Morning  Sherrod

Morning retired as the owner/operator of a home interior and designer of window treatment business in 2005. The next year she took her first silversmith class at William Holland and discovered a new medium to express her creative energies. Since this time Morning has attended over 30 classes a William Holland and Wild Acres Retreat. She has earned a level 4 certification in PMC under the tutelage of Teva Chaffin. Morning recently studied chasing and repousse at William Holland and Wild acres under Tom and Kaye Benham. Mornings creations have won many awards at the juried art shows in the past 9 years she attended in the southwest. Her designs often combine several disciplines in one piece. She served as president of Montgomery Gem and Mineral Club for 3 years. She also teaches privately in shops in Millbrook, AL and Wild Acres.

Class List

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Chasing and Repoussé - Morning Sherrod
In this class students will learn the ancient art of moving metal into a three-dimensional shape. This is accomplished using a set of tools called chasing liners and repousse punches. Planishing tools for smoothing and texture punches for pattern background finish off the process. All this is performed on a bowl of warm German red pitch. Lab fees include the use of all tools and materials. We will learn on copper. As you become more confident in your skills you may purchase silver sheet from the instructor or bring your own 22 gauge, 24 gauge is too fine for sheet metal.

Lab Fee: $200.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0 to 200
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I - Morning Sherrod
In this class students will be taught the fundamental skills needed for them to advance in the art of silver jewelry fabrication. Everyone will first learn to safely use the torch and flex shaft. Skills taught will include various soldering techniques, proper sawing, filing and hammering for texture. Lastly polishing and patina if desired will put the finishing touch on your pieces. The first 3 projects are covered by the class fee. These are a ring with bezel set stone, pendant with bezel set stone, and a pick soldered chain bracelet. Silver and cabochons will be available to purchase for additional projects. I will have tools and expendables available for you to use and the school supplies a basic tool kit. Feel free to bring your own tools if desired. Optivisors are very helpful and closed toed shoes are a must! Long hair should be worn back. This class is about learning and having fun in a pressure free and self-paced environment.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: 50.00-200.00
Prerequisites: None

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Silver II - Morning Sherrod
This class is for students who are comfortable with fundamental silver smithing techniques and would like to go beyond the basics. Student projects will include an open pendant, filigree project, and a project utilizing tube setting. Hinges, decorative bails, fabricating and sweat soldering embellishments will also be learned. After the projects are completed, students will be encouraged to utilize these new skills to create a piece of their own design with instructor’s approval and hands on instruction. Optivisors are recommended. The lab fee covers all supplies for the first projects, and all consumables, educational materials and the use of specialized tools for the course. Please have hair worn back and closed toe shoes are mandatory for safety reasons. Feel free to bring your own tools. This will be fun and stress-free class where student can use techniques to produce unique pieces of their own design.

Lab Fee: $175.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100-$300
Prerequisites: Two Silver I Classes

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Silver II – Southwest Style - Morning Sherrod
In this class, students will learn techniques often associated with southwest jewelry.  You will learn how to make and apply features, flowers, thunderbirds, and other Indian-type motifs.  Also we will be doing castellated bezels, shadow box stone settings, as well as stamping that will be used in rings, bolos, and bracelets. The instructor will provide the educational materials, tools, stamps, and all consumables that are needed.  You may bring your own stamps, tools, and designs.  I will have for purchase turquoise, varisite, variquoise, chrysocola, parrot wing jasper, and Sonoran sunset at market prices.  Optivisors are necessary and closed-toe shoes are mandatory.  Long hair should be worn up or back.  Come and learn this popular style in a fun and self-paced environment.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$300
Prerequisites: Three Silver I classes

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