Bill  Cohen

Bill is a native Atlantan who grew up in the jewelry business. From the age of 7, he spent his summers in his father's jewelry and hand engraving shop. Working every day after classes in his high school years, he did bench work for retail stores in the metro Atlanta area. At the age of 22, he traveled to Lausanne, Switzerland to do a one year apprenticeship in fine jewelry. Upon his return, he taught courses in jewelry making at Georgia State University in the Continuing Education Department for Richard Mafong. Afterwards, Bill ran the casting and repair department at JFF/Cohen Company. Additionally, Bill taught classes for groups and individuals. After his father retired in 2000, Bill opened Wanna Go Bead which was a bead and findings supply business which serviced two locations. Bill's career has always included the jewelry business. He currently makes and cast his own designs. Bill is married, with 2 grown children and lives in Loganville, Georgia.

Class List

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Lost Wax Casting - Bill Cohen
In this class we will explore centrifugal casting and vacuum casting. How to make a rubber mold will be shown. The lab fee includes Wax pattern, casting brass, and wax sheets, wax wire. If you want to cast in Sterling you are encouraged to bring your own metal or scrap. Sterling casting grain will be available for purchase. We will cast pre made patterns made from supplied molds.
Students are encouraged to design a wax pattern and cast their own design.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Basic metal skills

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Silver I - Benchwork - Bill Cohen
This class is to instruct in the making of handmade jewelry for the newcomer.
Proper filing, sawing, and soldering will be covered. If you have had any trepidation in making jewelry we will overcome that. This is a hands on class. We will be using Sterling and Fine Silver. Lab fees include metals and some stones. Metals will be offered as well as stones for sell. At market price. If you have your own tools or metals bring them. An Optivisor is recommended. The object of this class is to make you feel at home in the jewelry shop and comfortable with your skills.

Lab Fee: $185.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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