Vickie  Prillaman

Vickie Prillaman has attended workshops with many wellknown artists, has completed an apprenticeship with a German goldsmith, her knowledge of design is shared with her students. She began teaching in 1995 and joined the William Holland team in 1997. Vickie also cuts and uses her own stones in combination with gold and silver to design and create her unique jewelry. Vickie is a member of several jeweler and gem associations, and past Vice President and President. Contact me with any questions, uneekjewelry@gmail.com or 770-265-7879

Class List

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Silver I - Argentium - Vickie Prillaman
Have you been curious about this metal called Argentium? Come and find out! This class will cover the basics of working with Argentium and fine silver sheet, wire, and setting stones. Proper use of tools will be discussed. We will discuss and practice sawing, filing, soldering, and polishing. Students will make a ring with a cabochon stone setting, a pendant with a stone setting and a bracelet. Kits are provided. Depending on the students abilities, they may have time to make more items. This class is open to beginners and those who may need to refresh their skills. You may bring your own tools if you have them. An Optivisor and apron are highly recommended. You should bring a pair of safety glasses. Closed toe shoes are mandatory! Lab fee covers cost of handouts, flux, solder, saw blades, and the use of other accessories needed to complete the projects and many of the essentials that are different and required for working with Argentium. Please be aware Argentium costs slightly more than Silver. Stones and some tools will be available for purchase.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $185-$250
Prerequisites: None

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Silver II- Contemporary Southwest Style - Vickie Prillaman
This class will cover the Southwestern style of jewelry with a contemporary flare. We will discuss the styles and what are the differences in the Hopi, Navaho and Zuni and other tribes. You will learn how to make several sizes of feathers, flowers and other common southwest symbols. We will make our own appliques to add onto pieces of jewelry, weather it's rings, bracelets, pendants or earrings. We will also use stamps to make designs in the metal. Our projects will include: an overlay design as in the Hopi style, to be used in a ring, a "shadowbox" pendant, a bracelet and if time allows other projects. You may bring your own stones. You may bring your own stamps, if you wish. I will have stones available for purchase. If you have any questions please call me at (770)265-7879 or email me at uneekjewelry@gmail.com.

Lab Fee: $130.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $190.00 to $270.00
Prerequisites: Good soldering and sawing skills

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Silver II - Fused Textures - Vickie Prillaman
This class we will be working with sterling silver sheet and wires. You will learn how to shape and fold the metal and then how to fuse the sheet and or flat and round wires using a charcoal block and Batterns flux to create even more textures and how you can get different results from fusing with and without flux. You will learn how to roll print the metal before fusing and the different patterns resulting from all of this. How you can change the results of the fusing by rolling the metal through the mill, with and without texture templates. You will have several projects to make from the fused metal: rings, bracelets, earrings or pendants. You will decide what you want to make from your fused metal sheets. I will have the silver you will need for this class in kits. The lab fee covers handouts, solder, flux, saw blades and the use of brass templates for the rolling mill and other accessories needed for this class. I will have charcoal blocks available for sale in class.

Lab Fee: $120.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $180-$250
Prerequisites: Good soldering skills and a vivid imagination

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Silver II - Reticulation, Granulation - Vickie Prillaman
Reticulation, Granulation, and Tube Setting
We will reticulate sterling silver and reticulation silver. We will discuss the different results and why. We will make our own granules using fine silver wire and fuse them to the reticulated silver creating some unplanned and planned designs. We will also make sterling silver granules and fuse them to sterling silver, covering the differences between the techniques. We will make our own setting tool to set 3mm stones. We will incorporate tube settings onto the reticulated metals and learn how to set the 3mm stones into the tubing. Lab fee covers cost of handouts, flux, solder, saw blades, and the use of other accessories needed to complete the projects, also a section of brass rod to make the setting tool and a 3mm stone.

Lab Fee: $120.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $190-$270
Prerequisites: Torch control skills

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Silver II - Settings in Argentium - Vickie Prillaman
Have you been curious about this metal called Argentium? Come and find out! This class will cover what it is and what is so fascinating. We will use wire and sheet to make various settings for either faceted or cabochon stones, enameled pieces or other items that may be difficult to set with standard settings. You may also make rings, pendants, etc., to use the settings for completed items. Lab fee covers cost of handouts, flux, solder, saw blades, and the use of other accessories needed to complete the projects and many of the essentials that are different and required for working with Argentium. Stones and some tools will be available for purchase.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150+
Prerequisites: Silver I

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Silver II- Hydraulic Press - Vickie Prillaman
This class will demonstrate new ways to make jewelry or art objects using a hydraulic press and a 20 ton hydraulic jack. We will use urethane rubber pads, matrix dies, embossing dies and blanking dies to make pieces to combine into jewelry or art projects. Blanking dies cut the metal, matrix dies puff the metal and embossing dies make an impression in the metal as a repousse. This class will cover how to make a blanking die so you can make duplicate layouts, sawing of the tool steel and use of the hydraulic press. We will create matrix and embossing dies using proper design layouts. We will practice using them alone and/or together to make jewelry or art projects. Copper will be used for our sample pieces. Extra copper,silver, brass, plexiglass and tool steel will be available for purchase. Special tools are required for this class. I will provide a tools list to registered students and it will be YOUR responsibility to purchase these before the class. Please call me with any questions (770)265-7879. I will also provide a basic tools list so you will be prepared to attend class and learn this technique. The approximate cost of the tools required for this class is $190.00. The lab fee will include flux, solder, the consumable items and the plexiglass to make 1 matrix die, 1 embossing die and the copper to make at least 2 examples.

Lab Fee: $180.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00 and up
Prerequisites: Sawing skills a must! Otherwise just the desire to try something new

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Silver ll This and That - Vickie Prillaman
This class will cover several jewelry making techniques. We will be exploring several types of surface textures, including how to get a high polish, roll printing, reticulation, and other alternative surface embellishments. We will discuss and practice tube setting, making a tube setting tool, pin backs, bails, hinges and more. With this new knowledge you will be making rings, pendants, pins, bolos, and more. The lab fee covers: handouts flux, solder, sawblades, and other consumable items.

Lab Fee: $130.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150.00-$200.00
Prerequisites: Good sawing and soldering skiills

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