Debora  Mauser

Debora Mauser is a self-taught jewelry artist working in mixed metals, stones and enamel. She  is a nationally known instructor teaching at large venues, shows and bead stores as well as schools on the east coast. You can find her work in magazines like Step by Step Wire Craft, Paper, Scissors Enameling by F&W publishing, as well as online video and classes with Craftsy and Craftcast.   Deboras classes are low key, but packed with techniques and information. She loves to support her students and their designs with creative options in each class.

Website: deboramauserdesigns.com

Class List

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Cold Connection - Torch Enameling - Debora Mauser
Enameling with a torch is fun, organic and much cheaper to set up a home studio.  In this class, students will learn safety procedures, proper sifting techniques and experiment with two different torches. We will cover, layering of colors, decals, stencils, adding embellishments, overfiring, using liquid enamel and watercolor enamels. Students will make many samples and have the opportunity to cold connect a few of their favorite pieces. Fee includes all enamel, metal and consumables needed.

Lab Fee: $200.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Cold Connections I - Debora Mauser
This beginning class will cover basic skills of working with base metals, cutting, sawing, filing and learning to connect two and three pieces of metal without heat.  We will cover basic riveting, telescoping rivets, tab settings and more.  I will have several projects planned but students will have plenty of time to develop skills and create their own designs. Class fee includes all metal, wire, and rivets needed to complete class projects, plus accent stones, chain and ear wires. The school has basic tool kits for student use and I will have tools for sale if you are interested. Silver will be available for upgrades.

Lab Fee: $175.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0 to $100
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Cold Connections II - Metal Manipulation - Debora Mauser
In this class we will explore numerous techniques to change your metal through texture, form and color.  We will use colored pencils, enameling, etching, rolling mill, and corrugator and a hydraulic press.    Class fee includes all copper, brass, titanium, wire, rivets and stones needed to complete projects, as well as sterling for some accents.   I will have most tools needed to complete projects, but please bring your own hand tools if you own them.  Students should have at least one class on Cold Connections 1. While we will use cold connections emphasis will be on metal technique.

Lab Fee: $200.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0 to $150
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Silver II - Low Tech Casting - Debora Mauser
Low tech casting is a technique of pouring molten silver over organic material. We will use a combination of casting grains and scrap silver to create unique components to incorporate into your jewelry. After learning a casting technique each morning, students will design and create jewelry each afternoon. We will do water casting 3 ways, broom casting, bean, salt and cuttlefish. Lab fee includes all consumables, 1 ounce of casting grain (more if silver goes down in cost) a bag of cz’s, tube settings, one cabochon and some misc. sterling components. Students should bring sterling and/or fine silver scrap or casting grain as well as wire/sheet/solder to work with. I will have a selection available to purchase. Please be comfortable with a torch.

Lab Fee: $225.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Silver I

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Wire, Fire and Mixed Metals - Debora Mauser
This class will be a bridge from wire wrapping into silversmithing.  Think ‘silversmithing lite.’  You will learn to use a butane torch to ball ends of wire and make several designs of chains, as well as earrings with a simple wire technique. We will also do easy one step soldering of wire and create bangles and rings using a hydraulic press.  Additionally, we will use the torch to color titanium and use that in our creations.  We will use mixed metals of copper and silver with silver being available to upgrade on some projects.  All levels are welcome, but this class is geared to the beginner. Class fee includes all metal and beads to make required projects.

Lab Fee: $200.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0 to $100
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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