Crowning Glory—the challenge that channeled creative inspiration and collaboration into a memorable exhibition!


The “Heavenly Bodies” gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art featured a dazzling array of celebrities wearing outfits of various levels of audacity, usually leaning heavily on the Christian iconography that was the theme of the show. But another feature that was highly visible was that of multiple people wearing crowns and tiaras. Pieces on this trend have been written, from the New York Times to more specialized fashion blogs.


Meanwhile on the west coast, we started to explore this particular challenge about a year and a half ago. Danaca Design first proposed a tiara show in summer of 2017. The idea was met with equal parts enthusiasm, trepidation, and skepticism. Many artists loved the idea of the spectacle implied in such a show. Others saw crowns and tiaras as either frivolous or not relevant in today’s modern era. And still others (probably the most sensible ones of all) were intimidated by the engineering challenges, the scale, and the sheer weight of materials that they would have to coax together into a finished piece.


In late January of 2018 Dana Cassara called a meeting for the artists who had committed to contributing to the show, to talk about strategies and challenges in the design and construction process. Some final pieces were already present to try on and inspect as attendants pondered proper fit and balance of their own works. Others brought out components that were waiting to be mounted onto frames or to be formed into crowns. Metal flowers, brass filigree sprigs of grass, strands of pearls and stings of delicate wire loops filmed with iridescent paper were all admired and passed around.

With a few exceptions, most of these artists had never attempted a piece of this particular scale. It was interesting to hear how people were wrestling with the challenge of interpreting their personal skills, manufacturing preferences, and design aesthetics into these pieces.

As the submission deadline loomed, sketches were made and prototypes were rendered. Some pieces were caught in polishers, others were melted before they could be fixed onto frames. Fingernails were worn down to the nub, blood was shed, metallic spray paint was wielded, drill bits were broken inside tiara frames, and every possible fixative known to jeweler was used to rivet or solder or tie or glue or pray the pieces into being.



In the end, 24 artists took on that challenge, and created a broad array of headpieces that sparkled, shone, and sometimes moved and dangled, balancing precariously on the head, or digging into the wearer’s scalp or cradling it like a hat.

On the night of the opening show models strode back and forth through the studio to a cheering audience. A photo booth allowed attendants to try on various crowns, as the creators further discussed the challenges and influences they worked with while putting their pieces together, and determining how they were meant to balance on the wearer’s head. The show generated an inspiring energy that is only evoked when a daunting challenge is met an interpreted in so many ways that the possibilities continue to seem almost boundless. Short video clips can be viewed on our Danaca Design Facebook page.

In the wake of that energy, Danaca Design, its members and surrounding friends and artists have been looking to the next challenge—and are meeting it with a Feast of Brooches in honor of Mother’s Day. On Saturday, May 12, the studio is hosting a “brooch brunch,” show opening, and the wildly diverse contributions of its 29 artists will be featured in the studio gallery throughout the month of May.

Crowning Glory Series: Asia

This coming March Danaca Design will be hosting a show featuring tiaras and crowns in many forms called Crowning Glory: Ruling Our Own Destinies, Directing Our Own Paths. While the artists will be exploring the diverse cultural, artistic, historic, and social narratives of these accessories April decided to look into the history of these royal accessories to use as a post on the Danaca Design blog. It turned out to be a fascinating subject so instead of making one post she turned it into a four part series  leading up to our show opening and reception on Friday, March 2, 6-8:30pm. This week part 2 is focused on some of the current and historical royal regalia in Asia

Aigrettes are adornment for the front of turbans. Diamond emerald and platnium. Private Collection. 1930 Photo credit:

Traditionally, crowns are worn as a symbolic form of headwear by a monarch or deity to denote power, legitimacy, victory, triumph, honor, and glory. While today it is common to wear crowns for things like costume parties and brides will wear a tiara, but when you hear the word crown it usually conjures up visions of kings and queens and fairy tales about knights fighting dragons; in other words the king and queens of Europe and their fashions.

But I’m not talking about them today. Today I’m going to talk about some of the crowns and headdresses of Asia. In the strictest sense coronations are when crowns are given to the king or queen when they as send the throne. These sorts of coronations are historically rare because only a few monarchies, particularly in Western Asia, ever adopted the concept that the placement of the crown symbolizes the monarch’s investment to the throne. However the head may still be symbolically adorned in other ways such as the Sarpech or aigrette turban ornament of India’s Maharajas.

Raven Crown on the current king of Buhtan Photo credit: Reuters


Kings in Bhutan wear a special headdress known as the “Raven Crown”, symbolic of the king’s authority as well as the raven-faced protector deity of Bhutan, Legoen Jarog Dongchen. The current king is Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck became the most recent recipient being coronated in November 2008, a year which marked 100 years of monarchy in Bhutan.

Great Crown of Victory Photo credit:


The coronation ceremony of the Thai monarchs includes a consecration by anointment and a crowning. The Great Crown of Victory was made of gold in the reign of King Rama I in 1782, and it is enameled in red and green. King Rama IV added a large cut diamond from India to the crown called the Great Diamond Phra. The crown is distinctive, a multi-tiered conical diadem with a tapering spire on top.

Tengkolok Photo Credit:National Museum KL 2008

Malaysia has an interesting form of enthronement where the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which literally translates to “He who is made Supreme Lord”, is an elected monarch. The office was established in 1957 and every five years is elected by and from the nine rulers of the Malay states. The royal regalia has an official headdress but not a crown…which is also an interesting story. According to legend the first Sultan of Perak set sail to Perak carrying on his ship many of the royal regalia including the Royal Crown of Malacca. During his travels his ship entered shallow waters and was stuck. The only way they could get the ship moving again was by lightening their load. One by one they threw items into the sea but still the ship refused to budge. Finally the only item left was the Royal Crown of Malacca which was thrown into the sea. Immediately the ship set sail again and the Sultan seeing this as a miracle swore than he, his descendants would never wear a crown as Sultans or never be crowned during their installation. This practice came to be followed by Malay Sultans of other states and the Maylay head-dress known as the Tengkolok came to be the replacement for a crown.

That ends part 2 of this series. For part 3 we’ll look at various regalia for kings in Africa.

Crowning Glory Series: Ancient History from Diadem to Tiara and Crown

This coming March Danaca Design will be hosting a show featuring tiaras and crowns in many forms called Crowning Glory: Ruling Our Own Destinies, Directing Our Own Paths. While the artists will be exploring the diverse cultural, artistic, historic, and social narratives of these accessories April decided to look into the history of these royal accessories to use as a post on the Danaca Design blog. It turned out to be a fascinating subject so instead of making one post she turned it into a four part series being posted every Monday in February leading up to our show opening and reception on Friday, March 2, 6-8:30pm. This week part 1 is focused on the ancient history of tiaras and crowns.

Pictured is a “radiant crown” on a coin from the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt around 250 b.c.e


Tiaras, crowns, these head ornaments have been used for centuries to symbolize social superiority and power, have a history going back to ancient Egypt and Greece. Originally these head pieces were called a “diadem” derived from the Ancient Greek “dia dein” meaning “to bind around”.  The ancient Egyptian pharaohs would wear gold head-bands that could be decorated with tassels and other ornaments that hung over the forehead, temple, or even down to the shoulders.


photo credit:Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig( / Egyptian Museum, Cairo via

Diadem found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun

An excellent example of this is the diadem discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamun, King of Egypt in ca. 1339-1329 b.c.e. (pictured above) Discovered during the excavation of his tomb in 1922 the kings mummy was adorned with a gold diadem formed in a circlet, at the front a detachable gold ornament with the head of a vulture and the body of a cobra, symbolizing the unification of Lower and Upper Egypt. It is also inlaid with glass, obsidian, carnelian, malachite, chalcedony, and lapis lazuli.

Gold diadem of Pantikapeion 300 BC Panticapaeum Important Greek city on eastern shore of Taurica


In Ancient Greece diadems were made from all kinds of metal, and with a limited amount of gold available, Greek metalsmiths would decorate them with embossed rosettes, filigree, and other motifs such as the Heracles knot which was found frequently in Hellenistic jewelry. Once Alexander the Great opened up the gold supply from the Persian Empire in 331 B.C.E. the styles became even more elaborate and often contained intricate garlands of tassles, leaves, and flowers.

Achaemenid Seal made of jasper and hematite. You can just see that little pointy crown on top of the king’s head.

The shift from diadems as just a circular band to what we now consider tiaras and crowns today is attributed to Ancient Persia, now Iran. The original term “tiara” is Persian in origin and in its original form describes the high peaked head decoration worn by Persian kings. However in ancient Persia crowns were worn in many forms and ancient authors did not always distinguish clearly among the various terms for them, making the most reliable evidence for forms of Persian crowns/tiaras are the depictions on objects such as monuments and coins.

Kings from the Achaemenid period wore tall and serrated golden crowns, called a crenelated crown, which was adorned with gold leaves and colorful jewels. The 22 or 24 serrations of the crown symbolized towers, battlements, temples, or the Sun. The Achaemenid queen wore a jeweled crown with a thin piece of cloth reaching her knees attached. Based on historical documents it seems that the only difference between the King and Queen’s head wear was the thin cloth.

Coin with Tigranes the Great portrait (Armenian king, ruled 95 BCE–55 BCE). Coin – Ar, 29mm, 16,41g.

However it was not just the royal Persians that wore head covers to denote status in society. From writings by the ancient Greeks it appears that a tiara was a soft headdress often with a high point and members of the Median upper class wore these high, crested tiaras. Median civilians and officers covered their heads with round and soft egg-shaped felt caps which were decorated with lace. Ancient reliefs depict archers with these caps and a crenelated diadem worn over them. Upper class Achaemenid women wore long headscarves some reaching down to their ankles. This shawl-like headdress was not wrapped under the neck but was usually worn with a diadem on top very similar to many popular bridal veil styles worn today.

Well that wraps up part 1 of this 4 part series. Honestly it is really hard to figure out when to stop because their is just so much fascinating history but if you want to check out more really cool pictures of ancient diadem, crowns, and more I suggest going to The Metropolitan Museum’s website at where you can browse their entire collection online.

Check back next Monday to find out about the crowns and tiaras of south and east Asia…I can’t wait.



Photo credits:

King Tut diadem:  Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig( / Egyptian Museum, Cairo via

Greek diadem: Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich via  Metropolitan Museum of Art

Achaemenid Seal: The Met,

Coin with Tigranes:; Author unknown

Winter Class Schedule Preview

Hard to believe but this year is almost over! Why not add learning a new skill to your 2018 resolutions and take a jewelry class. Here’s preview of what is in store for winter but visit 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:

Mixed Metal Brooch by Keith Lewis

Just Hot Enough: Mixed Metal Surfaces

Instructor: Keith Lewis

February 17-19, Saturday – Monday, 10:00-5:00

Class Fee: $480|Some materials included

This workshop explores various ways of combining metals to create rich effects through experimentation with soldering, fusion, and inlay, further enhanced by rolling and roll-printing and the application of a series of simple patinas that enhance the contrast between metals. This is an intermediate class and basic metal working skills are required.

Featured Classes

Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making

Instructor: Dana Cassara

January 15-19, Monday-Friday, 10:00-5:00

$595|Basic Materials Included

What better way to kick off 2018 than spending a week making jewelry? The immersion workshop combines all three of our Beginning Jewelry Series workshops in to one week long jewelry making vacation. Each day you’ll go home thinking about what to make the next day! No experience necessary.

Chasing and Repousse: A Modern Approach with a Traditional Base

Instructor: Megan Corwin

February 2-4, Friday-Sunday, 10:00-5:00

Class Fee: $450|$10 fee pay to instructor

In this beginning class, students start by learning to use the pitch bowl and hammer to chase, defining, and texturing the front of a piece of sheet metal and repousse, forming from the back. Explore the great textures and forms made possible with this technique. No experience necessary.

Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Applications: Fancy Stones

Instructor: Kirk Lang

March 3-4, Saturday-Sunday, 10:00-5:00

Class Fee:$295|$95 materials fee pay to instructor

Learn to set challenging shaped stones in this hands on weekend workshop with master stone setter Kirk Lang. Building off of Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Applications: Round Stones, this more advanced workshop will teach students how to confidently set stones with pointed corners. Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Applications: Round Stones or equivalent experience required.

Fall Quickies

Precious Metal Clay Basics I

Instructor: Suzette O’Dell

January 13, Saturday, 10:30-5:00

Class Fee $95|$75 materials fee pay to instructor

Discover what can be made with Precious Metal Clay+ (PMC+), a marvelous material that can be worked just like clay but when fired becomes pure fine silver. PMC is a great alternative to casting and lots of fun too. No experience necessary.

Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I

Instructor: Linnie Kendrick

February 23, Friday, 10:30-5:00

Class Fee: $145|Basic Materials Included

Get a taste for the beauty of colored glass on metal. In this fast paced one day workshop students will be introduced to enameling with a kiln for optimum control over desired results. Learn how to apply richly colored opaque enamels onto flat and domed sheet metal. No experience necessary.

Silver Reticulation

Instructor: Juan Reyes

March 25, Sunday, 10:30-3:30

Class Fee:$95|$25 materials fee pay to instructor

First developed in Russia by Czarist jewelers such as Faberge, reticulated silver will add exciting and unique 3-dimensional texture to your work. By carefully preparing the surface of the metal and heating with a focused yet delicate torch, this specialized technique reveals a mysterious lunar like landscape within every piece of silver. Moderate comfort level with a jeweler’s torch is helpful.

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.

Which came first?

Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

Instructor: Dana Cassara

January 27-28, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00-5:00

$295|Basic materials included

This workshop is an introduction to the fundamental aspects of silversmithing. Explore jewelry design while 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

Instructor: Dana Cassara

February 10-11, Saturday-Sunday, 10:00-5:00

 $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


Whew! We have a lot going on this winter…and that’s just the half of it. To get our complete schedule and full information on all of our classes go to our website

To register call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by our location at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle. We are open Monday-Friday 11-6 and Saturday 10-6

Danaca Design Holiday Gift Guide

If you have a metalsmith on your gift list (or if you’re still looking for ideas to tell Santa) we have lots of items that would make great gifts at Danaca Design.

This month we have 10% off of most tools and supplies but if you spend $100 or more take 20% off!

We also have gift cards that can be used on classes, tools, or jewelry in our gallery so that should cover just about everyone left on your list.

Here is a list of some of our favorite tools that make great gifts:

Stocking Stuffers:

Electronic Torch Lighter:

This is the kind of thing that you never think of buying but really are happy to have. As metalsmiths we are lighting our torches over and over so this is one gift that will get a lot of use.

Xuron Wire Cutters:

Everyone should have a pair of xuron wire cutters. Once I bought mine I gave away my other wire cutters. They are that good. Available in both tapered flush and double flush xuron cutters make cutting wire a breeze.

Shaping Pliers:

This is another one of those items that you don’t *need* but is really nice to have. We carry both the ring bending and bracelet bending pliers. They make bending rings and cuff bracelets go so much faster.


Gifts under $50:


Double Horn Anvil:

This little anvil will fit on even the smallest benches. Useful for forging small jewelry and can be screwed down to a stump, jewelers bench, or table.


Stop squinting at your work and use an Optivisor. I’ll admit…I resisted using an Optivisor for a long time but once I started using one it made my life much simpler. This visor comes with 10x magnification to really let you see what you’re working on.( I noticed I made less mistakes once I could see better too.)


Bur Sets:

Bur sets are another jewelry making staple. Whether you get the cup, ball, or setting bur set they’ll get well used a lot.


Gifts under $100:

Miter Cutting Vise:

This miter cutting vise will let you make precise and even cuts in sheet, wire, tubing, and flat stock up to 4mm thick. Save time by not spending forever trying to cut and file straight lines by hand


Fretz Double Ended Insert Hammer:

I just bought one of these as a holiday gift to myself! Stop searching for the right hammer and get this one. It comes with seven different hammer heads that are easy to change out and very secure once on. Light weight but will move a surprising amount of metal with ease

GRS Inside Ring Holder for vises:

If you like to make rings this one is for you. Part of the GRS setting system this inside ring holder can be used with any vise. Stop struggling to hold rings in place while setting stones this gives a secure hold without risk of crushing the ring shank.


That’s just a few of the many tools and supplies we sell so stop on by our store to see the rest. We are located at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA and through Dec 24th we’re open until 7pm Mon-Sat and 12pm-5pm on Sunday

Happy Holidays!

December Events at Danaca Design

The Holidays are Here; it’s Time to Celebrate!

Like every other jewelry seller December is a big month for us. But for us December is not just big, it’s really big, because in December we celebrate our anniversary. Since 2003 we’ve been hosting an awesome party in December. For nearly as long we’ve also hosted an annual Student/ Teacher Holiday Show, the entire month of December.

AND as it so happens the party and the reception for this show coalesce into a really fun evening! Come party with the artists, Friday, December 8th from 6-9pm. We’ll mix, mingle, eat, drink, show off, buy and sell! This is our biggest event of the year so put it on your calendar.

We try to do something fun and community focused for this event and this year is no different. This time around we are doing a donation drive for the Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project, a project of the Seattle Metals Guild.

This is the deal: dig up some unused, unwanted, slightly broken jewelry and put it into the donation basket and we’ll give you a 10% discount on your jewelry purchase through the end of the party! Give and take, that’s what it’s all about right? There are more details below about the Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project.*


If that is not enough, our Annual Tool and Supply Sale begins December 1st! Spend up to $100 on tools and supplies and receive 10% off, spend over $100 and get 20% off! Of course, exclusions apply, but not many. This sale runs for the entire month of December… plenty of time to get your wish list to Santa. Hint: tools are a great gift for jewelers.

Also, in case you haven’t thought of it, we also sell gift certificates so if you’re not sure what they want but know they will want something a gift certificate is perfect! And they are pretty too.

Find the perfect holiday gift and support a terrific community. How can you go wrong?

Here’s a recap with few other details:

Student/Teacher Holiday Show and Sale December 2–30, 2017

Highlighting jewelry by students and teachers


Anniversary Party and Student/Teacher Show Reception

December 8, Friday 6–9pm

Refreshments and tasty treats always served

Select tools and supplies 10%–20% off

The entire month of December! 


For your shopping convenience, we’ve extended hours December 1 –24:
Monday — Friday 11–7
Saturday 10–7
Sunday 12–5


Looking forward to seeing you soon!



*The Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project

The Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project solicits donations of any and all jewelry to sort, clean, repair, and give to Seattle-area women’s shelters and the YWCA Dress for Success Program. Members of the Seattle Metals Guild, and their friends, volunteer to do the sorting and cleaning.

Have a necklace that is collecting dust in your jewelry box or a pair of earrings that you just are not wearing anymore? The Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project will take it. All types and styles of jewelry are accepted, even if broken. There’s a nice write up about the project on our blog:

Danaca Design is a donation site year round but for one night only you donate the old and get something new with a discount!

Weld It! Pulse Arc Welding for Jewelers and Metalsmiths

Weld It! Pulse Arc Welding for Jewelers and Metalsmiths

Instructor: Jeff Georgantes

December 4, Monday, 10am-5pm, Class Fee:$145


I’m really excited that we are going to be offering a one day class on pulse arc welding. I’ve been wanting to find out more about this tool and how it is used and finally I’ll have a chance to try it out! 

So what is pulse arc welding and how is it different from soldering?

Pulse arc welding is basically a very small TIG welder. It is used for metal to metal fusion that creates strong weld joins. Unlike soldering, the piece does not need to be heated, fluxed, or pickled. This makes it excellent for repair work and re tipping prongs when the stones are already set. No need to remove and reset the stone making repairs much faster. 

It’s also a great choice for when you don’t want to reheat the piece that already has a lot of solder joins. When Victoria Lansford was teaching her Russian filigree class this summer she mentioned that when she added welding to her repertoire it lead to being able to join items that previously would have been very difficult (if not impossible) to solder. 

Another cool thing about welding vs. soldering is that you can hold your piece together with just your hands! I know we’ve all spent all a bunch of time balancing two pieces together setting up a solder join just to have one part fall off or roll away just as we start soldering. Pulse arc welding doesn’t heat the whole piece but a very small localized heat zone. So you can hold the pieces together with your hands which is much faster and easier. Pulse arc welding can weld all metals…even metals like stainless steel, steel, aluminum, tin and even titanium. Of course it also welds all of your precious metals more commonly used in jewelry too. 

I can’t wait to take this class and see how it changes my work plus it’s an excellent professional training opportunity too.

If you would like to register for this or any of our other classes give us a call at 206-524-0916 or stop by our studio at 5619 University Way NE

For a complete class this visit us at

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 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


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 

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 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

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