Debbie  Gates

Debbie began beading in the late 90s making jewelry for herself and friends. Her love of turquoise led her to silversmithing and cutting cabochons. She has studied at William Holland since 2013 honing her craft. As well, she has studied under Lexie Erickson, Jeff Fulkerson and Leslie Kail Villarreal. Her work can be found in galleries in the Southeast and out West. Most of her knowledge has come from taking classes at William Holland. She has brought her two granddaughters and they have loved their time at William Holland and have come to love jewelry making. And she wants to instill the love of rock and metal with other tweens.

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Junior Rockhounds - Jewelry Making, Beading, & Metalsmithing - Debbie Gates
We will focus on safety in the classroom and learn the appropriate use of various tools. Students will be introduced to techniques including piercing, sawing, hammering, texturing, doming, stamping, filing, patina, finishing and polishing metal. We will discuss the color wheel, balance, proportion and style. Taking some of the metal pieces we have made, we will design jewelry and decorative objects using various sizes, shapes and colors of beads. Students will be able to complete 9 items—3 sets of jewelry: a necklace, bracelet and earrings. Additional metal and beads can be purchased at market prices. Students will be given a booklet illustrating each technique and project. Ages 10 to 14

Lab Fee: $75.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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