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Cold Connections I - Kim St. Jean
Cold Connections is the process of using various materials as attachments to connect two or more pieces of metal without using bonding agents. You will make connections out of wire, tubing, and rivets. We will also cover prongs, tabs, hinges and tension setting. You will explore design concepts incorporating stone setting, forming and sawing. A variety of texturing techniques will be introduced including hammers, stamps, etching, and the proper use of the rolling mill. 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 or materials from the instructor to continue this work at home, or specific sterling upgrades. We will use torches and hammers. Questions are welcome via email at: kim@kimstjean.com

Lab Fee: $195.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Cold Connections II - Mixed Metals - Kim St. Jean
In this class, you will learn how to use mixed metals such as copper, brass, nickel, bronze and sterling silver. There will be a heavy emphasis on design you will complete your designs using cold connections and soldering methods. We will explore techniques such as traditional and creative stone setting, hinges and piercing. 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 or materials from the instructor to continue this work at home, or specific sterling upgrades. We will use torches and hammers. Questions are welcome via email at: kim@kimstjean.com

Lab Fee: $225.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Riveting, soldering, and sawing experience - or instructor's approval

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Silver II - Low-Tech Casting - Kim St. Jean
This is not your traditional silver casting, which is why we call it Low-Tech. We will use casting grains and/or scrap silver to create unique components which we will then incorporate into pieces of jewelry. We will introduce a new casting method each morning, then in the afternoon we will take what we cast to design and create a finished product. Techniques taught include water, salt, pine needle, cuttle fish and if time permits, sand and channel casting. Students are encouraged to bring their own silver scrap. Lab fee includes 1-2 troy ounces of casting grain (depending on the market), 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 or materials from the instructor. We will use torches and hammers. Questions are welcome via email at: kim@kimstjean.com

Lab Fee: $225.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Silver I or instructor's permission

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