Beverly  Fox

Bev is passionate about Silver Smithing! For 37 years she has created jewelry with silver and rare stones. Teaching the techniques of silver smithing to those who want to learn is very exciting & rewarding for her. After attending the Maine College of Art, she moved from Maine in 1999 to Florida where she now resides and creates daily. Her one-of-a-kind pieces are mostly influenced by the patterns, shapes and colors of the stones.
Since 2001, Bev has been teaching beginning and advanced Metals at the Cape Coral Arts Studio(a city run facility) in Cape Coral, Fl. Over the years it has given her great joey to see her students' skill levels improve. She continues to teach workshops in advanced metal techniques statewide. Bev also teaches private lessons in her personal studio. These classes are designed to meet the needs of the student and geared to their experience level. Bev's private classes are very popular.
In 2004, Bev established her own company, Sleeping Fox, Inc. She patented a jewelry clasp the same year. Since 2010, Bev has been a managing member at the Harbour View Gallery, also in Cape Coral. She is the current President of this gallery which features 35 fine artists' work. Striking a balance between art and business is both challenging and rewarding.

Website: sleepingfox.net

Class List

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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 II - Beverly Fox
Focus: Small parts soldering (fine detail with the “Smith Little Torch”. If you have never used the Little Torch, but always wanted to, or you have always used acetylene/air and just can’t quite get the results you, or you have always been afraid to use it, this is the class for you. By the end of this class you will be comfortable using this sweet little torch, the projects I have designed for you are all about fine detail soldering with great results. (1) Silver and Drusy leaf earrings with silver spheres with hand-made ear wires. (2) Whimsical fish or starfish earrings with 3mm semi-precious stones & hand-made ear wires. (3) If you finish these projects and want more to make, you can purchase materials for this project separately; pair of elegant hanging pearl earrings with hand-made ear wires. Lab fee covers printed materials about techniques, step by steps for all projects and consumables: fuel, solder, sawblades and use of tools. Materials fee covers fine and sterling silvers, cabochon stones, bezel wires and cups, embellishments for projects and a smart kit for you take home. Contact Bev at Sleepingfox@comcast.net with any questions.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$230
Prerequisites: Soldering experience

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Silver III - Beverly Fox
What is a closed box? It’s a box that doesn’t open. You will learn the process steps to design your own shapes and decorate them with stones and other embellishments. Did I mention texture? If you already know this process, try it my way and add texture to everything or texture some things, leaving contrasting smooth finishes where you want them. One of the fun things about boxes is that the chain goes through it, so no bail or back wire is needed and it sits flush on the body The shapes are your own, whether it will be round, square, triangle, bird, palm tree, fish; your own shape will make your design. One stone may be the only focal point of the design, or two boxes hinged together with a stone on each could be just the thing. Your design, or two boxes hinged together with a tone on each could be just the thing. Your design! We will be working with the “The Smith Little Torch”. If you’ve considered switching torches, this your chance to learn and fall in love with it. Lab fee covers printed materials about the technique, step by steps, and consumables: fuel, solder, sawblades and use of tools. Basic materials cost covers materials for one box with stone. Additional materials available as needed: fine and sterling silver, bezel wires, bezel cups, silver tube, embellishments and stones, as well as a smart kit of hand tools to take home. Feel free to contact Bev sleeingfox@comcast.net for questions.

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-$250
Prerequisites: Soldering skills, cabochon stone setting skills required.

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