April, May, June 2018

Kiln Fire Enameling Basics II

The first class will leave you inspired and wishing for more time so this is the class for you! Refine what you learned in Enamel Basics I and explore many new possibilities by adding transparent enamels to your palette, special effects with glass shards and beads and rubber stamp images. Prerequisite: Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I or equivalent. More details...

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Survey of Stone Setting

This comprehensive, primarily demonstration style course will introduce students to a wide variety of stone setting techniques to immediately incorporate into their jewelry designs. Soldering set-ups and finishing tips will be covered and solid overview of tools and equipment that make setting easier and provide professional finishes will be introduced in this fast-paced, valuable class. Basic metal working skills required. More details...

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Introduction

This Beginning Series Workshop is an ideal introduction to the fundamental aspects of silversmithing. Explore jewelry design while learning all the valuable basics: to saw, file, texture, form and solder nonferrous metals like copper, brass, and silver. No experience necessary. More details...

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Precious Metal Clay Weekend

Discover the limitless potential of Precious Metal Clay; a marvelous material that is worked just like clay yet when fired results in finished, pure silver, jewelry. In this comprehensive weekend workshop students will have the opportunity to not only get a taste of this seemingly magical material but will build the confidence necessary to work independently and master it. No experience necessary, returning students welcome. More details...

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Links and Hollow Construction

Learn soldering, or vastly improve your skills, while focusing on small hollow forms and linked elements. In this installment of the Beginning Series, 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. No experience necessary. More details...

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Creative Surface Development

Our world is covered in textures and patterns that inform and delight us. In the studio, a unique or well-chosen surface adds character and depth to an object, enhances and even defines it. But it so often happens that we come to rely on a handful of basic textures rather than developing our own creative surfaces. The goal of this workshop is to fix that. Basic metal working skills required. More details...

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Basic Band Rings

The construction of a basic band ring is simple yet does present some challenges. The ring must fit, be comfortable and, of course, beautiful! This quick ring class will focus on the construction of a texturized and fabricated band ring. No experience necessary. More details...

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Stacking Rings with Gemstones

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, solder, and tube-set a faceted stone! Everyone will make several rings made from brass, sterling silver and gold fill. Very basic metal working skills required. More details...

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The Big Ring

Hollow rings can be big, bold, and strong while at the same time maintaining a relatively light weight. Explore and learn the ancient techniques used to design and build such a ring. In this one-day workshop, designed for intermediate students, you will learn some simple tricks in the process and can expect to increase your understanding of jewelry fabrication in general. Students must be comfortable with a jeweler's saw, file, torch, and basic soldering, and of course must like big rings! More details...

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Enameling Recycled Steel for Jewelry

Are you the magpie always collecting bits of rusty steel on the street? Are there bits of magnetic metal in your studio that you've tucked away, swearing that one day you'll clean them up to make a masterpiece? Enameling is a great way to protect jewelry made from mild steel and is so easy to master. Some jewelry making and enameling experience helpful. More details...

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Moving Metal Three Ways

This workshop will introduce students to three of the most traditional and useful ways to directly work metal: raising, stretching and forging. All three techniques involve hammers, anvils in various forms and a torch. Most importantly they rely on the remarkably plastic nature of metal that with skillful execution can produce an astonishing array of desired forms from modern jewelry to ancient vessels. No experience necessary. More details...

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Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making

What could be more fun than spending a week totally immersed in learning to make jewelry? Absolutely nothing. Each night you'll go home dreaming of what to create the next day, designing in your sleep! Absolutely no experience needed. More details...

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Mentored Independent Study

  • Tuesday EVENING: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • April 3 - June 26
  • Instructor: Juan Reyes
  • Thursday MORNING: 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • April 5 - June 21
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
  • Class fees*:
  • 3 weeks = $115; 4 weeks = $145; 5 weeks = $180; 6 weeks = $215;
  • Drop-in $20/hour
  • Punch cards $150/12 hours
  • Join a mentored independent study group to learn new skills in a consistently supportive environment. With instructor guidance, these on-going classes allow independent study students to explore a wide range of projects. Register for 3 - 6 weeks for a discounted rate; drop-in also welcome. Classes are offered both mornings and evenings. Basic metal working skills required. More details...

  • * Prepaid, consecutive week students have access to Practice Hours!
  • * Students enrolled in multiple week classed are eligible, and encouraged, to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours; there is no additional charge to attend.
  • Materials are not included:
  • Students are required to bring project materials such as metal, saw blades, drill bits, sandpaper, and solder. Flux is provided.

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Students enrolled in multiple week classed are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours. There is no additional charge to attend.

Practice Hours: Sundays and Thursdays, 5-9. Tuesdays, 10-2

Questions? E-mail us at dana@danacadesign.com or call 206.524.0916

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