Bead Fest Philadelphia 2017
 

Workshops by Sulie Girardi

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08/17/20178:30 am - 4:00 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017
1037, "La Traviata" Pendant - $250
  
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metal Clay

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Sculpt and mold metal clay
  • Learn to texture both sides of the clay at once
  • Assemble and connect many small parts into one secure piece

In the romantic and tragic opera "La traviata", the heroine Violetta is known as the "Lady of the Camellias". The camellia flower with its many varieties is the inspiration for this lovely statement pendant made of fine silver metal clay. We will briefly discuss the many options for flower design, and students will be shown how to make lifelike petals in various sizes. We will make several leaves for our pendants, using impressions taken from real leaves. We will then assemble the flowers using a clever jig, attach the leaves, make a backplate and a bail. If desired, students can make a toggle clasp to coordinate with their pedant, and patinate their pendants to emphasize detail. Just like in Nature, no two flowers will be the same, but all will be beautiful! You WILL complete this project in class.
 
Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Familiarity with metal clay skills is helpful but not required

Materials you are required to bring: Students should brings a pair of fine tweezers, and if possible a small box and travel hairdryer to help dry their pieces

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1037, "La Traviata" Pendant - $250 [More Info]
Sulie Girardi
08/18/20178:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday, August 18, 2017
1035, Vintage Elegance with Silver Clay - $265
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metal Clay,Stone Setting - Faceted

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Set fireable faceted stones of all sizes and shapes in metal clay
  • Properly fill and a mold with metal clay
  • Recognize and correct potentially weak spots in metal clay pieces

In this fun and relaxing class, students can browse through a large collection of vintage brass stampings, and use their favorites to construct beautiful pendants and/or earrings with an antique feel. We will discuss and practice filling the stampings with clay, and discover useful tricks for removing our dried pieces from the stampings without breakage. Students will learn how to set fireable CZs of various shapes and sizes in silver clay, and can incorporate these stones into their pieces.We will learn to construct several kinds of bails, and discover how to incorporate fireable posts into earrings.You WILL complete this project in class.
 
Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Familiarity with metal clay is helpful but not required. Beginners are welcome

Materials you are required to bring: If possible students should bring tweezers, as well as a small box and a travel hairdryer to help dry pieces.

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1035, Vintage Elegance with Silver Clay - $265 [More Info]
Sulie Girardi
08/19/20178:30 am - 4:00 pm Saturday, August 19, 2017
1036, The Stone's Secret - $275
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Design,Metal Clay,Soldering,Stone Setting - Cabochon

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Make a pendant out of fine silver metal clay
  • Construct and solder a bezel onto a backplate
  • Cut, carve or pierce a design into metal clay

Be honest: what is the first thing you do when you pick up a piece of jewelry? You turn it over and look at the back, right? Nevertheless, many of us tend to neglect the backs of our pieces, and at best file and polish them smooth. In this technique-packed class, each student will design and construct a pendant out of silver metal clay, featuring a beautiful cabochon. The back of the pendant will be at least as attractive as the front, and will hopefully utilize inspiration or motifs from the stone on the front. Each student will cut, carve or pierce a design into the clay, so that the stone will be visible from the back, thus unifying the design.
After our backplates are fired, we will solder on a bezel and set the stone. Each pendant will be an individual work of art: your "stone's secret" will be the beautiful design that hides behind it! You WILL complete this project in class.
 
Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Familiarity with silver metal clay, as well as basic metal working skills would be very helpful

Materials you are required to bring: Students should bring a cabochon of their choice that speaks to them, either round or oval. It should not be larger than 2 x 1 inch (oval) or 1.5 inches in diameter (round). If possible students should bring a small box and a travel hairdryer to help dry their pieces.

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1036, The Stone's Secret - $275 [More Info]
Sulie Girardi
08/20/20178:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday, August 20, 2017
THIS OPTION IS SOLD OUT 1429, Meet Metal Clay! - $120
  
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metal Clay

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Learn how to handle and store metal clay
  • Learn how to re-hydrate metal clay, to extend your work session
  • Learn to roll, texturize and cut metal clay

This class is designed for jewelry artists who have never worked with metal clay, but who are curious about exploring this fascinating medium. We will discuss basic metal clay skills such as how to correctly roll and texturize clay, how to keep the clay moist, and much more. Students can then use their newly found knowledge to make a pendant (with or without a bail), earrings, a handful of charms, or any combination of these elements. When the pieces are dry we will learn to torch-fire the jewelry, so that students will be able to work with metal clay at home: no kiln required!You WILL complete this project in class.
 
Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: The instructor will supply all necessary tools: it would be helpful if students are able to bring a travel hairdryer and a small cardboad box, to speed the drying process.


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THIS OPTION IS SOLD OUT 1429, Meet Metal Clay! - $120 [More Info]
Sulie Girardi
08/20/20171:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sunday, August 20, 2017
1430, Meet Metal Clay! - $120
  
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metal Clay

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Learn how to handle and store metal clay
  • Learn how to re-hydrate metal clay, to extend your work session
  • Learn to roll, texturize and cut metal clay

This class is designed for jewelry artists who have never worked with metal clay, but who are curious about exploring this fascinating medium. We will discuss basic metal clay skills such as how to correctly roll and texturize clay, how to keep the clay moist, and much more. Students can then use their newly found knowledge to make a pendant (with or without a bail), earrings, a handful of charms, or any combination of these elements. When the pieces are dry we will learn to torch-fire the jewelry, so that students will be able to work with metal clay at home: no kiln required!You WILL complete this project in class.
 
Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: The instructor will supply all necessary tools: it would be helpful if students are able to bring a travel hairdryer and a small cardboad box, to speed the drying process.


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1430, Meet Metal Clay! - $120 [More Info]
Sulie Girardi