This is a comprehensive class that combines the three-day Basic Steel and Gold class and the three-day Etching Steel and Silver workshop.
- Working with mild, cold rolled steel including sourcing, cutting, soldering, forming, textur- ing, patinating and sealing. Materials and supplies required to work with steel.
- Cleaning and prepping steel for fusing and Keum Boo.
- Alloying various karats and colors of gold in preparation for fusing, a skill that can be broadly applied to other metals.
- Heat fusing gold to steel sheet and iron wire. Adaptations for different torches. Managing the fusing process. Trouble shooting.
- Keum Boo on steel. Using the torch and table top kiln to apply gold foil to steel.
- Texturing steel. Hammer and roller patterning steel to add interest to fused pieces.
- Cleaning and prepping steel for etching.
- Chemical and electro-etching steel and silver.
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
Introduce gold to your work! Spend three days working with master goldsmith Steve Kreichbaum to build a gorgeous ring in yellow and white gold wire and sheet, and learn how to flush set stones and create a heavy-walled bezel setting.
In this class, students will learn about the properties of gold and its variety of alloys. Discuss the differences from working with silver in regards to soldering, annealing and fabricating. Students will have the opportunity to practice troubleshooting and hear about ways to resolve issues with collapsing, melting or damaged gold pieces.
Join us in the studio for this exciting workshop, and take the guesswork out of gold!
Prerequisite: We suggest basic soldering and fabrication skills
Inlay is a decorative jewelry technique that consists of inserting pieces of contrasting colored stones and other materials into depressions in metal or wood to form patterns or pictures that are flush with the surface.
In this course, students will fabricate a ring in sterling silver, and prepare it for inlay by creating channels and grooves for the stones. Choose from a selection of rough cut lapis, turquoise, bloodstone and onyx to cut, grind and shape to fit perfectly into the recesses of the piece.
This is a beautiful way to accent a piece or elevate a collection. Add color and create patterns with this ancient lapidary technique.
All tools, stones and metal will be provided.
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.