry and other items. The mold material that they used was tufa stone. Tufa stone is a soft and porous volcanic stone that can be found in many parts of the world including the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Tufa stone can be easily carved and withstand high heat making it an excellent mold making material.

Melting the metal to pour into a sand casting mold.

Melting the metal to pour into a sand casting mold.

Sand Casting

Sand casting is a metal casting process where sand is used as the mold material. Jewelers and industry uses the sand casting process and it is the most commonly used method in industrial casting. The basic process is that a pattern is made in the sand and then molten metal is pored into this recess. Once cooled the casting resembles the pattern made in the sand.

 

 

Have we got you interested in gravity casting yet? Come check out this class and all classes on the summer schedule at Danaca Design by clicking right HERE!

July Classes

Summer is here and before you get too busy making vacation plans don’t forget to schedule some summer classes too. Play for a day in a one day “quickie” or spend a whole week in an immersion class. We also have kid jewelry camps too! Here is what is coming up in July but check out our full schedule online here 

Featured Classes in July:

 

Kids wirework and beads

Jewelry Summer Camp for Kids 8-12
July 17-21, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm,

Class Fee: $300

Looking for a fun and artistic activity for your 3rd-6th grader this summer? Have them come spend a week making jewelry with us. These week long camps teach cool jewelry making techniques such as bead making, creative wire-working, metal texturing, stamping, and basic riveting! No experience necessary and return students welcome.

Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making
July 24-28, Monday-Friday, 10:00-5:00
Class Fee: $595|Basic materials included

Come spend a week taking a jewelry vacation! This class is all three of our beginning series workshops rolled into one. Each day you’ll go home dreaming about what to create the next day. Absolutely no experience needed.

One Day “Quickie” Classes:

Enamel earrings by Linnie Kendrick

                                                                                      

Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I
July 8, Saturday, 10:30-5:00pm
Class Fee: $145|Basic materials included

Get a taste for the timeless beauty of colored glass on metal. Students will learn how to properly apply richly colored opaque enamels onto flat and domed sheet metal by both sifting and wet-laying. No experience necessary.

Soldering Essentials
July 9, Sunday 10:00-4:00pm
Class Fee: $95|Basic materials included

Whether you’ve had a soldering class, attempted to learn from a book, or never even tried, if you are looking to learn how to silver-solder or just get better at it, this class is for you. Expect lots of hands-on time at the soldering table and practice with different torches. No experience necessary.

Summer Don’t Miss Classes:

Melting scrap metal in preparation for pouring into the mold.

Low Tech Gravity Casting
July 12, 19, 26, Wed Evening, 6:30-9:00pm
Class Fee:$295|Basic materials included

Learn the fundamentals of casting by exploring the ancient technique of pouring molten metal directly into molds carved or formed from sand, soft stone, and other surprising materials. This process does not require any major equipment so it is easily reproduced in a home studio or in your back yard! No experience necessary.

Beautiful shapes can be created with fold forming techniques

Fantastic Fold Forming!
July 22-23, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30-5:00
Class Fee:$265|Basic materials included

Fold forming is an exciting technique wherein sheet metal is manipulated and hammered to create fabulously textured, 3-dimensional, organic forms. This is a quick porcess, so students will have the opportunity to create a variety of basic forms in this quick workshop. All levels.

PMC…create as you would with clay but once fired becomes all metal

Bronze Precious Metal Clay Basics
July 29-30, Saturday, 10:00-4:00pm
Class Fee: $95|Materials kit $30 payed to instructor

Striking jewelry can be made easily and inexpensively with Bronze Precious Metal Clay, bronze clay that when fired in a kiln results in pure metal! This workshop will focus on the basics of working with PMC Bronze however students might also explore components for earring and pendants. No experience necessary however intermediate level students encouraged.

House Rules! 2017

The House Rules! show 2017 – May 1-June30 

Opening Reception May 5, 5:30-9:30pm

5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA

Friday, May 5, is the reception for, The House Rules! our group art jewelry show, just in time for Mother’s Day.

 

Traditionally, this event has been a fundraiser for our scholarship however this year we’ve decided to raise funds for the American Civil Liberties Union. The theme for our special fundraising exhibition is, MAY DAY!

 

50-100% of sales from these special exhibition pieces will be donated to the ACLU. Friday night, May 5, a minimum of 25% of ALL SALES IN THE GALLERY will be donated to the ACLU. On Friday night we will also raffle a class of your choosing with 100% of raffle ticket sales going directly to the ACLU.

Raffle tickets are on sale now for $10 each or 3 for $25. These can be purchased in our studio. Cash or check only, please make checks out to ACLU.

Please join us to share in our warm-hearted community and raise funds to protect our hard earned American rights, no matter what your politics.

Refreshments served with meze provided by Cafe Paloma.

Raffle drawn 8:30 (although you do not have to be present to win!)

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