Beverly  Fox

Bev is passionate about silversmithing! There are so many techniques to explore, she never gets bored! After the country shut down in Spring of 2020 due to the Corona Virus, life changed. Classes everywhere were canceled and Bevs gallery shut down for a couple of months. All of a sudden, she had lots of time to create. Time Lovely time! Being able to create day after day with no interruptions was weird, but great! Thirty pieces were made, including seventeen earring pairs by the time her gallery reopened. Also, Bev learned several new techniques through on-line classes during this time. Bev is a traditional silversmith. She uses many beautiful hand selected stones. Stones are the inspiration for many of her designs. The stones used in classes are no different than the ones she uses daily. Come to her class and get inspired! Bev likes to teach projects that you can choose to alter and make your own. Of course, no two stones are alike, so your pieces will always be unique. Since 2001, Bev has taught four classes a week at the Cape Coral Art Center in Cape Coral, Florida where she lives with her husband, Bruce. She also teaches private classes in her personal studio. She is an active member of FSG (Florida Society of Goldsmiths). She has served on the Board of directors for about 15 years and is VP of her local chapter, which meets monthly. It will be wonderful to be back at William Holland teaching students beginning techniques to advanced designs again. This is such a fun, vibrant, like minded community! Bev teaches with the Smith Little Torch. This torch is great for fine jewelry work and is her torch of choice. Sleeping Fox, Inc was established in 2004, the same year Bev received a US Patent for her jewelry clasp. Bev has been a Managing Member (owner) of the Harbor View Gallery since 2010 and is currently the President. The gallery is the only place she sells her work at this time, but she shows examples of her work on her website, www.sleepingfox.net. This is an older website and she is working on a new website which will be an e-commerce site. Both sites will be linked when the new one is completed.

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. 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 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 want, 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. Contact Bev with any questions at sleepingfoxjewelry@gmail.com.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$230
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Soldering experience

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Silver II - Focus: Small parts soldering - Beverly Fox
The projects I have designed for you are all about fine details. We will be making some of my favorite designed earrings with cabochon and drusy stones. There will be several styles to choose from, so you will be in the driver’s seat when it comes to altering designs or staying with the original design. Of course there will be several demos and hand-outs for these projects. You will also learn to make your own ear wires and posts. Become more efficient with the Smith Little Torch. If you have no experience with this torch, you will love how easy it is to solder small parts! With these projects you will fine tune your skills and become more comfortable and confident to tackle other complex projects. The designs are very different from one another. One may be considered sophisticated, another whimsical and then another more basic. The material cost covers three pairs of earrings. Materials for other styles may be purchased. We will be working in both fine and sterling silvers for the most part, but one style of earring is a combination of brass and copper or fine silver. The Lab fee covers printed materials about techniques, step by step for projects and consumables: solder, sawblades, sanding discs and the use of tools. Material fees cover all metals, cabochon stones, semiprecious stones, bezel wires and embellishments for projects. Contact Bev with any questions at sleepingfoxjewelry@gmail.com.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$250
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Soldering experience and stone setting experience

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Silver III - Closed Box Pendants with Texture, Hinges and Stones - 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! We will be working with the “The Smith Little Torch”. If you’ve considered switching torches, this is 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. Contact Bev with any questions at sleepingfoxjewelry@gmail.com.

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-$250
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Soldering skills, cabochon stone setting skills required.

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