Vaughn  Millner

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." Ralph Waldo Emerson Vaughn Millner is a jewelry artist who works primarily in metal fabrication. As a former college professor, counselor educator, and therapist, she applies her love of both teaching and wellness to jewelry instruction. Vaughns contemporary jewelry is a synthesis of her positive life perspectives and her attention to detail. She values the creative process and the serenity and vibrancy it brings to life. Vaughn draws inspiration from ancient civilizations and the southern delta in which she lives. She combines a myriad of techniques such as designing, soldering, piercing, etching, and keum-boo to fabricate one-of-a-kind art jewelry pieces. Vaughn often embellishes or appliqus her silver pieces with other metals. Color is expressed in gemstones, enamels, stones, and patinas. Vaughn owns and operates Vaughn Millner Jewelry and samples of her work can be viewed at Vaughn is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, and the Georgia Goldsmith Guild.


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Silver 1.5 - Vaughn Millner
Silver 1.5 has been designed specifically for those students who have some experience with silver jewelry design and fabrication but do not feel ready for some of the specialty or advanced courses.

This class will include three projects that are intended to develop proficiency in specialized techniques. While working on the projects, emphasis will also be placed on the development of design plans and their execution, accurate and predictable solder joins, fabrication and finishing techniques (i.e. stone setting, bezel building, adding texture, cleaning and polishing), and an introduction to a variety of specialty tools and their uses. Silver 1.5 classes include basic information on safety, polishing, and finishing work.

The emphasis for this weeks Silver 1.5 class will be on forming silver with the hydraulic press and hammer. Forming provides dimension to your work and extends both design and construction choices. The three projects will include a bracelet with hydraulic pressed-set clasp, pendant, and ring. T-folds and/or line folds will be incorporated in design execution. Techniques will include using dies and forming with a hydraulic press, forging, hammering, and planishing. Argentium silver will be introduced in this class and used in one project.
The lab fee includes solder, flux, saw blades, finishing tools, use of specialty tools brought by the instructor, and handouts. Tools are provided, but students may bring their own tools. For the selected projects, a kit will be prepared that includes all needed metals. Students may bring their own flat and round/oval shaped gemstones or purchase them from instructors. Optivisors and safety glasses are suggested. Close-toes shoes are required. Contact vaughnmillner@yahoo.comif you have questions.

Lab fee................................................ $100
Estimated Materials Cost................... $150-250
Prerequisite........................................................ At least one class of silversmithing instruction

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-$250.00
Prerequisites: Some experience working with silver

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