Milwaukee, WI June 4-11, 2017

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Classes Offered

  • Simply Silver Simply Silver

    Details

    Level: Beginner        Sessions: 1        Hours: 3 hours

    Project Overview

    If you have been thinking about metal work, join us for an afternoon of fun. In this class you will have hands on learning with the following: soldering sterling silver with a torch, using a jeweler’s saw, creating a closure, using a flex shaft and finishing techniques. By the end of the class not only will you have a good start to metal working but you will have a bold bracelet to show off your new skills.  Students will finish the project.
     
  • Highly Irregular Highly Irregular

    Details

    Level: Intermediate        Sessions: 1        Hours: 3 hours

    Project Overview

    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. You will get a chance to put it to the test and by the end of the class have fun pieces for a modern bracelet or necklace. Students will finish one or more pendants, however beading will be finished after the class on their own as beading will not be taught. 

  • Enamels To Flight Enamels To Flight

    Details

    Level: Intermediate        Sessions: 1        Hours: 3 hours

    Project Overview

    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.)
  • Riveting Rings Riveting Rings

    Details

    Level: Intermediate        Sessions: 1        Hours: 3 hours

    Project Overview

    Transform treasured beads into statement rings. In this class you will learn to set beads onto a ring shank by riveting. (Beads will vary.)
  • Intro to Prong Setting Intro to Prong Setting

    Details

    Level: Intermediate      Sessions: 1      Hours: 3.5 hours

    Project Overview

    Add prong settings to your repertoire. In this class you will learn not only to set gemstones into a prong setting and also learn to remove them. You will be introduced to the basics of measuring and notching the setting for the perfect fit. Don’t worry about having the right tools, as they will be included in your kit.  Pre-requisite, must have soldering experience.
     
  • Mobius Pendant Mobius Pendant

    Details

    Level: Intermediate        Sessions: 1        Hours: 4 hours

    Project Overview

    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 moving form. In this class you will refine your sawing, soldering and finishing skills. Students should have some soldering and sawing skills. (Students will complete the pendant however, some will want to refine the pendant at home.)
  • 1+1+1+1=10 - Intro to Basic Soldering 1+1+1+1=10 - Intro to Basic Soldering

    Details

    Level: Beginner        Sessions: 1        Hours: 3.5 hours

    Project Overview

    1+1+1+1=10??? Yup! In this fast paced class you will learn how to multiply your skills from 4 simple ingredients. Using 4 materials you will learn to create TEN different chain links while learning to solder silver. We will discuss all the basics and safety, then you will get hands on experience in torching and soldering silver and jump rings. Although you do not need any experience some wire work is helpful.

  • Twinkle Twist Twinkle Twist

    Details

    Level: Beginner        Sessions: 1        Hours: 3 hours

    Project Overview

    In this class we will make a twist and add a twinkle to create stacking bracelets. You will learn to solder, forge and twist sterling silver.
     
  • Silver Illuminations Silver Illuminations

    Details

    Level: Beginner        Sessions: 1        Hours: 3 hours

    Project Overview

    Ready to move on from copper enameling? Silver here we come! In this class we will use fine sheet to allow transparent enamel colors to shine and show off the brilliance of silver. This technique will add new life to your enamel work. Students will have the opportunity to put their own flare to each piece.
     
  • Bold Connections Bold Connections

    Details

    Level: Intermediate        Sessions: 1        Hours: 4 hours

    Project Overview

    Make a statement by creating a “Bold Connection” to finish your beadwork. Pieces may be used to finish necklaces or bracelets. In this class you will learn different ways to texturize metal; refine their soldering skills; and shape and forge wire to create a toggle.

    Students will finish the toggle however, they may not have time to string their beaded necklace. (Semi-precious beads will be provided for the project, stones will vary in size, shape and stone.) Pre-requisite: must have soldering experience. Beading will not be covered in this class.
     
    Many tools for this class are unnecessary for Bead and Button Show as it is a rolling mill class.
  • Silver H2Oh! Silver H2Oh!

    Details

    Level: Beginner        Sessions: 1        Hours: 3 hours

    Project Overview

    Create nature inspired pieces for one of a kind pendants, rings, earrings and more. This free form technique is fun, easy and fool proof; no piece could ever be wrong. In addition to completing the pendant shown, students will have the opportunity to make several pieces that may be used after the class. Students will finish the project in class.
  • Riveting Enamels Riveting Enamels

    Details

    Level: Beginner        Sessions: 1        Hours: 3 hours

    Project Overview

    Learn enameling and cold connections in one class. You will learn to torch fire enamel on copper and use transparent enamels on silver to create true colors. After firing all the pieces you will rivet the pieces together.  Students will finish at least one pendant.