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.
Been curious about working in leather? This class will cover basic terminology, principles and types of leather in all it's applications, as well as basic tooling techniques and how it applies to jewelry making. Students will go through all the steps necessary to create a handmade bracelet with a stone mount or inlay.
- Leather types and tannages
- Tools and their usage
- Dyeing, stains, antiquing and finishing
- Adhesives and joining different types of leather
- Casing and tooling basics
- Mounting and appliqué work
- The “Mystery Braid” and basic round braid
- Edge Stitching and burnishing
- Framing and Bordering
Argentium and metal clay are two novel metal materials that are perfect together! Learn the basics of both materials, and how to combine them to take advantage of the unique qualities of both.
Metal clay is a quick, direct method for building sculptural components or capturing complex textures in metal. Students will experiment with a variety of techniques to produce metal clay elements, while learning concepts that will allow them to build more complex structures and to personalize their jewelry designs. Argentium wire and sheet will then be used to build simple supporting structures that highlight the metal clay details.Student should expect to make a variety of metal clay components and then construct at least one pair of wire-based earrings as well as a more complex pendant, including a bezel set stone if desired.
This two day workshop includes one day to explore working with metal clay components that will be fired to use in the projects. The second day introduces Argentium and various simple ways to fabricate jewelry utilizing the metal clay elements. Beginners are welcome, and more advanced students are encouraged to work these principles into their personal repertoire.
Metal clay sculptural concepts to be covered include how to:
- work quickly and confidently with metal clay
- think about building complex shapes from simple forms with minimal tools
- specifically form the metal clay components shown in the samples
- view broken pieces as design opportunities
Argentium topics covered include:
- What makes Argentium different from regular sterling and why it’s perfect for combining with metal clay – FUSING instead of soldering, no fire scale so no nasty heavy acid pickle, MUCH easier to fuse than fine silver
- Working with Argentium - it’s different!! - judging temperature, avoiding fracture
- Annealing Argentium so that it’s super soft for forming into rings or other shapes
- Forming rings and fusing them closed
- Texturing Argentium wire (or sheet)
- Forming wire ovals or teardrops
- Forming granules
- Fusing pre-fired fine silver metal clay to Argentium
"Save yourself valuable time, energy and money by eliminating common mistakes and blunders. Learn tricks and tips from someone who has been an award-winning independent jewelry design business owner as well as participated in literally hundreds of shows. I will share my first-hand experiences and wisdom with you, so that you can begin to reach your ultimate customer and goals.” Marlene.
If you're a jewelry designer, running your own business can be one of the most challenging, exhilarating, nerve-wracking, and ultimately rewarding things you'll ever do. In this book, Marlene Richey offers a basic, easy-to-understand guide to becoming not just a “nano entrepreneur,” but covering everything from identifying a target market and setting up shop, pricing, marketing, and selling your individual designs--all while having fun along the way. Profiting by Design will show you how to succeed at starting a business that you can proudly call your own.
To be able to target your market, you need to send a clear, concise and consistent message. You can only do that if you know who you are, your product, your philosophy, your inspirations, your business and your image. In this class students will get an overview of what you need to start marketing and promoting their work. Without knowing who you are, how can you know where you are going? This class helps you develop a roadmap.
During this fast-paced, hands-on class you will learn about branding yourself, your jewelry and your business, writing for press releases, press kits, craft and trade shows along with pre-show and post-show smartness (whether it is a wholesale or the ultimate customer show), networking, approaching a gallery, writing an artist statement and collection description, collecting words and creating a marketing plan for your specific needs and goals.
Follow the example of Andy Warhol who clearly understood the value of marketing himself and his work, “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”
So many people making jewelry call themselves designers,
without so much as a second thought given to what makes a designer.
And what exactly does a designer do?
The concept of good or bad design is subjective, but in this fast paced, highly interactive and creative class you will glean answers to these questions. You will learn the basics of designing a cohesive collection with some fun hands-on exercises. Also, you will begin to look at your jewelry through new eyes and see how you can improve your designs and become a more successful and thoughtful designer.
Marlene Richey, who is known for her business and marketing classes, will reveal another part of herself that most people don’t know. Her father was head of the art department at the university level, and her uncle was head of the art department at Central Washington University. Both men published numerous books on art, design and art education. Marlene herself majored in art and metalsmithing in college and did postgraduate work on Russian icons. She was raised in an environment where the concept of “less is more” was prominent, and Scandinavian designer, Alvar Aalto, and the postmodern movement were common topics during family conversations. All of this was the perfect preparation for a successful career in the jewelry and craft world. These concepts are still popular today, making Marlene an ideal instructor and invaluable advisor to the modern designer.
Marlene knows design and wants to help develop your aesthetic and take your vision to the next level. This class is invaluable to the artist who wishes to push their concepts further to create strong and beautiful works of art.
Cloisonné enameling is a fun and exciting approach to design with brilliant colors, incredible depth, and beautiful gradations.
This workshop introduces students to a simple and step-by-step approach to cloisonné enameling. More experienced students will be challenged to push past preconceived ideas of how their enamels should look.
- Students will learn and practice:
- Preparing the metal for enameling
- Wire Shaping and basics to wire working
- Design and composition-
- Layering transparent, opaque, and opalescent enamels
- Finishing and color tests
Get introduced to the world of lapidary arts and spend a week alongside an internationally renowned lapidary artist, Michael Boyd. Learn how to cut, polish and set cabochons in many different materials.
Students begin their class by cutting traditional cabochons and set their freshly cut cabs in a stylized bezel.
- Students will learn and practice:
- -Cutting traditional cabochons and set freshly cut cabs in a stylized bezel
- -Settings for stone-on-stone
- -Drilling holes in stone
- -Carving grooves and slots in stone
- -Stacked/layered bezels
- -A variety of alternative setting styles and mountings
Who doesn’t want to add a little color to their jewelry, or maybe custom patterns and images? This class focuses on a technique for drawing on metal with colored pencils. Learn to add color and excitement to your work. Color, pattern, and texture will be discussed as well as instruction on how to incorporate this technique into pendants, pins, and earrings. Students design their own or use a premade simple pattern to get started. Students will work on design, fabrication, and finishing as well. In this 5 day class, students will complete at least one pin/pendant and several sample pieces.
In this 5 day class, students will complete at least one pin/pendant and several sample pieces and have the ability to back their work on sterling silver.
This five day workshop will give
participants a look at some of the many ways one can use round wire
in processes borrowed from the fields of basketry and textiles –
twisting, wrapping, looping, braiding, and knitting to make
textured line, and soumak, weaving and twining to create flat shape
or hollow form. Emphasis will first be on making samples of the
processes that interest the participant, and then to incorporate
one or several in a simple project of the participant’s own
choosing. Some experience with metals and soldering is helpful, but
not essential. People from a fibers background may find interest in
using a different material with processes they
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.
Chasing and repoussé is an ancient technique used to decorate sheet metal with the most lavish and intricate designs. In this 5 day hands on workshop, Saign will teach everything from different methods of transferring images, tool making, and pitch preparation, to proper ergonomics, chasing, repoussé, and creating relief with only chasing from the front.
You will not only go home with one or more completed projects, but also develop and hone the knowledge and skill to create beautiful pieces of art on your own. Experience is helpful, but not necessary.