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Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

Look at what our students made!

Instructor: Dana Cassara

November 19 and 20, Saturday and Sunday 10:30 – 5:00
Class Fee: $285 | Basic materials included

This Beginning Series Workshop focuses on the basic construction of fabricated rings, with and without stones. Each student will make a simple, textured band ring as well as a ring with a bezel-set stone. Basic materials are included. See our website for more information: www.danacadesign.com No experience necessary.

To register: Call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by the studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA

Danaca Design’s Metal Crafting Center is a jewelry and small-scale metal working studio located in the University District of Seattle. We offer classes for individuals seeking to gain skills in the art of decorative metal working and jewelry design. Our studio is a comfortable, well lit, and cheerful work space fully equipped for small-scale fabrication, including hollow forming and soldering, as well as enameling, precious metal clay and stone setting. We house a small store-front gallery featuring local artists, both professional and amateur, as well as a limited selection of tools. Several times per year we host open-house events with a particular focus on new exhibits and or exhibitors. All students of the Metal Crafting Center are encouraged to exhibit their successes in the gallery, as space is always reserved for them!

 

Jewelry Art Stimulus Scholarship

Brooch by Scholarship Recipient Michael Joers

Brooch by Scholarship Recipient Michael Joers

Did you know that Danaca Design Studio has a scholarship?

We are pleased to continue funding the Jewelry Art Stimulus Scholarship. We award several scholarships to high school and college students each year valued between $95 and $500 to be used towards a class or intensive series at Danaca Design Studio.

Embossed Silver Ring by Scholarship Recipient Michael Joers

Embossed Silver Ring by Scholarship Recipient Michael Joers

This scholarship was created to provide young students access to experience the magic of metal arts, frequently unavailable otherwise. We award this scholarship four times a year and the next deadline is coming up September 1st

Our most recent scholarship recipient, Michael Joers, just finished his class in our studio and here is what he had to say about his experience:

Pendant by Scholarship Recipient Michael Joers

Pendant by Scholarship Recipient Michael Joers

Receiving a scholarship from Danaca Design Studio has led to one of the best learning experiences I have ever had.  The application process was very straightforward.  Nancy was very quick with her responses and helped me get into the right class for my ambitions. I was lucky enough to be awarded the Total Immersion Class.  I have been making wood and wire jewelry on my own for about two years, but have not had the education or resources to work with metal in this capacity.  I learned so much more than I could have expected from this week-long intensive class.  My nine other classmates and I learned soldering, sawing, cutting, texturing, dapping, chain making, bezel setting stones, how to make band and shank rings, antiquing silver, how to make clasps for necklaces and bracelets, annealing, drilling, polishing, and how to make shepherds hook earrings.  I really enjoyed that the class was taught in a less formal way, it made for a more relaxed and inviting environment.  Dana was great to work with as she always made time to answer questions and problem solve with me when I got stuck on something.  The amount I learned has greatly raised the bar on what I am able to create and has allowed me to get that much closer to my goals as a jewelry maker. This experience has been truly invaluable to me, and I look forward to taking another class at Danaca Design Studio!”

Bezel Ring by Scholarship Recipient Michael Joers

Bezel Ring by Scholarship Recipient Michael Joers

Thanks Michael! You made some great jewelry and we look forward to seeing your how your work continues to grow in the future.

Do you know a young person who would benefit from this opportunity? Are you a student ages 16-24 actively enrolled in a high school or post-secondary institution in Washington State? We are taking applications now!

Our next deadline is September 1st. You can find an application here by clicking this link. Print and fill out hard copy and mail to:

Attention: Scholarship Committee
Danaca Design
5619 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
 
For complete information about scholorship and eligibility go to our website www.danacadesign.com

Quickies in August

Can’t commit to a multi day class or workshop? Well in August we have several one day classes available. All the fun of our weekend classes just quicker! For more information about our other classes currently being offered go to www.danacadesign.com for a complete listing.

 

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enamel bracelet

Low Tech Enameling

Instructor: Allan Thorne

August 7, Friday, 10:00 – 1:00

Using a torch and a few simple tools, students will learn the basics of enameling in this exciting three-hour workshop. Students will explore the potential of this fascinating medium, sample a variety of colors, and work with both flat and three-dimensional forms. This is a great opportunity to learn how to add vibrant color to your copper and fine silver jewelry. Moderate comfort level with a jeweler’s torch is helpful.

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Etching Metal

Instructor: Jessie Wylie

August 8, Saturday, 9:30-3:30

See an image or pattern come to life in brass and copper through the acid etching process! This technique is excellent for creating exclusive textures on copper and brass sheet which can be cut and incorporated into jewelry, enameled or used as rolling mill templates to emboss precious metals and even paper.  Patterns can be hand drawn directly on the sheet metal or photo transferred. Physical properties of different acids and metals, resist techniques and studio safety will be explored. The end result will yield several etched plates for use in future jewelry/design projects!  Follow up this workshop with Enameling Basics II, our beginning transparent enamels class. This workshop is appropriate for beginners, however experienced jewelry artists may find it very exciting as well.

Bock, bock, bock

Bock, bock, bock

Kiln Fire Enameling Basics II

Instructor: Linnie Kendrick

August 9, Sunday, 10:30-5:00

Refine your basic enameling skills and explore exciting new possibilities by adding transparent enamels, special effects with glass shards and beads, and rubber stamp images to your palette.  More thoroughly investigate how firing time and temperature affect final results and discover the quick beauty of liquid enamels.  Designed to give students more tools and confidence with the process, part two of our Enameling Basics Series is not to be missed.  Students are encouraged to bring their own pre-cut copper shapes, stencils, rubber stamps, and lead free enamels to experiment with in class. Take the etching class the day before and come prepared with shapes cut from your etched copper sheets.   Prerequisite: Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I or equivalent.

Basic BAND

Basic Band Ring

Instructor: Dana Cassara

August 15, Saturday, 10:00 – 4:00

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.

Stacking rings

Stacking Rings with Gemstones

Instructor: Dana Cassara

August 16, Sunday, 10:00-5:00

Stacking rings are all the rage. They are fun to mix and match and super easy to make! This class will focus on creating your own delicate stacking rings with sparkling gemstones.  Students will learn to size and solder the bands, create and add a simple but very functional tube setting for a round faceted stone, and set the stones!  Everyone will make several rings gaining them the opportunity to practice the process and leave with a finger full of beautiful rings made from brass, sterling silver and gold fill. Very basic metal working skills required.

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Image Transfer on Polymer

Instructor: Sarah Wilbanks

August 29, Saturday, 9:30-3:30

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.  Ideas for incorporating surface embellishments will also be introduced along with a variety of ways to use transfers in your work including cutting, setting and different options for protecting the surface. This class will cover primarily one type of transfer using a transfer paper and Sculpey Premo. Other techniques will be discussed and time permitting students will have the option to try other systems. We will also discuss the equipment needed should you choose to pursue this simple and affordable method in your home studio.   A basic understanding of working with polymer clay is helpful.

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Cuttlefish Bone Casting: Beyond Texture

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

August 30, Sunday, 10:30 – 5:00

Cuttlefish bone casting is an ancient means of creating a cast object. If you have tried it before you might be surprised by the versatility that is possible with a few good tricks.  Create rings with stone settings, findings, and finished work without all the equipment needed for lost wax casting. Its low cost and convenience make it great for the small studio and those on a budget. It is fun, fast and affordable!  Until the invention of vulcanized rubber for lost wax, the expert carving of cuttlebone was an excellent way to reproduce designs. Participants will discover the immediacy of casting with cuttlefish bone, the texture it can create, and how to use it to create multiples by making simple models. Demonstrations will include how to create a multiple part mold for the 3-dimensional casting of a ring with a stone setting, links, and an ingot mold for blanks as well as prong, bezel, and tube stone settings. Students may bring any sterling silver scrap to recycle by casting. All levels.

 

To register for these or any of our other classes either stop by our location or call us at 206-524-0916

Great Gifts for Grads

Congratulations class of 2015! Graduation time is finally here and if you are still looking for the perfect gift for your grad come see what we have in our gallery at Danaca Design:

 

Like this bronze owl necklace by Amanda Bristow:

Perfect for your wise owl

Perfect for your wise owl

Earrings by Erika Laureano (We have necklaces of hers that match the earrings too!):

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Earrings by Erika Laureano

Rings and more inspired by the sea:

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Can’t decide or not sure of your grads style? We have gift certificates too!

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Come in and let us help you pick out the perfect gift.

Our gallery is open Mon-Fri from 11am-6pm and Sat from 10am-6pm.

Summer Classes are Here!

Summer is just about here (Well with the sunny weather last couple days it seems to be here!) and so are our new classes. The new summer schedule is up on the Danaca Design website but here is a first look at the classes exclusive to summer.

We have a new class, new guest artist, some classes that only come around once a year, and a returning instructor that we haven’t had in a while. If you would like to sign up for a class either come to our location at 5619 University Way NE or call us at (206)524-0916. We are open from 11-6pm Mon-Fri and 10-6pm on Sat.

Here some of the highlights for spring but you can always see the entire class schedule and get full class descriptions on our website.

New Class! – Stacking Rings with Gemstones

Stacking rings

Stacking rings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor: Dana Cassara

August 16, Sunday, 10:00-5:00

Class Fee: $165, basic materials included

Stacking rings are all the rage. They are fun to mix and match and super easy to make! This class will focus on creating your own delicate stacking rings with sparkling gemstones. Students will learn to size and solder the bands, create and add a simple but very functional tube setting for a round faceted stone, and set the stones! Everyone will make several rings gaining them the opportunity to practice the process and leave with a finger full of beautiful rings made from brass, sterling silver and gold fill. Very basic metal working skills required.

Returning Class – Etching Metal

Etched brass sheet

Etched brass sheet

Instructor: Jessie Wylie is teaching the Etching Metal class this summer and we are glad to have her back!

August 8, Saturday, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Class Fee: $125, Materials Included

See an image or pattern come to life in brass and copper through the acid etching process! This technique is excellent for creating exclusive textures on copper and brass sheet which can be cut and incorporated into jewelry, enameled or used as rolling mill templates to emboss precious metals and even paper. Patterns can be hand drawn directly on the sheet metal or photo transferred. Physical properties of different acids and metals, resist techniques and studio safety will be explored. The end result will yield several etched plates for use in future jewelry/design projects! Follow up this workshop with Enameling Basics II, our beginning transparent enamels class. This workshop is appropriate for beginners, however experienced jewelry artists may find it very exciting as well.

Guest Artist – Casey Sheppard

Gun Street Girl cuff

Gun Street Girl cuff

Instructor: Casey Sheppard

July 25 & 26, Saturday – Sunday, 10:30am – 5:00pm

Class Fee: $265, Materials Included

Cold connection is a fun way to play with metal and design jewelry. At first glance it may seem limiting however restricting your process can cause you to think about your design in a functional way generating unlimited outcomes. In this cold connection class students learn how to create a hinged bracelet with a clasp out of sheet metal, all without picking up a torch. You’ll learn the basics of sawing, piercing, drilling, forming metal and how to layer, add detail and a unique design to your creation. Other techniques learned will include tube rivets, metal/wire forming and finishing details with oxidization. With a unique approach to jewelry design, Casey will offer beginners to advanced level students something useful and insightful to walk away with. No jewelry experience is necessary but can be useful. Please Casey after the class for a personal tour of her traveling metalsmithing studio.

 

Don’t Miss! These classes only happen in the summer

Low Tech Gravity Casting

Gravity Casting

Gravity Casting

Instructor: Juan Reyes

July 11 and 12, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 – 5:00

Class Fee: $285 Basic materials included

Learn the fundamentals of casting by exploring the exciting and ancient technique of pouring molten metal directly into molds made from organic materials, sand and soft stone. This process does not require a centrifugal setup or any major equipment so it is easily reproduced in a home studio or in your back yard! This workshop will cover carving a mold and casting into tufa (light-weight sandstone), creating a quick mold in cuttlefish bone, a material easily found at any pet store producing a lovely texture, and sandcasting, an ancient way to reproduce an object. Students will also explore casting into other organic materials for surprising effects! Rudimentary alloying, pouring an ingot, finishing techniques and safety will all be discussed. Bring your clean silver scraps if you have some. No experience necessary.

Total Immersion Beginning Jewelry Making

Which came first?

Which came first?

Instructor: Dana Cassara

July 13-17, 5 weekdays, Monday – Friday, 10:00-5:00

Class Fee: $595, Basic materials included

What could be more fun than spending a week totally immersed in learning to make jewelry? Absolutely nothing! Spend an exciting five straight days doing just that. Together we will tackle the fundamentals of learning to work 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, using copper, brass and sterling silver, 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. No experience necessary.

Jewelry Summer Camp Ages 8-12

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Instructor: Tegan Wallace

July 20 – 24, 5 weekdays, Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 2:00

Class Fee: $285 Materials included

Looking for a great activity for your 3rd – 6th grader this summer? Check out the Danaca Design jewelry camp! This week-long camp teaches cool jewelry-making techniques such as bead making and stringing, wire working, texturing, stamping, and riveting metal! In addition, we will explore the fundamentals of composition and color theory while learning to use a variety of basic hand tools. Using polymer clay, Shrinky Dinks, seed beads, and copper and brass wire and sheet metal, we will create a variety of jewelry pieces students can wear proudly. After all, nothing is quite as fun as saying, “I made this!” Rings and bracelets and brooches, oh my! Come have fun with us for a week in July! No experience necessary.

Anticlastic Forming in Metal

Anticlastic Cuff Bracelet by Emily Hickman

Anticlastic Cuff Bracelet by Emily Hickman

Instructor: Bill Dawson

July 31 – August 2, Friday – Sunday, Three days, 10:30-5:00

Class Fee: $350, 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.

Mother’s Day is May 10th!

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Is there a mother in your life you’d like to recognize? She may be your own mother, the mother of your kids, or a friend’s mother who’s special to you?

Our gallery is full of great work right now and we just might have the perfect gift for the mother in your life. 

Use promo code MOMROCKS to get 10% off your gallery gift purchase until May 10th. 

For moms who would rather make than wear, we also have gift certificates which can be used towards any of our classes or tools.

Gift Certificate

The gallery is open Monday-Friday 11-6, and Saturday 10-6. Come visit and see if anything grabs your eye!

5619 University Way NE

206-524-0916

 

 

Beginning Series Workshops FAQ

The longest running class at Danaca Design is our Beginning Series Workshops. They have been on the roster since we first opened and are our most popular too. We get a lot of questions about what the Beginning Series Workshops cover so here is everything you need to know:

How many workshops are in the series?

Three: Introduction, Links and Hollow Construction for Jewelry, and Rings.

All three classes are the same as taking a 10 week comprehensive beginning class. We realize that not everyone can make that sort of commitment and so our series splits up this same amount of instruction into three, weekend long workshops.

They are all small classes (usually 10-12 students) so you get plenty of individual attention as well as being in a fun community environment.

What will I learn in each workshop?

The Introduction workshop is a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental aspects of silversmithing. You will learn to saw, file, texture, and form nonferrous metals like copper, brass, and silver. Students will develop a basic understanding of soldering and setting stones in bezels and will complete two pieces of jewelry.

In the Links and Hollow Construction for Jewelry workshop Learn soldering, or vastly improve your skills, while focusing on small hollow forms and linked elements. Students will be introduced to roll-printing, a technique for creating elaborate and organic textures in metal. You will create unique metal beads and learn some handy tricks for designing and soldering custom linked chains and clasps. Each person can expect to create at least one fabulous linked project.

The Rings workshop focuses on the basic construction of fabricated rings, with and without stones. Each student will construct a simple band ring as well as a ring with a bezel-set stone. Students gain new soldering skills and become familiar with some of the three-dimensional possibilities of metal. Leaving with a couple of rings is a delightful bonus.

Do you have to take them in a particular order?

No. Take them in any order you like. Each class teaches the basics of soldering and jewelry fabrication. However, because each class has a different focus you will learn a variety of techniques using these skills.

Do I have to bring my own tools or materials?

Not at all. All materials are covered in the price. Just bring yourself…and maybe a lunch.

How often do you offer the workshops?

One of the three beginning workshops are offered every month. Next month is the Rings workshop which is always very popular.

Where can I learn more about these workshops?

Our current class schedule and class descriptions are always available on the Danaca Design website: www.danacadesign.com or feel free to stop by to check out our studio and talk to us.

 

Now that you know all about our Beginning Series Workshops we hope to see you in one soon!

 

Thanksgiving is the time to pick up your tools and come take a class!

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

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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

 

Soldering Essentials

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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. 

 

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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…

Precious Metal Clay Basics II: December 27th 

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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

Using the “Smith Little-Torch”: December 28th

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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!