Nancy  English

Nancy is a retired nursing professor. She has an enthusiastic teacher, creative jewelry designer and values creative workmanship. Nancy and her daughter have been involved in lapidary and metalsmithing for many years. She has attended design and manufacturing workshops at William Holland and Western Kentucky University, as well as in Nashville, TN Atlanta, GA and Louisville, KY. Nancy has taught creative silversmithing in Nashville, TN Bowling Green Cadiz KY and at William Holland she is a member of the Middle Tennessee Gem and Mineral Society and Kyana Geological Society. She has taught silversmithing at Wildacres for the AFMS. As an active silversmith, she maintains a private workshop.

Class List

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Silver I - Nancy English
The class is structured for the first couple of days and then you will be free to work on whatever you wish in silver fabrication that is within your capabilities. I like to challenge my students, but not to the point of frustration. I hope you will trust my judgment in this. All tools will be furnished by the school and/or myself. If you wish to bring your own tools, please feel free. I know I am more comfortable using what I am familiar with. I use an OptiVISOR to improve the visual aspect of the work and strongly advise you to have some form of magnificationit makes for better work. I recommend a #4 or #5 lens or a 2 or 2 power magnification. I do require that all students where shoes that do not expose the toesit is HOT metal. You will be introduced to the tools, materials and techniques of basic silver fabrication. This will include cutting, sawing, filing, assembly, silver (hard) soldering and finishing (polishing etc.) of four or more pieces of jewelry including bracelets, rings, pendants and earrings. Come, learn and enjoy!
Lab Fee: $50
Estimated material cost: $100-$200 unless you purchase an exceptional amount of silver or expensive cabochons.

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100-$200
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I - Nancy English
This class will introduce shop safety, tools, sawing techniques, soldering and hammering for design. Students will learn closed and open-back techniques for jewelry design. Each student will have the opportunity to create four to seven items (ring, pendant and bracelet). Creativity is encouraged. Silver and cabochons will be available for purchase at market value. Lab fee covers solder, saw blades, select pieces of sterling silver for assigned projects, education materials and other items. Other silver will be available for sale at current market prices. Bring your favorite tools. An Optivisor is required.

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-$350
Prerequisites: None

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Silver II - Nancy English
This class is for students who wish to continue adding to their knowledge of metalsmithing. You will make four to seven items. Silver and cabochons will be available for purchase at market value. We will use open and closed-back techniques for design. Nancy encourages creativity. Lab fee covers solder, saw blades, select pieces of sterling silver for assigned projects, education materials and other items. Other silver will be available for sale at current market prices.

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-$400
Prerequisites: Two Silver I classes

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Silver III - Boxes, Boxes, Boxes - Nancy English
This class will explore the construction of boxes whether for jewelry, trinket or both. We will use sterling silver with fine silver for bezels applied as required by the design. Basic construction will be taught. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite tools, although tools will be provided by the School, as usual. Good soldering skills and good eyesight are required. Lab fee covers solder, saw blades, select pieces of sterling silver for assigned projects, education materials and other items. Additional silver will be available for sale at current market prices.

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100-$300
Prerequisites: Two Silver I classes, Silver II

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Silver III - Filigree - Nancy English
This course is an introduction to Russian and Norwegian filigree. Students will learn to make fine silver filigree wire to use in their designs. Knowledge of soldering, shop safety and jewelry polishing is a must. Projects will be selected by the instructor with consideration for student design. Four or more projects ranging from $15 to $60 may be completed. The lab fee includes solder, flux, Cratex wheels and handouts. Tools are provided, but you may bring your own favorite tools. Fine silver, .999 silver and .925 sterling silver are used in this class. Current market value for silver will effect materials cost.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-$350
Prerequisites: Two Silver I classes

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Silver III - Southwestern - Nancy English
Learn the art of overlay design, stamping design and use of turquoise in designing jewelry. Tools are provided, but you may bring your favorites. Design is important bring your drawings. Lab fee covers solder, saw blades, select pieces of sterling silver for assigned projects, education materials and other items additional silver will be available for sale at current market prices.

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$300
Prerequisites: Silver I, Silver II

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