Chuck  Bruce

With a background in interior design and fashion merchandising, Chuck turned his passion to jewelry. He is faculty at various schools across the county, a regional artist for 18 years and is knowledgeable in cabochons, advanced chain making, chasing & repousse, cold connections, design, fold forming, gold, granulation, lost wax casting, mokume-gane, opals, inlay, intarsia, silver I & II, spool knitting and steel tools.

Website: chuckbrucedesigns.com

Class List

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Chain II - Advanced Loop-in-Loop Chain - Chuck Bruce
In this class, students will learn how to coil, form, cut and fuse/solder fine or sterling silver rings, to make loops, then form and weave the loops to make simple and complex chains. We will explore 4 different patterns...Roman Fold-over, Single Fold-over (Foxtail), Double Fold-over (Foxtail) and Sailor's Knot, students should be able to finish a bracelet and pair of earrings in each. (These ancient beautiful designs are quite different from chainmaille). There should also be time for additional projects or necklace versions of these chains. Tools will be provided for use, if you have your own tools, your welcome to bring them. Lab fee contains kits (fine or Sterling silver material, findings for closures and earrings) for the chains covered, a fusing block, scribe for manipulating the rings, wooden draw plate, beads for earrings and storage bags for unused rings. This fee also covers paste solder used in class. If you mess your material up, hand it back to me and get new, makes learning a lot easier (without fear). Kits will also contain enough material to make 1 or 2 pairs of earrings. Other kits will be available for sale such as necklace versions in each, and other chain styles with kits.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100-300
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Previous Silver I Class skills are helpful, but not mandatory

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Silver I - Beginning - Chuck Bruce
Students will learn some of the fundamentals of Silversmithing. Emphasis will be on Design & Finishing with learning basic techniques such as roller printing/texturing, forming using mandrels, sawing with knowledge of saw blade gauges, soldering with knowledge of various fluxes and solder, filing/use of flex shaft with accessories, forging, granulation, patina, piercing, polishing process. In addition, students will learn what is bezel setting a cabochon. Tool use, shop safety and various gases & torches will be covered. Projects will be a roller pressed & pierced pair of earrings, textured ring, twisted wire bangle, bail & pendant with cabochon. Other projects available for purchase. Class fee includes Sterling Silver & a cabochon for the 4 projects, pripps flux, silver wire solder, saw blades, 3M and black craytec wheels on dremel points, green scrubby, pencil and disposable goods. Bring some cabochons if you have any and your favorite tools. Lab fee includes the 4 projects, other materials plan on $50 to $250 depending on projects chosen.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $50 to $250
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Silver II - Inlay I (Beginning) - Chuck Bruce
Construct an inlay box pendant (project 1), a box ring (project 2) and student choice after, usually an inlay cuff. Students can bring basic silver tools, pocketknife or scribe, will have most tools needed. Students need to bring or purchase 2-3 slabs of rock that are similar hardness and can be combined for inlay. Pattern stones do very well with plain colored stone. Expect waste rock. Students can also inlay with wood, fossil ivory, bone, Fordite. Lab fee includes Sterling Silver for Project 1 & 2, all banding silver, pripps flux, silver hard wire solder, saw blades, glues for inlay, stabilizer glues, dusk masks, 3M and black craytec wheels on dremel points, green scrubby, pencil and disposable goods. Lab fee also includes some banding stones and wood...other materials plan on $100 to $300 depending on projects chosen.

Lab Fee: $195.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100 - $300
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: Cabochons (Calibration and Shapes), Silver I

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Silver III - Inlay II (Advanced) - Chuck Bruce
Construct an Inlayed bail & hinged inlay pendant (project 1) with piercing or raised rocks, from that is student choice. We will explore; Raised stone sections, Back Plate Piercing with Design so Inlay shows thru, Back Plate Textured & Roller Printed, Open back with inlayed stone, Extended back plate on sides with stamped/chiseled/granulation/wire work, and Stone or Wood or Wire in Stone/Stone or Wood in Metal/Stone or Wood or Wire in Wood. Students can bring basic silver tools, pocketknife or scribe, will have most tools needed. Students need to bring rock that are similar hardness and can be combined for inlay. Expect waste rock. Students can also inlay with wood, fossil ivory, bone, Fordite.Class fee includes Sterling Silver for Project 1, all banding silver, pripps flux, silver hard wire solder, saw blades, glues for inlay, stabilizer glues, dusk masks, 3M and black craytec wheels on dremel points, green scrubby, pencil and disposable goods. Does include some banding stones and wood...other materials plan on $100 to $300 depending on projects chosen.

Lab Fee: $195.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100 to $300
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: Cabochons (Calibration and Shapes), Silver I & Silver II, Inlay 1

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