Silver I.5 - Debra Cobia
Students will engage in the art of silver jewelry making using a torch, flex shaft and a variety of hand tools. From demonstrations, detailed written instructions and personal attention, students will strengthen their skills in jewelry design, sawing, forming, texturing, soldering, filing, and polishing/finishing. In addition, students will practice depletion gilding, bezel making, piercing, and stone setting. Participants will explore jewelry design while learning safety techniques, tool use, fabrication, and surface applications through step-by-step instructor-led projects. Students will design and fabricate an assortment of jewelry pieces including a pendant, ring and bracelet. This course is designed for those who have some experience with silver but are not yet ready for Silver II. The lab fee includes solder, flux, saw blades, finishing wheels, and handouts. Tools are provided, but students may bring their own tools. Students will receive a kit that includes all needed metals and a stone for one of the projects. The cost of the metals kit will be determined by current market prices. Students may bring additional flat and round-shaped gemstones or purchase them from instructors. Optivisors and safety glasses are suggested. Closed-toe shoes are required.