Vickie  Prillaman

Vickie Prillaman has attended workshops with many "In 1994 she became an assistant in the jewelry department at Spruill, she also attended Georgia State University in 1994, where she recognized her interest in education and started teaching jewelry making in 1995. She completed a year long apprenticeship with a German goldsmith in the Atlanta area in 1996. She has taught beginning Silver classes for the Eastern Federation of Gem and Mineral Societies, several beginning Silver and Advanced Silver classes for the Southeast Federation of Gem and Mineral Societies, and Advanced Silver classes for the Florida Society of Goldsmiths. In 1997 Vickie began teaching at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts. She continues to teach workshops around the country and privately in her own studio in Georgia. Vickie Prillaman continues to add to her knowledge of metalsmithing and stone cutting by attending workshops with many well-known artists. She enjoys learning new techniques and passing on what she has learned to her students. Vickie is an accomplished lapidarist who uses her own stones in combination with gold and silver to design and create her unique jewelry. Vickie also enjoys designing and weaving baskets and sharing her knowledge with others. She has studied with Lorraine Garcia since 2011 and has attended other basket making classes in the area.

Vickie is a member of the Georgia Goldsmiths Group and the Florida Society of Goldsmiths. She is past President of the Cobb County Gem and Mineral Society and a past President and Vice President of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths. She is a member of the Tomoka Gem and Mineral Club."

Class List

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Baskets I - Vickie Prillaman
This class is primarily for beginners although students of all experience are welcome. We will be weaving 3 different styles of baskets depending on your ability. You will learn different weaving techniques that add interest to your baskets. We will be using different shapes of reed, natural reed, and dyed reed to add color to your baskets. The lab fee covers handouts and the use of the tools that students will need in class to create your baskets. The materials needed to make your baskets are included in the materials cost. Additional baskets will be $40 each.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: Estimate (3 Baskets)$150
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I - Argentium - Vickie Prillaman
This class is for both students that have worked with a torch on Sterling that want to learn about Argentium AND students that have never worked with a torch at all. Have you been curious about this metal called “Argentium”? This class will cover what it is and what is so fascinating about it that has everyone talking about it. Is it something you want to start using to make your jewelry? We will use wire and sheet to make rings, earrings, bracelets and/or necklaces. I will have several samples of different projects that you may choose to make. You will learn how to fuse and how to solder Argentium and the characteristics of Argentium vs Sterling. The lab fee for this class covers the handouts, consumables, and many of the essentials that are different and required for working with Argentium. Please be aware that Argentium costs slightly more than Sterling Silver. Please call me if you have any questions (770) 265-7879.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None! Absolute beginners welcome

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Silver II - Blanking, Matrix, and Embossing Dies and Using the Hydraulic Press - Vickie Prillaman
Are you tired of sawing out multiple pieces of the same design? This class is for you! This class will demonstrate new ways to make jewelry or art objects using a hydraulic press and a 20 ton hydraulic jack. We will use urethane rubber pads, matrix dies, embossing dies, and blanking dies to make pieces to combine into jewelry or art objects. Blanking dies cut the metal, Matrix dies puff the metal, and Embossing dies make an impression in the metal as in repoussé. This class will cover how to make a blanking die so you can make duplicate multiples without having to saw each piece one by one. We will go over the design of the die, the proper layout, sawing of the tool steel and use of the hydraulic press. We will make matrix and embossing dies using the proper design layouts. We will practice using them alone and/or together to make jewelry or art objects. We will be using copper for our sample pieces. I will have extra copper, silver, brass, Plexiglas, and tool steel available for purchase. ***There are special tools required for this class*** I will provide a tools list to registered students and it will be your responsibility to purchase these BEFORE the class. I will also provide a basic tools list so you will be properly prepared to attend class and learn this technique. The approximate cost of the TOOLS required for this class is up to $190, depending on which rotational bench pin you purchase. The lab fee covers flux, solder, the consumable items, and the Plexiglas to make one matrix die and one embossing die, and the copper to make two samples on each die. Estimated Materials Cost is based on materials cost depends on whether you use copper or silver for your finished pieces.

Lab Fee: $180.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Good sawing skills and patience

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Silver II - Fused Textures - Vickie Prillaman
In this class we will be working with sterling silver sheet and wires. You will learn how to shape and fold the metal into various designs and fuse the metals together keeping crisp edges. We will cover how to create different results by fusing with and without flux. You can see how roll printing the metal before fusing can create different patterns. Also 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 be able to make several projects from the finished fused sheets. You decide what you want to create, rings, bracelets, earrings or pendants. 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 me if you have any questions (770) 265-7879.

Lab Fee: $120.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $180-$250
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Good soldering skills and a vivid imagination

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Silver II Rings, Rings, and More Rings - Vickie Prillaman
In this class we will discuss several of the different styles of rings. This includes discussing the multitude of ring shank styles and different stone settings. We will cover the basic closed ring shanks and the options available to make them unique, including the shape and decorative adornment of the shanks. Learn how to make an open ring shank and get the proper size. Learn how to make adjustable ring shanks so you can have a ring fit up to 2 different sizes without having to actually resize the ring. We will discuss how to set stones in each of these ring styles. We will also discuss how to design a ring using the stone as the focal point. Lab fee covers handouts, solder, flux, saw blades, and other consumables. Cost of silver will be dependent on market price.

Lab Fee: $120.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150 to $240
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Good sawing and soldering skills

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Silver III - Tufa Casting - Vickie Prillaman
What is Tufa? How do you cast with it? Attend this class and find out. Students will learn how to safely work with Tufa. Students will learn how to carve their designs into the Tufa stone, using a basic flat spatula, a fork, and other items found to make textures in the Tufa. No special tools required, how fun to find different items you can carve with! We will discuss what to do with the finished pieces. The finished castings can then be made either into a finished piece of its own or parts of a larger piece using them as overlays. Students will learn the basics of how to get a successful casting using Sterling.

Lab Fee: $120.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: No carving skills required, Students DO need to be comfortable using a torch

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