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Enameling  I -  Dianne Brooks
[07/02]
This medium marries glass with copper or fine silver, providing a range of design with color that can be as controlled or serendipitous as you want. Lead free enamels used will include opaque, transparent and watercolor. Basic techniques will include dry sifting and wet packing applications, sgraffito, stamping, creating textured surfaces with etching or roller printing for basse-taille, inclusions, kiln firing  and  safety.  Enameling  tools  and  supplies  will    be provided for your use. Lab fee will include handouts, enamels, supplies, tool usage and metals for five projects. Additional materials can be purchased from the instructor. A few basic metalworking tools will be available for use, but since our focus is on enamels and not metalworking, we will use mostly simple precut metal forms. You  may  also choose to bring some of your own metal pieces that you have etched, fold-formed, textured or even fired from precious metal clay (silver).
http://dianne-brooks.artistwebsites.com

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Enameling I - Renee Kelley
[04/23, 04/30, 05/28, 06/04]

Learn the basic skills of enameling and then be prepared to take it to the next level. You will start by enameling blanks while learning skills such as sifting, cloisonne (inlaid wire), sgraffito, enamel watercolors, etc. Next you will expand out and begin to cut your own shapes for bracelets, pendants and earrings. You should be able to complete a minimum of eight projects with time for more. Lab fee includes all materials, instruction manual, etc. needed to finish basic projects. There will be extra materials, project kits and tools available for purchase if desired.

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Enameling  I -  Samantha Lazzaro
[05/07, 05/21]
We will start by learning kiln and tool safety, as well as how to anneal, texture, and clean copper before enameling. We will then begin the basic enameling techniques. You will be given different copper shapes, copper sheet and wire to use for wet packing, sgraffito, watercolor paintings and other projects. There will be demos on additional techniques including enamel pendants with stones, liquid enamels, silver leaf and use of rubber stamps. More demos are possible depending on interest. Lab fee includes a class kit with all enamel colors, jewel lumps and enamel threads. Additional copper pieces, tools, findings and enamels will be available for purchase. Wednesday will be up to the class; Samantha will be there if you want to work, but you do not have to. If you want to work after dinner on Monday and Wednesday, she will also be available from 6:30 to 8:30. Friday morning will be reserved for finishing pieces, then, after lunch, you will be expected to help clean the classroom and learn the care and maintenance of all tools while making sure they are back where they belong. Any student who will be departing early must do this on Friday morning.

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Samantha Lazzaro

 

 

Enameling  I -  Christiana Tagliapietra
[04/09, 04/16, 09/17]

Come and discover how exciting enameling can be. No special skills are necessary, but a good sense of color helps. This is a busy class because we will try to cover as many different techniques as time allows. Students signing up for two consecutive weeks will get the attention required to advance in their favored technique. Lab fee will provide each student with enough materials to do at least five projects, and additional materials will be available for purchase. Please pay the lab fee and anything you purchase either in cash or by check

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Enameling II -  Dianne Brooks
[07/09]
Take your enameling skills to the next level. You will learn advanced techniques including cloisonne, champleve, plique-a-jour. The focus will be on using transparent, lead­ free enamels on silver. Good metal piercing and soldering skills will be required for some of these methods. We will fabricate some of the pieces to be enameled in class. We will also discuss various setting methods for your finished enamels. Enameling tools and supplies will be provided for your use. Lab fee will include handouts, enamels, supplies, tool usage and silver for three projects. Additional materials can be purchased from the instructor. You should bring an OptiVISOR and some of your favorite hand tools (files, jewelers saw and 7/0 blades). You may also choose to bring some of your own metal pieces that you have etched, fold-formed, textured or even fired from precious metal clay (silver). http://dianne-brooks.artistwebsites.com

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $75-80
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••PREREQUISITES:. SILVER I (SILVER SOLDERING AND PIERCING SKILLS) AND ENAMELING I (NOT JUST ENAMELING ON PMC)


 

Enameling II -  Samantha Lazzaro
[05/14]
We will start with a review of basic enameling techniques and then move into acid-etching copper, using etching as a texture, as a guide for watercolors or as a way to enamel parts and leave some bare copper to polish. You will be shown how to enamel vintage red brass pieces and how to test vintage pieces to see if they can be enameled. We will cover riveting enameled pieces together and making an enameled ring. Lab fee includes a class kit with all enamel colors, jewel lumps and enamel threads, as well as different copper shapes, copper sheet, wire and red brass pieces to use for the projects. Additional metal pieces, tools, findings and enamels will be available for purchase. Wednesday will be up to the class; Samantha will be there if you want to work, but you do not have to. If you want to work after dinner on Monday and Wednesday, she will also be available from 6:30 to 8:30. Friday morning will be reserved for finishing pieces, then, after lunch, you will be expected  to help clean the classroom and learn the care and maintenance of all tools while making sure they are back where they belong. Any student who will be departing early must do this on Friday morning.

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••ENAMELING I

Samantha Lazzaro

 

 

Enameling II - Christiana Tagliapietra
Cloisonne and Champleve SVP [09/24]
This class is dedicated to cloisonne and champleve, two quite labor-intensive techniques. You all have had a taste of cloisonne in previous classes; now we will refine the technique and get to know the enamels better. We will work over silver foil and use mostly transparent enamels. For champleve, we will deep-etch copper and then fill the cavities with opaque enamels. Lab fee includes everything needed to finish four projects and additional materials will  be available for purchase. Please pay the lab fee and anything you purchase either in cash or by check.

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Etching I - John Fetvedt
Electroetching In-Depth [04/30,  05/07,  09/17, 09/24]

Get in-depth knowledge and experience electroetching metal using simple equipment and safe electrochemical processes that can be set up easily and safely in your home studio; there are no caustic or highly dan_gerous chemicals and no dangerous gasses produced during the process. Etchings are easily repeatable by hol ing conditions constant, and several of the electrolyte solutions do not need to be refreshed. We will be using 1.5-volt batteries and 5-volt power supplies and salt, copper sulfate, and cupric nitrate as electrolytes. We will also cover a variety of resists including vinyl, PnP, toner transfer paper, paint pens, nail polish and more. These techniques may be used to etch copper, brass, bronze, nickel silver, aluminum and silver, depending on the electrolyte. It is recommended, but not required, that students bring a laptop computer or browse clip art resources on the web before class to find simple designs to bring to class. John will also have a variety of designs to choose from. A hydraulic pre s will be available for forming bracelets, pendants and earrings. Lab fee does not include metal, but does include all other materials. Students are encouraged to bring their own metal (20ga for bracelets and pendants, and 24ga for earrings). Limited quantities of copper sheet and shapes will be available for purchase. Visit John's website at: www.bijoux-de-terre.com

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John Fetvedt

 

 

Faceting  I -  Lance Andrus
[06/18, 06/25]
This course will give you the necessary skills to facet your first stone. Students will cut a simple hex shape in synthetic or natural quartz as their first stone. Techniques in wax dopping, stone transfer, lap maintenance and other techniques will be taught. Lab fee includes the manual, rough for two stones and an Ultralap polishing lap. Additional synthetic or natural rough will be available for purchase at additional cost. Students may bring in their own rough if they so choose; nothing harder than quartz, a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. Additional designs will be available for you to cut additional stones. You should bring an OptiVISOR or similar head mounted magnification device. Each student should be able to cut two stones over the course of the week. Be prepared to pay the lab fee in cash only please. Contact Lance at: sciteach_nc@yahoo.com

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Faceting I - Tom Mitchell
[04/23, 04/30, 07/09, 07/16, 08/06]
We will be learning the basics of gem faceting. This will include important terms and definitions, the parts of a faceting machine and other equipment, the parts of a_ cut stone, faceting designs and how to read  them  and thm s you need to know about gem rough before you begin faceting. Then, we will each cut at least one stone, although the average beginner can usually  complete  more.  When you are finished with this class, you will have a good foundation to move forward with your faceting endeavors. We will be working with synthetic materials and Ultratec machines. You will need an OptiVISOR or equivalent hands free magnifier with a magnification of at least four or five. Faceting is easy; all it takes is the ability to read and   follow directions and, perhaps, a bit of patience. Join us  for a week of fun and create your own treasure. Lab fee covers Tom's book on faceting, a Spectra Ultralap in paper protector, approximately twelve_ faceting diawams in pap r protector, one Post-it note, first stone (either synthetic quartz or helenite), a microfiber cloth, a mystery cloth and use of Tom's own new technology laps. Additional faceting rough will be available for purchase at a nominal cost.

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Faceting I -  Bill Roberts
[04/09, 04/16, 05/21, 05/28, 07/02, 10/22, 10/29]
You will learn the Meetpoint faceting method of stone cutting. All students will be supplied with three pieces of facet rough, an instruction book with ten different facet diagrams and a list of critical angles. We will  cover  choosing rough stone and orienting your stones in to get  the best color and maximum yield. The student should expect to learn and have a lot of fun at the same time. Lab fee covers all facet rough and instruction book. Lab fee  must be paid in cash only. Bill can be contacted at 404-556- 8322.

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Bill Roberts

 

 

Faceting  I -  Edward Trubenbach
[05/07, 09/10]                                                                             .
This class will be the beginning of your adventure into the faceting field. You will learn Meetpoint faceting using the book Introduction to Meetpoint Faceting. Your first stone will be the brilliant round. You will learn how to operate a faceting machine, how to dop a stone, how to transfer a stone and other techniques. You will be cutting stones with a seven or less Mohs scale rating. Students  will  be provided with two synthetic or natural quartz stones, polishing lap, handouts and the book lntro uction_ to Meetpoint Faceting. An OptiVISOR  (#7 or #10) 1s required. If you do not have one, you can borrow one  from  the School during your class, or they are available for purchase at the School store.

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Faceting I -  Randy Walker
[07/30]
Learn faceting from the beginning using the Meetpoint method, beginning with a round brilliant cut. Yo  can  choose from several different cuts after that. There will also be a discussion of computer aids to faceting such as GemCad and an angle conversion spreadsheet. You can email  Randy  at: lddavoc@aol.com

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Faceting II -  Lance Andrus
[07/23]                                                 .        .
Students  will move  beyond  what was taught in Faceting  I
with an introduction to the Meetpoint style of faceting. We will begin by cutting a standard round brilliant in synthetic quartz and then move to more complex Meetpoint des gns, (oval, trillion, emerald, marquis an pear). The emp as1s of this class is recognizing and making good meetpomts on your stones. You should expect to _cut at le<:1st two stones during the week. Lab fee covers printed designs, rough for two stones and a Spectra Ultralap, and is payable in cash only. Please bring an OptiVISOR  or similar  head-mounted magnification device. As familiarity is good, students are encouraged to bring their own faceting machine and laps. You may provide your own rough, but nothing harder than a seven on the Mohs scale of hardness. Students should have cut four or five stones without needing assistance; be prepared to share these stones on Sunday evening. Contact Lance at: sciteach_nc@yahoo.com

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PREREQUISITES:FACETING I OR COMPARABLE EXPERIENCE, HAVE CUT FOUR OR FIVE STONES WITHOUT NEEDING ASSISTANCE

 

Faceting II -Tom Mitchell
[08/13]
We will be cutting medium to difficult designs as we learn how to evaluate designs, choose a design to suit your stone and customize a design to make it your own. We will  discuss how to re-order cuts, how to change the refractive index of the design and the use of design resources such  as GemCad and GemRay, as well as resources for evaluating and pricing your finished stones. We will also cover the evaluation and preparation of natural rough for cutting, polishing techniques, the cutting of designs with frosted facets and the latest polishing lap technology including the differences between various oxide  polishes and diamond polishes. Bring your laptop computer and, if you have one and would like to use it, your own faceting machine. School faceting machines will be available if needed; William Holland does not provide laptops. If you want to cut material harder than 7 on the Mohs scale, you will need to use your own laps. Lab fee covers Tom's book on faceting, a Spectra Ultralap in paper protector, approximately twelve faceting diagrams in paper protector, one Post-it note, first stone (either synthetic quartz or helenite), a microfiber cloth, a mystery cloth and use  of Tom's own new technology laps.

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PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••FACETING I OR EXPERIENCE CUTTING 10+ STONES

 

Gem  Identification I -  Scott Forward PG
[04/16, 09/24]
This class utilizes all of the important gemological tools, such as microscopes, refractometers, polariscopes, dichroscopes, heavy liquids and ultraviolet light. You will leave the class knowing how to identify gemstones of all kinds. Equipment will be provided with an  option  for students to bring their own. Lab fee covers notebook, handouts, color copies and miscellaneous supplies.

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Gem Identification I -  Kathryn  Kinev GG FGA  BFA
[04/23, 08/20]
This class will teach a hands-on approach to gem identification. We will learn to identify faceted gem  materials. All the information given is based on GIA and Gem-A education. We will learn to use the microscope, refractometer, polariscope, loupe, dichroscope, ultraviolet light and spectroscope to identify gemstones. All equipment will be provided in the classroom. You will learn about the physical and chemical properties of gemstones and test each stone available for the class to use; there will be hundreds of gemstones available to see and test. We will learn about every gemstone and crystal system, their physical and chemical characteristics, inclusions and the origin of gemstones. Presentations are given by AV and, to provide maximum attention to each student's learning process,  only six students  will be accepted  to each   class.Lab fee includes a high-quality Hastings Triplet Loupe, a GIA Diamond Stone cloth and a booklet of color handouts on gemstones, terms and useful information for  identification of gemstones.

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Gem Trees I -  Jerri Heer
Making and Design [04/16, 06/04, 07/16, 08/20]
This class will start with the basic skills of gem tree making, and graduate to an exploration of multiple styles and advanced design of truly beautiful and species-specific trees. We will discuss and study a variety of construction methods, as well as how to plan and create our own patterns from nature. Lab fee includes wire, leaf stones, bases and materials to make at least one small basic tree, one medium tree and one large tree. All instructions, patterns, tools and materials for those three trees will be included. A large variety of additional gemstone wire, leaf and base materials will be available for purchase.

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Jerri Heer

 

Glass Fusing I -  Janet Corn
[05/28, 06/04, 06/25, 07/02, 07/30, 08/20, 08/27]
You will learn about the different types of kilns, temperatures and kinds of glass used in glass fusing. You can end up with beautiful pieces of glass to make into jewelry as pendants, pins, earrings, belt buckles and many other things. We will use 90 COE glass in many colors along with dichroic glass, which is very colorful. You will cut, stack and fire your own pieces. Tools will be furnished to use in class, along with a booklet of information on fusing and a space to make your notes. You will have examples of the different things we will be doing, such as windows, decals, raking, channels for chain and more. Kits for the different projects will be available for purchase, as well as additional supplies. Lab fee covers instruction book, stringers, frit, confetti, Bullseye shelf paper, alcohol and various other incidental supplies.

LAB FEE:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$95
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100-225+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Glass Fusing I -  Addy De Pietro
[07/16, 07/23, 09/03, 09/10]
This class is useful to the beginner and the intermediate student. We will cover the simple rules of glass coefficients; as well as the use of different types of glass such as frits, stringers, noodles and confetti. We will thoroughly discuss the different kilns and kiln temperatures used for all projects. We will begin with basic fusing, "Addy Opals", windows, decals, millefiori earrings and etching, ending up with embossing and hot manipulation (raking). You will use copper and fine silver to make bails and nichrome wire. You will also make channels in the jewelry nuggets for chains or leather. Each step will be covered using premade kits designed to build confidence in firing and producing jewelry quality pieces through a step-by­ step process. Lab fee includes shelf paper, frits, confetti noodles, stringers, bail making materials, etching materials, copper foils, materials to make a decal pieces, stamped millefiori for earrings and a base for a raked piece, as well as a kit with materials to make three Addy opals, three windows and a bag of glass pieces to make the first shelf of nuggets. Addy will have a huge variety of dichroic glass as well, for you to purchase for additional projects or to bring home. You can reach her at: mysticalmelts@aol.com

LAB FEE:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$105
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Addy De Pietro

 

Glass Fusing II -  Julia Larson
[04/09, 04/16, 09/17, 09/24, 10/15, 10/22]
This class will focus on advanced fusing and design techniques, including creating original, unique glass;  layering dichroic glass and decals; and using everyday objects to achieve special effects. We will create a number of projects; however, this class will not be focused on production. Due to an industry-wide increase in the cost of fusible glass, the unavailability of some colors and the loss of a major industry supplier, the lab fee has increased for 2017. Lab fee includes all glass and supplies, but you  should bring your own tools.

LAB FEE:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$130
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:.BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF GLASS CUTTING, GLASS FUSING AND KILN FUNCTIONS

 

 

 

 

 

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