Jan & Keith  Stephens

Jan has a diverse background in the arts including classical piano, painting, textile creations and ultimately, jewelry design. She has been featured in several magazines including Southern Distinction, Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry and Bead and Button magazines. She retired with a thirty-six-year career as a professional educator and now melds her teaching expertise, intuition, and advanced creators of both wire and reclaimed silverware jewelry. Along the way, Jan sparked Keiths interest in jewelry making after he retired from a career in banking and financial services. He enjoys fold forming, forging, metalsmithing and creating jewelry from reclaimed silverware. He now shares her passion and joins her in teaching and inspiring students. In 2016, Keith and Jan worked together to develop the Wrapsody Silver-Wear Bender that is used to form silverware into works of jewelry art without annealing. They live in Winter Garden, FL and teach Wire Jewelry, Silver-Wear Jewelry and Cold Connections at Wrapsody Jewelry Studio, the Winter Garden Arts Association, Crealde School of Art, and The Florida Society of Goldsmiths among other Central Florida locations.

Website: wrapsodyjewelry.com

Class List

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Silver-Wear I - Jan & Keith Stephens
In this class students will recycle vintage Silver-Plated flatware into beautiful “Silver-Wear” Jewelry. They will learn cold forming techniques, polishing, buffing, basic wire wrapping, texturizing, stamping, using patina, making simple cold connections and other metalworking skills. The lab fee covers all materials for the required projects, consumable supplies and the use of specialized tools for the course. If desired, finer metals, gemstones and findings will be available at additional costs. The instructors will also have optional silverware pieces, tools and supplies available for purchase, at fair market prices, for completing extra projects at the school or at home. On Thursday and Friday, if required projects are complete, students will have the opportunity to develop their own unique designs using the skills they have learned during the week. At this time, students are allowed to bring to class their own collections of silverware, (either Sterling or Silver plate) or they can purchase additional silverware and supplies (Sterling or Silver Plate) from the instructors at fair market prices. Students may need to use vision magnification to see clearly. Otherwise, all you need to bring with you is creativity and imagination for this unique, fun-filled class. Note: In the event that you have already had Silver-Wear I, but the date for Silver-Wear II does not accommodate your needs, you may register for Silver-Wear I and the instructors will move you forward at your level with new and challenging projects.

Lab Fee: $245.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Silver-Wear II & Silver-Wear II Plus Combo - Jan & Keith Stephens
In this class you will have the opportunity to build on the skills learned in Silver-Wear I or Silver-Wear II. In the same classroom setting, Keith will be teaching Silver-Wear II while Jan is teaching Silver-Wear II Plus. If you have had Silver-Wear I, Keith will take you further in creative design and embellishment including shaping, stone setting, and other artful enhancements. Simultaneously, if you have had Silver-Wear II, Jan will take you further in creative design and embellishment, including shaping, stone capturing, advanced fork tine bending, advanced texture techniques, low-melt soldering and advanced stone setting techniques. The lab fee covers all materials for the required projects, consumables, supplies, and the use of specialized tools for the course. If desired, finer metals and gemstones will be available at additional cost. The instructors will also have optional silverware pieces, tools and supplies available for purchase at fair market prices for completing extra projects at the school or at home. On Thursday and Friday, if required projects are complete, students will have the opportunity to develop their own unique designs using the skills they have learned during the week. At this time, students are allowed to bring to class their own collections of silverware or they can purchase additional silverware and supplies from the instructors. Move your Silver-Wear skills to the next level in this new and exciting intermediate to advanced level course. Students may need to use vision magnification to see clearly. Otherwise, all you need to bring with you is creativity and imagination for this unique, fun-filled class.

Lab Fee: $245.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Silver-Wear I or Silver-Wear II

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