Barbara  Fields

Barbara began her adventure in silversmithing in 2005, in Nashville, TN thanks to the Middle Tennessee Gem and Mineralogical Society. They offer classes in stone cutting, cabochons and silversmithing. She started with a lapidary class and quickly moved into a silver jewelry class. Will Smitty Smith was her instructor, and has been her mentor ever since. After she advanced in skill, and the demand had increased, she was asked to be an instructor. Barbara has taken Silver classes with several instructors at William Holland through the years, and has dabbled in many other aspects, in jewelry and other artistic pursuits. Her classes are structured for the beginning student, building their skills to pursue their endeavors after the class has ended. She prefers keeping everyone on the same projects, so that everyone can learn from each others experience, until they are confident enough to work on their own projects.

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Silver I - Barbara Fields
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 cost will depend on what you use during class or purchase for home use. Lab fee cover 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: $40.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-$300
Prerequisites: None

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