Vickie  Prillaman

Vickie Prillaman has attended workshops with many wellknown artists, has completed an apprenticeship with a German goldsmith, her knowledge of design is shared with her students. She began teaching in 1995 and joined the William Holland team in 1997. Vickie also cuts and uses her own stones in combination with gold and silver to design and create her unique jewelry. Vickie is a member of several jeweler and gem associations, and past Vice President and President. Contact me with any questions, uneekjewelry@gmail.com or 770-265-7879

Class List

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Silver I – Argentium - Vickie Prillaman
Have you been curious about this metal called “Argentium”? Come and find out! This class will cover the basics of working with Argentium and fine silver sheet, wire, and setting stones. Proper use of tools will be discussed. We will discuss and practice sawing, filing, soldering, and polishing. Students will make a ring with a cabochon stone setting, a pendant with a stone setting and a bracelet. Kits are provided. Depending on the students’ abilities, they may have time to make more items. This class is open to beginners and those who may need to refresh their skills. You may bring your own tools if you have them. An Optivisor and apron are highly recommended. You should bring a pair of safety glasses. Closed toe shoes are mandatory! Lab fee covers cost of handouts, flux, solder, saw blades, and the use of other accessories needed to complete the projects and many of the essentials that are different and required for working with Argentium. Please be aware Argentium costs slightly more than Silver. Stones and some tools will be available for purchase.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $185-$250 (Depends on the cost of Argentium)
Prerequisites: None

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Silver II – Contemporary Southwest Style - Vickie Prillaman
This class will cover the Southwestern style of jewelry with a Contemporary flair. We will discuss the styles and what are the differences between the Hopi, Navaho, and Zuni and other tribes. You will learn how to make several sizes of feathers, flowers, and other common southwest symbols. We will make our own appliques to add onto pieces of jewelry, whether it’s rings, bracelets, pendants, or earrings. We will also use stamps to make designs in the metal. Our projects will include: an overlay design as in the Hopi style, to be used in a ring, a “shadowbox” pendant, a bracelet, and if time allows other projects. The lab fee covers cost of handouts, solder, flux, sawblades, consumable items, and the use of my stamps and of other accessories to complete the projects. You may bring your own stones. You may bring your stamps if you wish. I will have stones available for purchase. If you have any questions, please call me at: 770-265-7879 or Email me at uneekjewelry@gmail.com.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $190-$270 (Depending on the price of silver)
Prerequisites: Good soldering and sawing skills

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Silver II – Fused Textures - Vickie Prillaman
In this class we will be working with 28- and 30-gauge sterling silver sheet and wires. You will learn how to shape and fold the metal and then how to fuse the sheet and or flat and round wires using a charcoal block and Batterns flux to create even more textures and how you can get different results from fusing with and without flux. You will learn how to roll print the metal before fusing and the different patterns resulting from all of this. How you can change the results of the fusing by rolling the metal through the mill, with and without texture templates. Think of looking down on the earth, or a bird’s eye view of it to get some ideas for shapes and designs. This class really uses your imagination. You will have several projects to make from the fused metal, rings, bracelets, earrings or pendants. You will decide what you want to make from your fused metal sheets. I will have the silver you will need for this class in kits. If you have some 18kt or 22kt yellow gold that you would like to incorporate into the designs, feel free to bring that. The lab fee covers handouts, consumables and the use of brass templates for the rolling mill and other accessories needed for this class. Please call if you have any questions 770-265-7879.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $180-$250 (Depends on cost of silver)
Prerequisites: Good soldering skills and a vivid imagination

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Silver II – Rings, Rings, and More Rings - Vickie Prillaman
This class will cover several jewelry making techniques. We will be exploring several types of surface textures, including how to get a high polish, roll printing, reticulation, and other alternative surface embellishments. We will discuss and practice tube setting, making a tube setting tool, pin backs, bails, hinges and more. With this new knowledge you will be making rings, pendants, pins, bolos, and more. The lab fee covers handouts flux, solder, sawblades, and other consumable items.

Lab Fee: $130.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-$200
Prerequisites: Strong sawing and soldering skills

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