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Cold Connection - Torch Enameling - Debora Mauser
Enameling with a torch is fun, organic and much cheaper to set up a home studio.  In this class, students will learn safety procedures, proper sifting techniques and experiment with two different torches. We will cover, layering of colors, decals, stencils, adding embellishments, overfiring, using liquid enamel and watercolor enamels. Students will make many samples and have the opportunity to cold connect a few of their favorite pieces. Fee includes all enamel, metal and consumables needed.

Lab Fee: $200.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Cold Connections I - Debora Mauser
This beginning class will cover basic skills of working with base metals, cutting, sawing, filing and learning to connect two and three pieces of metal without heat.  We will cover basic riveting, telescoping rivets, tab settings and more.  I will have several projects planned but students will have plenty of time to develop skills and create their own designs. Class fee includes all metal, wire, and rivets needed to complete class projects, plus accent stones, chain and ear wires. The school has basic tool kits for student use and I will have tools for sale if you are interested. Silver will be available for upgrades.

Lab Fee: $175.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0 to $100
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Cold Connections II - Metal Manipulation - Debora Mauser
In this class we will explore numerous techniques to change your metal through texture, form and color.  We will use colored pencils, enameling, etching, rolling mill, and corrugator and a hydraulic press.    Class fee includes all copper, brass, titanium, wire, rivets and stones needed to complete projects, as well as sterling for some accents.   I will have most tools needed to complete projects, but please bring your own hand tools if you own them.  Students should have at least one class on Cold Connections 1. While we will use cold connections emphasis will be on metal technique.

Lab Fee: $200.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0 to $150
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Etching - Micah Kirby
Learn a design driven approach to Electro Etching. Gain knowledge using multiple masking techniques, oil-based marker, vinyl, P-n-P, and photosensitive paper as resists on metal. Acquire experience with two, non-caustic and non-gas producing electrolyte solution, salt and cupric nitrate.  Low voltage power supplies will be our power source to initiate etching. Copper and silver will be the main metals we use for this course (others can be used). It is recommended to use the internet to find images that interest you. Find simple designs and be careful of trademarked images. I will have some designs available to use.  Lab fee will include the first project and consumables. All other metals in select shapes can be purchased or feel welcome to bring your own metal. (18GA or 20GA for bracelets, 20GA for pendants and 24GA. for earrings)

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Flame Painting on Copper - Janet Pace
In this class, we will work on copper, using an open torch flame to create precise pattern placement and color and mastering the color progression caused by changes in flame temperature. We will use these techniques to create unique jewelry items including pendants, earrings and bracelets. All students will begin with copper stampings, but we will learn to fabricate original designs with cold connections and soldering techniques as the class progresses. Tools will be available for you to use in class; however, you are welcome to bring your own metalworking tools if desired. Eye protection and closed-toe shoes required. Lab fee includes detailed instructions for planned projects; use of instructor’s tools, solder and sealants; some sheet copper and wire; and materials for two pairs of earrings, three pendants and one bracelet. Additional copper will be available for purchase if desired.

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $50+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Metal Forming - Jim Richardson
In this class we will learn several types of metal forming techniques including fold forming, synclastic and anticlastic raising along with the use of dies to give volume to metal. This is a fast-moving energetic class where ideas spring forth as we hammer out a wide variety of samples in copper. While learning forming techniques are the focus, there is the opportunity to make finished work. Students can expect to leave with a large collection of metal forms and an understanding of how metal reacts through stretching and compressing. We will be working in copper supplied by the instructor, but other metals are available or you can bring your own. Class fee including copper sheet.

Lab Fee: $250.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Silver I or Instructor Permission

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Wire, Fire and Mixed Metals - Debora Mauser
This class will be a bridge from wire wrapping into silversmithing.  Think ‘silversmithing lite.’  You will learn to use a butane torch to ball ends of wire and make several designs of chains, as well as earrings with a simple wire technique. We will also do easy one step soldering of wire and create bangles and rings using a hydraulic press.  Additionally, we will use the torch to color titanium and use that in our creations.  We will use mixed metals of copper and silver with silver being available to upgrade on some projects.  All levels are welcome, but this class is geared to the beginner. Class fee includes all metal and beads to make required projects.

Lab Fee: $200.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0 to $100
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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