Kim  St. Jean

Following ten years as a public school teacher, Kim combined her love of teaching with her creative talents and began teaching jewelry classes. Mostly self-taught, Kim now has been teaching jewelry classes for 19 years. She is an award winning instructor, author and jewelry designer. Kim has been published in numerous magazines and books. She has appeared on several beading/craft television programs and has written three books Mixed Metal Mania, Metal Magic, and Colorful Wirework Jewelry. Kim was elected one of the Top Ten Instructors in the country by the attendees of the prestigious Bead & Button show. She now has 36 instructional videos available and numerous how to videos on YouTube. Her husband Norm has learned through osmosis and assists Kim wherever they may be teaching.

Class List

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Mixed Metals – Cold Connections I - Kim St. Jean
In this class, you will learn how to use mixed metals such as copper, brass, nickel, bronze and sterling silver. There will be a heavy emphasis on design you will complete your designs using cold connections and soldering methods. We will explore techniques such as traditional and creative stone setting, hinges and piercing. This will be a fast-paced class. Lab fee covers all base metals, handouts, consumables, specific cabochons and some sterling components. Additional sterling and cabs can be purchased. Any additional cost incurred would be in the purchase of work at home, or specific sterling upgrades. We will use torches and hammers. Questions are welcome via email at: kim@kimstjean.com

Lab Fee: $195.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Mixed Metals – Cold Connections II - Kim St. Jean
In this class, you will learn how to use mixed metals such as copper, brass, nickel, bronze and sterling silver. There will be a heavy emphasis on design you will complete your designs using cold connections and soldering methods. We will explore techniques such as traditional and creative stone setting, hinges and piercing. This will be a fast-paced class. Lab fee covers all base metals, handouts, consumables, specific cabochons and some sterling components. Additional sterling and cabs can be purchased. Any additional cost incurred would be in the purchase of tools or materials from the instructor to continue this work at home or specific sterling upgrades. We use torches and hammers. Questions are welcome via email at: kim@kimstjean.com

Lab Fee: $225.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Riveting, soldering, and sawing experience or instructor approval.

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Silver I – Soldering Trifecta - Kim St. Jean
Sheet, Wire or Paste…Chip, Stick or Pick…Hard, Medium or Easy. All winners in the case of successful silver soldering, but which one do you use. Well, all 3. In this class I will discuss and demonstrate the different types of solder, their application and their uses. You be given the opportunity to experiment will all, being given constructive instruction and guidance while making sterling silver chain, bezel pendant, prong pendant and ring. After this class you will leave with a better understanding of silver solder, its use and its function so that you will be ready for any task or class instructors’ preference you may encounter. The Lab fee includes the first two projects as well as all consumables. Questions are welcome via email at: kim@kimstjean.com

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100-$300
Prerequisites: None

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Silver II – Low-Tech Casting - Kim St. Jean
This is not your traditional silver casting, which is why we call it Low-Tech. We will use casting grains and/or scrap silver to create unique components which we will then incorporate into pieces of jewelry. We will introduce a new casting method each morning, then in the afternoon we will take what we cast to design and create a finished product. Techniques taught include water, salt, pine needle, cuttle fish and if time permits, sand and channel casting. Students are encouraged to bring their own silver scrap. Lab fee includes 1-2 troy ounces of casting grain (depending on the market), handouts, consumables, specific cabochons and some sterling components. Additional sterling and cabs can be purchased. Any additional cost incurred would be in the purchase of tools or materials from the instructor. We will use torches and hammers. Should you have any questions, please contact instructor by email at  kim@kimstjean.com

Lab Fee: $225.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Silver II – Southwest Silver - Kim St. Jean
Learn Southwest style silversmithing, utilizing contemporary techniques but inspired by vintage Southwestern jewelry. We will explore overlay, component creation, stamping techniques, and traditional southwestern stone settings. We’ll be using domestic turquoise along with coral and spiny oyster in our designs. Polish and patina will be key in the finishing of our creations. The lab fee includes the first project, as well as all consumables. Your questions are welcome at: kim@kimstjean.com

Lab Fee: $225.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $50-$200
Prerequisites: Silver 1 or instructor approval

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