Case  Leeser

Case is a self-employed jewelry designer and licensed jeweler living in northeast Missouri. She has been designing and creating one of a kind pieces for many years, having studied fine arts at Morningside College, Maryville University, Quincy University and Culver Stockton College. She received her Bench Jeweler and Diamond Setting Degree from Gem City College School of Horology and Jewelry Sciences. She shows and sells her work from her store and in several galleries. Case is also an avid Chain Mailler and spends hours chasing those tiny little rings. Case enjoys passing on her knowledge and has been teaching at William Holland School since 2005. She is a member of Midwest Metalsmiths, Southeast Gem & Mineralogical Society and one of the founding members of the Palmyra Area Arts League. A retired private School Librarian and Culver-Stockton College Archivist, Case lives on a cattle ranch with her husband John, several cats, horses and one very large dog.

Class List

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Chain ll - Case Leeser
This class will use pre-cut and prepared sterling rings to make some of the more complex maille weaves. Students typically complete 4 or more chains during the week depending on their dexterity and patterns chosen. The emphasis will be on completing some of the more intricate patterns as well as adding some unique touches to some favorite weaves, making them "your own". Please bring an optivisor, 2 pair of chain nose pliers and any other tools the student prefers to use for chain making. Tools are also available from the instructor as well as the WH store. This class fee will include a workbook with patterns, instructions, charts and references. Various clasps and toggles will be available for purchase from the instructor. The expenses above the lab fee will depend on the additional stones, clasps, silver and beads purchased by the student.

Lab Fee: $40.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00+
Prerequisites: a Beginning chain class and ongoing chaining experience

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Silver III - Filigree - Case Leeser
Designed for the advanced silverwork student, this class is an intense soldering experience for those who love the delicate yet complex beauty of filigree. We will discuss filigree wire construction, frameworks, filling techniques, standard shapes and design. Students will complete one selected closed frame pedant and a non-framed project. These will illustrate the basic shapes and soldering techniques for making fine filigree. The students then, will be guided to create designs of their own with help as needed from the instructor.
Materials for the first two projects are included in the class fee as well as a workbook full of patterns and ideas for successful filigree work with lots of tips and techniques. Materials for the remainder of the week will be available from the instructor including silver, stone mountings, stones, cabochons, clasps findings and chains. The students typically complete five or more pieces during the week. Please bring round nose and chain nose pliers, an Optivisor or something similar.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100-$150
Prerequisites: Silver I, Silver II, and proficiency in soldering

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