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Silver 1.5 - Vaughn Millner
Silver 1.5 has been designed specifically for those students who have some experience with silver jewelry design and fabrication but do not feel ready for some of the specialty or advanced courses.

This class will include three projects that are intended to develop proficiency in specialized techniques. While working on the projects, emphasis will also be placed on the development of design plans and their execution, accurate and predictable solder joins, fabrication and finishing techniques (i.e. stone setting, bezel building, adding texture, cleaning and polishing), and an introduction to a variety of specialty tools and their uses. Silver 1.5 classes include basic information on safety, polishing, and finishing work.

The emphasis for this weeks Silver 1.5 class will be on forming silver with the hydraulic press and hammer. Forming provides dimension to your work and extends both design and construction choices. The three projects will include a bracelet with hydraulic pressed-set clasp, pendant, and ring. T-folds and/or line folds will be incorporated in design execution. Techniques will include using dies and forming with a hydraulic press, forging, hammering, and planishing. Argentium silver will be introduced in this class and used in one project.
The lab fee includes solder, flux, saw blades, finishing tools, use of specialty tools brought by the instructor, and handouts. Tools are provided, but students may bring their own tools. For the selected projects, a kit will be prepared that includes all needed metals. Students may bring their own flat and round/oval shaped gemstones or purchase them from instructors. Optivisors and safety glasses are suggested. Close-toes shoes are required. Contact vaughnmillner@yahoo.comif you have questions.

Lab fee................................................ $100
Estimated Materials Cost................... $150-250
Prerequisite........................................................ At least one class of silversmithing instruction

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-$250.00
Prerequisites: Some experience working with silver

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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, 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 covers all expendable items (solder, flux, and 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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Silver I - Beverly Fox
This foundation class is techniques driven where you will become comfortable with the basics: sawing, piercing, filing, sanding and polishing. We will be using hand tools as well as a flex shaft to create three projects. You will learn to use The Smith Little Torch and finetune your soldering skills. You will be adding interest to your pieces with texture and learn to use the rolling mill, as well as how to hammer texture. The class is designed to be comprehensive and should move along quickly, for that reason, there will be no substitutes (stones or silver). After this class, you will be ready to take Silver II or practice on your own with confidence. (1) Silver earrings with small semi-precious cabochon stones and hand-made ear wires. (2) Silver ring with stone and a wire surrounding it, (3) Silver pendant with stone, decorated with a wire and silver spheres. Lab fee covers printed materials about techniques, step by step for all projects and consumables: fuel, solder, sawblades, and use of tools. Materials fee covers silver, cabochon stones and embellishments for all projects. You will take home an inclusive, well thought-out kit. Feel free to contact Bev at Sleepingfox@comcast.net with any questions.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $300
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I - Gail Ferguson
If you are looking to learn the basics of metalsmithing this is the class for you. This class will take you from a beginner to master metalsmith. Some skills covered includes 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: $70.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $50
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I - Laura Cox
This class will cover the basic techniques of working with sterling and fine silver including safety and proper use of tools, fabrication including sawing, filing, forming, hammering, stamping, and annealing, as well as soldering (paste, wire, and chip), pickling, and finishing by oxidizing, polishing, and cabochon stone setting. Techniques will be discussed and applied through projects including post earrings, pendant with bezeled cabochon, soldered chain for either bracelet or necklace and a ring with a castellated bezel for cabochon. If time allows, subsequent projects will be explored based on newly learned skills from the week and student’s creativity and ability. If you have your own cabochons feel free to bring them. The school supplies the basic tools, but you may bring your own if you prefer. We suggest bringing an Optivisor if you have one. Lab fee includes expendable items such as flux, solder, sandpaper, saw blades, printed materials, patinas, polishes, and solder brick. Cost of Silver will be based on market price at time of the class and will be sold as project kits. Closed toe shoes are required.

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-250
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I - Marji Ferrell
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 technique; 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 strongly recommended.

Lab Fee: $65.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100-$200
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I - Morning Sherrod
In this class students will be taught the fundamental skills needed for them to advance in the art of silver jewelry fabrication. Everyone will first learn to safely use the torch and flex shaft. Skills taught will include various soldering techniques, proper sawing, filing and hammering for texture. Lastly polishing and patina if desired will put the finishing touch on your pieces. The first 3 projects are covered by the class fee. These are a ring with bezel set stone, pendant with bezel set stone, and a pick soldered chain bracelet. Silver and cabochons will be available to purchase for additional projects. I will have tools and expendables available for you to use and the school supplies a basic tool kit. Feel free to bring your own tools if desired. Optivisors are very helpful and closed toed shoes are a must! Long hair should be worn back. This class is about learning and having fun in a pressure free and self-paced environment.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: 50.00-200.00
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I - Nancy English
This class will introduce shop safety, tools, sawing techniques, and soldering 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: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-$350
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I - Pat Lillie
This class is for those who wish to learn or further their metalsmithing knowledge. The class will cover fundamental techniques with working on sterling and fine silver including studio safety, proper tool use, sawing, filing, forming, stamping, and multiple soldering techniques, cabochon stone setting, and finishing for jewelry pieces. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own designs while creating several projects including earrings, a ring with cabochon, a pendant (with or without cabochon), and a bracelet or chain. Additional projects available time permitting. Please feel free to bring your own favorite hand tools and finishing wheels. An Optivisor is highly recommended. Lab fee includes project tutorials, cabochon for ring, saw blades, sanding and finishing tips, solder, flux, patinas, polishes, and any additional equipment the projects require. Contact Pat with any questions at: pat.lillie@gmail.com,  or 678-925-0425 

Lab Fee: $75.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-$250
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I - Valerie Lamott
This class is for beginner and intermediate level silversmiths. We will cover safety in the studio, basic tool use, sawing, piercing, filing, and hammering /texturing, sweat soldering, bezel setting cabochons and finishing/polishing. There will be an emphasis on sawing/piercing design in this class and students will be able to work on their own design with guidance. The number of pieces finished will depend on complexity of designs chosen. Lab fee includes solder, flux, saw blades, sterling silver for first project copper for practice soldering and educational items. Silver and cabochons will be available for purchase at current market prices.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $50+
Prerequisites: None

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