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Workshops by Helen Driggs

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08/16/20178:30 am - 4:00 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017
1079, Beachcomber's Bonanza - $200
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: 3D Design,Cold Connections,Drilling,Forging,Lapidary,Metalsmithing,Mixed Materials,Wire Work

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Drilling stone and sea glass
  • Planning no torch connections
  • Using natural objects for jewelry

Are you an incurable scavenger when you go to the beach, park, lake or other natural area? In this class, we will learn how to mount natural objects like shells, pebbles, sticks, driftwood, sea glass and other found objects using wire, cold connections and other non-glue techniques. Bring your own treasures and use what’s in your kit to make a pendant featuring your favorite natural object. Learn to safely drill stone or sea glass, create flowing wire mountings, and how to plan and execute uncommon mountings like two-part, perimeter and integral tabs or multi-layer rivets.You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Use of hand tools (not much sawing) and understanding of basic jewelry design. Experience with drilling is helpful but not required

Materials you are required to bring: Steel Block, chasing hammer, jeweler’s saw frame and 2/0 blades metal snips, awl or sharp scribe, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, wire cutters, sandpapers and files, rotary tool or flexshaft and stand (optional), diamond burs if you have them, small ceramic or glass bowl, and SAFETY GOGGLES.

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1079, Beachcomber's Bonanza - $200 [More Info]
Helen Driggs
08/17/20178:30 am - 4:00 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017
1073, Hammer Formed Botanicals - $200

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: 3D Design,Forging,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Riveting,Technique Based,Tool Instruction

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Synclastic forming
  • Use of forming hammers
  • Creation of forming block

Saw thin gauge metal and form it on a synclastic stake and/or a wood block to quickly create these pretty botanical forms. You'll be amazed at how fast these can be made and finished, and you'll have the option of forming a pendant or earrings with the option of creating several flower species. The ability to saw well will help you succeed. We will work with copper and NuGold sheet, and you'll have the option of adding a shimmering pearl and a thick forged base wire to your creation. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Some experience with hammer forming is useful. The more experience you have sawing, the more beautiful your flowers will be.

Materials you are required to bring: Jewelers saw and 3/0 blades, bench pin, any brand small scale jewelry forming hammers (Fretz, TruStrike, NCBlack), sturdy pliers for bending thick wire, sturdy small bench vise, chasing hammer, hole punch or rotary tool and #54 drill bit, needle files, abrasive papers, 2x4 scrap Block of soft wood like pine or cedar, and needle files.

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1073, Hammer Formed Botanicals - $200 [More Info]
Helen Driggs
08/17/20175:30 pm - 8:30 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017
1075, Rotary Tools Intensive Two: Advanced Techniques: Part 2 - $145
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Design,Dremel,Drilling,Finishing,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Mixed Materials,Technique Based,Tool Instruction

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Confidence to use a dremel tool or flex shaft on all materials
  • Drilling
  • Grinding and sanding
 
A Dremel or Flexible Shaft tool is an important tool to master for making jewelry of all kinds with confidence. Once you’ve mastered the basic of your Dremel or Flexible Shaft tool, it’s time to learn about the many different advanced techniques and attachments available to grind, sand, cut, carve, polish and buff all kinds of materials, like plastics, wood, stone, ceramic, paper, metal and glass. 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. 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: This is a class for rotary tool users who have mastered the basics and are very familiar with their equipment. Preferably, the student has taken one of my beginners rotary or flex shaft classes in the past...

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, and steel bench block. An old, shallow glass or pyrex dish, a container for water, and SAFETY GOGGLES.

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1075, Rotary Tools Intensive Two: Advanced Techniques: Part 2 - $145 [More Info]
Helen Driggs
08/18/20178:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday, August 18, 2017
1077, No Torch Captures and Connections - $210
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Cold Connections,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Mixed Materials,Riveting,Technique Based,Tool Instruction,Wire Work

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Design
  • Sawing metal and simple fabrication
  • Riveting

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 NOT complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Some sawing skill is helpful, as well as familiarity with sheet metal, wire and various jewelry materials

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

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1077, No Torch Captures and Connections - $210 [More Info]
Helen Driggs
08/18/20175:30 pm - 8:30 pm Friday, August 18, 2017
1072, Bead and Button Jewelry - $110
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Assembly,Cold Connections,Design,Dremel,Drilling,Mixed Materials,Wire Work

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Drilling wood and plastics
  • Wire weaving
  • Design
  • Color use

Do you love colorful buttons? If so, break out the old button box—we'll elevate ordinary buttons into wonderful, wearable center-stage focals for all types of jewelry. Learn how to modify old or new buttons using wire and inventive connection methods like wiring, riveting and other cold connections to create button bracelets, pendants or earrings with a modern twist. You’ll learn drilling, wire coiling, color Use and combining materials without glue. You WILL  complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Patience, use of thin gauge wire and pliers

Materials you are required to bring: Dremel tool with appropriate collet and#56 drill bit, steel block -- combo or separate, awl or sharp scribe, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, wire cutters, sanding sticks, and Sharpie.

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1072, Bead and Button Jewelry - $110 [More Info]
Helen Driggs
08/19/20178:30 am - 4:00 pm Saturday, August 19, 2017
1076, Beachcomber's Bonanza - $200
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: 3D Design,Cold Connections,Drilling,Forging,Lapidary,Metalsmithing,Mixed Materials,Wire Work

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Drilling stone and sea glass
  • Planning no torch connections
  • Using natural objects for jewelry

Are you an incurable scavenger when you go to the beach, park, lake or other natural area? In this class, we will learn how to mount natural objects like shells, pebbles, sticks, driftwood, sea glass and other found objects using wire, cold connections and other non-glue techniques. Bring your own treasures and use what’s in your kit to make a pendant featuring your favorite natural object. Learn to safely drill stone or sea glass, create flowing wire mountings, and how to plan and execute uncommon mountings like two-part, perimeter and integral tabs or multi-layer rivets.You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Use of hand tools (not much sawing) and understanding of basic jewelry design. Experience with drilling is helpful but not required

Materials you are required to bring: Steel Block, chasing hammer, jeweler’s saw frame and 2/0 blades metal snips, awl or sharp scribe, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, wire cutters, sandpapers and files, rotary tool or flexshaft and stand (optional), diamond burs if you have them, small ceramic or glass bowl, and SAFETY GOGGLES.

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1076, Beachcomber's Bonanza - $200 [More Info]
Helen Driggs
08/19/20175:30 pm - 8:30 pm Saturday, August 19, 2017
1074, Color on Metal - $130
  
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: 3D Design,Cold Connections,Coloring Metal,Design,Metalsmithing,Mixed Materials,Wire Work,Wire Wrapping

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Coloring on metal
  • Preparing metal for color
  • Assembling parts with hand tools
 

Learn how to add a splash of vibrant color to your jewelry metal! We’ll use colored pencils and pastels to create rich layered color on copper or brass. We will create an easy pair of earrings in class – or students have the option to create a simple riveted pendant if they are experienced at fabrication techniques like sawing and riveting. In addition to the coloring technique, your instructor will demo riveting, sawing and delve into color use and design. Don’t worry if you can’t draw – we have premade patterns to color, too!
Please note: we will be using traditional art supplies and low-odor fixative to set the color on the metal – keep this in mind if you are uncomfortable with walking in and outside several times during the class to spray your work! You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Ability to color with pencils, rudimentary metals skills like hole punching and wire wrapping, assembly with pliers

Materials you are required to bring: Students should bring the following tools: hole punch, steel block, jeweler’s sawframe and 3/0 blades and/or disc cutter, metal snips, awl or sharp scribe, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, wire cutters, sanding sticks, sharpie, Prismacolor brand pencils and/or artist's oil pastels if you have them, and scrap paper.

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1074, Color on Metal - $130 [More Info]
Helen Driggs
08/20/20178:30 am - 11:30 amSunday, August 20, 2017
1078, Rotary Tool Intensive One: Dremels Only!! Part A - $140
 

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Dremel,Drilling,Metalsmithing,Technique Based,Tool Instruction

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Learn to use your Tool
  • Drilling mixed materials
  • Metalwork
 
 

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 NOT complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: This is for the complete novice to beginner Dremel owner

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. They are not strong enough for sheet metal. This class is for hand-held Rotary units only. If it is a brand new (post 2014) dremel unit, and please ensure you have the proper collets for your model.

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1078, Rotary Tool Intensive One: Dremels Only!! Part A - $140 [More Info]
Helen Driggs