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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

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.

Kids Jewelry Summer Camp

Jewelry Summer Camp for Kids 8-12

July 18 – 22, Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm

Class Fee: $300 | Materials included

School is just getting out but are you still looking for things for the kids to do this summer vacation? Sign them up for our Kids Jewelry Summer Camp!

Created for kids 8-12 this week long camp teaches a variety of jewelry making techniques such as wire working, texturing, stamping, bead making, and riveting metal.


Hydraulic press die in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Last year it was really fun to watch the kids explore a variety of jewelry techniques. They were so proud to make there own jewelry to take home each day. One of the favorite activities what learning how to use the hydraulic press to “puff” metal into a variety of shapes.

Student work, broken heart sculpture

Student work, broken heart sculpture

The class is taught by local jewelry artist Tegan Wallace. Tegan has been teaching jewelry making at the elementary and middle school level for several years. Not only are the kiddos going to be learning a variety of jewelry skills but Tegan will also explore the fundamentals of composition and color theory. A variety of materials will be used from Shrinky Dinks, polymer clay, and seed beads to  brass & copper wire and sheet metal. Simple hand tools will be explored such as hammers, texture stamps, pliers, and more.

Kids wirework and beads

Kids wirework and beads

All supplies and materials are included in this camp and each day the kids will create a variety of jewelry that they can wear proudly or give as gifts to family and friends. Jewelry making is also a great way for the younger kids to build hand-eye coordination and dexterity that doesn’t involve a video game.

Want to register? Give us a call at 206-524-0916 to register by phone or stop by our studio at 5619 University Way Ne, Seattle, WA We are open Monday – Friday: 11-6 and Saturday: 10-6

Want to learn more about our studio? Check out our website www.danacadesign.com

Related post: Deer Run Summer Camp.

The summer class schedule is here!

Our summer class schedule is ready! We’ve got a bunch of great stuff coming up this quarter. In addition to our regular beginning series classes (offered every quarter) we’ve got a nice selection of featured classes as well. More details can be found on our website: http://www.danacadesign.com/index.php?p=classes&c=summer2014

We’re excited to be offering Kids Summer Jewelry Camp for Ages 8-12 with Tegan Wallace. This is a brand new class! It runs July 14-18, Monday-Friday 9:30-2:30.

Young students learning about the studio tools

Young students learning about the studio tools

Keith Lewis will be here to teach Enameling Oddities.

Keith Lewis enamel

Keith Lewis enamel

Learn casting methods you can use at home in Low Tech Gravity Casting with Juan Reyes.

Sand casting

Sand casting

In Etching without Acid with Nanz Aalund students will learn a non toxic way to etch copper, brass, bronze, and nickel silver.

Etched brass sheet

Etched brass sheet

Andy Cooperman will be back for Creative Surface Development.

Andy Cooperman

Andy Cooperman brooch

Explore polymer clay with Cynthia Toops in Beyond the Polymer Cane.

Polymer bead necklace by Cynthia Toops

Polymer bead necklace by Cynthia Toops


To learn more about these classes and see what else we have to offer please visit our website: www.danacadesign.com


You can register for classes by calling us at 206-524-0916, Tue-Fri 11-6, Saturday 10-6.