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July Classes

Summer is here and before you get too busy making vacation plans don’t forget to schedule some summer classes too. Play for a day in a one day “quickie” or spend a whole week in an immersion class. We also have kid jewelry camps too! Here is what is coming up in July but check out our full schedule online here 

Featured Classes in July:


Kids wirework and beads

Jewelry Summer Camp for Kids 8-12
July 17-21, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm,

Class Fee: $300

Looking for a fun and artistic activity for your 3rd-6th grader this summer? Have them come spend a week making jewelry with us. These week long camps teach cool jewelry making techniques such as bead making, creative wire-working, metal texturing, stamping, and basic riveting! No experience necessary and return students welcome.

Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making
July 24-28, Monday-Friday, 10:00-5:00
Class Fee: $595|Basic materials included

Come spend a week taking a jewelry vacation! This class is all three of our beginning series workshops rolled into one. Each day you’ll go home dreaming about what to create the next day. Absolutely no experience needed.

One Day “Quickie” Classes:

Enamel earrings by Linnie Kendrick


Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I
July 8, Saturday, 10:30-5:00pm
Class Fee: $145|Basic materials included

Get a taste for the timeless beauty of colored glass on metal. Students will learn how to properly apply richly colored opaque enamels onto flat and domed sheet metal by both sifting and wet-laying. No experience necessary.

Soldering Essentials
July 9, Sunday 10:00-4:00pm
Class Fee: $95|Basic materials included

Whether you’ve had a soldering class, attempted to learn from a book, or never even tried, if you are looking to learn how to silver-solder or just get better at it, this class is for you. Expect lots of hands-on time at the soldering table and practice with different torches. No experience necessary.

Summer Don’t Miss Classes:

Melting scrap metal in preparation for pouring into the mold.

Low Tech Gravity Casting
July 12, 19, 26, Wed Evening, 6:30-9:00pm
Class Fee:$295|Basic materials included

Learn the fundamentals of casting by exploring the ancient technique of pouring molten metal directly into molds carved or formed from sand, soft stone, and other surprising materials. This process does not require any major equipment so it is easily reproduced in a home studio or in your back yard! No experience necessary.

Beautiful shapes can be created with fold forming techniques

Fantastic Fold Forming!
July 22-23, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30-5:00
Class Fee:$265|Basic materials included

Fold forming is an exciting technique wherein sheet metal is manipulated and hammered to create fabulously textured, 3-dimensional, organic forms. This is a quick porcess, so students will have the opportunity to create a variety of basic forms in this quick workshop. All levels.

PMC…create as you would with clay but once fired becomes all metal

Bronze Precious Metal Clay Basics
July 29-30, Saturday, 10:00-4:00pm
Class Fee: $95|Materials kit $30 payed to instructor

Striking jewelry can be made easily and inexpensively with Bronze Precious Metal Clay, bronze clay that when fired in a kiln results in pure metal! This workshop will focus on the basics of working with PMC Bronze however students might also explore components for earring and pendants. No experience necessary however intermediate level students encouraged.

Bronze Precious Metal Clay

Bronze clay pendant by Gail Lannun

Bronze clay pendant by Gail Lannun

Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a versatile metal that behaves the same as clay but once fired is metal similar to cast objects. You can stamp it, mold it, shape it. Pretty much anything you can do to regular clay can be done with PMC.

Bronze Clay pendant by Judi Weers

Bronze Clay pendant by Judi Weers

When most people think of PMC they think of fine silver, which is the most popular, but that isn’t the only PMC metal. PMC bronze makes beautiful pieces when you want a warmer toned metal. Also it is much cheaper that PMC silver making it an excellent choice for beginners who are just learning. Or experienced jewelers can work out an idea in PMC bronze and then have it molded and cast in another metal. 

PMC Bronze Clay bracelet by Vickie Hallmark

PMC Bronze Clay bracelet by Vickie Hallmark

Another advantage to PMC bronze over PMC fine silver is that bronze is much stronger. So rings and bracelets are good projects for PMC bronze.

Ready to try playing with PMC? August 22-23 will be our Bronze Precious Metal Clay: Beginning and Intermediate class. Find out more at www.danacadesign.com


Carolina Andersson, Cuff Bracelet
In our gallery we have some work from artist Carolina Andersson. The work is a lovely black and gold, and I get a lot of questions about how she achieves this look. The gold comes from a technique called Keum-Boo, and can be used on a variety of surfaces including PMC, steel, and chasing and repousse work in copper or fine silver. Keum-Boo can be done with sterling silver pieces as well, after the surface has gone through the process of depletion silvering. You can read a little about that on Gina Pankowski’s websiteAt the end of April you can learn how to bring a little gold into your own work with our class Keum-Boo: Surface Treatment with Gold.

There are several of Carolina's Keum-Boo pieces for sale in the Gallery right now!

There are several of Carolina’s Keum-Boo pieces for sale in the Gallery right now!

Keum-Boo: Surface Treatment with Gold
Instructor: Suz O’Dell
April 28, Monday night, 6:30 – 9:30
Class Fee: $65 | $35 payable to instructor

Add the luster of gold to your silver fabrications with very little expense. In the ancient Korean technique of keum-boo (pronounced kum-boo, meaning “attached gold”) pure gold foil is bonded to the surface of another pure metal such as the fine silver of PMC. This produces a rich gold color, while using very little gold. In this workshop students will make a pair of PMC+ earrings and learn to apply 24K gold foil to them. The result can be dramatic with rich color and texture. This is also a great technique to inexpensively add gold to metals like silver, copper and iron for a beautiful mixed metal look. Students may bring finished PMC pieces to class for applying the Keum-boo process (mostly flat surfaces, no hollow forms). No experience necessary.

Sign up for this class by calling Danaca Design at 206-524-0916, Tue-Fri 11-6, Sat 16-6!