Jewelry Making Workshop
February 3 - March 24, 2011
Jewelry Making Workshop is an eight-week series. Sessions may also be taken on an individual basis.
Session 1 (Feb 3): Metal Clay - An introduction to Metal Clay using PMC3 Silver Clay. In this workshop, you will learn to roll and add texture to metal clay. You will torch fire your pieces and walk away with .999 (nearly pure) silver pieces to add to your future jewelry designs.
Session 2 (Feb 10): Metal Clay – Beyond the basics. Learn to create your own bails and hollow form beads and molded pendants. Take what you learned in the first session and ramp it up a bit. This time, you will work with Copper or Bronze clay.
Session 3 (Feb 17): Intro to Resin Jewelry – In this workshop, you will create texture metal pieces using art metal. The metal bits will go into bezels (rings, bracelets and pendants) and you will fill with a two-part epoxy resin. In this workshop, you will use the de-gassing chamber to provide you with the most clear and glass-like finish for your resin jewelry. You will also take some of the leftover resin and adhere images to glass tiles for future jewelry projects… (See session 4)
Session 4 (Feb 24): Soldering – In this class, learn the basics of using a soldering iron to create pendants and charms with glass slides and glass bubbles. You will also work with some glass tiles with resin adhered imagery from session 3. This workshop will help you become proficient at adding a silver solder frame and jumprings to your pieces.
Session 5 (Mar 3): Shrink Plastic Charms and Pieces - Learn to use simple shrink plastic to make amazing textured and dimensional charms and pieces for necklaces, earrings and bracelets. You won’t believe your pieces are plastic!
Session 6 (Mar 10): Vintage Spoon Pendants – In this workshop, you will learn how to flatten and bend vintage spoons into beautiful custom jewelry. You will use metal stamps to add an inspiring word to the bowl part of the spoon and turn the handle part into a decorative pendant, as well.
Session 7 (Mar 17): Vintage Button Bracelet – Continue with your vintage journey by making a bracelet full of vintage shank buttons.
Session 8 (Mar 24): “Junk Drawer” Jewelry – This workshop will feature old and new, mismatched bits and pieces of jewelry, buttons and notions…re-work them into a statement necklace. Take pieces you’ve made in previous sessions and mix them with beads, buttons and more. Learn some basic wire wrapping skills and walk away with a one-of-a-kind piece of art jewelry.
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