Winter Workshop Classes

Advanced (Beyond Basic) Inlay
with Chuck Bruce
Prerequisites:  Inlay, Cabochons (Calibration and Shapes). Silver I ( not an absolute must, but helpful)

Construct an inlay bail & pendant (project 1), and student choice after, usually an inlay hinged bangle, bead knives, cuff links, belt buckle. Class will explore drilling into stone, stone in stone, stone cones, hingeing, stone on stone. but most choose a full inlay cuff (which I am known for). We accomplish this by using box construction with sterling silver sheet, either bezel or square or triangle or 1/4 round wire depending on project by soldering with hard wire solder and Pripps flux then rough cut stone with trim saw, grind to fit the void/channel/vessel then grind, shape & polish on Diamond Pacific Genie lapidary machines. Students can bring basic silver tools, composite cross lock tweezers, pocketknife or scribe, will have most tools needed. Students need to bring or purchase 2-3 slabs of rock that are similar hardness and can be combined for inlay. Pattern stones do very well with plain colored stone. Expect waste rock.

Lab Fee: $150.00 Includes Sterling Silver for Project 1, all banding silver, pripps flux, silver hard wire solder, saw blades, glues for inlay, stabilizer glues, dusk masks, 3M and black craytec wheels on dremel points, green scrubby, pencil and disposable goods. Does include some banding stones and wood.

Estimate Material Cost: lab fee includes 1st project, other materials plan on $100 to $300 depending on projects chosen. Level of skill or Prerequisites: Inlay, Cabochons (Calibration and Shapes), Silver I, not an absolute must, but helpful


Electro Etching w/ Silver Fabrication

With Micah Kirby

Prerequisites: Silver Soldering

Class will incorporate a design driven approach using and focusing on the  technique of Electro Etching. Electro Etching can create interesting textures/patterns for unique design elements in silver jewelry fabrication. Emphasis will be on two of the Electro Etching masking techniques(paint pen and Laser toner), design and finished goods.  Silver soldering is required. Three projects will be constructed maybe more if time willing.

The first two projects will be included in the lab fee.

Project 1:  Make two pair of earrings, demonstrating two methods of fabrication.

Project 2:  Make an Electro Etched Pendent.

Project 3:  Make a Cuff or Belt Buckle (students choice). 

I always Prefer to use my own tools! I recommend bringing your toolbox with your full scope of pliers, solder picks, cross locks and all the tools you might use to create work at home that will fit in your toolbox. 

Lab fee: $150 covers sterling silver for the first two projects, Pripps flux, silver wire solder, 3M and black Cratex wheels on Dremel points, green scrubby, pencil, Decocolor marker, teflon sheet and disposable goods. Additional silver will be available. I will allow you to bring your own materials if you so choose.

Wire Wrap
with Ron Miller

Multi-Wrapped Seven Wire Large Gauge Bracelet
Victorian Style Pendant Vine Bracelet Gypsy Ring 5 Bead X Bracelet 8 Pearl Ring 14ga. Loop Bracelet Cabochon Reverse Wrap
9 Wire Bracelet with Bead Sets “Anything” Cocktail Ring
9 Bead Bracelet with 2mm Beads Hinged – Nefertiti Bracelet Nefertiti Pendant Bow Tie Bracelet with Beads Hidden Bead Ring Victorian Sculptured Bracelet – Bracelet Section Victorian Sculptured Bracelet – Cabochon Section Free-Form Sculptured Ring 2 – 6mm Bicone Crystal Ring

Class Fee is $75.00
This fee covers the class kit. In the kit you will find the Instruction Manual, a note book, a pencil & pen, fine line marker, a ruler, a sewing tape measure with a storage container, some containers for your scrap pieces, plastic bags of assorted sizes and other hand-outs as needed. **Note** This fee is due at the start of classes.

Other Items for purchase are beads, bicones, cabochons and wire kits. I am a Euro Tool Dealer, I will have tools available for purchase when needed. All sales and fees will be in cash, check or credit cards in U.S. Dollars Student Supplied Material and Tools Wire type for this class is optional, use Sterling Silver, Gold-filled, Copper Silver-filled or Brass. Wire gauge is also optional. The wire type and gauge listed is what I used for the piece, it will have the best appearance. Most wire I use is purchased at Rio Grande Jewelry Supply. Best price and best quality and most of the time in stock. Rio Grande item numbers will be listed with material. Price for wire at Rio Grande on June 2, 2021 $387.74 +/- market change, if ordered from Rio Grande. Beads and cabochons are extra or personal stock on hand. This is for 19 projects for the week. Sterling Silver – SS Gold-filled – GF Wire.

Wrapping Tools:
Basic Tools for Wire Wrapping: Flush Cutters Round Nose Pliers Chain Nose Pliers Flat Nose Pliers Ring Mandrel Ring Sizing Rings Pin Vise Deburring Tool or File Rawhide Hammer Bench Block Thin Blade Knife Ultra Fine Tip Marker Flexible or Cloth Measuring Tape Jeweler’s Cleaning Cloth Tape or 2 Spring Clamps Optional
( Nice to have ) Tools: Leather Lined Table Vise Leather Lined Vise Grips (2 pair) Parallel Nylon Flat Nose Pliers Step Mandrel Set Bail Pliers ( 2 or 3 sizes ) Shaping Pliers Duckbill Pliers Bow Opening Pliers Bracelet Bending Tool Power Wire Twister

Dimensional Forming With Metal  
Instructor: Jody Ochs

Experience level: Comfort with using a jewelers torch and hammering metal.

This class is a technique driven class not a completed piece driven class. While you may indeed leave the workshop with finished or almost completed piece/s, the goal is to learn shell forming, spiculum forming, and may incorporate some fold forming. We will be using copper and brass to learn the techniques, if you would like to make things in silver you may bring your own 24 ga silver sheet. 

The copper and brass projects will be included in the lab fee. Each student will receive 2 – 6 x 12″ pieces each of Copper and Red Brass (4 altogether).

Emphasis 1 –  Cut out flat organic shapes and learn to form into 3D using synclast forming techniques 
Emphasis 2 –  Cut out flat organic shapes and learn to form into 3D using the anti-clast technique.
Emphasis 3  – Cut out flat organic shapes and learn to form a 3D hoop using the synclast technique.
Emphasis 4 –  Spiculum – learn how to cut and form a closed straight spiculum and solder the seam. This will also engage the synclast technique. 
Emphasis 5 – Curved spiculum – learn how to make a mild S shaped spiculum. This will incorporate both synclast and anticlast techniques. 

I recommend bringing your own hand tools, such as third arms, pliers, cutters, non marring pliers, metal scissors, files, a delrin hammer if you have one or any other forming hammers you have, texturing hammers if you want to play. All of these will be available to share and we will make files from sandpaper. But by all means you have them, bring your own so you don’t have to wait a turn. 

Many brands of forming hammers are available on the market. 

Some of my favorite hammers though, are made by NC Black out of Mount Airy, North Carolina, which are specifically made for micro forming jewelry with NON ferrous metals. While we will have hammers available to share, you will want your own after the class, so why not get a few ahead if you can! Feel free to contact me for individual recommendations depending on the scale of the work you intend to pursue. They make a wonderful wide range!

Supplies fee: $70. covers the copper and red brass sheets for projects, fluoride free flux, silver wire solder, scotchbrite pads, Barkeepers Friend, 2 grits of sandpaper 4 sheets each, rubber cement, & flat sticks to make your own files, tracing paper, sharpie, solder containers, pre cut pieces of 2×4’s to use as dapping blocks and incidentals.

*Red Brass is also called Jewelers brass, because it looks so similar to gold when polished.

If you’d like to bring the above supplies yourself, let me know. 

Intro to Blacksmithing
Instructor: Albert Rasch

Day 1: Concepts: Tapering, scrolls, and punching.
Steak Turner Hook

Day 2: Concepts: Forming, twists, scrolls, punching, and riveting.
Copper Bowl Ladle

Day 3: Concepts: Forging, grinding, and polishing for tools and tool making. Repoussé/Chasing tools, punches, hammers, repurposing and repairing tools.

Day 4: Concepts: Riveting, coils, upsetting, punching, twists, hot cutting.
Bottle openers and door knockers!

Day 5: Open forge.
Review of concepts, completing any previous objectives, participants’ projects.

The initial hour of day 1 will cover safety, tool nomenclature, and class objectives. Each day there will be a brief safety introduction and that day’s class objectives. Students will be required to always wear safety glasses while forging, grinding, or any tool use. Cotton clothes and leather shoes are required as well, and a cotton or leather apron strongly recommended. Gloves are generally discouraged, though thin TIG welding gloves are not too bad. There will be plenty of water available during class!

All participants will be given a 2 lb hammer and the materials necessary for the projects. Other tools will be available for the participants to use.

Blacksmithing is a kinesthetic craft, you learn by doing. It can be an exhausting craft if you are not used to it! It will be hot in the shop, please bear that in mind. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time, for any length of time.  The metal won’t go anywhere and there is always time to get caught up!