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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

What is anticlastic? And what can I do with it?

Anticlastic Cuff Bracelet by Emily Hickman

Anticlastic Cuff Bracelet by Emily Hickman

Anticlastic Hoop Earrings by Emily Hickman

Anticlastic Hoop Earrings by Emily Hickman

What is anticlastic and what can I do with it? Great question!

The word anticlastic describes a surface with curves going in opposite directions, such as a saddle. This forming technique can be used on sheet metal for both large sculptural pieces as well as a variety of jewelry pieces and elements. Because the curves result in a strong piece of metal, anticlastic jewelry can be very lightweight. While the possibilities go beyond, earrings and bracelets are a fun and easy way to get started with this technique.

At the end of June we’re running a 3 day Anticlastic Forming class with Bill Dawson. The details are below. It’s a great price for a 3 day class, too!

Check out these samples demonstrating some of the shapes you can make with anticlastic forming:

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The anticlastic sample box has a bunch of interesting goodies…

Anticlastic Sample Box

Anticlastic Sample Box!

Anticlastic forms can be used on functional objects as well!

Tea pot with anticlastic handle by Geoffrey Barker

Tea pot with anticlastic handle by Geoffrey Barker

Anticlastic Forming in Metal
Instructor: Bill Dawson
June 27-29, three days, Friday – Sunday, 10:30 – 5:00
Class Fee: $295 | Basic Materials Included, Tool kits available to purchase
In this three-day workshop you will learn the basics of anticlastic raising, a process which lends itself to creating exceptionally strong, flexible, lightweight, and organic-looking forms.  A new focus on this ancient technique has yielded some of the most interesting forms in contemporary metalwork.  In anticlastic forming a flat sheet of metal is shaped by compressing its edges and stretching the center so that the surface develops two curves at right angles to each other, like a horse saddle.  We will focus on “open” or “mono-shell” forms made from a single piece of thin sheet metal, working to create striking dimensional shapes.  Decking these forms will be shown in class to demonstrate how doing so can expand the range of forms available expanding your design options.  Though open anticlastic forms date to the Early Iron Age, it is only recently that they have been explored in detail.  You do not need a great deal of metalworking experience to take this class, but some facility with the hammer is helpful.

 

Call us at 206-524-0916 to sign up! We’re open Tuesday-Friday 11-6, and Saturday 10-6

 

If you like those silver pieces at the top of this post, we have those for sale in our gallery right now, as well as some other work from Emily!