Debra  Cobia

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci. As a jewelry artist, I use traditional metalsmithing techniques to create wearable art. My work is characterized by clean, uncluttered lines and enhanced by with the use of texture and color. I live in Carrollton, Georgia where I am a member of the Carrollton Artists Guild and the Georgia Goldsmiths Group. Samples of my work may be seen at debracobia.com.

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Silver I - Debra Cobia
Debra Cobia & Vaughn Millner will team teach this class. Students will engage in 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, students will strengthen their skills in jewelry design, sawing, forming, texturing, soldering, filing, and polishing/finishing. In addition, students will practice depletion gilding, bezel making and stone setting. Participants will explore jewelry design while learning safety techniques, tool use, fabrication, and surface applications through step-by-step instructor-led projects. Students will design and fabricate an assortment of jewelry pieces including a pendant, ring and bracelet. The lab fee includes solder, flux, saw blades, finishing wheels, and handouts. Tools are provided, but students may bring their own tools. Students will receive a kit that provides needed metals and a stone for one of the projects. The cost of the metals kit will be determined by current market prices. Students may bring additional flat and round-shaped gemstones or purchase them from instructors. Optivisors and safety glasses are suggested. Close-toes shoes are required.

Lab Fee: $85.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$250
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I.5 - Debra Cobia
Debra Cobia and Vaughn Millner will team teach this class. Students will engage in 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, students will strengthen their skills in jewelry design, sawing, forming, texturing, soldering, filing, and polishing/finishing. In addition, students will practice depletion gilding, bezel making, piercing, and stone setting. Participants will explore jewelry design while learning safety techniques, tool use, fabrication, and surface applications through step-by-step instructor-led projects. Students will design and fabricate an assortment of jewelry pieces including a pendant, ring and bracelet. This course is designed for those who have some experience with silver but are not yet ready for Silver II. The lab fee includes solder, flux, saw blades, finishing wheels, and handouts. Tools are provided, but students may bring their own tools. Students will receive a kit that includes all needed metals and a stone for one of the projects. The cost of the metals kit will be determined by current market prices. Students may bring additional flat and round-shaped gemstones or purchase them from instructors. Optivisors and safety glasses are suggested. Close-toes shoes are required.

Lab Fee: $85.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$250
Prerequisites: Some experience working with silver

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Silver II - Debra Cobia
The focus of this course is on advancing the basic design and fabrication skills developed in Silver I to create more complex, expertly finished metal jewelry. The instructors select three projects to accomplish the course objectives. Within those parameters, students are encouraged to design and fabricate pieces of jewelry that reflect their personal aesthetic. Advanced skills and techniques such as making unique clasps, setting stones in unusual ways, piercing, designing with hollow forms, and applying surface techniques will be explored.
There is a basic tool kit available for student use however, Silver II students may bring favorite tools such as pliers, saw frame, sheers, setting tools, etc. as well as stones they would like to set. A flat, coarse file and a miter jig are especially helpful. The lab fee includes consumables (e.g. solder, saw blades, finishing materials, soldering surface, etc.) and the use of specialty tools needed for the project.
Lab Fee: $100
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-300
Prerequisites: Two silver I classes or permission of instructor and good grasp of fabrication techniques (basic stone setting, sawing, filing, etc.), studio safety, and the ability to solder with predictable results.
Actual cost of project kits will be based on the silver market

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$300
Prerequisites: Two silver I classes or permission of instructor

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