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Carving I - Soapstone Carving - Sandy Cline
This course will provide a general introduction to the carving of soapstone. You will develop a working knowledge of the material, the tools, safe handling issues and the methods used to complete a carving. Beginning with a study of the properties of the stone, you will produce a simple piece and progress to making a sculpture of your choice. The development of your personal style is encouraged. The instructor will provide all necessary tools. The stone for the first project, a swimming Loon, is included in the lab fee. Thereafter, stone cost for this course will depend on the size of the project or projects chosen. Stone will be $3 per pound. An average carving will generally use ten pound of stone. You should bring towels or bubble wrap to carry home your finished carvings.

Lab Fee: $40.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+ $3 per pound of stone
Prerequisites: None

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Pearl Carving - Betsy Lehndorff
This class will introduce you to the emerging technique of carving freshwater pearls with dental grade diamond burs. We will get started right away and the first goal will be to break down the heavily marketed concept of preciousness. Mornings, you will learn step-by-step techniques for carving dots, lines, swirls and your own designs. Afternoons and evenings, you will experiment with help from Betsy and share experiences. The key is to enjoy technical success, then experiment beyond what you thought was possible. Lab fee covers everything -- dental-grade burs, plenty of silicone polishing points, bristle brushes, Fabuluster, freshwater pearls, sterling silver bead chain with snap, clasp, sterling wire and casting shot, markers, dust masks, and illustrated class notes. Additional materials to experiments with are available at no charge. Bring a cordless Dremel tool and additional gems, pearls of other materials if you want.

Lab Fee: $200.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0
Prerequisites: None

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