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Cabochons  I -  Steve Adams
[08/06, 08/13, 09/03, 09/10]
Students will learn the basics of cutting cabochons including selecting rough, using the trim saw, shaping and polishing. We will also cover how to find scratches in cabochons and how to eliminate flat spots, skills necessary to quality cabochon production. Equipment safety and cleaning, types of cabochon edges, techniques for creating domes, and cleaning up will also be included (all students are expected to help clean the room at week's end). "Additional credit" may be earned for finding something good to cut in the throwaway bin. Everyone will be required to start with calibrated cabochons, and may move to free-forms once they have grasped the basics and feel comfortable. Students with prior experience may progress at an advanced pace, but must still be attentive during all lectures and demonstrations. Advanced techniques such as free-form cuts, symmetrical cabochons, doublets, cabochon repairs and other topics will be discussed depending on student progress. Neither crosses nor hearts will be cut in this class. Lab fee includes pre-forms and printed materials provided by the instructor. Students are encouraged to bring slabs to use in class. Slabs will be available for purchase from the instructor for $1.00 and up; total cost depends on productivity. Do not bring rough of any size to class; students will not have access to a slabbing saw during class.

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $5-25+
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Cabochons  I -  David Bergquist
[05/21, 06/04, 06/18]
This course includes the fundamentals of material selection, orientation, shaping and polishing of a variety of stones. Students will learn safety and proper use of lapidary equipment. They will learn to form standard, templated cabochons, first with a softer stone and then with a harder stone. After the first two cabs, students may use their own materials or purchase slabs from the instructor. Students will learn to maximize the potential of each cab by tailoring orientation, size, and shape to the unique properties of each stone. Custom shapes for specific jewelry applications will also be explored. After competence in cutting single stones is achieved, students will be introduced to composite cabochons. Lab fee includes instruction pamphlet, sharp shooter pen, glue and material for the first two cabs. Materials cost will depend on the amount and type of material purchased.

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0-60
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Cabochons  I - Pat Davis
The Basics and Beyond, Sometimes way Beyond [04/23, 04/30, 07/23, 07/30, 09/24, 10/01]
In this class, you have options. If you've never cut a stone, you will learn how. If you already know the basics, bring  your ideas and Pat will help you turn them into reality. We will cover factors to consider in selecting a stone,  proper  use of equipment and tools, some tips and tricks of the  trade and a few ideas of what can be done with the finished pieces. We will also cover calibrated stones, free-forms, traditional and modern cuts. Students should bring no more than five slabs of their own. Lab fee includes original instruction manual, pre-forms and use of the instructor's original templates. Additional slabs will be available to purchase.

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0-50
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Cabochons  I -  Jack King
[04/09, 08/27, 10/15]
Students will cut a variety of materials using standard calibrated shapes or free-forms. In the process,  you  will learn proper technique and proven procedures, as well as cleanliness, ensuring that each step is finished to its best and that you produce a high quality, no-compromise cabochon you will be proud of. This is a no-pressure, fun week working at your own skill level and speed, with as much individual guidance as needed. Reviews will be made each day so that everyone can ask questions and make comments on the day's progress.  Different  levels  of material will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own. Each student must agree to, and abide by, one condition: at the end of each workday, you are responsible for cleaning your own machine and work area. In addition,  at the end of the week, everyone is expected to thoroughly clean the classroom so that the next class will be greeted with a welcoming environment. If you have  never  cut before, do not worry, you will. If you have experience, we  will look for areas of improvement so you can produce stones that are even more beautiful. Let's have a fun, sharing week with rocks. Lab fee includes beginning slabs, as well as diamond sprays for polishing and special epoxy used in class.

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
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Cabochons  I -  Jerry Mason
[04/16, 05/14, 06/25, 08/20, 09/17]
Learn the art and technique of selecting a rough slab then orienting, marking, cutting, grinding and  polishing  it  to obtain the best potential of the stone. Your finished product can be used to make jewelry or put on display by itself. We will cover the care, use and cleaning of all equipment; you will be responsible for the daily maintenance of your equipment. At the end of the week, we will cover  a  complete and detailed cleaning of the entire shop using established classroom guidelines. After we have learned to cut calibrated stones, and demonstrated  our  cutting abilities, we will, at the instructor's discretion, discuss and implement free-form cutting techniques: no one will begin with free-forms. This is a beginning class. Students with previous experience must continue to respect all guidelines and strictly follow beginner protocol. You must bring an OptiVISOR, however masks and aprons are provided. Students may bring no more than six of their own slabs of appropriate thickness for cabbing (6-8mm). Slabs will be available  for  purchase.  Lab  fee  includes  a   step-by-step booklet and first pre-form. This class is about quality, not quantity. If you have any questions, contact Jerry at 706- 379-1718 or, via email atjimndee43@gmail.com

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
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Cabochons  I - Paul Roberts
[05/07, 05/28, 07/16, 10/22, 10/29]
This course is intended for beginners, but  more experienced cabbers may find it useful. We will start with calibrated cabochons using standard templates (domed  and flat, curved and straight sides) and the "Cab  Rest",  then move on to fancier cuts. We will address both hard material (such as agate and jasper) and softer materials (such as marble and turquoise), learning to determine the shape of and pre-form a stone depending on the pattern or shape it presents, as well as edging the stone  depending  on how it will be set. Attention will be given to safety, use and care of machines, and the special characteristics of different cutting materials. Emphasis will be on quality, not quantity, thus the number of finished cabochons each student produces will vary widely. Paul will work with each student to improve their skills, pausing to share instructions and insights with the entire group. Daily cleaning of your  own workspace and a thorough, general cleaning by all students on Friday afternoon is required. Lab fee covers a  kit including several slabs, an original  instruction  manual and other material for the class. Additional slabs will be available for purchase at nominal prices, or you may bring your own (no un-slabbed rough). Come  prepared  to discover some of Earth's hidden beauty and to have a mountain of fun.

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0-100
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Paul Roberts

 

Cabochons  I - John Wild
[10/08]
This class is not just for the beginning cabochon student,  but is also for those that would like to refresh their basic skills. You will learn how to choose the material to work with and how best to orient your design to maximize the beauty of your cabochon. This class will be fun and educational. Beginning with calibrated cabochon designs, you will learn the techniques to shape, grind and polish your designs into works of art. After mastering basic skills, we will have the opportunity to work with free-form cabochons as well. There will be plenty of time for individual instruction, as well as group discussion. Lab fee includes material for the first two stones, written instructions and other materials needed for class. Additional slabs will be available to purchase  from the instructor or you can bring their own (no un-slabbed rough). For maximum enjoyment, bring an OptiVISOR or other magnifier.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$25
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0-25+
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Cabochons II -  Jerry Mason
[07/02]
In this class, we will build on your knowledge of basic techniques, learn the correct meaning of the term freeform cabochon, and practice the techniques for cutting them using your imagination and freeform templates. We will cut hearts and crosses with specialized equipment. Jerry will interview you prior to acceptance to ensure a thorough knowledge of the basic equipment and its care. You will be required to demonstrate your cutting ability and knowledge of basic  techniques  on Sunday  night, after orientation,   by cutting a basic cabochon in a timely manner. Students not meeting instructor requirements may be asked to move to provided by the instructor, first pre-form pieces, and all printed materials. You must bring an OptiVISOR. You can bring your own slabs (6-Bmm in thickness, no more than eight). Slabs will be available for purchase. You can contact Jerry with questions at 706-379-171B(home), 843-621-0003(cel/) or via email at: jimndee43@gmail.com

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$45
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:
INSTRUCTOR TAUGHT BEGINNING CABOCHON CLASS (AT LEAST 20 HOURS), ACTIVELY CABBING FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS (AVERAGE 8-12 STONES PER WEEK), AND INTERVIEW BY INSTRUCTOR PRIOR TO CLASS


 

Cabochons II -  Paul Roberts
Fun with Jade [07/09]
We will cover dopless cabbing of fancy shapes, freeforms and composite cabochons utilizing various colors of jade and other hard stones. Paul's special carving wheels, flat  lap and jewelers bit will be used to create special shapes and groove settings. A mini-torch may be used to create simple prong settings as well. Lab fee includes Paul's basic manual, advanced instructions, supply package, use of his tools and enough jade for two or three projects. Additional jade and other material will be available, or you may bring your own.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$55
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0-100
PREREQUISITES:TWO CABOCHONS I CLASSES OR DEMONSTRATED CABBING ABILITY

Paul Roberts

 

Carving I -  Sandy Cline
Soapstone [05/14]
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 own 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 pounds of stone. You should bring towels or bubble wrap to carry home your finished carvings.

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
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Sandy Cline

 

Carving I -  Carlos Reyes
Jade
[04/23, 04/30, 09/03, 09/1O]
In Guatemala, Jade is the stone that represents our history, culture and legacy. For people like Carlos, experienced artisans of this stone, this materials holds more than just economic value, it is a gift from nature. Each time he finds a rock, he is filled with an ineffable joy, never knowing what color or what quality it will be: it is a  unique  and indescribable experience. Each stone starts like any other; however, with care, skill and dedication, the color and perfection underneath are revealed, creating truly unique pieces that carry love and craftsmanship into the homes of customers and loved ones. Caries's personal mission is to show everyone what beautiful color, texture and brightness can be coaxed from jade. He hopes that you will share his passion  for jade as you start to shape your first stone.   one is saying that working jade is easy; but Carlos can tell you that the satisfaction of creating a gem with your own hands is extremely satisfying. Come along and explore the transformation of raw stone into jewelry or sculptures. Lab fee, payable in cash only, covers all jade (at least six slabs) you can work during class. You will need a bore turner, Foredom or Dremel, and a good set of diamond bits. This class has a minimum of four students.

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
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Carlos Reyes

 

Carving I - Diane  Walker
Soapstone [07/30]
Diane will have tools on hand to use and students may  bring any hand tools they wish to try. Some she's found useful include rasps, files, sandpaper, woodcarving tools, dental tools and nails ground to particular shapes. If you wish to attempt to carve a particular object or animal, bring  a picture with you. Lab fee covers sandpaper, instructional materials, other consumables and use of the instructor's tools. Stone will be available to purchase  from  the instructor. If you have any questions, you can email Diane at:  dianafiona@aol.com

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
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Diane Walker

 

Casting  I - Steve Bostwick
[08/27, 10/01]
In this class, you will learn the basics of lost wax centrifugal casting using primarily .925 or .999 silver. You will make an initial cast with a commercial wax master, after which you are encouraged to generate custom wax masters, particularly as settings for cabochons or other stones. You will learn how to modify commercial waxes and fabricate your own designs out of wax components or to use dip and carve methods around a stone. Methods of organic casting and mold making may be introduced. After casting, you will continue to finish and polish your pieces. Lab fee covers handouts, two commercial waxes, one initial cabochon, a selection of wax components for custom work, investment (up to 10 lbs.), finishing materials and polishes. No casting metal is included in the lab fee. Fine silver or sterling silver casting grain may be purchased from the instructor, or you may provide your own labeled casting grain or  known  scrap. The instructor will make investment, cabs  and faceted stones available for purchase, as well as additional waxes in a wide range of patterns; however, feel free to bring your own, personal stock.

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
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Casting  I -  Joe De Pietro& Diane De Pietro
[07/16, 07/23, 09/03, 09/10]
Joe teaches both centrifugal and vacuum casting methods. He will have pre-made waxes to purchase and waxes to make your own pieces to cast. Wax models will be made from pre-made molds, although flat mold making will be covered as well. Cast pieces will be finished and polished during class. Lab fee covers a handout, waxes, beginning wax item, all investments and polishes. Fine silver and sterling will be available for purchase. If you want to use gold, you must bring it. Joe can be reached at : mysticalmelts@aol.com

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
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Joe De Pietro

 

Casting  I -  John lacullo & Anita Westlake
[10/08, 10/29]
This is a class for beginning students. You will be able to make jewelry pieces from pre-made waxes, as well as casting jewelry (pendants, rings, etc.) out ?f you_r own w x creations. We may even do some casting with organic material such as acorns, ferns and, perhaps, even spiders. Lab fee covers the cost of waxes, wax sheets and other consumable supplies such as investment. We will be casting in silver. If you have any old silver jewelry or scrap silver, bring it to be recycled. The instructor will have silver (fine a d sterling) available for purchase, as well. We can also cast in gold, but due to the high cost, the instructors will not have an inventory of gold for sale. Priority placement will be given to students who have never taken this class.

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0-300+
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Casting I - Kim & Norm St. Jean
Low-Tech

[04/16, 07/16, 08/13, 10/15]
This is not traditional silver casting; this is low-tech casting. In this class, we will use scrap silver or casting granules to create components then design unique one of  a  kind jewelry pieces, with these components. This type of casting can be done in a home studio with little special equipment. Each morning, we will introduce and demonstrate a new casting technique, and use it to create  components.  Then, in the afternoon or evening, we will use these components  to design and create a finished product. The  techniques  that will be taught include water casting, salt casting, pine straw casting, channel casting and, if time  permits,  cuttlefish and sand-casting. Students are encouraged to bring their scrap silver for additional project . Additional silver casting grain will be available from the instructor as well. Lab fee covers handouts, solder, drill bits, Cratex wheels 3M wheels, sanding sponges, liver of sulfur, polish pads   'steel    wool,   specific       cabochons,       miscellaneous cons mables and 1-2 troy ounces of casting silver, dependent on current silver market. Additional  materials cost would result from purchasing sterling  and cabochons  to finish projects. Questions are welcome via email at: kim@kimstjean.com

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$195
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••SILVER I OR PRIOR SOLDERING EXPERIENCE

Kim & Norm St. Jean

 

Chain I -  Sandra Bergquist
[5/14]
Designed for the beginner to intermediate student, this class will present the basics of creating a variety of chains ith unsoldered jump rings. Students will also have oppo urnt1 s to explore alternatives to standard patterns. Precut rings in aluminum, anodized aluminum, enameled copper, brass, bronze, copper and sterling silver will be utilized. Anodized aluminum and enameled copper jump rings will be used to add the element of color to chain patterns. Although the process for preparing jump rings will be discussed during t e week, students will not be cutting jump rings as part of this class. Students may bring their own tools, or may use those made available for use by the instructor. Tools will be available for purchase as well. OptiVISOR or magnifying clip­ ons are strongly recommended. Lab fee covers handouts a d pattern starters. Materials cost will depend on the type of wire used and the number of chains the student chooses to make. Contact instructor with questions about the course at: slbergquist@cox.net

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$30
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $60-200
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Chain I -  Maggie English
[07/02, 08/20, 10/01, 10/15]                           .            .             .         .
This class is designed to teach basic chain making with unsoldered jump rings. We will be using fine silver, cop er wire and neoprene rubber rings. If you want gold-filled wire you need to let the instructor know. There IJl:lill be prec t jump rings for the first few kits, after that the instructor will demonstrate winding and cutting of jump rings, as well as polishing the completed item. Lab fee covers printed material, copper wire and rings for practice. It is recommended that you bring an OptiVISOR.  William Holland provides basic tools you may borrow during the class, or you may bring your own. A variety of kits will be available for earrings, bracelets and necklaces in fine silver only. There will be an assortment of clasps for purchase from the instructor. Materials cost will depend on the projects selected.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$35
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $50+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Maggie English

 

Chain I -  John Fetvedt
[08/06]                                                                                 .         .
This class covers chain patterns of all levels, and 1s designed for all levels of student. You will learn chain making from raw wire to finished jewelry, including selecting the wire gauge and jump ring size, winding and cutting jump rings with a Koil Kutter, weaving the chain, and polishing the completed project. Advanced students will be encourag d to m ve beyond the basics and into more complex chains, learning how to form, cut, fuse, deform rings and make units which are linked together to create artistic chain jewelry. John will also demonstrate why he considers Argentium Silver to be the best advance in chain making in recent years, and cover several advanced techniques including balling, shaping and texturing. Class exercises and copper practice jump rings are available for more than ninety different patterns. Lab fee covers printed material and copper jump rings for class exercises. Basic tools will be available for use during class, or you may bring your own. Bringing an OptiVISOR is recommended. John has hundreds of different bracelet, earring, pendant and necklace kits (offered in Argentium silver and gold-filled wire) available for purchase, as well as an assortment of clasps, or you may bring your own materials and ideas, and he will help you get started. Materials cost depends on the projects you select.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$40
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

John Fetvedt

 

Chain I - Case Leeser
[06/25, 09/1O]                                                                                        .
This is a class for the true beginning chain student. You will learn the basic weaves and the steps necessary to make your work look professional. We will work with precut terling silver rings. Students will advance through a series of weaves, completing four or more pieces depending on t eir speed and agility. Please bring an OptiVISOR or something similar, and two pairs of chain nose pliers (you may purchase these from the School}. If you have other tools of your own, bring them along. Lab fee includes a workbook with patterns, reference sources and various useful charts to help you continue weaving. Additional kits for class projects, as well as clasps, findings, toggles and other embellishments will be available for purchase from the instructor. Estimated materials cost depends on the choices and number of projects chosen, as well as the price of silver.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$35
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $200-250
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Chain I - Case  Leeser
Findings
[09/03]
This is a class for those who want to make unusual and functional findings to complete  their handcrafted  jewelry in a professional manner. Findings are those  pieces necessary to make the jewelry you create wearable. This class will include many types of closures, clasps, toggles, bails, pin backs, ear wires and other findings. Lab fee includes a workbook with many patterns and ideas, as well as instructions for pieces to be constructed. There will be  no soldering in this class. Materials cost will depend on the additional stones, silver and beads purchased from the instructor.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$25
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100-150
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Chain I - Kathy  Morris
[04/30, 09/17, 09/24]
This class will teach the basics of opening and closing jump rings and the fundamentals for making chains. Intermediate students are welcome, and will be taught some harder patterns. Using precut rings prepared by the instructor, you will construct chains and jewelry pieces in the  basic  patterns for chain making. The process of winding, cutting and polishing rings will be demonstrated. Precut  rings will be available in copper and artistic wire. If you prefer sterling or gold-filled rings, you need to let the instructor know in advance so she can have wire available. This class will prepare you to recognize variations of patterns in publications, and help you understand instructions for them. The only tools you will need are two pairs of pliers: bent chain nose or flat nose. Bring your own if you have them, or there will be pliers for you to borrow or purchase if you do not. An OptiVISOR would be good if you have a hard time seeing. Lighting is good. Lab fee covers the cost of starters, practice rings and instructions for class projects. Materials cost will depend on the number of chains and rings you choose to make. The instructor will supply all wire for class. Basic kits will be available for sale and specialized kits can be made if you order them.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$30
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Kathy Morris

 

Chain I -  Janet & Joe Trosino
[07/23, 10/08]
This class will teach the basics of opening and closing jump rings and the fundamentals for making chains with unsoldered rings. Weaves will include,  but are not limited  to: wiggly, 2+2, box, flat box, Byzantine, European 4-in-1, parallel and, possibly, Japanese chainmaille. Precut rings, packaged in kits, will be available in artistic wire, copper, Argentium silver, aluminum and some limited gold-filled accent rings, if requested. The instructor will supply all wire. The process of winding, cutting and polishing rings will be demonstrated during the week. The only tools you will need are two pairs of jewelry pliers: bent nose or flat nose; bring your own or you may borrow from the instructor. An OptiVISOR or similar magnifying device will be helpful. Lab fee covers a notebook with tutorials, bead mat, jump ring opener, ruler and needle tool. Materials cost depends on  the number of chains (bracelets, necklaces or earrings) and metals selected.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$30
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $60+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Janet & Joe Trosino

 

Chain II -  Kathy Morris
[05/14, 10/15]
This class will begin with a review of some basic patterns, and then move into building on the skills you learned in the level one class. Kits with precut rings will be provided for practice. We will learn to inlay a design into  your chainmaille, as well as how to incorporate beads and crystals. Variations of each pattern will be discussed using examples form our display and small pattern designs within the chain. Some copper and enameled copper wire in jewel-tone  colors will be used to reduce the cost for those  of you who cut your own rings. Precut rings in sterling silver will also be available for purchase. If you prefer 14k gold­ filled, please let Kathy know prior to class. Your previous experience and requests will determine the patterns taught. These may include Jens Pind, dragonscale and GSG. Lab fee will help cover the cost of starters, practice rings and instructions for class projects. Materials cost depends on your choices of metals. The teacher will supply all wire for the class. If you want to bring your  own  beads  to incorporate into the chains, you may do so.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$30
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Kathy Morris

 

Chain II - Janet & Joe Trosino
[04/23, 07/30, 10/01]
Please read the description for beginning chain; no beginners please. We will review basic weaves, if needed, and continue from there with weaves selected individually by each student. This may include Celtic Visions,  GSG, Jens Pind, HP 4-in-1, dragonscale and many more. For those who wish to add beads and crystals to their chainmaille, you can choose more complex weaves,  such as Spine of the Centipede, Glass Caterpillar or Caged Jewels, and many others. Variations of each pattern will be discussed, as well. Precut rings will be available in colored enameled wire, copper, Argentium silver, some aluminum, neoprene rubber rings, square wire for certain weaves (in enameled copper, Argentium silver and some aluminum) and, if requested, some limited gold-filled accent rings. Lab fee covers a notebook with tutorials, bead mat, jump ring opener, ruler and needle tool. The instructor will supply all wire. Materials cost depends on number of chains and metals selected.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$35
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $60+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Janet & Joe Trosino

 

Chain Ill -  Nancy Brickner
With Torches
[06/18, 06/25]
This class teaches how to coil, cut, form and fuse links that you will stretch, forge and weave in to chain. We will work with fine silver, Argentium and sterling silver. The repetitive process with the torch helps build your torch skills. We will work the first two chains together. After these are  completed, you will have the choice of several chains kits. You can expect to finish five to seven chains. Lab fee includes instruction book, v block, and fuse board. The instructor will supply all tools needed, but you may bring your own pliers, jewelers saw and small torch (butane or propane) if you prefer. Please mark your tools before  coming to class. It is recommended that you have an OptiVISOR or magnifying glasses.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$40
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $150-250
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••CHAIN I OR WIRE I AND BEING COMFORTABLE USING A LITTLE TORCH


 

Chain Ill -  Roger Campbell
Mini and Micro [07/09, 08/13]
Micromaille is somewhat loosely defined as anything 22ga and smaller. Are you up for the challenge? This class will take you back over some old standard patterns and ad_d the more difficult and unusual patterns, but the path will be miniature. Learn how to miniaturize, as well as the importance of aspect ratio. Consider what will and what will not look good in miniature. We will also touch  on chainmaille inlay. An OptiVISOR or other magnification is required. Tools will be available for use, or you can bring your favorite tools. Precut rings for the kits will be made  from copper, enameled copper, bronze, titanium or other material selected by the instructor. Materials cost is estimated for non-precious metal kits. Optional precious metal kits may be ordered prior to class. Lab fee covers printed materials and expendable supplies.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$5
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $30-50
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CHAIN EXPERIENCE, NO BEGINNERS

 

Cold Connections  I -  Debora Mauser
Immersion Enameling [06/18]
Learn immersion enameling: a quick, easy and safe way to torch fire enamel. We will take our enameled beads and components and incorporate them in different col_d connection designs. You will learn how to use the hydraulic press to cut out pancake and silhouette dies. We will use basic metalsmithing skills, filing, dapping, sawing, riveting, tabs and more. If you have your own hand tools, please bring them. Lab fee includes use of enamels, beads, torches, two canisters of Mapp gas and metals for all projects. Debora will have additional tools and materials for sale as well.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$175
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Debora Mauser

 

Cold Connections  I -  Dione Outlaw
[07/16, 07/23]
This is a fun, contemporary jewelry making class combining wire, metals and beads to create unique pieces of jewelry. We will use techniques of cold connections, fold forming, hammering, stamping, texturing and wire sculpture to make earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. This fun class is  for beginners or experienced students. We will mostly be using copper metal and wire with occasional silver. Lab fee will include instructional material, all the wire and metal for our projects and some small beads. You can bring your own beads or purchase additional handmade lampwork beads from me.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$125
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Dione Outlaw

 

Cold Connections  I -  Janet Pace
Flame Painting on Copper [05/21]
In this class, we will work on copper, using an open torch flame to create precise pattern placement and colors and mastering the color progression caused by changes  in  flame temperature. We will use these techniques to create unique jewelry items including pendants, earrings and bracelets. All students will begin with copper stampings, but we will learn to fabricate original designs with cold connections and soldering techniques as the class progresses. Tools will be available for you to use in class; however, you are welcome to bring your own  metalworking tools if desired. Eye protection and closed-toe shoes required. Lab fee includes detailed instructions for planned projects; use of instructor's tools, solder and  sealants;  some sheet copper and wire; and materials for two pairs of earrings, three pendants and one bracelet.  Additional copper and materials will be available for purchase if desired.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$85
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0-50
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Janet Pace

 

Cold Connections  I -  Kim & Norm St. Jean
[04/23, 04/30, 08/27, 09/17]
Cold Connections is the process of using various materials as attachments to connect two or more pieces of metal together without using  bonding agents. You will learn how to make connections out of wire and tubing, as well as commercially available riveting materials. We will use prongs, tabs, hinges and tension sets to hold objects. You will spend time exploring design concepts incorporating stone setting, forming and sawing. A variety of texturing techniques will be introduced including hammers, design stamps, etching and the proper use of a rolling mill. You will experiment with various patina techniques to enhance the aesthetic appeal of you metals and learn how to seal the patina. Lab fee includes all materials, handouts, consumables, specific cabochons, some sterling components and supplies used throughout the week. Any additional cost incurred would be in the purchase of tools and materials that you may wish to purchase from the instructor to continue at home. We will use torches and hammers. All levels welcome. Questions are welcome via email  at: kim@kimstjean.com

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$195
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Kim & Norm St. Jean

 

Cold Connections II -  Kim & Norm St. Jean
Mixed Metals
[05/07, 07/09, 08/06, 09/03, 10/08]
In this class, you will learn how to use mixed metals such   as copper, brass, nickel and sterling silver. There will be a heavy emphasis on design. You will complete your designs using cold connections, soldering and brazing methods. We will explore techniques such as fold forming, texturing, traditional and creative stone setting, hinges and unconventional patinas. This will be a fast-paced class. Lab fee covers all base metals, handouts,  consumables,  specific cabochons and some sterling components. Additional sterling and cabs can be purchased. Any additional cost incurred would be in the purchase of tools and materials that you may wish to purchase from the instructor to continue at home. We will use torches and hammers. Questions are welcome via email at: kim@kimstjean.com

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$225
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Kim & Norm St. Jean

 

 

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