Start clearing out those studio closets and get your spring cleaning going because the annual Jewelry Tools & Supply Swap Meet is coming soon!
We still have a few vendor spaces open if you’d like to unload all of those items that we all seem to collect in our studios but just aren’t using or don’t need. In the past people have swapped everything from stones and beads to enameling equipment so you never know what you’ll find.
Nothing you want to get rid or still building your studio? This is a great way to find tools for really low prices. Last year I picked up two hammers and a plier stand for $8…sweet deal. Plus we always have a Free table…I wonder what hidden treasures will be on it this year?
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Sunday, April 2 from 9am-12pm. If you’d like to reserve a vendor spot give us a call at 206-542-0916 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Danaca Design is located at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA. You can find plenty of free street parking on our block and the surrounding neighborhood. We hope to see you 🙂
Thursday, January 12, 5-8pm
Greg Bracati of Custom Faceting will be at Danaca Design!
Looking for some new sparkle to add to your jewelry? Greg brings a wide variety of top quality semiprecious and precious gemstones (faceted and not) for all your jeweler needs. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to get some new stones for 2017!
October 3rd and 4th David Tuthill will be teaching Hot and Cold Forging for Jewelry at Danaca Design. This class aims to initiate students into the hot and cold manipulation of non-ferrous and ferrous metals for jewelry and other small scale objects. Using brass, copper and steel students will employ a variety of hammers and other tools to forge squares, tapers, spoons and utensils, twists, fullers, decorative rivet heads and other ornamental details.
But what is the difference between hot forging and cold forging? And what sort of jewelry can you make by forging?
Forging is one of the oldest known metalworking processes dating to at least 4000 BC and most likely earlier. Metals such as bronze and iron where forged into hand tools and weapons, but the earliest recorded metal used seems to be gold. Traditionally forging was done by a Smith using metal heated in a forge and formed with hammers on an anvil.
The industrial revolution replaced traditional forging techniques by developing some of the first electric powered hammers. Today most industrial forging is done with computer-controlled hydraulic and air hammers. But there are still blacksmiths that use traditional techniques when making one of kind items such as decorative gates and forged jewelry is made much the same way as it was millenniums ago.
Difference between hot and cold forging
Forging is the process of shaping metal by using localized compressive forces. The blows are delivered with a hammer or a die.
Cold forging is when the metal is hammered or formed at room temperature (or cold) and annealed periodically to soften the metal. Metals such as silver, brass, and copper can all be cold forged fairly easily.
Hot forging is when the metal is hammered or formed while the metal is hot normally just after being removed from a forge. Most steel and iron needs to be hot forged.
Many types of jewelry can be made in whole or part by forging. Forged rings and bracelets are very commonly seen but you can also forge pendants, belt buckles, earrings and more. You can use the technique to make very industrial jewelry out of steel or fine and delicate jewelry from silver or gold. Forging has unlimited potential only limited your imagination.
Looking to take a break from turkey day cleanup? How about a brief vacation from the in-laws? We have two great classes running thanksgiving weekend that everyone should think about coming to! Both are beginner classes, great for the whole family.
Basic Band Rings
The construction of a basic band ring is simple yet challenging. The ring must fit, be comfortable and of course beautiful! This quick ring class will focus on the construction of a basic fabricated band ring. We will cover measuring, cutting, chasing and embossing for texture, as well as basic soldering and some forming techniques. Each student will leave class with a simple yet well-made and lovely ring to show off. No experience necessary.
Instructor: Dana Cassara
Whether you’ve had a soldering class, attempted to learn from a book, or never even tried, if you are looking to learn to silver-solder or just get better at it, this class is for you. Detailed demonstration will be presented followed by lots of hands-on time at the soldering table. Students will be shown a variety of soldering projects and set-ups and have the opportunity to create several solder samples. We will discuss different torches including acetylene/air, butane, and propane/oxygen, as well as safety concerns. No experience necessary.
Instructor: Dana Cassara
Give yourself a break from the holidays; bring you kids, friends, significant other, or mom! Make some time for yourself and sign up today.
More holiday breaks coming up..
It my still be on the back of your mind but we cant wait to have you sign up for our New Years/Christmas classes! Need something to occupy your time off? We have two great classes running between those holidays, check them out…
Now that you have a little experience with PMC under your belt, continue to explore and learn more about this remarkable material. In this class students will have the opportunity to construct and fire several of pieces of their own design, and exploring various ring styles and prong setting. This quickie class is designed to allow students to pursue projects of their choice with instructor guidance and build confidence with the techniques and equipment gaining a stronger foundation to work with PMC independently. Come to class with project ideas and discover how much more you can do with this clay. PMC Basics I required.
Instructor: Suz O’Dell
When it comes to silver soldering there are several torch options. One of the most popular among bench jewelers is a mixed fuel, oxy-propane, “little-torch”. Micki Lippe will show you why in this one day workshop designed to demonstrate the versatility and precision of this well loved tool. Whether you own a mini-torch or not this is a great opportunity to pick up some soldering tricks from a seasoned professional while exploring the ways in which the “little torch” can benefit you. Set up and basic maintenance will be covered and students are encourage to bring their “soldering problems” to class! Basic soldering experience necessary, also this class is a prerequisite for using our shop “little torch”.
Instructor: Micki Lippe
Happy Holidays from the Danaca Team!