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2017 Spring Schedule

Spring has sprung and it’s time to shake out the winter cobwebs and plant new seeds. How about planting some seeds of creativity while you are at it? This schedule has a few great opportunities for intermediate students as well as some really fun one day classes. What are you going to take this spring?


Guest Artist:

Necklace by Victoria Lansford

Russian Filigree with Victoria Lansford

June 23 – 25, 3 days, Friday – Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $675 | Basic materials included

We had so much fun when Victoria came to teach with us two years ago we just had to have her back. This time she’ll be teaching Russian Filigree. This style of filigree is tension fit and then soldered together. In this three day hands on class you will learn to make scalloped wire, a pendant, a ring, and begin a bead. This is a class you don’t want to miss!

Intermediate Classes:

Total Immersion: Intermediate Jewelry Making

Instructor: Dana Cassera
April 10 – 14, Monday – Friday, 5weekdays, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $595 | Basic materiala included

Have you already taken our Beginner Series and are looking for a new challenge? Come spend a week in our Total Immersion: Intermediate Jewelry Making workshop. In this five day workshop you will expand upon what you already know and focus on construction and soldering tricks as well as finishing techniques. You will also have the option to learn new stone settings including tube setting and prong setting. Learn about basic hydronic press forming, simple hinges, and creating your own clasp. This class will let you take your jewelry to the next level.

Necklace by Kirk Lang

Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Application: Fancy Stones

Instructor: Kirk Lang
May 6 and 7, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $265 | $95 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor

If you have taken our other Faceted Stone Setting workshop on setting round faceted stones (or have equivilent experience) then this is the next course. Kirk Lang will show you how to set a pear shaped, triangle, and princess cut stone. Prong, flush set, and thick bezel setting will all be covered. Finally learn how to set all those fancy stones you’ve been collecting but aren’t sure how to set.

One Day “Quikies”:

What would you commemorate with your spoon?

Let’s Make a Spoon!

Instructor: Bill Dawson
June 17, Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $145 | Basic materials included

Metalsmithing techniques aren’t just for making jewelry but has a long history in creating functional ware too. Take a day to make a baby, table, or commemorative spoon. A great introduction to silversmithing without having to take the time and expense of raising a large vessel. A great way to practice your forging skills too!

Andy Cooperman doing what he loves…talking about the flexshaft!

It Ain’t Just a Drill: Getting Most Out of Your Flexible Shaft

Instructor: Andy Cooperman
April 1, Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $135 | Tool kit available for purchase

Are you just using your flexshaft to drill, polish, and finish your pieces? Then you are missing out on all the other things this tool can do! Or if you haven’t bought your flex shaft yet but aren’t sure which brand to buy this class is also for you. Andy Cooperman will spend the day explaining how the flex shaft works and what to look for when buying one as well as some innovative tricks that you can try at home.

Brooch by Sarah Wilbanks

Image Transfer on Polymer Clay

Instructor: Sarah Wilbanks
April 29, Saturday, 10:30 – 3:30
Class Fee: $125 | Materials list
Class size limit: 8

If you are interested in incorporating photographs, texture or color into your work, image transfers on polymer clay is a fun and easy solution with infinite possibilities. Creating clear photographic transfers as well as altering the images to conjure unusual textures and rich color will be demonstrated.


That’s just a sample of what we have going on for the next three months. We have much more in going on too…go check out our website at www.danacadesign.com for our full schedule!

To register for classes call us at 206-524-0916
stop by our location at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA

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

What is the Beginning Series?

Begining Intensive Collage

I get a lot of questions from eager prospective students wondering how to get started working with metals and making jewelry. Where exactly is the best place to start? Today I wanted to talk a little about our beginning classes. 

Immersion BEG  5

We offer a number of classes suitable for folks who are brand-new to metalsmithing or have just a little bit of experience. Students in these classes may be first-timers, returning to the bench after an extended break, or are back for a repeat of the class to cement their skills or follow up on a technique that didn’t quite stick the first time around. These classes usually focus on a specific technique or aspect of jewelry making. This fall we’ve got Soldering Essentials as well Basic Bead and Wire Jewelry which are both great classes for beginning level students. There are a variety of beginner-appropriate classes every quarter. Rings for Beginners 2

Immersion BEG 6

And then for a comprehensive introduction to metalsmithing and jewelry making we have the Beginning Jewelry Series. The Beginning Jewelry Series consists of three separate weekend (Sat&Sun) classes. Together, these three classes are designed to cover the same material that would be covered in a 10 week college beginning class in metalsmithing and jewelry making. The three Beginning Jewelry Series classes can be taken in any order. Typically we run all three classes every quarter. In most cases, this series is where we recommend you start. 

Look for these classes on the schedule:
(The Rings class will not be offered Fall Quarter but should be back in the rotation Winter Quarter.)

  • Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction
  • Beginning Jewelry Series: Links and Hollow Construction
  • Designing and Silversmithing Beginning Series: Rings

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Completing the Beginning Jewelry Series will leave you with a good foundation of skills and knowledge, allowing you to dive into the specialized and intermediate classes, explore more challenging or unconventional materials, and work independently on your own projects.

begining rings

Students who have completed the Beginning Series and have specific ideas they’d like to pursue or skills they’d like to refine are great candidates for Mentored Independent Study, which is offered on an ongoing basis every quarter. 

More information on these classes can be found in our Fall Quarter Schedule:http://www.danacadesign.com/index.php?p=classes&c=fall2014

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for a class give us a call at 206-524-0916! We’re here Tues-Fri 11-6 and Saturday 10-6.