2016 Bead Fest Summer
 

Workshops by Helen Driggs

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR BEAD FEST SUMMER 2016 IS CLOSED

You can register for workshops onsite starting Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30 AM for any classes with seats available. Any workshop not marked as sold out have seats available.

Questions? Contact student registration onsite via email beadfest@fwmedia.com


**Reminder: All workshop students get FREE admission to the Bead Fest Expo Hall!

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08/17/20168:30 am - 4:00 pm Wednesday August 17, 2016
021, Introduction to Lapidary, Cut your First Cabochon - $250
  
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lapidary

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Lapidary
  • Techniques for lapidary
  • Using a Trim Saw
  • Grinding and Polishing Stone

Learn the fundamentals of the lapidary arts and how to trim a stone slab with a trim saw, use a grinding unit to preform, shape, refine and polish a cabochon. A wide variety of materials and techniques will be discussed, and students are encouraged to bring stone materials they wish to develop independently using lapidary work. By the end of the workshop, you will have the confidence to create your own stone cabochons using a wide range of lapidary equipment, including a trim saw, flat lap and Diamond Pacific Genie. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None. This is a walk-in with a notebook class.

Materials you are required to bring:
Apron, safety goggles are mandatory. Wear old clothes; bring two old towels and a small bucket or basin. Please Note: Lapidary work is done wet. It is messy. It is loud. DO NOT wear clothing that may be damaged by water and dirt.

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021, Introduction to Lapidary, Cut your First Cabochon - $250 [More Info]
Helen Driggs
08/18/20168:30 am - 4:00 pmThursday, August 18, 2016
191, No-Torch Captures and Connections - $230

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Level: BeginnerDescription of Workshop Levels
Technique: Cold Connections, Design, Metalsmithing

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Riveting
  • Sawing and simple fabrication
  • Wire work
 • Design
 • Use of a flex shaft tool

This technique-oriented class will focus on clever and unusual ways to connect various mixed materials for jewelry making, including metal, stone, glass fiber, ceramic, shell, wire, plastic and wood. We’ll look at rivets, wraps, folds and tabs in new ways, and explore the thought processes and techniques for creating non-soldered settings, mountings and other connections. Bring your imagination and any personal items you’d like to turn into jewelry. We will create at least one practice object in class, but the primary focus is to learn new ways to make professional captures and connections for unusual objects. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Some experience with a jewelers saw and hand tools is going to be very useful.

Materials you are required to bring:
Notebook and pencil, Portable bench pin or block of wood to drill into. Drill bits if you have them, Sawframe and blades, pliers, Bench block, chasing hammer and rivet hammer, any favorite hand tools. Don't stress over tools -- I have some loaners.

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191, No-Torch Captures and Connections - $230 [More Info]
Helen Driggs
08/18/20165:30 pm - 8:30 pmThursday, August 18, 2016
188, Rotary Tool Intensive One: Dremels Only!! - $140
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Dremel

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Setting up a new (or old) Dremel Tool
  • Confidence using the tool
  • Drilling many jewelry materials
  • What your attachments are for - bring anything!
  • How to work safely with a rotary tool

Admit it: You own a Dremel and you've never opened the box... Sound familiar? In this beginner technique class, we focus on the safe and proper use of rotary tools, and learn about the many different attachments available to grind, sand, cut, carve, polish and buff all kinds of materials, like plastics, wood, paper, and metal. Learn to troubleshoot, which attachments work for what material, and how to effectively use your rotary tool with confidence. We will spend a significant amount of time drilling, as this is the most-used technique for this class of tool. Students completing this class are welcome into and encouraged to sign up for my "Rotary Tools: Advanced Techniques" class. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed:

Materials you are required to bring:
Hand-held electric-powered Dremel tool (or other brand) machine and parts kit; any model, PLEASE: no battery-operated models, no rechargables, no "flex-shaft" Dremels, no drill press dremels. This class is for hand-held units only. Notebook and pencil, Portable bench pin or block of wood to drill into. Drill bits and collets if you have them. I encourage you to please bring your mystery attachments so we can use them. If we have time, you may experiment on the kit materials using them. SAFETY GOGGLES.

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188, Rotary Tool Intensive One: Dremels Only!! - $140 [More Info]
Helen Driggs
08/19/20168:30 am - 4:00 pmFriday, August 19, 2016
193, Textures and Patinas Boot Camp - $230

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Level: BeginnerDescription of Workshop Levels
Technique: 3D Design, Metalsmithing, Metalwork, Patina, Technique Based, Texturing

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Texturing Metal
  • Patination of Metal
  • Basic Fabrication
 • Rolling Mill Use
 • Annealing

Learn how to create dozens of exciting textures by direct and transfer methods and several unique patination techniques for copper brass and jeweler's bronze. Students will create as many textures as time allows on their own sheet metal. Instructor will demonstrate 1 dozen metal texturing techniques using hand tools and other tools, and she will show popular patination methods with commercial and homemade solutions. We will focus primarily on technique, and there is a practice object to complete, however the instructor encourages free experimentation and artistic expression as far as creating a jewelry object. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Students should have some metalsmithing experience.

Materials you are required to bring:
Notebook and pencil, Ruler, Portable bench pin, jewelers saw and blades, strong wire nippers, ball peen hammer, chasing hammer, center punch, steel bench block, flat file, sanding sticks, goggles. Don't stress over tools -- I have loaners and am happy to share!

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193, Textures and Patinas Boot Camp - $230 [More Info]
Helen Driggs
08/19/20165:30 pm - 8:30 pmFriday, August 19, 2016
192, Rotary Tools Intensive Two: Advanced Techniques - $145

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Level: BeginnerDescription of Workshop Levels
Technique: Dremel, Drilling, Metalsmithing, Mixed Materials, Technique Based

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Confidence to use a Dremel Tool or flex shaft on all materials
  • Polishing and finishing
  • Grinding and sanding

A Dremel or Flexible Shaft tool is an important tool to master for making jewelry of all kinds with confidence. We will focus on safe and proper use of these tools, and learn about the many different attachments available to grind, sand, cut, carve, polish and buff all kinds of materials, like plastics, wood, stone, ceramic, paper, metal and glass. This is a class for rotary tool users who have mastered the basics and are very familiar with their equipment. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Either my Dremels or Flex Shaft Beginner class; or permission from me. You must know how to set up, power up and change attachments without help to be in this class.

Materials you are required to bring:
Dremel tool or flexible shaft machine and stand -- and know how to set it up, whatever attachments you own, Notebook and pencil, Portable bench pin, Strong wire nippers, Strong utility pliers with teeth, Ball peen or chasing hammer, Center punch, Steel bench block. An old, shallow glass or pyrex dish, a container for water, SAFETY GOGGLES.

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192, Rotary Tools Intensive Two: Advanced Techniques - $145 [More Info]
Helen Driggs