Heidi  Mandich

Heidi first discovered her passion for metalsmithing while taking a class at the Indianapolis Art Center in 2006. Using hammers, saws, fire and imagination, Heidi enjoys taking simple sterling silver sheet and wire and transforming it into unique jewelry for people to enjoy and treasure. She still continues to learn from experts in the field every year. In 2010 Heidi was asked to teach at the Indianapolis Art Center in the same studio where she first learned. She continues to teach there every semester and has expanded her teaching to include Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, WI (2016-2020) and Berea, KY (2019 & 2020) plus workshops for local/regional guilds. Her greatest joy is helping adult students discover the same joy of using fire and tools to create jewelry from simple pieces of metal. In 2011, Heidi took early retirement from her day job to follow her passion full time. She does art fairs, teaches and pursues learning opportunities to continue to grow creatively. In 2014 Heidi was selected to join Indiana Artisan, a juried organization representing the best of art in Indiana as well as CCA Gallery, the oldest member owned art gallery in Indiana.

Website: MyChampagneCreations.com

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Silver I - Heidi Mandich
Discover the thrill of using hammers, tools, saw & torch to transform plain pieces of metal and wire into beautiful wearable jewelry. Experience the advantages of using Argentium sterling silver (935) in your work. In this week of discovery, we will learn safe studio practices and the basic fundamentals of silversmithing: forging & forming; adding texture; shaping, sawing, piercing & filing; soldering & cold connections; a simple link bracelet and basic stone setting. These skills will be explored through the creation of several projects (3 bracelets plus earrings & spinner ring) along with one project piece custom designed by the student that will include a set stone. The goal of this class is to gain comfort using a torch to anneal and solder; learn how to use hammers, punches & machines to texture & shape; develop proper techniques to saw & file, create cold connections and set a stone. Lab fee includes: printed materials for techniques and step by step detailed instructions for projects along with consumables (fuel, solder, flux, patina, sawblades, solder brick, sandpaper, use of tools, equipment, specialty tools provided by instructor) along with materials to complete the first 4 projects – one in copper; 3 in Argentium sterling silver. Please wear closed toed shoes and have eye protection – glasses or readers are fine or safety glasses. If you have long hair, please have a way to tie it back. Class fee includes four projects. The materials cost of $150-300 includes Argentium sterling silver at market price (with the benefit of instructor’s volume discount); cabochons based on size and stone choice.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-300
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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