January, February, March 2017

Soldering Essentials

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. 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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Unique Settings for Stones and Found Objects

Break away from the ordinary bezel and explore simple yet uncommon and fabulous holding systems for cabochons, large faceted stones, enamels and interesting found objects. Using a variety of wire shapes and sheet metal students will learn to construct settings that can be used for all kinds of wearable art. Basic metal working experience necessary. More details...

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Cold Connections: Beyond Rivets

Learn a fast, clean, and durable way of joining two pieces of metal together. This must-have workshop will teach you how to create an exciting variety of rivets, to use micro tap and dies to create custom nuts and bolts and lastly, to utilize small tabs to fold over and attach one piece of metal to another. Learn to truly marry form and function while designing a piece of jewelry or other articulated object utilizing these techniques. Basic jewelry making skills helpful, soldering not necessary. More details...

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Wax Working for Jewelers

Lost wax casting is widely used today for mass producing jewelry and jewelry components but it is also perfect for creating unique one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Learn the fundamentals and some good tricks for designing and creating wax models for casting in this comprehensive workshop. Projects will include pendants, rings and charms. No experience necessary however returning students are welcome. More details...

* Students enrolled in multiple week classes are eligible and encouraged to work outside of class on class projects during Practice Hours.

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Hand Forged Jewelry

Using brass, copper and silver students will employ a variety of hammers to forge squares, tapers, twists, fullers, and decorative rivet heads to create elegant forms in jewelry. Hand forged jewelry is among the most classical and is executed with the most basic of tools, a hammer and anvil. In this must have workshop for jewelers students will come away with an incredibly valuable and transferable set of skills. The class will forever alter your perspective on jewelry making. Moderate comfort with a jeweler's torch and hammer is helpful. More details...

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Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

This Beginning Series Workshop focuses on the basic construction of fabricated rings, with and without stones. Each student will construct a simple, textured band ring as well as a ring with a bezel-set stone. No experience necessary. More details...

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Low Tech Enameling

Using a torch and a few simple tools, students will learn the basics of enameling in this exciting three-hour workshop. 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. More details...

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Silver Reticulation

  • Instructor: Juan Reyes
  • February 19, Sunday, 10:30 - 3:30
  • Class Fee: $95 | $25 Materials fee payable to instructor

First developed in Russia by Czarist jewelers such as Fabergé, reticulated silver will add exciting and unique 3-dimensional texture to your work. By carefully preparing the surface of the metal and heating with a focused yet delicate torch, this specialized technique reveals a mysterious lunar-like landscape within every piece of silver! More details...

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Polymer Micro Mosaics for Jewelry

Cynthia Toops is widely recognized for her remarkable artistry in polymer clay, most especially for her polymer clay micro mosaics. In this workshop students will learn her tricks and create incredible micro-mosaics of their own to use like gems in pendants, brooches and/or rings. No previous polymer clay or metal working experience is necessary for this exciting workshop. 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 and very handy tricks for creating custom linked chains and clasps. No experience necessary. More details...

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Chasing and Repoussé: A Modern Approach with a Traditional Base

  • Instructor: Megan Corwin
  • March 10 - 12, Friday-Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $450 | $10 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor

This is a process oriented beginning class in which students will not only learn to use the tools for chasing and repoussé but will experiment with the extraordinary effects of these tools on sheet copper. Traditional lining and punching will be covered as well as refining techniques and everyone will have the opportunity to make one chasing tool. No experience necessary. More details...

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Precious Metal Clay Basics I

  • Instructor: Suzette O'Dell
  • March 18, Saturday 10:30 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $95 | Materials kit $75 payable to instructor

Discover what can be made with Precious Metal Clay+ (PMC+), a marvelous material that can be worked just like clay yet when fired results in pure metals, in this case fine silver. No experience necessary. More details...

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Keum-Boo: Surface Treatment with Gold

  • Instructor: Suz O'Dell
  • March 19, Sunday, 10:30 - 1:30
  • Class Fee: $75 | Materials Fee: $35 Payable to instructor, Materials list

In this workshop students will learn to add the luster of gold to their jewelry by applying 24K gold foil to fine silver. The result is dramatic, creating rich color and beautiful textural possibilities with minimal expense. All levels. More details...

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Mentored Independent Study

Tackle a wide range of projects with instructor guidance in an on-going class developed for independent study-students. Use class time to game-plan, problem-solve or just work in the studio taking advantage of the space and equipment. This is an excellent opportunity to explore challenging projects that you want feedback on or technical advice to execute. Demonstrations are tailored specifically to the current class needs. Register for 3 - 6 weeks for a discounted rate; drop-ins are also welcome. Classes are offered both mornings and evenings. Basic metal working skills required. 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. More details...

  • Tuesday PM: 6:00 - 9:00
  • January 3 - March 28
  • Instructor: Juan Reyes
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  • Thursday AM: 10:00 - 1:00
  • January 5 - March 30, (no class January 19)
  • Instructor: Dana Cassara
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  • Class fees*:
  • 3 weeks = $115; 4 weeks = $145; 5 weeks = $180; 6 weeks = $215;
  • Drop-in $20/hour
  • Punch cards $150/12 hours
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  • * Prepaid, consecutive week students have access to Practice Hours!
  • DROP-IN STUDENTS AND PUNCH CARD HOLDERS DO NOT 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.
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  • 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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  • * PRACTICE HOURS
  • Students enrolled in multiple week classes 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

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