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Silver I - Barbara Fields
Basic safety, and proper use of the tools and torch, will be covered on Sunday evening. We will then start with a bracelet on Monday that will be finished by lunch. Projects include: a closed back and an open back pendant, and a ring. After being able to conquer the basics, we can move on to some of my other projects, or work on the student’s own ideas. If you have your own cabochons, go ahead and bring them. The school supplies all the required tools, and I supply a variety of other items that will help make the class a success. I will have a variety of silver materials that should accommodate our projects for the week, and an assortment of cabochons for my students to buy if needed. Stones will be priced according to the type of material and the size, and silver will be based on the current market price and type of material. Total costs will depend on materials used in class or purchased for home use. There is a $75 fee that covers all the expendable items, (solder, flux, saw blades as well as the printed materials) along with a kit containing a solder pick, paint brushes for flux, wet/dry sandpaper, and other items for the student to keep.

Lab Fee: $75.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
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. Contact Bev with any questions at sleepingfoxjewelry@gmail.com.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: 300
Consumables Fee: $0.00
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 include 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: $90.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $50
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I - Heidi Mandich
Discover the thrill of using hammers, tools, saw & torch to transform plain pieces of metal and wire into beautiful wearable jewelry. Experience the advantages of using Argentium sterling silver (935) in your work. In this week of discovery, we will learn safe studio practices and the basic fundamentals of silversmithing: forging & forming; adding texture; shaping, sawing, piercing & filing; soldering & cold connections; a simple link bracelet and basic stone setting. These skills will be explored through the creation of several projects (3 bracelets plus earrings & spinner ring) along with one project piece custom designed by the student that will include a set stone. The goal of this class is to gain comfort using a torch to anneal and solder; learn how to use hammers, punches & machines to texture & shape; develop proper techniques to saw & file, create cold connections and set a stone. Lab fee includes: printed materials for techniques and step by step detailed instructions for projects along with consumables (fuel, solder, flux, patina, sawblades, solder brick, sandpaper, use of tools, equipment, specialty tools provided by instructor) along with materials to complete the first 4 projects – one in copper; 3 in Argentium sterling silver. Please wear closed toed shoes and have eye protection – glasses or readers are fine or safety glasses. If you have long hair, please have a way to tie it back. Class fee includes four projects. The materials cost of $150-300 includes Argentium sterling silver at market price (with the benefit of instructor’s volume discount); cabochons based on size and stone choice.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-300
Consumables Fee: $0.00
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
Consumables Fee: $0.00
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
Consumables Fee: $0.00
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 wonderful world of silver jewelry fabrication. Everyone will first learn safety, using the torch and flex shaft. Skills taught will include Paillon, sweat & pick, and chip soldering. Proper sawing, filing, hammering, texturing, stamping and bezel stone setting will be demonstrated. Patinas and polishing will put the finishing touches on your pieces. Three prepared project kits will be provided. These will include earrings, ring with cabochon, and multi-technique bracelet. Basic tools are provided, although you are welcome to bring your own. The instructor will provide educational material, saw blades, solder, files, fluxes, patina, 3M radial, Cratex, etc. Instructor will have additional tools that may be needed. After these projects are completed, students may proceed to their own designs with instructor approval and supervision. Additional materials will be available at market value such as silver, wire, and cabochons. Optivisors are necessary and close-toed shoes are mandatory. Long hair must be worn up or back. Expect to have fun and learn in a pressure-free and self-paced environment!

Lab Fee: $195.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $50 to $100
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I - Pat Lillie
This class is for the beginner and those who wish to further their metal smithing knowledge. The class will cover studio safety, proper tool use, sawing, filing and soldering techniques, cabochon stone setting, metal forming and finishing techniques for jewelry pieces. You will have the opportunity to explore your own designs and creativity while making several projects including 2 rings, one with a cabochon, a pendant (with or without cabochon), and a bracelet design. Each of these projects is designed to further the student’s experience in silver fabricating with sterling and fine silver. Additional projects available time permitting. Please feel free to bring your own favorite hand tools and finishing wheels. An OptiVISOR is highly recommended. Closed toed shoes are mandatory. Lab fee includes project tutorials, project pads, saw blades, sanding and finishing tips, solder, flux, patinas, polishes, and any additional equipment the projects require. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at: pat.lillie@gmail.com

Lab Fee: $120.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-250
Consumables Fee: $0.00
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 the 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+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I - Argentium - Vickie Prillaman
This class is for both students that have worked with a torch on Sterling that want to learn about Argentium AND students that have never worked with a torch at all. Have you been curious about this metal called “Argentium”? This class will cover what it is and what is so fascinating about it that has everyone talking about it. Is it something you want to start using to make your jewelry? We will use wire and sheet to make rings, earrings, bracelets and/or necklaces. I will have several samples of different projects that you may choose to make. You will learn how to fuse and how to solder Argentium and the characteristics of Argentium vs Sterling. The lab fee for this class covers the handouts, consumables, and many of the essentials that are different and required for working with Argentium. Please be aware that Argentium costs slightly more than Sterling Silver. Please call me if you have any questions (770) 265-7879.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None! Absolute beginners welcome

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