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Silver 1 - Beverly Fox
This class is designed to challenge and fast track the serious beginning student, while having fun. The techniques, knowledge and skills learned in this class will be a great foundation, giving you the confidence to create any design you can think up. In five days, you will make a ring with a stone, a pendant with a stone and a chain with a hand-made clasp. We will be working in both fine silver and sterling silver. You will learn the properties of different metals and their best uses. There are basic tools of the trade (which we will be using), but there are so many more tools! Learn why some are better than others. Handouts will be provided elaborating on all the basic techniques.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: 250.00-300.00
Prerequisites: None

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Silver 1.5 - Debra Cobia
with Vaughn Millner Assisting Instructor. 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. Each of the courses will include three projects that are intended to develop proficiency in one or more 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.
The emphasis for this particular Silver 1.5 class will be on the use of hollow forms in jewelry design. The basic procedures for making a hollow form are generalizable to many jewelry applications. Lockets, lentil clasps, box clasps, large and small beads, and focal components for pendants, bracelets, earrings, etc. are some of their more common uses. The variations are endless and limited only by your imagination and choice of materials. In this class, Forms will be made with and without the use of a hydraulic press. The projects will include a ring, locket/pendant, and a clasp all made using hollow forms in the design. Please note that within the guidelines for each project we emphasize designs that reflect your personal design style.
The lab fee includes consumables such as solder, flux, saw blades, handouts, finishing materials, etc., as well as the use of some specialized tools belonging to the instructors. Basic tools are provided, however students will find a miter jig, tube cutting jig, and sharp sheers (such as Joyce Chen originals) very helpful, so if you have these items please bring them and other personal tools that you prefer. Instructors will provide all materials needed to complete the class projects. The cost of the project kits will be determined by current market prices, not to exceed a total of $250. If you have stones that you would like to incorporate, please feel free to bring them. Close-toed shoes and leg coverings (jeans) are required in the studio. Remember to bring your magnifying devices, safety glasses, and enthusiasm with you!

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00-$250.00
Prerequisites: Some experience working with silver

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Silver 1.5 - Vaughn Millner
With Debra Cobia Assisting Instructor. 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. Each of the courses will include three projects that are intended to develop proficiency in one or more 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. All 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 (e.g., fold-forming). 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 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 instructors, and handouts. Tools are provided, but students may bring their own tools. We suggest Joyce Chen scissors and a miter jig, if you have one. For the selected projects, a kit will be prepared that includes all needed metals. The cost of the kit will be determined by current market prices but will not exceed a total of $250. 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.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00-$250.00
Prerequisites: Some experience working with silver

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Silver 1.5- Surface - Vaughn Millner
With Debra Cobia Assisting Instructor. 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. Each of the courses will include three projects that are intended to develop proficiency in one or more 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. All 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 developing and executing designs for piercing using a saw and creating pieces with sterling appliqus and inlays. The projects will include earrings, a pendant, and a locket or bracelet. Techniques will include sawing, fusing, appliquing, and inlay. Sawing is a core jewelry skill and can be used for both design and function in a piece. It will be practiced in combination with other core construction techniques to help students increase successful outcomes. Contrast and texture will be achieved through a variety of surface applications such as appliqu, overlay, inlay, and granulation.
The lab fee includes solder, flux, saw blades, finishing tools, use of specialty tools brought by the instructors, and handouts. Basic tools are provided, but students may bring their own tools. We suggest Joyce Chen scissors and a miter jig, if available. For the selected projects, a kit will be prepared that includes all needed metals. The cost of the kit will be determined by current market prices but will not exceed a total of $250. 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.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00-$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, 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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Silver I - Laura Cox
This class will cover the basic techniques of working with sterling and fine silver including the safety and proper use of tools, fabrications including sawing, filing, forming, hammering, stamping, and annealing, as well as soldering ( paste, wire, chip), pickling, and finishing by oxidizing, polishing, and cabochon stone setting. Techniques will be discussed and applied through projects including post earrings, pendant with bezel cabochon, soldered chain for the pendant, 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 students 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. Would suggest bringing an optivisor if you have one. Lab fee includes expendables items such as flux, solder, sand paper,saw blades, printed materials, patinas, polishes, and solder brick. Cost of silver will be based on market price at time of the class. Closed-toed shoes are required.

Lab Fee: $75.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150.00- $250.00
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: $50.00
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 - 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 to $200
Prerequisites:

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Silver I - Nancy English
This class will introduce shop safety, tools, sawing techniques, soldering and hammering 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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