A BIG THANK YOU From the Danaca Design to everyone who made the HOUSE RULES! show and scholarship fundraiser a big, BIG success!!
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!
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.
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
Workshop: Keum-boo: Surface Treatment with Gold
April 9, Saturday, 10:30am – 5:00pm
Class Fee:$75 | Materials fee: $35 paid to instructor
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.
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.
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.
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.
WORKSHOP:Toaster Powder Coating with Rachel Shimpock
April 2 &3, Saturday-Sunday, 10:30am-5:00pm
Class Fee: $325, materials included
You may have heard the term “powder coating” metal but do you know what it is? Powder coating is a dry powder that is heated at a low temperature to adhere and form a skin. Usually the powder is a thermoplastic or thermoset polymer that is applied electrostatically.
Many household items are powder coated: appliances, light fixtures, car parts. It is commonly used in industry for its uniform appearance and durability. Though it is also a great way for jewelers to add color and even texture to their work. For production jewelry it is ideal because several pieces can be cured at one time.
Large items like that are powder coated using a spray booth and static charge to get the powder to “stick” to the surface. Though you can also sift the dry powder onto a surface similar to applying enamels.
Once the powder has been applied it can be heated in a toaster oven to cure and flow. Do not use a toaster oven that you also use for food.
Some benefits to powder coated surfaces are:
Once heated and cooled the powder turns into a smooth “skin” like coating that is permanently attached to the surface. Unlike enamel the curing temperatures are low enough that powder coating can be applied to more than just metal. Wood and some organic items can also be powder coated. Anything that can withstand a temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit can be powder coated.
Want to register for our Toaster Powder Coating workshop? Call us at 206-524-0916 to register by phone
Danaca Design is located at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Our annual jewelry tool and supply swap meet is almost here! Next Saturday, March 12, 10am-1pm come join us as we clear out some old tools and snag some deals on new ones.
A few of our vendors have been sending us some preview pictures of the tools and supplies they are planning on bringing. It already looks like this will be a great meet.
One of our vendors is looking to sell her enamel set up. Look at all these luscious colors that will be for sale! I love that they come with swatches already made up…what a bonus!
Anyone looking for a torch? This appears to be a complete setup for an acetylene/air torch.
I spy with my little eye….lots and lots of tools!
Need a buffing wheel?
You will have to stop by the swap meet to see all these goodies and I can’t wait to see what else shows up on Saturday. There are always lots of great surprises to be found and the swap meet turns into a social gathering to boot. My suggestion is to come early but you can find great deals the whole day.
Danaca Design is located at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA. You can find plenty of street parking on our block and the surrounding neighborhood. We hope to see you on Saturday!
We have two special events coming up at Danaca Design:
Tool and Supply Swap Meet
Saturday, March 12, 10am-1pm
Come out for our annual tool and supply swap meet. A variety of vendors will be here with tools and supplies to swap or buy. It is always a great time! You don’t need to have tools of your own to swap…cash works too. Or maybe you will find a treasure on our free table. The swap meet is a great place if you are just getting started to find tools and supplies at great prices.
House Rules! Show
Saturday, May 7, 6pm-9pm
The House Rules! is an annual fundraising event highlighting the Danaca Design Studio “crew”. The “crew” is a widely varied group of artists who help out with administration and maintenance, studio monitors, and gallery attendants. We feature studio staff and members in the gallery, raffle a collaborative neckpiece and host a silent auction.
All raffle and auction money goes to fund the Danaca Design Jewelry Art Stimulus Fund, our scholarship program.
Raffle tickets are only $5.00 and are available in the studio, from someone in the crew, or at the event!
This is a great opportunity to support the studio and its crew, get a gift for Mother’s day, support a student and maybe take home the grand prize, an outrageously cool necklace! Please join us to celebrate. We will have delicious treats from Bodrum Bistro in Wallingford.
See our website for more details about upcoming events, our studio, and our scholarship program. We hope to see you at an event soon!
Danaca Design is located at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA
You have your date, made dinner reservations, now there is just one last item to prepare for the perfect Valentine’s day…the perfect gift! Luckily we have you covered: jewelry, tools, and gift certificates for classes…we have great ideas no matter what your sweetie loves.
Rings make a wonderful gift and we have a wide selection from traditional bands to one of a kind designs. How do you figure out a ring size for a gift without asking and spoiling the surprise? If you can sneak and get one of your sweeties rings trace both the inside and outside diameter of the ring on a piece of paper. Bring the ring tracing with you when you shop and we can help you figure out the size.
But if rings aren’t what you are looking for we have a wide selection of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings too!
But what if your sweetie isn’t as interested in getting jewelry as much as making jewelry? We offer beginner and intermediate jewelry classes such as our popular Beginning Intro: Rings and Stacking Rings With Gemstones classes. Our next Beginning Intro Rings class will be coming up in spring quarter, May 14-15, but we still have space available in our Stacking Rings with Gemstones class on March 26.
To see the rest of our class schedule go to www.danacadesign.com and to register either stop by or call us at 206-524-0916
Still not sure? We offer gift certificates in all denominations that can be used on any jewelry, classes, or supplies. Perfect!
Danaca Design is a jewelry and small-scale metal working facility located in the University District of Seattle. We offer a wide range of classes for individuals seeking to gain skill in the art of decorative metal work and jewelry making.
Find us at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle 98105
or online at www.danacadesign.com
If you are like me you happened to look at your calendar today and noticed that Christmas is just 4 days away. And if you are like me you also realized that you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping either.
Well, we may not be able to help you find things for everyone on your list but we can at least help you find a great gift for the metalsmith on your list.
Here are our top picks for gifts under $50:
Parallel Action Pliers ($35.95):
Parallel action pliers are the pliers every metalsmith needs to own whether they realize it or not. Made so that the jaws of the pliers remain parallel as they open and close which allows for a secure grip even under very firm pressure. The perfect tool for setting stones and working with wire but has so many more uses.
Electric Torch Lighter ($29.95):
Anyone who works with a torch would be happy with this gift. Light the torch in a second without having to use a fiddly flint striker. Trust us this will be a hit.
Ceramic Honeycomb Soldering Block ($8.95):
This lightweight block reflects heat and has little holes so you can add pins to hold your work in place while soldering. The holes also help dissipate heat quickly, which is useful for soldering small delicate items that you do not want to overheat.
Still don’t know what to get…let them pick out exactly the right thing with a Danaca Design gift certificate. Either stop in our store to pick one up or call us to pay by credit card and we can mail it for you. Don’t forget to let them know that our tool and supply sale is going on until Dec 30th – 20% off!
Happy Holidays from all of us at Danaca Design!