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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
or
stop by our location at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA

Annual Swap Meet Coming Soon

Start clearing out those studio closets and get your spring cleaning going because the annual Jewelry Tools & Supply Swap Meet is coming soon!

We still have a few vendor spaces open if you’d like to unload all of those items that we all seem to collect in our studios but just aren’t using or don’t need. In the past people have swapped everything from stones and beads to enameling equipment so you never know what you’ll find.

Nothing you want to get rid or still building your studio? This is a great way to find tools for really low prices. Last year I picked up two hammers and a plier stand for $8…sweet deal. Plus we always have a Free table…I wonder what hidden treasures will be on it this year?

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Sunday, April 2 from 9am-12pm. If you’d like to reserve a vendor spot give us a call at 206-542-0916 or email us at dana@danacadesign.com

Danaca Design is located at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA. You can find plenty of free street parking on our block and the surrounding neighborhood. We hope to see you ūüôā

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.

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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

Annual Tool and Supply Swap Meet

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Our annual jewelry tool and supply swap meet is almost here! Next Saturday, March 12, 10am-1pm come join us as we clear out some old tools and snag some deals on new ones.

A few of our vendors have been sending us some preview pictures of the tools and supplies they are planning on bringing. It already looks like this will be a great meet.

 

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One of our vendors is looking to sell her enamel set up. Look at all these luscious colors that will be for sale! I love that they come with swatches already made up…what a bonus!

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Anyone looking for a torch? This appears to be a complete setup for an acetylene/air torch. 

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I spy with my little eye….lots and lots of tools!¬†

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Need a buffing wheel?

You will have to stop by the swap meet to see all these goodies and I can’t wait to see what else shows up on Saturday. There are always lots of great surprises to be found and the swap meet turns into a social gathering to boot. My suggestion is to come early but you can find great deals the whole day.

Danaca Design is located at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA. You can find plenty of street parking on our block and the surrounding neighborhood. We hope to see you on Saturday!

Mark Your Calendar

We have two special events coming up at Danaca Design:

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Tool and Supply Swap Meet

Saturday, March 12, 10am-1pm

Come out for our annual tool and supply swap meet. A variety of vendors will be here with tools and supplies to swap or buy. It is always a great time! You don’t need to have tools of your own to swap…cash works too. Or maybe you will find a treasure on our free table. The swap meet is a great place if you are just getting started to find tools and supplies at great prices.¬†

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House Rules! Show 

Saturday, May 7, 6pm-9pm

The House Rules! is an annual fundraising event highlighting the Danaca Design Studio “crew”. The “crew” is a widely varied group of artists who help out with administration and maintenance, studio monitors, and gallery attendants. We feature studio staff and members in the gallery, raffle a collaborative neckpiece and host a silent auction.

All raffle and auction money goes to fund the Danaca Design Jewelry Art Stimulus Fund, our scholarship program. 

Raffle tickets are only $5.00 and are available in the studio, from someone in the crew, or at the event!

This is a great opportunity to support the studio and its crew, get a gift for Mother’s day, support a student and maybe take home the grand prize, an outrageously cool necklace! Please join us to celebrate. We will have delicious treats from Bodrum Bistro in Wallingford.

See our website for more details about upcoming events, our studio, and our scholarship program. We hope to see you at an event soon!

www.danacadesign.com

Danaca Design is located at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA

206-524-0916

Ready for Valentine’s Day?

Rings by Veronica Eckhart and Tony Baker

You have your date, made dinner reservations, now there is just one last item to prepare for the perfect Valentine’s day…the perfect gift! Luckily we have you covered: jewelry, tools, and gift certificates for classes…we have great ideas no matter what your sweetie loves.

 

OMG! It's Valentine's Day! Ring by Rachel DeNys

OMG! It’s Valentine’s Day!
Ring by Rachel DeNys

Rings make a wonderful gift and we have a wide selection from traditional bands to one of a kind designs. How do you figure out a ring size for a gift without asking and spoiling the surprise? If you can sneak and get one of your sweeties rings trace both the inside and outside diameter of the ring on a piece of paper. Bring the ring tracing with you when you shop and we can help you figure out the size.

But if rings aren’t what you are looking for we have a wide selection of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings too!

Stacking Rings with Gemstone

Stacking Rings with Gemstone

But what if your sweetie isn’t as interested in getting jewelry as much as making jewelry? We offer beginner and intermediate jewelry classes such as our popular Beginning Intro: Rings and Stacking Rings With Gemstones classes. Our next Beginning Intro Rings class will be coming up in spring quarter, May 14-15, but we still have space available in our Stacking Rings with Gemstones class on March 26.

To see the rest of our class schedule go to www.danacadesign.com and to register either stop by or call us at 206-524-0916

Gift Certificate

Our gift certificates are just as pretty as a present

Still not sure? We offer gift certificates in all denominations that can be used on any jewelry, classes, or supplies. Perfect!

 

Danaca Design is a jewelry and small-scale metal working facility located in the University District of Seattle. We offer a wide range of classes for individuals seeking to gain skill in the art of decorative metal work and jewelry making.

Find us at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle 98105

or online at www.danacadesign.com

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

If you are like me you happened to look at your calendar today and noticed that Christmas is just 4 days away. And if you are like me you also realized that you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping either.

Well, we may not be able to help you find things for everyone on your list but we can at least help you find a great gift for the metalsmith on your list. 

Here are our top picks for gifts under $50:

Parallel Action Pliers ($35.95):

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Parallel action pliers are the pliers every metalsmith needs to own whether they realize it or not. Made so that the jaws of the pliers remain parallel as they open and close which allows for a secure grip even under very firm pressure. The perfect tool for setting stones and working with wire but has so many more uses. 

Electric Torch Lighter ($29.95):

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Anyone who works with a torch would be happy with this gift. Light the torch in a second without having to use a fiddly flint striker. Trust us this will be a hit. 

Ceramic Honeycomb Soldering Block ($8.95):

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This lightweight block reflects heat and has little holes so you can add pins to hold your work in place while soldering. The holes also help dissipate heat quickly, which is useful for soldering small delicate items that you do not want to overheat. 

Still don’t know what to get…let them pick out exactly the right thing with a Danaca Design gift certificate. Either stop in our store to pick one up or call us to pay by credit card and we can mail it for you. Don’t forget to let them know that our tool and supply sale is going on until Dec 30th – 20% off!

Gift Certificate

 

Happy Holidays from all of us at Danaca Design!

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

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

 

 

Semi Annual Swap Meet this Sat!

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Don’t miss our Jewelry and Supply Swap Meet Saturday, April 4th¬†

Tools, metal, beads, gemstones, weird stuff you didn’t know you needed! Buy, trade or pick up something for free from the free table!

There is no charge attend! 

Stop by anytime between 10am-2pm

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