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Total Immersion-One Week Intensives

Danaca Design is a studio with a mission—to teach you how to make jewelry (of course) but beyond that the aim is to give you the opportunity to be productive and creative at your comfort level, to help you hone skills and gain new abilities, so you can stretch, grow and experience achievement. One of the most exciting and effective ways to do this is in a week-long intensive, otherwise known around here as Total Immersion.

In a week-long intensive students are presented with specific projects while being encouraged to explore their own design ideas.

In Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making students start with a sawed and hammered copper brooch and a sterling silver pendant incorporating a bezel set stone. As the week continues, students build on their new knowledge to create personalized designs using a wide variety of techniques and tools. Total Immersion: Intermediate Jewelry opens with a not-so-simple pill box. This workshop is really about refining basic skills to achieve more technical projects including hinges and faceted stone setting.

Intermediate Total Immersion Projects

In the community formed by a week-long intensive, students are encouraged to share ideas and problem solve together during class. The group dynamic brings a broad range of perspectives and experiences, opening up a wide variety of possibilities for construction and design.

Kids Camp Project in Process

Looking for a great activity for your child this month? Instructor Tegan Wallace will be leading students ages 8-12 into total immersion in a challenging age-appropriate jewelry summer camp. In this fun and empowering week, children explore wear-ability, fundamentals of color theory, and composition within the context of jewelry making. Students practice a wide variety of “fire-free” jewelry techniques, including bead stringing, metal cutting and forming, wire work, and basic rivets. Like the adult jewelry intensive, this camp encourages collaboration, allowing students to see how others work and design. Students leave class with a collection of jewelry they’ll be proud to wear or gift (never too early to start thinking about winter holidays!). In addition, the techniques they learn at camp can be done at home, and Tegan will provide information on how to set up an at-home work space.

Give yourself or your child the opportunity to dive into a Total Immersion workshop this summer!

Kids Jewelry Camp in Session

Tool Making For Jewelers

Chasing punches made by Bill Dawson

Chasing punches made by Bill Dawson

 

Have you ever had a great design idea but couldn’t find the right tool for the job? Learn to make your own tools and it won’t be a worry! Many tools that jewelers use all the time such as scribes, punches, and stamps can be made using the same equipment and skills that are used in creating jewelry. September 19-20, Saturday-Sunday, 10:30-5pm instructor Bill Dawson will be teaching Tool Making for Jewelers. This is a money-saving, skill building workshop learn to make tools to fit your design not the other way around. 

Making your own steel tools is simpler than you may think. The basic steps are shaping, hardening, and finishing. Shaping is what creates the unique form of punches or the design in a stamp. Hardening and tempering is the process of heating and cooling steel to achieve the desired properties of the metal best suited to tools. Finishing is polishing the surface of the tool so that it will be ready to use. 

Learning these skills provides you with a whole new range of options, allowing you the ability to create or alter tools to suit the task at hand. In this class you will have time to create several simple tools including a scribe, chasing punch, and other decorative punches. 

Interested in registering for class? Call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by 5619 University Way NE, Seattle Washington. We are open Mon-Fri 11-6pm and Sat 10-6pm.

For more information on this and all of our classes go to www.danacadesign.com

Turning it up to 11!

11-year imageTime flies when you’re having fun and my how it has flown.  Friday, December 5th I’m astounded (and excited) to be celebrating our 11th year in this great old building on University Avenue. What an adventure it’s been!

I the rented the space in July 2003, ran my first class in October and finally opened the gallery in December with a grand opening event. I remember that evening clearly, everyone asking, “where’s your jewelry work?” I had almost nothing on the shelves in the gallery but I looked around and indicated with my hands held out that this, the studio, was my work for the year! Today I’m happy to announce I have a quite a few pieces in the gallery, as well as a lovely studio:-).

Copper mesh and silver earrings by Dana Cassara

Copper mesh and silver earrings by Dana Cassara

 

Some years ago it became tradition to host the Student-Teacher Exhibition during the month of December and to schedule the opening reception to coincide with our anniversary party.  This is a wonderful event with friends and family of students, teachers and the studio crew. It is a night not to be missed if possible!

Turquoise and silver earrings by Lexi Lee

Turquoise and silver earrings by Lexi Lee

This year we have an incredible selection of fine jewelry made by students, many of whom are sharing and selling their work for the first time. And, although we are lucky enough to carry the work of quite a few of our teachers in the gallery on a regular basis, during this exhibition we have the opportunity to see some very special pieces. It is a great opportunity to support terrific teachers and superb students and pick up a one-of-a kind-piece of jewelry for yourself or someone you love.

Polymer bangles by Ekaterina Dickenson

Polymer bangles by Ekaterina Dickenson

Silver brooch by Megan Corwin.

Silver brooch by Megan Corwin.

Our event Friday night is 6:00pm – 9:30pm. Hope you can make it! If not, make an effort to swing by the gallery during regular business hours to see the show and pick-up something truly exceptional. The gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 11-6 and Saturdays 10-6.

Enameled Earrings by Linnie Kendrick

Enameled Earrings by Linnie Kendrick

Iron and silver pendant by David Tuthill

Iron and silver pendant by David Tuthill

 

 

Silver pendant by Linda Larsen

Silver pendant by Linda Larsen

 

Silver and fur brooch by Jean Shaffer

Silver and fur brooch by Jean Shaffer

For more info about the studio go to www.danacadesign.com

Happy Holidays!

Best, Dana