In this class, you will learn the technique for making jewelry from beads. You will learn many techniques and design, as well as weaving seed beads into finished projects. Materials can be purchased locally and in class. There may be a small fee for patterns.
In this class you will learn how to cut large chunks of stone into slabs and then, from those slabs, you will create the cabochon stone. Using the saws and polishing wheels you will shape the stone and highly polish it with a rounded surface for the finished product. These stones are suitable for use in making jewelry. Stones for this class may be purchased at the class or you may bring your own raw material for cabbing.
In this class you will learn how to use wax patterns and centrifugal casting equipment and turn molten silver into jewelry. Supplies are purchased on an as needed basis for each project you wish to complete. Equipment is supplied, but you must purchase your own silver and other supplies needed for each project.
Chainmaille (Beginning and Advanced)
In this class you will learn many different chainmaille weaves, possibly some wire wrapping techniques. The weaves will vary from beginning weaves like Byzantine, to advanced weaves like Beez to Butterflies. There will be a new project each week and kits will be available for purchase for each project.
In this class you create jewelry by fusing enamel to copper or silver in a kiln. Supplies are available for purchase at the class. The number of pieces is limited only by your imagination.
In the faceting class a student will be instructed in the techniques used to facet rough material into jewelry quality stones for making jewelry. There are a limited number of faceting machines available and early sign up for this class is recommended. You are welcome to use your own faceting machine in this class if you have one.
Fused glass is a unique art form, created by firing colored glass into a glowing substance which responds to the touch and spirit of the artist. Explore your creative potential in the exciting medium of kiln fired glass. Class covers the history of glass, properties and types of glass, cutting glass, design and color theory. No experience is necessary and there is no limit to the number of pieces you can create. All supplies are available for sale at each session.
Learn to make glass beads using a propane/map gas torch called a hot head. The use and safety is taught about working with the hot glass, tooles, differences between glass and how they react with each other, and the importance of annealing your beads. Relax and have fun.
This is a six hour class each week that offers the shop facilities to experienced members who have previously completed classes in our workshop. No instruction is offered for this class, but there is an instructor available for assistance. Members can either register for the entire session at the regular fee or, pay for each individual session at the current drop-in rate.
Silver Smithing is a basic course for members to learn the basics of working metal and tools to create jewelry. Tools are provided and silver may be purchased at the workshop for each individual project. You will begin construction at the first class and each student will work at their own pace.
Using gold filled or silver wire and shaping tools, you will make bracelets, pendants or rings. You will learn how to incorporate cabochon stones or beads into your pieces. Basic tools are supplied and wire is for sale at the class session.
In this class you will learn how to use a rolling mill and the art of texturing copper or silver. Using items like crinkled paper and leaves to make different impressions and, of course, your imagination. The use of the torch will come in handy to do some soldering and annealing. You can make some one of a kind and unique pieces.