Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

Look at what our students made!

Instructor: Dana Cassara

November 19 and 20, Saturday and Sunday 10:30 – 5:00
Class Fee: $285 | Basic materials included

This Beginning Series Workshop focuses on the basic construction of fabricated rings, with and without stones. Each student will make a simple, textured band ring as well as a ring with a bezel-set stone. Basic materials are included. See our website for more information: www.danacadesign.com No experience necessary.

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

Danaca Design’s Metal Crafting Center is a jewelry and small-scale metal working studio located in the University District of Seattle. We offer classes for individuals seeking to gain skills in the art of decorative metal working and jewelry design. Our studio is a comfortable, well lit, and cheerful work space fully equipped for small-scale fabrication, including hollow forming and soldering, as well as enameling, precious metal clay and stone setting. We house a small store-front gallery featuring local artists, both professional and amateur, as well as a limited selection of tools. Several times per year we host open-house events with a particular focus on new exhibits and or exhibitors. All students of the Metal Crafting Center are encouraged to exhibit their successes in the gallery, as space is always reserved for them!

 

Trunk Show with Iris Guy and Melissa Cameron

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Thursday, Nov 17th from 5:30-8:00pm Danaca Design is hosting Iris Guy and Melissa Cameron’s trunk show. We’ve been fans of both of these amazing women’s work for some time and very excited to see their new jewelry.

Not familiar with Iris or Melissa? Read on for more info:

Melissa Cameron

Melissa Cameron

Melissa Cameron

Australian-born artist and writer Melissa Cameron lives and works in Seattle, WA in the USA. She received her MFA in jewellery and metalsmithing from Monash University and a BA (hons) in interior architecture from Curtin University, in Australia. Her works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Cheongju City Collection in South Korea, the Arts Centre Melbourne and Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

 

 

Deep Slip by Melissa Cameron

“Deep Slip” by Melissa Cameron

 

“I am a research jeweler.

The evidence of my investigations – the jewelry I produce – speaks to my interest in architecture, geometry, social justice, and the human body. Through my work I attempt to manifest my belief in the interdependence of all matter, and the sacredness of human life…”

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“Resist” earrings by Melissa Cameron

“This show will see the debut of a new series of enamel and steel works, entitled Resist. An extension of my Body/Politic works, these pieces are individually enameled in a beautiful rainbow of blues, the color that is the opposite of orange on the traditional color wheel. 10% of the purchase price from the Resist line sold anywhere in the world will go to Islamic Relief USA, a non-profit 501(c)(3) humanitarian agency who work on international and domestic US development and relief projects.”

Brooch by Melissa Cameron

Brooch by Melissa Cameron

 

Iris Guy

Iris Guy

 

Iris Guy began studying conceptual design at an early age. Her avid interest in the field led to her formal study at the world renowned Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel. After graduating, she embarked on an award-winning career in graphic design. She relocated from Israel to Japan and finally to the United States, working as a freelance graphic artist.All the while, Iris designed jewelry for her friends and family.As the popularity of her personal collection grew, Iris decided to create a line of jewelry for the retail market

Hanging Line necklace by Iris Guy

Hanging Line necklace by Iris Guy

Simple, contemporary and lightweight, the Iris Guy jewelry collection offers something unique for everyone. Each individual piece is hand made in her Seattle based studio. Cultivated from unspoken desires and organic forms; playful shapes with architectural elements come to life in silver and 18k gold.

Flower brooch with rivets by Iris Guy

Flower brooch with rivets by Iris Guy

Her pieces say to their wearers – “Respond to your inner truth and desires”

 “My unique collection of necklaces and earrings features intrinsic organic elements – combining both masculine structure and the beauty of feminine contours. Simple, contemporary and lightweight! “

Galaxy earrings long comet by Iris Guy

Galaxy earrings long comet by Iris Guy

Just Hot Enough: Mixed Metal Surfaces

Mixed Metal Brooch by Keith Lewis

Mixed Metal Brooch by Keith Lewis

Just Hot Enough: Mixed Metal Surfaces with Keith Lewis

November 11 – 13, Friday – Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $480 | Some materials included

Numerous beautiful and complex mixed-metal patterns and compositions can be created both by soldering and by exploiting the different melting points of common jewelry metals. In this workshop we will explore 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. Beginning Series or equivalent required. More details at www.danacadesign.com

Mixed Metal Earrings by Keith Lewis

Mixed Metal Earrings by Keith Lewis

This weekend Keith Lewis is back at Danaca Design to teach us all about creating mixed metal patterns and compositions. You know all those scraps of different metals you have laying around? Or would you like to start adding some gold to your work but you can only afford a tiny, tiny bit? This class is about how to use those small bits of metals to create new “yardage” of mixed metals that you can use in your jewelry work.

Mixed Metal Earrings by Keith Lewis

Mixed Metal Earrings by Keith Lewis

Want to know more? Well we asked Keith Lewis himself to tell us a bit more about what to expect this weekend and here is what he has to say:

How do you use mixed metal surfaces in your work or how might I?

In the past I have used these techniques to make more production-oriented work, as they generate lively, visually arresting patterns at relatively low expense. For instance, with these techniques you can get a lot of bang from a very small amount of gold.

That said, the resultant patterned sheet is often a bit difficult to solder, so one of the exciting challenges is to devise ways to incorporate it into work using cold connections. I’m hoping on Sunday, after folks have generated some “yardage” we will be able to brainstorm about some ways to do so, particularly in the form of simple, elegant pendants and earrings

What is most exciting about the process you will teach this coming weekend?

For me there are two things. First; these are techniques that grow from and help elucidate some of the intrinsic qualities of metal- particularly different melting characteristics and malleabilities. I find that I understand metal better from having experimented with these techniques.

Secondly, these techniques permit the kind of playfulness and spontaneity that is hard to come by in metalsmithing. There are a lot of pleasant surprises and intriguing puzzles that arise from this approach.

Mixed Metal Brooch by Keith Lewis

Mixed Metal Brooch by Keith Lewis

Is there a history of mixed metal surfaces in metalworking? Can you tell me a little about it?

Yes, there certainly is. The mot obvious reference point is Japanese mokume-gane and some of what I’m covering might be called “faux-mokume”. There is also the long history of marriage-of-metal within Western and Asian metals traditions and periodic uses of cold-inlay techniques in everything from Japanese metalwork to Indian Mughal work (as well as Western armor-work.) Another reference- of course- is the diffusion bonding of materials in damascening, Sheffield plate, “gold-filled” jewelry and bimetal such as those made by Phil Baldwin.

 

Thanks Keith for answering our questions. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this weekend!

If you would like to register for this or any other of our classes you can either call us to register by phone: 206-

or stop by our studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA

Bits and Bobs: A Collaborative Show

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All of the Bits and Bobs

Bits and Bobs:

A collaborative show curated by Tegan Wallace

October 28 – November 28, 2016

Opening Reception Oct 28, 2016 6pm – 9pm

Often jewelry is created to celebrate and mark milestones in life. As part of marking her milestone of turning 40 jewelry artist Tegan Wallace invited a collection of artists to take a prototype or unfinished object from Tegan’s own work and breathe new life into them. 

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One of the “bits”. Or is it a “bob”?

Seventeen artists were each given a “bit and bob” that had been an object originally created by Tegan and created a new art piece either using or inspired by their given “bit”.

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Montana agate earrings by Lexi Lee

These Bits and Bobs will become reflections of what Tegan has achieved so far while celebrating the metal community that had given her so much and continues to influence her own artistic growth.

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Detail of necklace by Jane Drucker

 

The show will be up through November 28, 2016 at Danaca Design during our regular gallery hours: Mon-Fri 11am-6pm and Sat 10am-6pm.

Come join us!

Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project Donations

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It might be a bit late for spring cleaning – but the Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project is looking for donations. 

The Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project is a program under the Seattle Metals Guild that was started by local Seattle jeweler Micki Lippi as a way to give back to the community. The goal of the project is to collect all the jewelry that is sitting in the dark, in women’s jewelry boxes, not being worn. The project accepts jewelry donations of all sorts to sort, clean, and repair and then give it to women’s shelters in the greater Seattle area – Port Townsend to Tacoma, and other organizations that help women.

Most of the jewelry is given to women in shelters and the YMCA Dress for Success program. In the shelter, the jewelry is given to the women for birthdays, when they have a job interview, or the children give it to their Moms for birthday, Mother’s Day, etc. It is totally up to the shelter to make this decision. Donations of fine jewelry is sold and the proceeds put into a fund for the shelters. Currently the project is in the process of giving out $15,000 in grants, to the shelters.

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The program has been going on for about 15 years and has redistributed thousands of pieces of jewelry. 

Here are some quotes from a woman who works at one of the shelters about how important programs like Women’s Shelter Project and YMCA Dress for Success are:

“It is just terrific to receive this,” said Ciara Murphy, the shelter director, “Often women come here with just the clothes on their backs. They’re lucky if they have time to gather the bare essentials together, let alone jewelry. Recently the police brought a woman to us who had been pushed out of a moving car by her abuser – she didn’t even have her purse.”

“Domestic violence is not just physical” said Murphy, “It takes verbal, psychological, sexual and economic forms too; a typical tactic is the dismantling of a woman’s self esteem: by the time she needs to run, she no longer believes she deserves to feel good or have nice things; another common abusive tactic is the destruction of items precious to the victim, most commonly photos, clothes and jewelry. This project communicates to survivors that people in the community care  – that they understand how hard it is to start again and want to help. It’s women reaching out to women to share precious things that make them feel good….thank you”

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So clean out your jewelry box, anything that you are not wearing can be donated to the jewelry project from costume to fine jewelry. Have a necklace that is collecting dust in your jewelry box or a pair of earrings that you just are not wearing any more? The Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project will take it. All types and styles of jewelry are accepted, even if broken, for donation and may be dropped off year-round at the following locations:

 

Bellevue Arts Museum 

510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue

425-519-0770

Tue – Sat 11–5

www.bellevuearts.org,

Click!Design That Fits 

4540 California Avenue S.W. Seattle 

206-328-9252

M-F 11–7; Sat &Sun 11-5

www.clickdesignthatfits.com

 

Danaca Design

5619 University Way N.E., Seattle 

206-524-0916

Wed – Sat 10 to 6 and Sunday 4 -8

www.danacadesign.com

 

Fremont Jewelry Design,

3510 Fremont Place North,

Seattle, 206-547-5551,

Sun & Mon closed, Tue – Sat 10–6

 www.fremontjewelrydesign.com

 

Seattle Art Museum (SAM),

1300 First Avenue, Seattle,

206-654-3100, 

Mon & Tue closed, Wed – Sun 10– 5, Thu & Fri 10–9

www.seattleartmuseum.org

 

YWCA – Seattle/King County

DRESS for SUCCESS

1118 5th Ave

Seattle, WA 99101

206-461-7833

Tuesday thru Friday  9-5

 

Istina

2804 E Madison St.

Seattle, WA 98112

(206) 322-6527

Monday – Sunday   11-5

 

 

Danaca Design’s Metal Crafting Center is a jewelry and small-scale metal working studio located in the University District of Seattle.

We offer classes for individuals seeking to gain skills in the art of decorative metal working and jewelry design.

You can find us at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA, 98105 or online at www.danacadesign.com

Summer Class Highlights

Summer is here and so is the new summer schedule at Danaca Design! We’ve got a full spectrum of classes on the schedule this summer with something for beginners to more advanced students. You can even turn your kids on to metal in our Jewelry Summer Camp for Kids (July 18-22, 9-2)! Here are just a few highlights on our summer schedule but stop by our website to find out more details on all of our classes: www.danacadesign.com

Beginner Classes

Real beginners might consider learning to make a Basic Band Ring (July 9, 10-4) or Rivets (August 20, 10-4). Or if you really want to dive in spend a week learning the fundamentals of metalsmithing in our Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making class:

 

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Pendant made in Summer Intensive by Kristi

Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making (July 11-15, 10:30-5)

The Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making is the equivalent to taking all three of our Beginning Jewelry Making series workshops. Learn the fundamentals of working with precious metal: sawing, disc cutting and dapping, hammer texturing, roll printing, basic forming and finishing, as well as bezel setting stones. In this beginning silversmithing class students will make individualized jewelry pieces including a pin, pendent, ring and a simple linked project. Each night you’ll go home dreaming of what to create the next day, designing in your sleep. This class is an ideal opportunity to explore a range of techniques, in a condensed time, while creating several projects.

 

Beginning and Intermediate Classes

Beginning and intermediate students can pick-up new skills like Gravity Casting (August 3 & 10, 6:30-9), Anticlastic Forming (July 29-31, 10:30-5), Filigree (September 18-19, 10:30-5) or Chasing and Repousse with Nancy Megan Corwin (August 5-7, 10-5). Or explore new processes such as:

Flora II by Cynthia Toop

Flora II by Cynthia Toop

Cynthia Toops’ Seven Bead Bracelet (September 24-25, 10:00-5)

Explore the wide variety of possibilities in polymer clay for jewelry while focusing on seven unusual beads for a comprehensive sampler bracelet. In this intensive weekend workshop students will investigate various bead shapes, explore hollow and foil cores, surface decoration with simple and complex canes, as well as carving, drawing, onlay, mokumegane and mosaic work. Cynthia is masterful with polymer clay, bringing a creative edge to everything she does. 

Charles Lewton Brain’s Patination of Metals workshop (Aug 26, 9-5)

Patina is the final touch, the icing on the cake, the surface that sets one apart from the crowd; it can add both depth and texture transforming our metal, often unpredictably, into an unimaginably beautiful thing. On metal, patina refers to a thin coating of various chemical compounds such as oxides or sulfates formed on the surface during exposure to atmospheric elements, a common example is rust or the warm brown color of the penny in your pocket. Charles will present safe, easy patination methods for metals that involve easily obtainable (think kitchen chemicals) to produce a wide range of blues, greens, browns, blacks, greys and reddish tones on most metals including precious. Application methods and control of pattern and surface will be described and addressed as a compositional system.

 

Advanced Classes

Experienced students can build skills in Stacking Rings with Gemstones (July 23, 10-4), Unique Settings for Stones and Found Objects (September 10-11, 10-5), Advanced Wax Working (September 21,28, October 5,12,19, November 2, 6:30-9:30) or try your hand at enameling on steel:

 

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Enameling on steel with Melissa Cameron

Enameling Recycled Steel (July 16-17, 9-2) with Melissa Cameron. 

Are there bits of magnetic metal in your studio that you’ve tucked away, swearing that one day you’ll clean them up to make a masterpiece? Enameling is a great way to protect jewelry made from mild steel and is so easy to master. Bring your rusty recycled bits and bobs to Danaca Design in Seattle to learn the skills to turn these into beautiful and unique jewels. Some jewelry making and enameling experience helpful.

 

For full class descriptions, prices, and material lists visit our website: www.danacadesign.com

To register give us a call at 206-524-0916 or stop by our location at

5619 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Kids Jewelry Summer Camp

Jewelry Summer Camp for Kids 8-12

July 18 – 22, Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm

Class Fee: $300 | Materials included

School is just getting out but are you still looking for things for the kids to do this summer vacation? Sign them up for our Kids Jewelry Summer Camp!

Created for kids 8-12 this week long camp teaches a variety of jewelry making techniques such as wire working, texturing, stamping, bead making, and riveting metal.

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Hydraulic press die in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Last year it was really fun to watch the kids explore a variety of jewelry techniques. They were so proud to make there own jewelry to take home each day. One of the favorite activities what learning how to use the hydraulic press to “puff” metal into a variety of shapes.

Student work, broken heart sculpture

Student work, broken heart sculpture

The class is taught by local jewelry artist Tegan Wallace. Tegan has been teaching jewelry making at the elementary and middle school level for several years. Not only are the kiddos going to be learning a variety of jewelry skills but Tegan will also explore the fundamentals of composition and color theory. A variety of materials will be used from Shrinky Dinks, polymer clay, and seed beads to  brass & copper wire and sheet metal. Simple hand tools will be explored such as hammers, texture stamps, pliers, and more.

Kids wirework and beads

Kids wirework and beads

All supplies and materials are included in this camp and each day the kids will create a variety of jewelry that they can wear proudly or give as gifts to family and friends. Jewelry making is also a great way for the younger kids to build hand-eye coordination and dexterity that doesn’t involve a video game.

Want to register? Give us a call at 206-524-0916 to register by phone or stop by our studio at 5619 University Way Ne, Seattle, WA We are open Monday – Friday: 11-6 and Saturday: 10-6

Want to learn more about our studio? Check out our website www.danacadesign.com

Decorative Metal Inlay: What is it?

Introduction to Decorative Metal Inlay

June 17-19, Friday – Sunday, 10:30 am-5:00 pm

Class Fee: $350 | Materials Fee: $10 payable to instructor, specialized tools available for purchase

This axe head has an elaborate example of metal inlay to create the design

This axe head has an elaborate example of metal inlay used to create the design

June 17 – 19, Friday – Sunday Bill Dawson will be teaching Introduction to Metal Inlay at Danaca Design. But what is metal inlay? I asked Bill to give us a brief history of the technique and he was very generous with his information. Here is what Bill had to say:

3600 year old metal inlay disc

“Precious metal inlay techniques are quite ancient, with early examples dating from the Bronze Age, and becoming rather popular with the introduction of iron working and gold refining around 2600-2500 ybp.  A beautiful early example is the 3600 year old bronze disc shown here.  The sun, moon, important stars, and the sunrise and set horizons are all marked in gold inlay.  Many experts believe it to have been an instrument for making corrections to the calendar from astronomical observations, but others think it may have been used for far more complex calculations.  
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Vase by Kazuo Kashima

 
Basically, inlay work involves mechanically attaching a soft metal like gold or silver to a harder and contrasting metal like bronze or iron.  Typically this is done in one of two basic ways:  For field or line inlay, some of the base metal is cut away to make room for the inlay, and the edges of the hollow or channel is undercut so that when the inlay is driven in it forms a dovetail.  That is the channel is wider at the bottom, and the soft metal fills the space and can’t come out.  Alternately a file tooth pattern can be cut on the base metal, and when the softer inlay metal is driven down the teeth grip like Velcro  This has the advantage of allowing for the inlay of very thin foil.  Base metals are usually chosen to either contrast with the color of the inlay,or to take a differential patina.  Artists in Japan use this to great effect, as with the vase pictured here by Kazuo Kashima.  
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Example of foil inlay by Bill Dawson

 
In the workshop at Danaca we will consider and compare Eastern and Western approaches to these techniques, and make many practice samples.  These will include dot inlay, line inlay, and inlayed foils.  One of the great advantages to foil inlay, called “Damisquino de Oro” in Spain, and “Nunome Zogan”,in Japan, is that you can cut the tooth in patterns that show through the foil, and add to the design.  In fact Nunome Zogan means cloth textured inlay.  I have used this visible texture in the leaves in the disc brooch here.”

 

Thanks Bill! We appreciate the information and look forward to your workshop.
If you would like to find out more information about the Intro to Metal Inlay class click here or to register call us at 206-524-0916

Danica Design is a jewelry and small-scale metal working facility located in the University District of Seattle. Learn more about us and view our full schedule at www.danacadesign.com 

THANK YOU! For a Great HOUSE RULES! Show and Fundraiser

Raffle necklace and ticket box ready to find a winner!

Raffle necklace and ticket box ready to find a winner!

A BIG THANK YOU From the Danaca Design to everyone who made the HOUSE RULES! show and scholarship fundraiser a big, BIG success!!

All sorts of goodies were at the silent auction.

All sorts of goodies were at the silent auction.

 

So much yummy food from Bodrum Bistro

So much yummy food from Bodrum Bistro

May 7, Danaca Design hosted a show and fundraiser to support our youth jewelry scholarship. The Danaca crew created a collaborative necklace that was raffled along with hosting a silent auction during the show. Not only was it a great evening but we ended up raising $1807.00 for our scholarship fund!!! Great job everyone!

Checking out the treasure box goodies they won in the silent auction.

Checking out the treasure box goodies from the silent auction.

 

Thanks Jennifer and Drew for all your help!

Thanks Jennifer and Drew for all your help!

Thank you very much to the artists who participated in the collaborative necklace:

Tegan Wallace, Juan Reyes, Tory Herford, Jennifer Forland, Erika Laureano, Nancy Hom, Jane Drucker, Lexi Lee, April Keroack, Kristen Hummel, Allan Thorpe, and Dana Cassara

We would also like to extend a big, big thank you to Nancy Hom. Nancy was the behind the scenes person running this event. From emailing everyone, creating the event postcard, wrangling artists, running the silent auction and so much more. Not only that but she always had a smile on her face too. Thank you very, very much Nancy! We couldn’t have done it without you.

Nancy Hom with previous scholarship recipient Michael Joers.

Nancy Hom with previous scholarship recipient Michael Joers.

 

Even dogs got in on the action. What did you bid on Gerty?

Even dogs got in on the action. What did you bid on Gerty?

The next deadline for applying to Danaca Design’s Jewelry Art Stimulus Scholarship is Sept 1, 2016. The scholarship was created by artists at Danaca Design to provide young students access to experience the magic of metal arts frequently unavailable otherwise. Matriculated students ages 16-24 who are actively enrolled in a high school or post-secondary institution in Washington State are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the scholarship, application, and how to apply go to: Danaca Design Art Jewelry Scholarship

Thanks Dana for hosting a wonderful event!!

Thanks Dana for hosting a wonderful event!!

Keum-Boo

 

Example of Keum-boo (Sapphire Pendant by Carolina Anderson)

Example of Keum-boo
(Sapphire Pendant by Carolina Anderson)

 

Workshop: Keum-boo: Surface Treatment with Gold

April 9, Saturday, 10:30am – 5:00pm

Class Fee:$75 | Materials fee: $35 paid to instructor

Click here for details on how to register

 

Keum-boo (also Kum-Boo or Kum-bu) is a Korean technique of attaching very, very thin sheets of gold to silver or other metals for decorative purposes. Not only does this allow you to create some interesting surface details but is a fairly inexpensive way to start adding gold to your jewelry pieces. You can get the effect of gold without having to cast or laminate different metals together.

Pendant with Flower Pattern

Pendant with Flower Pattern

When working on silver the surface first needs to be depleted. This is a method of heating and pickling your silver several times in order to create a fine silver finish on the surface of your metal.

agate burnishers can come in a variety of shapes

agate burnishers can come in a variety of shapes

Once you add the gold foil to your silver the piece needs to be heated. An inexpensive way to do this is by using a hotplate. You just place your silver object on top of the hot plate to heat. 

When the piece gets to about 500 – 700 degrees Fahrenheit the gold begins to “relax”. At this point you are able to burnish the gold into the silver with an agate burnisher.

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Zebra Cuff with Citrine by Carolina Andersson

The result is that the gold is permanently fused to the silver.

Ready to try it yourself now? Give us a call at 206-524-0916 to register or stop by our location to register in person:

5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA 980105

Danaca Design’s Metal Crafting Center is a jewelry and small-scale metal working studio located in the University District of Seattle. We offer classes for individuals seeking to gain skills in the art of decorative metal working and jewelry design.

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