Springs can be used to add dramatic movement and satisfying functionality to jewelry and small metalwork of all sorts. In this technical workshop, you will create a variety of spring-based sample mechanisms, ranging from functional catches for jewelry to tiny toys and spring-loaded containers. In the process, you'll learn about different types of springs, their corresponding functions, and how to incorporate them into your work. Basic metalsmithing skills are necessary for this class - you should be able to saw, file, and solder unassisted. Skill level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Intermediate to Advanced
Join us for this special three day workshop and expand your knowledge of how to move and manipulate metal. Bill Fretz revolutionized metal forming with the introduction of his miniature stakes and hammers made specifically for jewelers. These tools allow for raising and planishing to be performed right at the bench.
Bill is designing a brand new project for this class that will teach you to utilize his stakes and hammers in new ways. Students will learn about hammer control and how to create convex and concave forms while exploring different textures that can be applied with hammers and stakes, as well as how to apply those textures to jewelry. On the first day, students will begin with creating bangles with hammer textures, before moving to large fluted bangles and finally to creating large convex beads which can be strung together to make a dramatic necklace. Once the basics are mastered, students will be able to examine ancient techniques with modern applications.
So you'd like to try your hands in enameling, but don’t have a kiln? This is the course for you.
Try Torch Fire Enameling on Argentium Silver! Easy to setup, fairly inexpensive, and so much fun. This class teaches the basics of fusing Argentium Silver, a high karat sterling silver alloy that has many advantages over traditional sterling silver. Students will test a variety of enamel colors during this class, as well as practice by making a small test strip. They will then design and create a pair of enameled earrings and/or pendant to take home at the end of class.
This is the easiest, fastest, and most affordable way to enamel on metal without the need of a kiln.
Wax is an amazing material and Kate Wolf is the woman with all the tools and tricks!
In this hands-on workshop, explore innovative approaches to wax carving with an emphasis on encouraging confidence and creativity. We will explore:
- Transforming scribbles into resolved designs
- Carving rings, bezels and partial bezels for cabochons and faceted stones
- Contour fit shadow bands
- Turn flex shaft into a lathe to make bezels and rings
- Demo shadow band
- Flame techniques
- Faux granulation
- Pierced out work
- Hollowing, finishing, repairing, toolmaking
- ...And so much more!
Learn how to rapidly and accurately remove excess material using the flex shaft for affordable lathe and milling processes. We will be working with Wolf Milling Wax™. There will be live, highly magnified demos of many wax techniques and the proper use of all of the Wolf Tools and Wolf Waxes that Kate has invented.
Come work alongside the “female MacGyver”, this workshop covers so many techniques folks often take it two or more times. Expect to finish a couple of projects, and leave with a few pieces in process. This course focuses on wax carving techniques and no casting will take place to leave plenty of time for you to absorb all the tricks and troubleshoot alongside Kate.