WORKSHOP:Toaster Powder Coating with Rachel Shimpock
April 2 &3, Saturday-Sunday, 10:30am-5:00pm
Class Fee: $325, materials included
You may have heard the term “powder coating” metal but do you know what it is? Powder coating is a dry powder that is heated at a low temperature to adhere and form a skin. Usually the powder is a thermoplastic or thermoset polymer that is applied electrostatically.
Many household items are powder coated: appliances, light fixtures, car parts. It is commonly used in industry for its uniform appearance and durability. Though it is also a great way for jewelers to add color and even texture to their work. For production jewelry it is ideal because several pieces can be cured at one time.
Large items like that are powder coated using a spray booth and static charge to get the powder to “stick” to the surface. Though you can also sift the dry powder onto a surface similar to applying enamels.
Once the powder has been applied it can be heated in a toaster oven to cure and flow. Do not use a toaster oven that you also use for food.
Some benefits to powder coated surfaces are:
Once heated and cooled the powder turns into a smooth “skin” like coating that is permanently attached to the surface. Unlike enamel the curing temperatures are low enough that powder coating can be applied to more than just metal. Wood and some organic items can also be powder coated. Anything that can withstand a temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit can be powder coated.
Want to register for our Toaster Powder Coating workshop? Call us at 206-524-0916 to register by phone
Danaca Design is located at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Lost wax casting is widely used today for mass producing jewelry and jewelry components but is also used to create unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces as well. Wednesday nights, Oct 14 – Nov 18, 6:30pm-9:30pm our Wax Working for Jewelers will get you started creating your own waxes in no time.Whether you are a new or returning student you will learn the fundamentals and some good tricks for designing and creating wax models for casting in this six week workshop. This is a reoccurring class so if you missed it this time check back for future classes!
One of the most important parts of casting is starting will a well designed and carved wax model. Without proper planning the metal may not be able to flow correctly during the casting process resulting in a partial casting. And knowing how to design a wax with an eye toward the finished design not only helps with the look of the piece but can save you a lot of time in clean up after the casting is done!
The final waxes will be sent out to a professional casting house and returned the final week for finishing. This is a multiple week class and so students are able and encouraged to come into the studio during Practice Hours to work on class projects.
To find out more about this and all of our current classes please go to www.danacadesign.com
Danaca Design is open Mon-Fri 11am-6pm and Sat 10am-6pm. If you are in the Seattle area stop by to see our jewelry gallery and mercantile at:
5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA
What do you think of when you hear polymer clay? Well if you are Cynthia Toops you think it is a wonderful material with unlimited potential in jewelry making. September 26 & 27 Cynthia will be teaching Extraordinary Effects with Polymer Striped Canes at Danaca Design. Cynthia’s own work takes polymer clay to the next level making the mundane magical.
But what are polymer striped canes?
Polymer canes are when long strips of polymer clay are layered, usually to create a design, and then cut apart. They are based off of the millefiori glasswork technique that is used to apply decoration to glass objects. Canes patterns can very simple to very complex and how the canes are laid out together adds to the beauty and complexity.
These canes can then be used to cover beads and cabochons to create unique decorative elements for your jewelry. Techniques like combing, carving and mokume gane will be covered expanding and enlivening your repertoire.
Finally students will explore “thin sheet work” to make simple pins, bracelets and other alternative polymer clay forms.
This class is open to all levels, from the beginner curious about the many possibilities of polymer clay to the advanced student interested in focusing on a particular aspect of the medium.
To register for class call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by Mon-Fri 11am-6pm or Sat 10am-6pm at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA, 98105
Don’t forget to check out our complete fall schedule at www.danacadesign.com
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.
New Class! – Stacking Rings with Gemstones
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Looking for a great activity for your 3rd – 6th grader this summer? Check out the Danaca Design jewelry camp!
July 20th – 24th, Monday – Friday, 9am – 2pm
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!
This class is taught by Tegan Wallace, who has been teaching jewelry making at the elementary and middle school level for several years. Last year was our first time offering it and it was a BIG hit!
Questions and registration: 206-524-0916
Or check us out online at www.danacadesign.com
June 19th – 21st guest instructor Victoria Lansford will be visiting us from Atlanta, GA to teach a workshop in High Relief Eastern Repoussé. Victoria has generated an exciting revival of nearly lost, old world metalsmithing techniques including high relief Eastern repoussé and Russian filigree.
I was able to ask her a few questions about herself as an artist and to get a bit more information about the high relief Eastern repoussé technique. Now I can’t wait to take her workshop myself!
How long have you been making Jewelry?
I’ve been metalsmithing for 26 years. It’s my profession, but really I consider it a long term love affair.
What is your background? Is it in art or something else?
As a kid I was into every kind of art and craft medium popular in the 1970’s. Before I was a metalsmith, however, I was a professional jazz and modern dancer. Getting injured led me to exploring higher education options. I’d always wanted to work in metal and found that Georgia State University had a program (sadly, it’s no longer part of the art department). I was hooked on metal immediately.
What kind of imagery or inspiration do you use? Or can you tell us about any recurring themes in your work?
Most of the imagery that influences me comes from ancient and medieval architecture, specifically Gothic, Moorish, and Indian. I’m also extremely inspired by ancient Egyptian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco design. In a more abstract way, my work is informed by my love of cosmology and Complexity (Chaos) Theory. Much of that inspiration shows up in my work in the form of doors, archways, abstracted plant leaves, and spirals. Those shapes all represent transformation and emergence to me. I’m obsessed with the relationship between positive and negative space and creating work with a sculptural feel of depth as if looking into a hidden world. All those shapes give my work a very yonic (opposite of phallic) look.
You are going to be teaching a class for us in High Relief Eastern Repoussé, what is different between this repoussé technique and what we normally think of as repoussé?
It’s a different process with differently shaped tools that result in lots of options in terms of design and height. In some forms of Western repousse, the way the metal is hit from the back is somewhat secondary to all the refining work from the front. For example, lots of artists puff up a general area then do most of the shaping through chasing. In Eastern repousse there is much more of a back and forth process. Some other differences are (almost) always working within a matrix and using plasticine rather than pitch when working from the front.
Some people assume that Eastern repousse means the peaks and valleys that are characteristic of my work, but that’s just one style option. Eastern repousse works well with sterling, which means it can be done in a much thinner gauge of metal and therefore is lighter and more durable for use in objects like jewelry. Fine silver doesn’t lend itself so easily to that option. Of course, the technique works beautifully with 18k and 22k gold and with copper too.
Aside from the skills outlined in your class, what do you hope to bring to your students?
My goal is always for students to be able to apply what they’ve learned to their own design aesthetic so they can create what they want. I provide some design options for people who just want to focus on the technique in class, but I don’t require everyone to make the exact same patterns. It’s all about gaining an understanding of how to apply the process of Eastern repousse to any design. I’m really passionate about making the techniques I teach easily accessible to people, and watching students have that “light bulb” moment is incredibly rewarding.
I saw on your website that you do much more than just jewelry. Handmade books, collage, art objects, what are your favorite things to make besides jewelry and why?
Besides making jewelry my favorite thing is doing illumination work with Medieval manuscript techniques because I love smearing intense color into ornate flourishing work. Before I made my Eastern repousse bound books, I spent 4 years studying calligraphy and learning how to gild on real vellum and paint with dry pigments. The funny thing is as soon as I start working in a different medium, the first things I reach for are the metallic paints and gold leaf. I joke that it’s all part of my plot to metallicize everything!
You are visiting us from Atlanta, Georgia if we come visit you what should we check out in Atlanta?
Atlanta has a fantastic zoo that happens to be in my neighborhood. (Yes, I have wild neighbors.) The CNN tour is interesting. One of my favorite small museums in the world is the Carlos Museum at Emory University. They often have great exhibits with an eye toward antiquity.
Really Atlanta is a foody and shopping haven. If you’re missing Seattle coffee, check out Octane, which has some of the very best coffee I’ve ever had. It’s also the place I escape to to do most of my writing and design work. Atlanta is smack in the middle of a forrest, which makes it beautiful in the spring, summer, and fall. I’ll just apologize up front for the airport and the traffic.
Thanks Victoria! We look forward to meeting you in June.
You can find out more details about Victoria’s class and the rest of the classes offered at Danaca Design on our website www.danacadesign.com