• aMazing Pendant

    aMazing Pendant

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    6 hours
    Description
    Revisit your childhood with an a-Mazing pendant complete with a moving copper ball. We will work through a labyrinth of steps to challenge your fabrication skills and along the way you may just pick up some new tips and techniques. You will saw, solder and set to complete this fun piece.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Bench Pin

      There are a variety of bench pins available on the market, any will do. However, you will need to bring a 4” or larger C-clamp. As the C-clamp provided with a bench pin does not fit most tables at the shows. (Note that if you are attending Bead and Button or Beadfest shows, C-clamps will be provided.)
    • Bezel Rocker

      There are 2 bezel rockers on the market, the one shown is preferred, but if you own the other one it will work also. I usually have 2 to share at the shows.
    • Bezel Shears

      Used to cut metal sheet. There are many available on the market, any of which will work, however they should NOT be serrated. (Tin snips or airplane shears will also work, however, they may be large and cumbersome.) If the project has curves in the design and you own a pair, bring curved bezel shears. This is an optional item for most classes. Shears will be provided for use during classes.
    • Tool C-clamp

      C-clamp

      To be used with bench pins to clamp to tables. May be found at any local hardware store. Must be at least 3 inches. 
    • Cut Lube

      Used to lubricate saw blades and drill bits for ease of cutting.
    • Divider

      Used to score metal to create lines for cutting. May also be used to aid in measuring for consistency. A compass will NOT work, I already tried.
    • Tool Fine Tweezers

      Fine Tweezers

      Used for moving small parts. Classes requiring fine tweezers will not work with fire tweezers. These are a cheap investment. Please be bring some. Optional for most classes.
    • Tool Flex Shaft

      Flex shaft

      Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 
    • Tool Glass Cutter

      Glass Cutter

      Steel wheel for the purpose of scoring glass in the process of cutting.
    • Hand Punch

      1.25, 1.5, 1.8 mm. Used to make holes in metal. Please refer to class details for size needed.
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Jeweler’s Saw

      Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Muslin buffing wheels

      Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
    • Needle File Set

      Used for filing smaller pieces of metal and tight places. When required, either diamond coated or fine tooth is preferred. Some students may prefer to use smaller files as opposed to the student files for their projects.
    • Nylon nose parallel pliers

      – Parallel action provides even pressure while holding firm. I love using nylon parallel pliers to manipulate my metal. Parallel pliers were my favorite pliers until they made nylon nose parallel pliers. For almost all projects these pliers are optional. You may use regular nylon nose and parallel nylon nose interchangeably.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Metal Ruler

      6" metal ruler is preferred unless otherwise noted. A larger one will also work, however, it may be a little cumbersome.
    • Side Cutters

      Also known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Soldering Pick

      A small, pointed instrument designed to help you move solder into place.
    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
  • Bespoke Bezels & Bails

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    Bespoke Bezels & Bails

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    4-6hours
    Description
    Regardless from which direction you view this piece there will be something special to tantalize the eye. Starting from sterling silver stock you will make twists and turns to create an open back setting and a unique bezel to set a cabochon in place. Then we will add the final touch with a custom bail to push this pendant over the top. Pre-requisite: Must have soldering experience and wire working experience.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Bench Pin

      There are a variety of bench pins available on the market, any will do. However, you will need to bring a 4” or larger C-clamp. As the C-clamp provided with a bench pin does not fit most tables at the shows. (Note that if you are attending Bead and Button or Beadfest shows, C-clamps will be provided.)
    • Bezel Rocker

      There are 2 bezel rockers on the market, the one shown is preferred, but if you own the other one it will work also. I usually have 2 to share at the shows.
    • Bezel Shears

      Used to cut metal sheet. There are many available on the market, any of which will work, however they should NOT be serrated. (Tin snips or airplane shears will also work, however, they may be large and cumbersome.) If the project has curves in the design and you own a pair, bring curved bezel shears. This is an optional item for most classes. Shears will be provided for use during classes.
    • Tool C-clamp

      C-clamp

      To be used with bench pins to clamp to tables. May be found at any local hardware store. Must be at least 3 inches. 
    • Curved Burnisher

      Used to burnish or smooth the surface of metal. For most projects using this tool you will want at least a 3mm ball. This tool may also be found at your local craft store for use with clay or nail art.

    • Cut Lube

      Used to lubricate saw blades and drill bits for ease of cutting.
    • Divider

      Used to score metal to create lines for cutting. May also be used to aid in measuring for consistency. A compass will NOT work, I already tried.
    • Tool Fine Tweezers

      Fine Tweezers

      Used for moving small parts. Classes requiring fine tweezers will not work with fire tweezers. These are a cheap investment. Please be bring some. Optional for most classes.
    • Tool Flex Shaft

      Flex shaft

      Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Jeweler’s Saw

      Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Mini Stepped Mandrel

      Optional. Handy tool for wire work making loops, jump rings and shaping small pieces of metal.
    • Muslin buffing wheels

      Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
    • Needle File Set

      Used for filing smaller pieces of metal and tight places. When required, either diamond coated or fine tooth is preferred. Some students may prefer to use smaller files as opposed to the student files for their projects.
    • Nylon nose parallel pliers

      – Parallel action provides even pressure while holding firm. I love using nylon parallel pliers to manipulate my metal. Parallel pliers were my favorite pliers until they made nylon nose parallel pliers. For almost all projects these pliers are optional. You may use regular nylon nose and parallel nylon nose interchangeably.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Side Cutters

      Also known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Soldering Pick

      A small, pointed instrument designed to help you move solder into place.
    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Tube Cutting Pliers

      A great gadget to aid in cutting tubes. These pliers create even leverage on the tube for sawing. Provided for all classes with tubes.
    • Wire Twister

      Used to twist wire. That’s it! 2 pairs will be provided for class use.
  • Cascading Dewdrops

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    Cascading Dewdrops

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    3 hours
    Description
    We will cover all the basics to metal work in this class: shaping, forming, soldering and sawing. Students will learn how to create silver granules to enhance their projects along with sweat soldering and sawing metal.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Bench Pin

      There are a variety of bench pins available on the market, any will do. However, you will need to bring a 4” or larger C-clamp. As the C-clamp provided with a bench pin does not fit most tables at the shows. (Note that if you are attending Bead and Button or Beadfest shows, C-clamps will be provided.)
    • Bezel Shears

      Used to cut metal sheet. There are many available on the market, any of which will work, however they should NOT be serrated. (Tin snips or airplane shears will also work, however, they may be large and cumbersome.) If the project has curves in the design and you own a pair, bring curved bezel shears. This is an optional item for most classes. Shears will be provided for use during classes.
    • Tool C-clamp

      C-clamp

      To be used with bench pins to clamp to tables. May be found at any local hardware store. Must be at least 3 inches. 
    • Cut Lube

      Used to lubricate saw blades and drill bits for ease of cutting.
    • Tool Fine Tweezers

      Fine Tweezers

      Used for moving small parts. Classes requiring fine tweezers will not work with fire tweezers. These are a cheap investment. Please be bring some. Optional for most classes.
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Jeweler’s Saw

      Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Needle File Set

      Used for filing smaller pieces of metal and tight places. When required, either diamond coated or fine tooth is preferred. Some students may prefer to use smaller files as opposed to the student files for their projects.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Soldering Pick

      A small, pointed instrument designed to help you move solder into place.
    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
  • Colossal Links

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    Colossal Links

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    3 hours
    Description
    In this class we will have fun creating a piece that is unique to you. Students will have the opportunity to add their own design elements while learning to create a bezel setting semi-precious cabochons. Students should have working knowledge of silver soldering.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Chasing Hammer

      Used for chasing/moving metal. In my classes chasing hammers are used to create hammer marks on metal and riveting. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Divider

      Used to score metal to create lines for cutting. May also be used to aid in measuring for consistency. A compass will NOT work, I already tried.
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Heavy Duty Cutters

      Although any heavy duty cutter will work, if they are flush, they will make your work a lot easier. Cutter should be able to cut through 10g wire. (Many cutters imprint their cutting capacity on the inside of the handle.) Keiba and Xuron are recommended.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Nylon nose parallel pliers

      – Parallel action provides even pressure while holding firm. I love using nylon parallel pliers to manipulate my metal. Parallel pliers were my favorite pliers until they made nylon nose parallel pliers. For almost all projects these pliers are optional. You may use regular nylon nose and parallel nylon nose interchangeably.
    • Nylon nose pliers

      Flat nose pliers with PVC grips o the heads. Mostly used for straightening wire. In my classes they are used to prevent marring when bending metal. Only required for some classes, but this is mostly an optional item.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Metal Ruler

      6" metal ruler is preferred unless otherwise noted. A larger one will also work, however, it may be a little cumbersome.
    • Side Cutters

      Also known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
  • CYOD - Create Your Own Design

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    CYOD - Create Your Own Design

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    3-4hours
    Description
    Broaden your area of expertise with a new discipline: Pick Soldering. We will construct a pendant from scratch while using this technique. Bring your inspiration because you will have the opportunity to Create Your Own Design.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Bench Pin

      There are a variety of bench pins available on the market, any will do. However, you will need to bring a 4” or larger C-clamp. As the C-clamp provided with a bench pin does not fit most tables at the shows. (Note that if you are attending Bead and Button or Beadfest shows, C-clamps will be provided.)
    • Bezel Shears

      Used to cut metal sheet. There are many available on the market, any of which will work, however they should NOT be serrated. (Tin snips or airplane shears will also work, however, they may be large and cumbersome.) If the project has curves in the design and you own a pair, bring curved bezel shears. This is an optional item for most classes. Shears will be provided for use during classes.
    • Tool C-clamp

      C-clamp

      To be used with bench pins to clamp to tables. May be found at any local hardware store. Must be at least 3 inches. 
    • Curved Burnisher

      Used to burnish or smooth the surface of metal. For most projects using this tool you will want at least a 3mm ball. This tool may also be found at your local craft store for use with clay or nail art.

    • Cut Lube

      Used to lubricate saw blades and drill bits for ease of cutting.
    • Tool Fine Tweezers

      Fine Tweezers

      Used for moving small parts. Classes requiring fine tweezers will not work with fire tweezers. These are a cheap investment. Please be bring some. Optional for most classes.
    • Tool Flex Shaft

      Flex shaft

      Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Helping Hand/Third Hand

      Used to hold small parts in place while soldering. Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Jeweler’s Saw

      Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Muslin buffing wheels

      Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
    • Needle File Set

      Used for filing smaller pieces of metal and tight places. When required, either diamond coated or fine tooth is preferred. Some students may prefer to use smaller files as opposed to the student files for their projects.
    • Nylon nose parallel pliers

      – Parallel action provides even pressure while holding firm. I love using nylon parallel pliers to manipulate my metal. Parallel pliers were my favorite pliers until they made nylon nose parallel pliers. For almost all projects these pliers are optional. You may use regular nylon nose and parallel nylon nose interchangeably.
    • Nylon nose pliers

      Flat nose pliers with PVC grips o the heads. Mostly used for straightening wire. In my classes they are used to prevent marring when bending metal. Only required for some classes, but this is mostly an optional item.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Side Cutters

      Also known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

  • Drops of Jupiter

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    Drops of Jupiter

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    3 hours
    Description
    Create a sterling silver statement pendant by cutting, shaping and soldering. In this class you will learn how to make your silver shine like a professional. When finished we will add a little sparkle with a gemstone.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Tool Fine Tweezers

      Fine Tweezers

      Used for moving small parts. Classes requiring fine tweezers will not work with fire tweezers. These are a cheap investment. Please be bring some. Optional for most classes.
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Helping Hand/Third Hand

      Used to hold small parts in place while soldering. Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Honeycomb Soldering Board

       – An optional item for all classes. A honeycomb soldering board with pins is great to help hold pieces in place. 

    • Hoop Mandrel

      Bigger than a ring mandrel and smaller than a bracelet mandrel, made of steel and used for forming round shapes. Not mandatory but so helpful.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Side Cutters

      Also known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Soldering Pick

      A small, pointed instrument designed to help you move solder into place.
    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
  • Duet Ring

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    Duet Ring

    Level
    Intermediate
    Sessions
    6 hours, 2 days
    Descrption
    In this technique-packed class stretching over two days, students will make a beautiful statement ring out of fine silver metal clay. The ring features a beautiful stone in an ornate setting, as well as optional ornaments above and below the stone. First, Sulie will guide you as you make the ring itself. In the second half, we will add a complimentary setting to your base ring by shaping, forming and setting. Students will have some opportunity to do some custom embellishing to the setting.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration. This tools list only reflect the fabrication part of the project.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Curved Burnisher

      Used to burnish or smooth the surface of metal. For most projects using this tool you will want at least a 3mm ball. This tool may also be found at your local craft store for use with clay or nail art.

    • Tool Flex Shaft

      Flex shaft

      Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Helping Hand/Third Hand

      Used to hold small parts in place while soldering. Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Muslin buffing wheels

      Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
    • Needle File Set

      Used for filing smaller pieces of metal and tight places. When required, either diamond coated or fine tooth is preferred. Some students may prefer to use smaller files as opposed to the student files for their projects.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Ring Clamp

      Used to hold rings, but some like to use a ring clamp for holding metal when filing to save their hands. Required mostly for stone setting classes to hold the ring shank.
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Wood Ring Mandrel

      Used to brace rings for polishing; this will save your hands. However, I also use a wood ring mandrel for project where I have to drill into the ring, this way you do not ruin your steel ring mandrel. Wood ring mandrels will be provided to share in classes.
  • Enamels to Flight

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    Enamels to Flight

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    3 hours
    Description
    Take enamels to new heights with separation enamel. Through a series of layers and firing, students will learn to transform copper and transparent enamels. (A variety of enamel colors will be provided to share.)

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Bezel Shears

      Used to cut metal sheet. There are many available on the market, any of which will work, however they should NOT be serrated. (Tin snips or airplane shears will also work, however, they may be large and cumbersome.) If the project has curves in the design and you own a pair, bring curved bezel shears. This is an optional item for most classes. Shears will be provided for use during classes.
    • Butane Torch

      Great for small soldering projects, annealing and torch fired enameling. Instructor will provide torch and butane for every class needed. (1 for every 2 students for most classes other than basic soldering.)

      Pistol style torches may be used interchangeably to the MaxFlame torches. Its larger head is great for heavy or larger projects.

    • Tool Dust Mask

      Dust Mask

      A MUST if you want to drill shells and pearls. However, this is optional for classes with fumes such as etching and patinating. Classes that have a lot of dust do not require a mask, but it up to you if are you sensitive. (ie enameling.) Dust masks may be purchased at any hardware store.
    • Enamel Kit

      Items in this Enamel Kit including enamels will be provided for use during in person classes. Thus is considered optional. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Enamel kit includes: trivet, sifter, Penny Brite, alundum stone, choice of one color kit, and Klyr Fire.

      Jewel Tones

      Earth Tones

      Cool Tones

    • Fire Tweezers

      Used for handling hot metal. A must in soldering situations. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Hand Punch

      1.25, 1.5, 1.8 mm. Used to make holes in metal. Please refer to class details for size needed.
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Tool Magazine pages

      Magazine Pages

      Magazine pages of any kind – Take your pick. Or just grab one of the programs at the show.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Tool Paint Brush

      #2 Paint Brush

      Any small paint brush will work for these projects. A #2 brush was designated just to demonstrate that it needs to be small. Don’t bring a house painting brush! Just saying. This brush does not need to be expensive, a cheap disposable one will work.


      IF a #2 flat brush is designated, again just looking for a smaller sized brush.


    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Metal Ruler

      6" metal ruler is preferred unless otherwise noted. A larger one will also work, however, it may be a little cumbersome.
    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Tripod with mesh

      By using a tripod instead of soldering board you are reducing heat sink. Tripods are also used for torch fired enameling. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Two-hole draw down punch

      This is different from a hand punch as it has 2 sizes in one tool. Instructor will provide to share (1 for every 2 people) for every class needed.
  • Filigree Fantasy

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    Filigree Fantasy

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    3 hours
    Description
    Create delicate works of art with filigree. We will bend, twist and turn sterling silver stock to create an intricate pendant. Students will be challenged to put their creativity into action while continuing to fine tune their skills. Pre-requisite: Must have soldering experience and wire working experience.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Awl

      Anything metal with a good point on it would work. But I would prefer that you do not use a soldering pick. A dressmakers straight could also be used, but proves to be a little harder to work with. 

    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Tool Fine Tweezers

      Fine Tweezers

      Used for moving small parts. Classes requiring fine tweezers will not work with fire tweezers. These are a cheap investment. Please be bring some. Optional for most classes.
    • Tool Flex Shaft

      Flex shaft

      Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Muslin buffing wheels

      Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Side Cutters

      Also known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Soldering Pick

      A small, pointed instrument designed to help you move solder into place.
    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
  • Highly Irregular

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    Highly Irrgular

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    3 hours
    Description
    So you know how to solder, but sometimes you just can’t get it right. In this class, I will show you some highly irregular tricks to fix messy soldering. After putting your new skills to the test, you will have fun pieces for a modern bracelet or necklace. Students will finish one or more pendants. Beading will not be taught.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Tool Bead Crimper

      Bead Crimping Pliers

       – Bead crimping pliers are used with tube crimps to terminate beaded necklaces and bracelets. Crimping pliers give a nice finish to the crimps, however a pair of chain nose pliers will work also. In most classes that utilize beads for the necklace, students will not have time to finish the beadwork, thus you will not need to bring to class but you will need either the crimping pliers or chain nose pliers to finish the project. 

    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Divider

      Used to score metal to create lines for cutting. May also be used to aid in measuring for consistency. A compass will NOT work, I already tried.
    • Tool Flex Shaft

      Flex shaft

      Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Muslin buffing wheels

      Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Metal Ruler

      6" metal ruler is preferred unless otherwise noted. A larger one will also work, however, it may be a little cumbersome.
    • Side Cutters

      Also known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
  • Just for Fun - Bezel Setting

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    Just for Fun - Bezel Setting

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    4 hours
    Description
    In this class we will have fun creating a piece that is unique to you. Students will have the opportunity to add their own design elements while learning to create bezel setting for semi-precious cabochons. Students should have working knowledge of silver soldering.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Bench Pin

      There are a variety of bench pins available on the market, any will do. However, you will need to bring a 4” or larger C-clamp. As the C-clamp provided with a bench pin does not fit most tables at the shows. (Note that if you are attending Bead and Button or Beadfest shows, C-clamps will be provided.)
    • Bezel Rocker

      There are 2 bezel rockers on the market, the one shown is preferred, but if you own the other one it will work also. I usually have 2 to share at the shows.
    • Bezel Shears

      Used to cut metal sheet. There are many available on the market, any of which will work, however they should NOT be serrated. (Tin snips or airplane shears will also work, however, they may be large and cumbersome.) If the project has curves in the design and you own a pair, bring curved bezel shears. This is an optional item for most classes. Shears will be provided for use during classes.
    • Tool C-clamp

      C-clamp

      To be used with bench pins to clamp to tables. May be found at any local hardware store. Must be at least 3 inches. 
    • Curved Burnisher

      Used to burnish or smooth the surface of metal. For most projects using this tool you will want at least a 3mm ball. This tool may also be found at your local craft store for use with clay or nail art.

    • Cut Lube

      Used to lubricate saw blades and drill bits for ease of cutting.
    • Tool Flex Shaft

      Flex shaft

      Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Jeweler’s Saw

      Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Muslin buffing wheels

      Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
    • Needle File Set

      Used for filing smaller pieces of metal and tight places. When required, either diamond coated or fine tooth is preferred. Some students may prefer to use smaller files as opposed to the student files for their projects.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Side Cutters

      Also known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Soldering Pick

      A small, pointed instrument designed to help you move solder into place.
    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Tube Cutting Pliers

      A great gadget to aid in cutting tubes. These pliers create even leverage on the tube for sawing. Provided for all classes with tubes.
  • Kaleidoscope

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    Kaleidoscope

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    3 hours
    Description
    Combine transparent and opaque enamels to create a kaleidoscope of colors. Using a series of multiple torch firings we will create a special effect that will dazzle the eye. This is listed as an intermediate class because the basics will not be covered during the class time so that we can focus on the technique and get right to work creating.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Butane Torch

      Great for small soldering projects, annealing and torch fired enameling. Instructor will provide torch and butane for every class needed. (1 for every 2 students for most classes other than basic soldering.)

      Pistol style torches may be used interchangeably to the MaxFlame torches. Its larger head is great for heavy or larger projects.

    • Tool Dust Mask

      Dust Mask

      A MUST if you want to drill shells and pearls. However, this is optional for classes with fumes such as etching and patinating. Classes that have a lot of dust do not require a mask, but it up to you if are you sensitive. (ie enameling.) Dust masks may be purchased at any hardware store.
    • Enamel Kit

      Items in this Enamel Kit including enamels will be provided for use during in person classes. Thus is considered optional. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Enamel kit includes: trivet, sifter, Penny Brite, alundum stone, choice of one color kit, and Klyr Fire.

      Jewel Tones

      Earth Tones

      Cool Tones

    • Fire Tweezers

      Used for handling hot metal. A must in soldering situations. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Hand Punch

      1.25, 1.5, 1.8 mm. Used to make holes in metal. Please refer to class details for size needed.
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Tool Magazine pages

      Magazine Pages

      Magazine pages of any kind – Take your pick. Or just grab one of the programs at the show.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Tool Paint Brush

      #2 Paint Brush

      Any small paint brush will work for these projects. A #2 brush was designated just to demonstrate that it needs to be small. Don’t bring a house painting brush! Just saying. This brush does not need to be expensive, a cheap disposable one will work.


      IF a #2 flat brush is designated, again just looking for a smaller sized brush.


    • Metal Ruler

      6" metal ruler is preferred unless otherwise noted. A larger one will also work, however, it may be a little cumbersome.
    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Tripod with mesh

      By using a tripod instead of soldering board you are reducing heat sink. Tripods are also used for torch fired enameling. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Two-hole draw down punch

      This is different from a hand punch as it has 2 sizes in one tool. Instructor will provide to share (1 for every 2 people) for every class needed.
    • Wood dap set

      Used to dap metal to create a convex/concave shape in metal.
  • Key to Success

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    Key To Success

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    3 hours
    Description
    Learn how to make a beautiful and complex key pendant, with a vintage feel. After you have made a key of your own design, we will tackle the challenge of combining pretty pre-fabricated embellishments with your silver key. You will leave class with a wealth of new skills and a beautiful and unique key: your Key to SUCCESS!All students will finish a project. End results will depend on the students’ skills. Students must have silver soldering skills.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Chasing Hammer

      Used for chasing/moving metal. In my classes chasing hammers are used to create hammer marks on metal and riveting. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Mini Stepped Mandrel

      Optional. Handy tool for wire work making loops, jump rings and shaping small pieces of metal.
    • Multi-looping Pliers

      Optional unless stated, used in to create consist sized loops. Typically optional in my classes. Round nose may be use its place for most projects.
    • Needle File Set

      Used for filing smaller pieces of metal and tight places. When required, either diamond coated or fine tooth is preferred. Some students may prefer to use smaller files as opposed to the student files for their projects.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Metal Ruler

      6" metal ruler is preferred unless otherwise noted. A larger one will also work, however, it may be a little cumbersome.
    • Side Cutters

      Also known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
  • Lettre D'Amour

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    Lettre D'Amour Pendant

    Level
    Intermediate
    Sessions
    6 hours, 2 days
    Descrption
    I said I would never teach another hinge class, well, I guess it is one of those, never say never things. Lets make another hinge to create a sterling silver envelope that can be opened and closed with just enough space inside for a note d’amour.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Bench Pin

      There are a variety of bench pins available on the market, any will do. However, you will need to bring a 4” or larger C-clamp. As the C-clamp provided with a bench pin does not fit most tables at the shows. (Note that if you are attending Bead and Button or Beadfest shows, C-clamps will be provided.)
    • Bezel Shears

      Used to cut metal sheet. There are many available on the market, any of which will work, however they should NOT be serrated. (Tin snips or airplane shears will also work, however, they may be large and cumbersome.) If the project has curves in the design and you own a pair, bring curved bezel shears. This is an optional item for most classes. Shears will be provided for use during classes.
    • Tool Broach

      Broach

      A five-sided tapered file of sorts used to clear the inside of a tube.
    • Tool C-clamp

      C-clamp

      To be used with bench pins to clamp to tables. May be found at any local hardware store. Must be at least 3 inches. 
    • Cut Lube

      Used to lubricate saw blades and drill bits for ease of cutting.
    • Divider

      Used to score metal to create lines for cutting. May also be used to aid in measuring for consistency. A compass will NOT work, I already tried.
    • Tool Flex Shaft

      Flex shaft

      Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Helping Hand/Third Hand

      Used to hold small parts in place while soldering. Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Jeweler’s Saw

      Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Muslin buffing wheels

      Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
    • Needle File Set

      Used for filing smaller pieces of metal and tight places. When required, either diamond coated or fine tooth is preferred. Some students may prefer to use smaller files as opposed to the student files for their projects.
    • Nylon nose parallel pliers

      – Parallel action provides even pressure while holding firm. I love using nylon parallel pliers to manipulate my metal. Parallel pliers were my favorite pliers until they made nylon nose parallel pliers. For almost all projects these pliers are optional. You may use regular nylon nose and parallel nylon nose interchangeably.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Metal Ruler

      6" metal ruler is preferred unless otherwise noted. A larger one will also work, however, it may be a little cumbersome.
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Soldering Pick

      A small, pointed instrument designed to help you move solder into place.
    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Tube Cutting Pliers

      A great gadget to aid in cutting tubes. These pliers create even leverage on the tube for sawing. Provided for all classes with tubes.
  • Lotus Pendant

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    Lotus Bloom Pendant

    Level
    Intermediate
    Sessions
    6 hours, 2 days
    Descrption
    Discs can be used for so much more than just stamping messages. Lets make them bloom into a beautiful pendant complete with a semi-precious stone to give it a touch of color. Students who work quickly may be able to make two for a pair of earring or two pendants.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Bench Pin

      There are a variety of bench pins available on the market, any will do. However, you will need to bring a 4” or larger C-clamp. As the C-clamp provided with a bench pin does not fit most tables at the shows. (Note that if you are attending Bead and Button or Beadfest shows, C-clamps will be provided.)
    • Bezel Shears

      Used to cut metal sheet. There are many available on the market, any of which will work, however they should NOT be serrated. (Tin snips or airplane shears will also work, however, they may be large and cumbersome.) If the project has curves in the design and you own a pair, bring curved bezel shears. This is an optional item for most classes. Shears will be provided for use during classes.
    • Tool C-clamp

      C-clamp

      To be used with bench pins to clamp to tables. May be found at any local hardware store. Must be at least 3 inches. 
    • Cut Lube

      Used to lubricate saw blades and drill bits for ease of cutting.
    • Tool Flex Shaft

      Flex shaft

      Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Helping Hand/Third Hand

      Used to hold small parts in place while soldering. Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Jeweler’s Saw

      Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Tool Metal Dap Set

      Metal Dap Set

      Used to dap metal to create a cup shape. 3 sets will be provided during classes to share. If you are bringing a set, please check with the instructor for needed sizes. Usually an entire set is needed for a class, only parts. This will lessen the weight you need to carry.
    • Muslin buffing wheels

      Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
    • Needle File Set

      Used for filing smaller pieces of metal and tight places. When required, either diamond coated or fine tooth is preferred. Some students may prefer to use smaller files as opposed to the student files for their projects.
    • Nylon nose parallel pliers

      – Parallel action provides even pressure while holding firm. I love using nylon parallel pliers to manipulate my metal. Parallel pliers were my favorite pliers until they made nylon nose parallel pliers. For almost all projects these pliers are optional. You may use regular nylon nose and parallel nylon nose interchangeably.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Metal Ruler

      6" metal ruler is preferred unless otherwise noted. A larger one will also work, however, it may be a little cumbersome.
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Soldering Pick

      A small, pointed instrument designed to help you move solder into place.
    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
  • Mobius Pendant

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    Mobius Pendant

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    3 hours
    Description
    Tired of the same old thing? Take a turn in your silver to create this classic yet modern pendant. You will learn the secret to transforming sterling silver sheet into a graceful form. In this class, you will work on your sawing, soldering and finishing skills. Students should have some soldering and sawing experience. Students will complete the pendant, but will want to refine it at home.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Bench Pin

      There are a variety of bench pins available on the market, any will do. However, you will need to bring a 4” or larger C-clamp. As the C-clamp provided with a bench pin does not fit most tables at the shows. (Note that if you are attending Bead and Button or Beadfest shows, C-clamps will be provided.)
    • Tool C-clamp

      C-clamp

      To be used with bench pins to clamp to tables. May be found at any local hardware store. Must be at least 3 inches. 
    • Chasing Hammer

      Used for chasing/moving metal. In my classes chasing hammers are used to create hammer marks on metal and riveting. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Tool Flex Shaft

      Flex shaft

      Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Jeweler’s Saw

      Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Muslin buffing wheels

      Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
    • Nylon nose parallel pliers

      – Parallel action provides even pressure while holding firm. I love using nylon parallel pliers to manipulate my metal. Parallel pliers were my favorite pliers until they made nylon nose parallel pliers. For almost all projects these pliers are optional. You may use regular nylon nose and parallel nylon nose interchangeably.
    • Nylon nose pliers

      Flat nose pliers with PVC grips o the heads. Mostly used for straightening wire. In my classes they are used to prevent marring when bending metal. Only required for some classes, but this is mostly an optional item.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Metal Ruler

      6" metal ruler is preferred unless otherwise noted. A larger one will also work, however, it may be a little cumbersome.
    • Side Cutters

      Also known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
  • Multiplicity Ring

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    Multiplictiy Ring

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    3 hours
    Description
    This ring might look simple, but is in fact a somewhat challenging project. We will tackle and master the difficulties of soldering small parts in place without melting the entire unit. Students must know how to solder silver and make simple rings.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Tool Flex Shaft

      Flex shaft

      Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 
    • Household hammer

      Any hammer that is at least 8 oz. or heavier to be used with metal stamps. It does not need to be brass. However, a Stamping hammer would be perfect!
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Metal Stamps/punches

      Used to engrave custom names, words or designs on sheet metal.
    • Muslin buffing wheels

      Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Ring Mandrel, Steel

      Used for shaping and forming metal into rings. A plastic one will not work in its place. Instructor will provide to share (1 for every 2 people) for every class needed.
    • Ring Sizer

      Optional, used to measure your ring size. Several sets will be provided to share in class.
    • Side Cutters

      Also known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Soldering Pick

      A small, pointed instrument designed to help you move solder into place.
    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Wood Ring Mandrel

      Used to brace rings for polishing; this will save your hands. However, I also use a wood ring mandrel for project where I have to drill into the ring, this way you do not ruin your steel ring mandrel. Wood ring mandrels will be provided to share in classes.
  • Not Fools Gold

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    Not Fools Gold

    Level
    Intermediate
    Sessions
    3 hours
    Description
    Make 1, 2 or 3 rings using sterling silver and 10kt gold to create a contemporary ring. Students will gain experience creating anticlastic rings, as well as soldering karat gold and small parts. Those who work quickly will finish a triple ring.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Chasing Hammer

      Used for chasing/moving metal. In my classes chasing hammers are used to create hammer marks on metal and riveting. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Tool Flex Shaft

      Flex shaft

      Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Heavy Duty Cutters

      Although any heavy duty cutter will work, if they are flush, they will make your work a lot easier. Cutter should be able to cut through 10g wire. (Many cutters imprint their cutting capacity on the inside of the handle.) Keiba and Xuron are recommended.
    • Jeweler’s Saw

      Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Tool Metal Dap Set

      Metal Dap Set

      Used to dap metal to create a cup shape. 3 sets will be provided during classes to share. If you are bringing a set, please check with the instructor for needed sizes. Usually an entire set is needed for a class, only parts. This will lessen the weight you need to carry.
    • Muslin buffing wheels

      Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Ring Mandrel, Steel

      Used for shaping and forming metal into rings. A plastic one will not work in its place. Instructor will provide to share (1 for every 2 people) for every class needed.
    • Ring Sizer

      Optional, used to measure your ring size. Several sets will be provided to share in class.
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Wood Ring Mandrel

      Used to brace rings for polishing; this will save your hands. However, I also use a wood ring mandrel for project where I have to drill into the ring, this way you do not ruin your steel ring mandrel. Wood ring mandrels will be provided to share in classes.
  • Odyssey Pendant

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    Odyssey Pendant

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    3-4 hours
    Description
    Created to tantalize the eye, this class will make the silver spin with a glimmer of gold. Using multiple skills to bring it all together, we will shape and form metal to keep the pieces moving.

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration. 
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Bezel Shears

      Used to cut metal sheet. There are many available on the market, any of which will work, however they should NOT be serrated. (Tin snips or airplane shears will also work, however, they may be large and cumbersome.) If the project has curves in the design and you own a pair, bring curved bezel shears. This is an optional item for most classes. Shears will be provided for use during classes.
    • Chasing Hammer

      Used for chasing/moving metal. In my classes chasing hammers are used to create hammer marks on metal and riveting. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Tool Circle Template

      Circle Template

      Used to create a pattern for cutting. For most classes this template needs to include circles at least 1.25" in diameter or larger. 
    • Cut Lube

      Used to lubricate saw blades and drill bits for ease of cutting.
    • Tool Disc Cutter

      Disc Cutter

      Used to punch discs out of metals. One set will be provided to share in every class.
    • Tool Fine Tweezers

      Fine Tweezers

      Used for moving small parts. Classes requiring fine tweezers will not work with fire tweezers. These are a cheap investment. Please be bring some. Optional for most classes.
    • Tool Flex Shaft

      Flex shaft

      Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Honeycomb Soldering Board

       – An optional item for all classes. A honeycomb soldering board with pins is great to help hold pieces in place. 

    • Jeweler’s Saw

      Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Tool Metal Dap Set

      Metal Dap Set

      Used to dap metal to create a cup shape. 3 sets will be provided during classes to share. If you are bringing a set, please check with the instructor for needed sizes. Usually an entire set is needed for a class, only parts. This will lessen the weight you need to carry.
    • Mini Stepped Mandrel

      Optional. Handy tool for wire work making loops, jump rings and shaping small pieces of metal.
    • Multi-looping Pliers

      Optional unless stated, used in to create consist sized loops. Typically optional in my classes. Round nose may be use its place for most projects.
    • Muslin buffing wheels

      Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
    • Needle File Set

      Used for filing smaller pieces of metal and tight places. When required, either diamond coated or fine tooth is preferred. Some students may prefer to use smaller files as opposed to the student files for their projects.
    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Side Cutters

      Also known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Soldering Pick

      A small, pointed instrument designed to help you move solder into place.
    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Tube Cutting Pliers

      A great gadget to aid in cutting tubes. These pliers create even leverage on the tube for sawing. Provided for all classes with tubes.
  • Orbital Rings

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    Orbital Rings

    Level
    Intermediate
    Session
    3-4 hours
    Description
    Send jump rings into orbit by shaping, forming, and soldering sterling silver. You'll learn to create a pendant that is out of this world!

    Tools

    Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
    • Bench Block

      Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
    • Tool Fine Tweezers

      Fine Tweezers

      Used for moving small parts. Classes requiring fine tweezers will not work with fire tweezers. These are a cheap investment. Please be bring some. Optional for most classes.
    • Tool Hand Tools

      Hand Tools

      Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

      • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
      • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
      • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes.
         
    • Helping Hand/Third Hand

      Used to hold small parts in place while soldering. Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
    • Honeycomb Soldering Board

       – An optional item for all classes. A honeycomb soldering board with pins is great to help hold pieces in place. 

    • Hoop Mandrel

      Bigger than a ring mandrel and smaller than a bracelet mandrel, made of steel and used for forming round shapes. Not mandatory but so helpful.
    • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

      Magnifier or Optivisor

      – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.


    • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

      Ott Light or Task Lamp

      This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
    • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

      Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubberone may not.
    • Side Cutters

      Also known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
    • Soldering Kit

      (Optional) 
      Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

    • Soldering Pick

      A small, pointed instrument designed to help you move solder into place.
    • Student Files

      Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
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