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Scrimshaw  I -  Rich Williams
[04/09, 04/16, 10/22, 10/29]
Learn scrimshaw and have fun as you progress from simple designs to gift-quality items. We will cover project design and presentation, line cutting, stippling, applying color, laws and identification of ivories, as well as the sourcing and preparation of working materials. Drawing skills are not a prerequisite, though patience is a plus. We will cover all drawing, shading and perspective required for your projects. All material is in compliance with federal laws. You can expect to work on materials such as fossil mammoth ivory, vegetable ivory (tagua nut), horn, antler, bone, Micarta and artificial ivory. You will need an OptiVISOR (#5 or #7 lens), a bottle of rubber cement, a hand towel, a roll of masking tape and a clean cotton cloth (an old T-shirt is great).Your class kit, which you keep, includes working material for five projects, and all required tools and support material such as patterns, reproduction capabilities, inks and wood veneer. Materials cost for first time students are between $120 and $130 depending on the market prices of materials at the time. Repeat students are welcome. Additional material and tools will be available for purchase. Please address any questions to: richinmich53@aol.com

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$0
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $120-130+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Rich Williams

 

Silver I -  Nancy English
[04/30, 05/07, 08/06, 08/13]

This class will introduce shop safety, tools, sawing techniques, solder, soldering and hammering for design. Students will learn closed and open-back techniques for jewelry design. Each student will have the opportunity to create four to seven items (ring, pendant and bracelet). Creativity is encouraged. Silver and cabochons will be available for purchase at market value. Lab fee covers solder, saw blades, select pieces of sterling silver for assigned projects, education materials and other items. Other silver will be available for sale at current market prices. Bring your favorite tools. An OptiVISOR is required.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $150-350
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Silver I - Gail Ferguson
[05/28, 07/23, 09/03]
If you are looking to learn the basics of metalsmithing, this  is the class for you. This class will take you from beginner   to master metalsmith. Some skills covered include shop safety, tool use, sawing techniques, stone setting and polishing. Bring your tools, if you have them; what you do not have, the School will provide. Projects will include a  ring, pendent and a bracelet. Lab fee includes solder brick, files, flux, saw blades, detailed instructor handout and practice copper parts for soldering. Silver, copper and  stones will be available for purchase at market value.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$60
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $50-200
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Silver I -  Marji Ferrell
[05/21, 07/16, 08/27]
Let Marji start you on your journey into the wonderful world of metalsmithing. During your week together, she will introduce you to safety in the studio and help you get to know the tools, learn how to saw metal, use a torch, solder, fabricate, and bring to fruition a piece of jewelry that you have designed. This class is ideal for those with little experience, or those who have been away from the bench for a while and want to rekindle the creative fire. Three projects will be completed to reinforce basic silver techniques; subsequent projects will depend on your ability and time. Individual creativity will be encouraged. Lab fee includes a cabochon for the first project, educational materials, saw blades, solder and other expendable materials. Silver and cabochons will be available for purchase at market value. If you have your own tools, silver or stones, you may bring them with you. An OptiVISOR is invaluable and is strongly recommended.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$50
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100-200
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Marji Ferrell

 

Silver I - Barbara  Fields
[04/23, 05/14]
Basic safety and proper use of the tools and torch will be covered on Sunday evening. Then, on Monday, we will start with a bracelet that will be finished by lunch. Projects  include a closed-back pendant, an open-back pendant and   a ring. After being able to conquer the basics, we will move on to other planned projects, or work on your own ideas. If you have your own cabochons, go ahead and bring them. The School supplies all required tools, and the instructor supplies a variety of other items that will help make the  class a success. The instructor will have a variety of silver materials that should accommodate our projects for the week,  and  an assortment  of cabochons  for  you to buy   if needed. Stones will be priced according to the type of material and their size; silver will be based on the current market price and type of material. Materials costs will depend on what you use during class or purchase for home use. Lab fee covers all expendable items (solder, flux, saw blades), printed materials and a kit containing a solder pick, paintbrushes for flux, wet/dry sandpaper and other items for you to keep.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$40
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $150-350
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Silver I - Pat Lillie
[04/09, 06/04, 07/02, 09/10, 10/01]
This class will introduce studio safety, proper tool use, sawing and filing techniques, torch use and soldering  styles, as well as hammering, shaping  and  different finishing techniques for your jewelry pieces. You will have the opportunity to explore your own designs and creativity while making several projects including a ring with cabochon, a pendant, a bracelet and a pair of earrings.  Each of these projects is designed to give you strong experience in fabricating with sterling silver wire and sheet. Additional projects will be available, time and individual progress permitting. Kits for each project will be provided. William Holland provides each student  with a torch setup, as well as basic hand tool kits; however, please feel free to bring along your own favorite hand tools or sanding and finishing wheels. An OptiVISOR is highly recommended. Closed-toe shoes required. Lab fee includes project  tutorials, project pads, marking equipment, saw blades, wax and sanding, filing and finishing tips, as well as all solder, flux, finishing polishes, patinas and use of polishing wheels and texture plates.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$65
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $150-250
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Silver I - Rebecca McNairy
Non-Traditional Spoon Jewelry [05/21]
This class is for beginners and old timers alike. Learn to upcycle your old sterling silver flatware into wearable jewelry. This class will cover traditional and non-traditional spoon jewelry techniques. Sterling silver flatware will be available for sale. Materials cost will depend on price of material at time of class. (No silver plate or stainless  flatware allowed for use in this class. Instructor will show how to identify the difference between them.) OptiVISOR is recommended; safety glasses are required if not wearing  an OptiVISOR. Lab fee covers solder, flux, saw blades and other basic materials necessary for class.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$95
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $150+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Silver I -  Vaughn Millner & Debra  Cobia
[07/09]
Students will be introduced to the art of silver jewelry  making using a torch, flex shaft and a variety of hand tools. From demonstrations, detailed written instructions and personal attention, you will learn how to design, saw, form, texture, solder, file and polish sterling silver. In addition, you will learn depletion gilding, bezel making and stone setting, as well as exploring jewelry design while learning safety techniques, tool use, simple fabrication and surface applications through step-by-step projects. From instructor­ led projects, you will design and fabricate an assortment of jewelry pieces including a pendant, ring and bracelet. Lab fee includes solder, flux, saw blades, finishing wheels    and handouts. Tools are provided, but you may bring your own. For the selected projects, a kit will be provided that includes all materials needed, including metals. The cost of the kit  will be determined by current market prices, but will not exceed a total of $250. Students may bring their own flat and round-shaped gemstones or purchase them from instructors. OptiVISOR and safety glasses are suggested. Closed-toes shoes are required.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$30
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $150-250
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Silver I - Judy Peppers
Wire and Fire [05/28, 07/30]
Wire, fire, daps, punches, hammers and fusing all in one class. Learn a variety of techniques, clasps, closures, bead caps, ear wires and other components to use in your jewelry designs. Finish your pieces with components you have made rather than purchased. This is a design class and will include some finished pieces, not just parts. This is a fast-paced, fun class sure to enhance skills you already know, or want to learn, without the pressure of trying to keep up or produce. This class is a learning experience in a noncompetitive exploration of metal. Silver, copper, silver­ filled and gold-filled wire and sheet will be used; bring your own or purchase from the instructor. Lab fee includes everything needed for making all items in copper. Silver will be available for purchase at market prices. You may send questions directly to Judy at: peppersjudy1@gmail.com

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$90
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0-150
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Judy Peppers

 

Silver I -  Vickie Prillaman
[4/16, 08/20]
This class is open to beginners, and those who may need  to refresh their skills, in the basics of working with sterling and fine silver sheet and wire. We will cover which tools are required to start making jewelry and their proper use in sawing, filing, soldering, and polishing silver, as well  as basic stone setting. We will also learn where to get ideas for future projects. Some projects you will make include a ring with a setting for a cabochon, a pendant with a  stone  setting and a bracelet. Depending on  your  abilities,  you may have time to make more items. Vickie will have kits for each project, and tools will be provided in the classroom; however, you may bring your own tools if you have them. Closed-toe shoes are mandatory and you should  bring a pair of safety glasses; aprons are optional, but suggested, and, depending on your vision, you may want to bring an OptiVISOR. Lab fee covers cost of handouts, flux, solder, saw blades and the use of other accessories needed to complete assigned projects. Stones and some tools will be available for purchase.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$70
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $185-250
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Vickie Prillaman

 

Silver I - Jim  Richardson
Soldering Intensive [06/18]
This class will emphasize the fundamentals of soldering: how solder works and why. We will cover other aspects of basic silversmithing such as piercing with a saw  and  drill, as well as filing and finishing. The focus, however, will be to develop a thorough understanding of the process  of soldering silver and copper. Through a series of projects,  we will explore different methods of soldering and find the approach  that  best  suits  your  style.  You  may  expect  to make rings, a pendant and a pin in this informative and instructional class. Lab fee includes all materials necessary for the basic exercises (both copper and silver), solder, flux and use of the instructor's tools.

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

Jim Richardson

 

Silver I -  Robert "Doc" Tompson
[09/17, 09/24]
This class is designed for the beginning student and stresses metal forming, sawing, shaping, soldering and finishing. The class will have three projects: a soldered chain, a ring and a pendent. A kit will be provided with all of the materials needed for these projects. The cost of the kit will depend on market prices when material is obtained. If a student finishes these projects, materials  will be available for purchase for an additional project of their desire.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$0
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $120+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Robert "Doc" Tompson

 

Silver II - Chuck Bruce & Micah Kirby
Inlay
[06/18, 08/13, 10/15]
You will construct an inlay pendant, a box ring and, depending on student choice, an inlay cuff. You can bring basic silver tools and pocketknife or scribe. Most tools needed will be provided. You need to bring, or purchase in class, two or three rock slabs of similar hardness that can be combined for inlay. Pattern stones do very well with plain colored stone. Expect waste rock. Lab fee includes sterling silver for the first two projects, Prips flux, silver wire solder, saw blades, glues for inlay, stabilizer glues, dust masks, 3M and black Cratex wheels on Dremel points, green scrubby, pencil , disposable goods and some banding stones and wood.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$150
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100-300
PREREQUISITES:CABOCHONS I (CALIBRATIONS AND SHAPES), SILVER I AND SILVER II

 

Silver II -  Nancy English
[07/30]
This class is for students who wish to continue adding  to their knowledge of metalsmithing. You will make four to seven items. Silver and cabochons will be available for purchase at market value. We will use open and closed­ back techniques for design. Nancy encourages creativity. Lab fee covers solder, saw blades, select pieces of sterling silver for assigned projects, education materials and other items. Other silver will be available for sale at current  market prices.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $150-400
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••2 SILVER I CLASSES

Nancy English

 

Silver II -  Marji Ferrell
Setting Unusually Shaped Stones
[09/17]
Marji will challenge you to expand your stone setting skills  by learning to design, fabricate and set large or unusually shaped stones. We will explore techniques such as bezel sculpting, tab setting, basket setting and fabricated prong setting. Students should have good fabrication skills. You are invited to bring your own tools, stones and silver; these items will also be available from the instructor. An OptiVISOR and closed-toe shoes are a must. Lab fee includes stone for the first project and  consumable  materials such as solder, chemicals, saw blades, etc.  Please bring your enthusiasm and join us for a fun filled week of jewelry making.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$65
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100-200
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••TWO SILVER I CLASSES

Marji Ferrell

 

Silver II -  Micah Kirby
Wood Inlay
[06/25]
For our first two projects, we will construct a wood inlay box pendent and a wood spinner ring. The third project will be  up to you: a wood inlay pendant, inlay cuff or an inlay belt buckle. You can bring basic silver tools; however most tools will be provided. It is highly suggested to bring different woods to combine for Inlay. Hardwoods and exotic scraps work great. Lab fee covers sterling silver and wood for the first two projects, Pripps flux, silver wire solder, glue  for inlay, stabilizer, dust masks, 3M and black Cratex wheels  on Dremel points, green scrubby, pencil and disposable goods, as well as some woods and banding silver.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$150
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100-300
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• SILVER I & SILVER II

 

Silver II -  Betsy Lehndorff
Pearl Carving
(O4/23)

This class will introduce you to an emerging new technique that will have an impact on the lapidary arts. With advances in freshwater pearl farming, and the availability of dental grade diamond burs, it is now possible to carve tremendous detail into these gems. The first goal for this class will be break down the heavily marketed concept of preciousness,  so that you can feel more freedom to experiment, fail a  discover. Then, you will learn the step-by-step process of carving patterns, starting with simple, geometric  shapes, and moving on to curves and twists. You will also solder simple findings out of sterling silver wire and casting shot. Lab fee covers dental-grade burs, ten white and ten silicone polishing points, ten bud-shaped felt buffs, optical grade cerium oxide, ten freshwater pearls, eighteen inches of sterling silver bead chain with snap clasp,  sterling  wire  and  casting  shot,  silver,  fine  black  Sharpie,  toothbrush,  small bowl for water, dust mask, and illustrated class notes Extra pearls and other materials  will  be  available  for        

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$120
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $20+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••PREREQUISITES:SILVER I OR EQUIVALENT EXPERIENCE, EXPERIENCE WITH FLEX SHAFT OR DREMEL HELPFUL BUT NOT NECESSARY

 

Silver II -  Rebecca McNairy
Piercing and Settings
[08/27]
Learn to love your jeweler's saw. This class focuses on further developing tool skills learned in Silver I. The proper use and manipulation of tools and materials is very important   for   a   jeweler   dedicating   themselves   to  the

profession whether as a hobby, or for employment. In this class, you will learn piercing and alternate stone setting techniques that will include setting faceted stones. Material will be available for purchase during the class. We will be working mostly in sterling silver. OptiVISOR is recommended. Safety glasses are required if not wearing an OptiVISOR. Lab fee covers solder, flux, saw blades and other basic materials necessary for class.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$150
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $200+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• SILVER I

 

Silver II - Vaughn Millner& Debra Cobia
[07/16, 09/03]
The focus of this class is on advancing basic design and fabrication skills developed in Silver I to create more complex and refined jewelry. Projects will be guided; however, students are encouraged to use the projects to design and fabricate pieces of jewelry that reflect their personal aesthetic. Advanced skills such as making hinges and clasps, alternative stone setting techniques, and a variety of surface techniques will be explored. Students may expect to complete four projects. Please bring your own tools, stones you wish to use in your designs, and magnifier of your choice. Closed-toed shoes, long pants, and shop apron or other covering are required. Lab fee covers incidentals such as solder, flux, finishing products, etc., as well as use of specialty tools provided by instructors. Metals for each project will be sold at the current market rate for sterling silver. Please note that metal prices fluctuate, so the cost of project kits may be slightly more or less. Samples of instructor work are available at: http://debracobia.comand http://vaughnmillner.com

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$45
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $200-250
PREREQUISITES:••••••••PREREQUISITES:TWO SILVER I CLASSES (OR PERMISSION FROM INSTRUCTOR) AND GOOD GRASP OF FABRICATION TECHNIQUES, STUDIO SAFETY, AND SOLDERING

 

Silver II -  Edward Price
Advanced stone Setting
[08/20]

This class will cover the theory and techniques involved in  setting various-shape stones, from cabochons to the many cuts of faceted stones (rounds,  ovals,  marquise,  pears, etc.). This is not a production  class, but you will have the    opportunity to finish some jewelry projects. You may bring your own tools (OptiVISOR, tweezers, solder pick,  pliers, saw frame  and blades,  safety  glasses,  and  stone setting  bits). Mr. Price  will have  some  supplies  for sell.  Lab  fee  must  be  paid  in  cash,  and  includes  one  cabochon  with  setting, one round brilliant  with setting and one marquise  with setting. You will have the option  to  use  stones  and  metal  of  higher  value,  and  will  be  charged  accordingly. Materials cost will be calculated before Friday morning. You can contact Mr. Price via email  at: rocksinthehead2002@yahoo.com

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $50-300
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• STRONG, CURRENT SOLDERING SKILLS

 

Silver II - Vickie Prillaman
Fused Textures
[09/10]
In this class, we will be working with 28ga and 30ga sterling silver sheet and wires. You will learn how to shape and fold the metal, and then fuse it using a charcoal block and Batterns flux to create even more texture. We will also explore the different results of fusing with and without flux, how  to change  the results  of fusing  by  rolling  the   metal through a mill (both with and without texture  templates),  and how to roll print the metal before fusing. There will be several projects to make from your fused metal sheets including rings, bracelets, earrings or pendants; you will decide what to make. Think of looking down on the earth, or a bird's eye view of it, to get some ideas for shapes and designs. This class really uses your imagination. Lab fee covers handouts, solder, flux, sawblades, and other accessories, as well as use of brass templates for  the  rolling mill. The instructor will have charcoal blocks and kits containing all necessary silver available for sale in class. If you have some 18k or 22k yellow gold you would like to incorporate into your designs, feel free to bring  it. If you have any questions, you can call Vicky at 770-265-7879.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $180-250
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• GOOD SOLDERING SKILLS & A VIVID IMAGINATION.

Vickie Prillaman

 

Silver II - Vickie Prillaman
Southwest Style
[05/14, 09/24]
This class will focus on Southwestern style jewelry. We will discuss the styles and differences between the Hopi, Navaho, and Zuni and other tribes. You will learn how to make several sizes of feather, flower, gecko and other common Southwest symbols. We will make our own appliques to add to pieces of jewelry, whether  they  are rings, bracelets, pendants or earrings, and use stamps to make designs in the metal. Our projects will include an overlay design in the Hopi style to be used in a pendant or bracelet, a shadowbox ring or pendant and, if time allows, other projects. The lab fee covers cost of handouts, solder, flux, sawblades and the use of stamps and of other accessories to complete projects. You may bring your own stones. The instructor will have stones available for purchase. If you have any questions, you can call Vickie at 770-265-7879.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $190-270
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• GOOD SOLDERING & SAWING SKILLS

Vickie Prillaman

 

Silver II - Vickie Prillaman
Hydraulic Press
[06/04]
This class will demonstrate new ways to make jewelry and art objects using a hydraulic press and a twenty-ton hydraulic jack. We will use urethane pads, as well  as  matrix, embossing and blanking dies to make pieces, then combine them into jewelry or art objects. Blanking dies cut the metal, matrix dies puff it and embossing dies make an impression, as in repousse. We will cover making  a blanking die so you can make multiples without having to saw each piece one-by-one, and go over the design of the die, proper layout, sawing of the tool steel and use of the hydraulic press. We will also make matrix and embossing dies using proper design layouts and practice using them alone or together. Copper will be used for our sample pieces. Vickie will have copper, silver, brass, Plexiglas and tool steel available for purchase. A list of basic and special tools required for this class will be provided to registered students and it will be your responsibility to purchase these before class. If enough students wish, Vickie will purchase them as a lot so that everyone saves on shipping. Lab fee includes materials for one matrix and one embossing die, and enough copper to make at least two samples. Blanking dies from Sheltec will be available for sale as well.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$190
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100-170
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• SILVER I

Vickie Prillaman

 

Silver II - Vickie Prillaman
Reticulation, Granulation and Tube Setting
[08/06]
This class will cover how to reticulate sterling silver and reticulation silver. We will discuss the differences between these materials, and the results of using each one. We will practice reticulation using both materials, and make  our own granules using fine silver wire, covering how to fuse them to the reticulated silver creating some planned, and some unplanned, designs. We will also make sterling silver wanules and fuse them to sterling silver, covering the differences between the techniques. Additionally, we will make our own setting tool to set 3mm stones, incorporate tube settings onto the reticulated metals and learn how to set stones into the tubing. Lab fee covers cost of handouts, flux, solder, sawblades, brass rod for making the setting  tool and use of other accessories needed to complete assigned projects (including required tools). If you have any questions, you can contact Vickie directly at 770-265-7879.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$80
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $190-270
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• TORCH CONROL SKILLS

Vickie Prillaman

 

Silver II - Jim Richardson
Fold Forming, Anticlastic and Synclastic Raising
[04/30, 08/20]
This class will focus on the different  ways to form metal.  We will energetically explore the plastic nature of the material by stretching, compressing and using a variety of techniques such as fold forming, anticlastic raising and synclastic raising, along with the use of stakes, hammers and a variety of traditional forming methods. This is a fun class where forms spark inspiration and ideas spring forth  as fast as you can hammer them into being. For the sake of economy, we will be using copper for most of the exercises, though some silver will be available from the instructor. The idea of this class is to give you a vocabulary of forms and techniques to enrich your jewelry making experience. You will leave this class with an armful of copper sketches to augment your creativity. Although not a production class,  the opportunity exists to complete several  jewelry  items. Lab fee includes all of the copper needed for the class exercises, solder, flux and use of the instructor's tools.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$175
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••SILVER I 0R INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION

Jim Richardson

 

Silver II - Jim Richardson
Reclaimed Silver
[09/03]

If you have a stash of silver scrap that you were waiting to return to the refiner, this class is for you; save money and time by learning to reclaim and recycle it yourself. Students will be taught to recycle their own silver by making small ingots at the jeweler's bench along with several other methods of ingot pouring. We will then use hammer forging and the rolling mill to form sheet and wire. The main emphasis is on material production, but you will have the opportunity to make many jewelry items using your processed silver during class. Eye protection, ability to use  a hammer and a healthy dose of common sense are required in this fast-moving and informative class. Lab fee includes fluxes and use of crucibles needed to melt silver  as well as alloy and solder if necessary.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$195
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••TWO OR MORE SILVER I CLASSES, WORKING EXPERIENCE WITH SAWING SILVER

Jim Richardson

 

Silver II -  Shannon Stafford
Filigree
[05/21, 05/28, 10/08, 10/15]
You will learn the basic techniques of producing beautiful openwork Russian filigree jewelry. The first few exercises  will teach you how to make the special filigree wire from 24ga fine silver wire, as well as  covering  frame construction and various soldering  techniques.  Students  will then be free to design their own frames  or  use examples of finished work provided by the instructor. Help, and individual instructions, will  be given as needed. You  will complete between two and five additional projects. Please feel free to bring your own 24ga fine  silver  wire, 18ga sterling round wire and any stones to embellish your pieces. You are encouraged to bring your own jewelry making tools. An OptiVISOR  is  strongly  recommended. Lab fee includes powder filigree solder, sheet solder, flux, polishing wheels and handouts.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $70-150
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••TWO SILVER I CLASSES, PROFICIENCY IN SOLDERING

 

Silver Ill - Chuck Bruce& Micah Kirby
Advanced Inlay [06/25, 08/20, 10/22]
You will construct a three-part hinged inlay pendant with piercing or raised rocks. After that, your projects are up to you. We will explore raised stone sections {pillow inlay), Gallery side wires, back plate piercing with design so Inlay shows thru, back plate texturing, roller or acid printing and open-back construction with inlayed stone, as well as extended back plate on sides with stamping, chiseling, granulation or wirework. We will also cover  inlay  with  stone, wood or wire inlayed  into  stone,  or  wood  inlayed into metal and stone, or inlaying wood or wire into wood. This is a class about creating art; it is based on the work of Charles Loloma. Most necessary tools will  be  provided.  You can bring basic silver tools and pocketknife or scribe. You need to bring rocks that are of similar hardness that  can be combined for inlay. Expect waste rock. Lab fee covers sterling silver for the first project, Prips flux, silver  wire solder, glues, stabilizer, saw blades, dust masks, 3M and black Cratex wheels on Dremel points, green scrubby, pencil, disposable goods and some banding stones and wood.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$150
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100-300
PREREQUISITES:CABOCHONS I (CALIBRATION AND SHAPES}, SILVER I, SILVER II, SILVER II: INLAY

 

Silver Ill -  Nancy English

Boxes,Boxes,Boxes

[10/29]
This class will explore the construction  of boxes whether  for jewelry, trinket or both. We will use sterling  silver  with fine silver for bezels applied as required by the  design. Basic construction will  be  taught.  Students  are encouraged to bring their favorite tools, although tools will be provided by the School, as usual. Good soldering skills and good eyesight are required. Lab fee  covers  solder, saw blades, select pieces of sterling silver for assigned projects, education materials and other items. Additional silver will be available for sale at current market  prices.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $175-300
PREREQUISITES: TWO SILVER I CLASSES, SILVER II

 

Silver Ill -  Nancy English
Filigree [09/17]
This course is an introduction to Russian and Norwegian filigree. Students will learn to make fine silver filigree wire to use in their designs. Knowledge of soldering, shop safety and jewelry polishing is a must. Projects will be selected by the instructor with consideration for student design. Four or more projects ranging from $15 to $60 may be completed. The lab fee includes solder, flux, Cratex wheels and handouts. Tools are provided, but you may bring your favorite tools. Fine silver, .999 silver and .925 sterling silver are used in this class. Current market value for silver will effect materials cost.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $150-350
PREREQUISITES: TWO SILVER I CLASSES

 

Silver Ill -  Nancy English

Southwest

[07/23, 10/22]
Learn the art of overlay design, stamping design and use of turquoise in designing jewelry. Tools are provided, but you may bring your favorites. Design is important; bring your drawings. Lab fee covers solder, saw blades, select pieces of sterling silver for assigned projects, education materials and other items. Additional silver will be available for sale at current market prices.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $200-300
PREREQUISITES: - SILVER I & SILVER II

 

Silver 111- Case Leeser
Filigree [06/18]
This class is a fun and intense soldering experience for those who love the delicate yet complex beauty of filigree. We will discuss frameworks, filling techniques, standard shapes and design. All students will complete one selected framed pendant piece, after which projects  will  be  up to you. Lab fee includes materials for the one assigned  project, as well as a workbook full of patterns and ideas for successful filigree work with lots of tips and techniques. Materials for the remainder of the week will be available from the instructor, including silver, stone  mountings, stones, cabochons, clasps, finding and chains. You may plan to complete five or more pieces.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$75
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $150-250
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••SILVER I & SILVER II (OR EQUIVALENT) AND CURRENT PROFICIENCY IN SOLDERING

 

Silver Ill -  Jim Richardson
Boxes
[07/30]
This class will include instruction in making at least two different types of boxes: square or rectangular and oval or round. We will also investigate hinge and latch construction to give a fundamental understanding of the container as an art form. Work will be mostly in sterling with material available from the instructor. You will have the opportunity  to utilize gemstones available from the instructor, or from your own collection. This class requires good eyesight and the ability to work precisely. Students should bring their favorite tools; however, the School will supply standard kits as well. Lab fee includes drill bits, solder, flux, sawblades and use of the instructor's tools.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$195
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $50-100
PREREQUISITES: - TWO SILVER II CLASSES

Jim Richardson

 

Silver Ill -  Jim Richardson
Rings
[04/23, 08/06, 10/22]
In this class, we will construct several rings of increasing complexity. These  projects are designed  to build your skill in design and fabrication while revealing some of the most popular solutions to issues in ring construction. Most  of these rings will include gemstones in a variety of settings. We will be working primarily in sterling silver. Sterling and stones will be available from the instructor;  however, students may bring their own silver and are encouraged to provide their own stones. You may choose to bring your  own gold for accents, as well, though this is not a class to learn how to work in gold. Students should bring their own magnification and tools, although some are available from the School. Good eyesight and ability to work under magnification are essential, as are steady hands, depth perception and manual dexterity. Good soldering skills are also required. Lab fee includes solder, saw blades, drill bits, flux and the instructor's designs.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$250
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES: - TWO SILVER II CLASSES

Jim Richardson

 

Silver Ill - Jim Richardson
Stone Setting
[05/07, 09/10, 10/29]

The practice of setting gemstones can range from simple to complex. In this class, we will cover many of the popular setting types, including flush, bead, tube, bezel and prong. We will construct most of our settings from sheet and wire  to enable you to work beyond the conventionally available commercial settings. This class is not about making finished jewelry, focusing instead on the art of setting gemstones using different methods. Good eyesight and soldering skills are a must, along with hand-eye coordination. Please bring a 7x or 1Ox OptiVISOR, or some other equivalent magnifier. Students are encouraged to bring their own stones for  some mountings, although all materials are provided.  Lab fee includes silver, drill bits, solder, flux, synthetic  gemstones and use of instructor's tools.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$290
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES: - TWO SILVER II CLASSES OR INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION

Jim Richardson

 

Silver Ill -  David Wayment
Channel Inlay [06/04, 10/01]
Channel Inlay combines a soldered silver grid with carefully fitted, shaped pieces of stone. Students will fabricate  a silver grid of their own design, or use provided patterns, to create pins, pendants, bolo ties or belt buckles. Stones of similar hardness will be used in the projects. Combining silver and lapidary techniques makes this a challenging class; lapidary skills are helpful but not required. Students should bring their own silver tools and an assortment of slabs. OptiVISOR or other magnification is strongly recommended. Lab fee covers a solder brick, solder, flux, stamp pad, epoxy, an extra-long solder pick, handouts and patterns. Silver and slabs will be available for purchase. If you have any questions about the course, you can contact David  at:  aastainedglass@bellsouth.net

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$50
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100-300
PREREQUISITES:.TWO OR MORE SILVER COURSES (GOOD CURRENT SOLDERING EXPERIENCE), STONE CUTTING EXPERIENCE (SUCH AS CABOCHONS) HELPFUL BUT NOT REQUIRED

 

Stained Glass I -  Marji Ferrell
[05/07]
This class will acquaint students with the various types of stained glass, tools, chemicals and building techniques  used in stained glass fabrication. We will start by making a small panel, which allows students to practice glass cutting and the copper-foil method of fabrication. We will discuss how to design for stained glass, considering color schemes and choosing the appropriate type of glass for each project. Students will choose subsequent projects with the instructor's guidance. Lab fee covers the first project and some materials. Some glass and tools will be available for purchase from the instructor.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$75
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $50-100
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Marji Ferrell

 

Stained Glass I -  Alfred Taylor
[10/01]
This class will introduce you to foil techniques for creating stained glass. We will discuss the differences between glasses, foils, leads, channel and patinas and explain what tools we use and their purposes. Before we actually start making any projects, we will practice scoring and breaking glass. This will give us a chance to try different cutters to  see what works best for you. After that, we will begin  making a small sun catcher from beginning to end. We will make the pattern; transfer it to the glass; score, break, grind and foil the glass; soldering the pieces together; and finish the piece by cleaning and polishing it. The next projects will increase in difficulty as we build up the size and number of pieces from the sun catcher, culminating in the manufacture of a larger panel, a kaleidoscope and finally a 30  Angel.  Lab fee covers all materials needed to complete basic projects including glass, solder, lead, marbles, mirrors, foil and edging material, as well as patterns and instructions for each project. Additional materials will be available for purchase.

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0-75
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Alfred Taylor

 

 

ADVANCED STAINED GLASS – LEVEL 3 – DEPTH THROUGH LAYERING
Julia Larson
[10/29]

PLEASE NOTE:  This is an ADVANCED class.  Students MUST have an extensive background and current experience in the copper foil method of stained glass construction.  Please email a photograph of your most recent panel to the instructor at glassgal0947@gmail.com.  Class size is limited to 5 students.

Students will construct a flat panel in class and will learn how to obtain a “painterly” depth by adding one or more layers to the back.  Due to the involved nature of the process, it is possible that panels may not be completed by the end of the week; however, materials will be sent home with students so the piece can be finished at home if necessary.

Students are expected to bring their own tools, including glass cutter pliers and soldering irons. The instructor will provide patterns, glass solder, and all other materials.

The class fee is $125.

 

 

 

 

 

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