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03/15/2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018

8:30 am - 11:30 am Thursday, March 15, 2018
1032, Twinkle Twist- $136

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Forging,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Soldering,Wire Work


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. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Ultra flush side cutters, Chain nose pliers, Round nose pliers, Bench pin, Bracelet mandrel (optional), Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed

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1032, Twinkle Twist- $136 [More Info]
Kieu Pham Gray
8:30 am - 11:30 am Thursday, March 15, 2018
1220, Rebel Wrap - $110

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Assembly,Bead Stitching,Cold Connections,Leatherwork,Riveting,Stamping

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Fundamentals of cold connections/riveting

• Fundamentals of metal stamping

• Fundamentals of bead stitching




Create your own leather wrap bracelet and learn how to work with leather, make cold connections using riveting techniques, embellish your wrap by learning metal stamping techniques and learn to stitch beads onto leather. This workshop has it all, and no prior experience is needed! You WILL NOT complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: No prior experience required

Materials you are required to bring: Bead mat, ruler, 6lb. smoke Fireline, beading needle, scissors/thread burner, any task lighting and glasses/magnifiers needed.

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1220, Rebel Wrap - $110 [More Info]
Shae Wilhite
8:30 am - 11:30 am Thursday, March 15, 2018
1445, Wire Wrapped Cabochon - $113
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Assembly,Basics,Stone Setting - Cabochon,Wire Work,Wire Wrapping

In this class you will learn the basic technique needed to create a wire bezel which captures a cabochon to create a beautiful pendant. A cabochon is a flat back stone without a hole in it. Although we will be using a cabochon in class, this technique can be adapted to a bead, top drilled stone, sea glass or a rough stone. As with many classes, each student will receive the same basic supplies to create their project, but when the project is complete no two will be the same. If you have always wanted to learn how to wrap a stone, now is your chance. This is often the first venture into wire work for many people, and usually not the last! You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: With wire wrapping your hands are your tools throughout the majority of the project. The ability and strength to hold your project for long periods of time while leveraging against them and good dexterity are a must. Also, the ability to feel comfortable working with multiple wires at one time. This is considered a beginning class but is open to all skill levels. No previous wire experience is necessary.

Materials you are required to bring: Please bring a bead mat or work surface, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, wire cutters, soft measuring tape, a sharpie or permanent marker, blue masking tape or scotch tape, a ring clamp for holding your work if you have hand strength issues. If you have files, bring them but it is not necessary to purchase them before the class. A task lamp and extension cord are not required but are highly recommended.

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1445, Wire Wrapped Cabochon - $113 [More Info]
Jeannine Mankins
8:30 am - 12:30 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1582, Tucson Vista Bracelet - $105

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Bead Stitching

As seen on the cover of Beadwork magazine in August/September 2017, this bracelet demonstrates how color and technique can be used to create a Southwestern inspired concho style bracelet. In this class, you will use circular peyote stitch to create a bracelet using Swarovski crystal rivolis, Czech glass SuperDuos, and seed beads. Each medallion is constructed and stitched to the previous medallion before adding seed beads around the outer edges. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Knowledge of circular peyote is preferable

Materials you are required to bring: None


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1582, Tucson Vista Bracelet - $105 [More Info]
Shanna Steele
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1035, 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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1035, The Stone's Pendant - $275 [More Info]
Sulie Girardi
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1436, Painting with Fire Beginning Immersion Enameling - $220

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Enameling,Mixed Materials,Stamping,Torchwork


This is the place to get started in immersion enameling! We will begin learning about the enameling process and the tools needed for success. We will discuss how to choose metal for enameling and design ideas. An introduction to many techniques will happen throughout the day. We will begin with basic enameling, then on to enameling flat pieces, using decals, millefiori, wire, making enameled head pins, using liquid enamels and more! You will go home with a lot of enameled beads and pieces to use in your own projects! You WILL NOT complete this project in class. 

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Safety glasses

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1436, Painting with Fire Beginning Immersion Enameling - $220 [More Info]
Amy Bray
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1436, Painting with Fire Beginning Immersion Enameling - $220

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Enameling,Mixed Materials,Stamping,Torchwork


This is the place to get started in immersion enameling! We will begin learning about the enameling process and the tools needed for success. We will discuss how to choose metal for enameling and design ideas. An introduction to many techniques will happen throughout the day. We will begin with basic enameling, then on to enameling flat pieces, using decals, millefiori, wire, making enameled head pins, using liquid enamels and more! You will go home with a lot of enameled beads and pieces to use in your own projects! You WILL NOT complete this project in class. 

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Safety glasses

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1436, Painting with Fire Beginning Immersion Enameling - $220 [More Info]
Amy Bray
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1440, Faux Cloisonne Abstracts in Art Clay Silver - $185
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Assembly,Basics,Cloisonné,Design,Enameling,Metal Clay

Find your artistic freedom with Art Clay silver syringe to create an abstract design on an unfired Art Clay Silver base. Learn how the syringe can mimic cloisonne wires with less work and allow more design variations. After firing, learn the technique of washing already sifted transparent enamel powders to intensify their colors. You will apply layers of color to your abstract design. Repeated firings may be necessary to create gradients and other effects. Grinding and polishing your piece will be demonstrated and you will complete your pendant in all its enameled glory!! You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Knowledge of working with metal clay at a basic level

Materials you are required to bring: A magnifier is essential, a task light is optional

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1440, Faux Cloisonne abstracts in Art Clay Silver - $185 [More Info]
Jackie Truty
8:30 am - 4:00 pmThursday, March 15, 2018
1443, Sterling Silver Wrap Rings Two Ways  - $245

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Brazing,Finishing,Metal Clay,Metalsmithing,Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Cabochon,Stone Setting - Faceted,Texturing,Tool Instruction

Do you love unusual rings with gemstones? Join us for a ring workshop where the rings fit everyone! In this workshop we'll work with PMC 960 sterling metal clay, sterling sheet, tube bezels, bezel cups, and faceted semi-precious stones to create two different types of wrap rings that you can size up or down. This workshop will introduce you to the metal clay, soldering, and setting skills you'll need to create dozens of other projects. Even advanced students will have fun, and pick up a few new tricks! You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Basic soldering skills required, but expert skills not necessary!

Materials you are required to bring: Students do not need to bring their own tools, all tools needed will be available for use. Students who already own the following tools, may choose to bring them along: Metal clay tools and texture plates, metal shears, rawhide, nylon or plastic hammer, misc. texturing hammers, bench block
misc. files and sanding papers, ring mandrel, prong pusher, nylon ring bending pliers

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1443, Sterling Silver Wrap Rings Two Ways - $245 [More Info]
Gail Stouffer
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1526, The Letty Ring - $220

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Finishing,Flex Shaft,Metalsmithing,Silversmithing,Soldering


From one angle, it’s a clean brushed bar of silver – substantial and smooth. From another, it’s the dimensional glamour and sparkle of a rose-cut gem. And then there’s the rustic pattern on the front and back, slightly tarnished, texture that’s visual and tactile and slightly worn. It comes together in a surprisingly light-weight and comfortable bit of sculpture for your hand, different from every perspective… a bit like you. Each hollow-form ring grows proportionally out of a custom-fitted ring band, finished with a mixture of techniques, and embellished with a selection of delicate rose-cut gemstones. We will make use of a full range of traditional and “kitchen table” techniques, including sawing, soldering, filing, polishing and tube setting. This is an intermediate level workshop and students should be comfortable with a torch and a jeweler’s saw. Everything is provided, from the tools to the materials, so just come ready to work and have fun! You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Students should be comfortable with and proficient in the use of a torch and a jeweler's saw. Prior experience with stone setting is helpful but not required.

Materials you are required to bring: All materials and the use of all tools and consumables are included in the kit fee - students should bring eye magnification if they need it and a battery operated task light, but otherwise everything else is provided!

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1526, The Letty Ring - $220 [More Info]
Francesca Watson
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1558, Creative Photography for Glass & Jewelry Artists - $155

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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Photography


Come learn the secrets of how to shoot beads, glass, metal clay, ceramics, jewelry, wood and other arts and crafts with a professional photographer. See what aspects make for a high quality photograph. Learn the language of studio photography, the 9 parameters of successful photos and how to produce them. We’ll cover basic photography, camera and lens choices, the qualities of good lighting, composition, background materials, and how to set your camera's menus for consistent, high quality photographs. This class is designed for all levels of photography experience. Students should also consider taking the matching Photoshop class. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Photo students should bring DSLR cameras with manual exposure and interchangeable lenses and macro lens (if available) and a 60” or taller tripod. Point-and-shoot or fixed lens cameras without these features are inadequate for creating professional work. Students who bring these basic cameras to class will find that they don't perform as desired and will be disappointed with the results. Students should also bring 16+ glass, jewelry or other art pieces to photograph.

Materials you are required to bring: Photo students should bring DSLR cameras with manual exposure and interchangeable lenses and macro lens (if available) and a 60” or taller tripod. Point-and-shoot or fixed lens cameras without these features are inadequate for creating professional work. Students who bring these basic cameras to class will find that they don't perform as desired and will be disappointed with the results. Students should also bring 16+ glass, jewelry or other art pieces to photograph.

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1558, Creative Photography for Glass & Jewelry Artists - $155 [More Info]
Doug Baldwin
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1563, Patchwork Silver Pendant - $213

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Fusing,Metalwork,Soldering,Stone Setting - Faceted,Torchwork

Come explore the ancient art of sterling silver fusing. You’ll create a pendant that evokes vintage patchwork with a hint of modern sparkle and shine. Gwen will walk you through the process of fusing sterling silver to create the base piece. Next up, those amazing silver balls, a prong setting and bail - all soldered into place. A quick and easy hand finishing technique will add sparkle and shine to this fun, funky and organic piece. Finally, add a leather cord with handcrafted sterling silver clasp and wear your pendant home. Bonus: make a pair of earrings with the leftovers. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Must be at least 18 years old due to torch use

Materials you are required to bring: Magnifying eyewear if needed; battery operated light

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1563, Patchwork Silver Pendant - $213 [More Info]
Gwen Youngblood
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1602, A Twisted Roman Chain - $275
 
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Level: All levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Forging,Fusing,Metalsmithing,Metalwork

Many of my classes are my take on historical metalwork. While in Canada a few years ago, I went to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto to see an exhibit on artifacts recovered from Pompeii. They had a section of recovered jewelry that was truly breathtaking. There was one chain in the exhibit that I fell in love with. The link was a repetition of twisted figure 8’s that were simply linked together. The figure 8’s were not solid, but pieces hardened to hold their shape. In bringing this link into the 21st century, I wanted to update it so it can be stable piece of jewelry that can be worn daily. This fine silver rendition of this link is truly a homage to metalwork band craftsmanship. Join in the fun of fusing and texturing the links together and creating a piece of historical jewelry. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: All materials and supplies will be provided by instructor. Students do not need to bring any tools or supplies.

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1602, A Twisted Roman Chain - $275 [More Info]
Anne Mitchell
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
811, Double Stone Adjustable Argentium Ring - $192
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Cold Connections,Drilling,Flex Shaft,Lapidary,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Patina,Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Cabochon,Tool Instruction

The double stone setting creates the most unusual ring! The top stone creates an accent top for the bottom stone. The ring band is adjustable so you can wear it on any finger and the ring doesn’t tarnish because it’s made from Argentium sterling silver. In this one-day work shop learn the following skills: how to anneal metal, soldering Argentium silver, stone setting a cabochon stone, drilling a hole through a stone, connect the stones together by riveting the top bezel to the bottom setting using round wire, creating an adjustable band, how to work with Argentium silver, texturing metal, using a reciprocating hammer to set stones. Janet will share her tips and tricks she's learned from making jewelry for the past 40 years! You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Knows how to saw and complete basic solder skills

Materials you are required to bring: Jeweler’s saw and (04 size) blades, 25mm x 20mm or smaller cabochon stone, flat bastard file, safety glasses, flush cutters, needle nose pliers, flat nose pliers, fine tipped permanent marker.

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811, Double Stone Adjustable Argentium Ring - $192 [More Info]
Janet Alexander
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
836, Simple Silver Soldered Rings - $195
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metalsmithing,Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Faceted

Make it today, wear it tonight! Using a butane torch, some silver wire, and a few premade bezels, students will create 3 amazingly beautiful rings that are deceptively simple to construct. Students will learn techniques in soldering, filing, fabrication, and stone setting. Soldering experience is helpful but not required. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: 6"x6" or larger solder board, steel ring mandrel, butane and butane torch, chasing hammer, mallet, steel block, third hand.

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836, Simple Silver Soldered Rings - $195 [More Info]
Eva Sherman
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
206, Silver H2 Oh! – Water Casting - $149

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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Water Casting


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. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Side cutters (flush preferred), chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, Additional Sterling Silver or Fine Silver scrap (optional), Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed


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206, Silver H2 Oh! – Water Casting - $149 [More Info]
Kieu Pham Gray
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1234, Razzle Dazzle - $105

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Bead Stitching,Bead Weaving

Learn to work with the hottest trend in the bead market, two-holed beads. Stitch with multiple types of two-holed beads and accent the design with the sparkle of crystals! You WILL NOT complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: No prior experience required

Materials you are required to bring: Bead mat, beading needles, 6lb smoke fireline, scissors/thread burner, task lighting and any glasses/magnifiers needed.

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1234, Razzle Dazzle - $105 [More Info]
Shae Wilhite
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1581, SuperStar SuperDuo Bracelet- $101
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Bead Weaving

In this class, you will make a cuff-style bracelet out of Czech glass SuperDuo beads. You will learn to work with monofilament to create a no needle right angle weave and peyote stitch bracelet. This project is ideal for beginner/intermediate level beaders. Several different color options will be available in kit form. Not only can you choose the option you like best, but you’ll also learn how to incorporate at least three different colors into a single piece.. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: This class provides a really great introduction to working with monofilament cording in a no needle right angle weave (or cross weave). It is also a great introduction to SuperDuos and introduces new ways of thinking about working with three or more colors in a single design.

Materials you are required to bring: None


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1581, SuperStar SuperDuo Bracelet- $101 [More Info]
Shanna Steele
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1015, 1+1+1+1=10 (Intro to Basic Soldering) - $123

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Soldering,Wire Work

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. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Basic silver soldering and wire working

Materials you are required to bring: Round nose pliers, Chain nose pliers, Flat nose pliers, Flush side cutters (ultra preferred), Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed

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1015, 1+1+1+1=10 (Intro to Basic Soldering) - $123 [More Info]
Kieu Pham Gray
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm Thursday, March 15 2018
1232, The Marilyn Bracelet - $115

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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Bead Stitching,Bead Weaving

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• The hubble stitch

• How to embellish hubble stitch

• Learn additional embellishment and finishing techniques




Learn the new Hubble stitch and turn it from basic to blingy by embellishing, then embellish the embellishment! This bracelet is worthy of long gloves and a walk on the red carpet! You WILL NOT complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Some familiarity with bead weaving techniques preferred

Materials you are required to bring: Bead mat, beading needles, 6lb crystal Fireline, scissors/thread burner, and any task lighting and classes/magnifiers as necessary.

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1232, The Marilyn Bracelet - $115 [More Info]
Shae Wilhite
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1158, Viking Knit Bracelet - $123

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Assembly,Basics,Technique Based,Wire Knitting/Crochet,Wire Work,Wire Wrapping


Have you tried to learn Viking Knit with varied success? Have you ever completed a length of Viking Knit then didn't know what to do with it? Bring your questions and I will get you through a completed Viking Knit bracelet. You will learn the single knit, the best procedure for getting the best results and most even knit, and how to finish the knit to make a bracelet.You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: With wire wrapping your hands are your tools throughout the majority of the project. The ability and strength to hold your project for long periods of time while leveraging against them and good dexterity are a must. Also, the ability to feel comfortable working with fine wire. This is considered a beginning class but is open to all skill levels. No previous wire experience is necessary.

Materials you are required to bring: Please bring a bead mat or work surface, a bead tray if you want to separate your beads, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, wire cutters, bead awl and a ruler or measuring tape. A task lamp and extension cord are not required but are highly recommended.

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1447, Viking Knit Bracelet - $123 [More Info]
Jeannine Mankins
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1585, Glamour Girl Bracelet - $110
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Bead Weaving

In this class, you will use a flat spiral technique to create a multi-row woven bracelet using gemstones and/or crystals and pearls. Knowledge of working with a needle and thread is strongly recommended. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Knowledge or working with a needle and thread strongly recommended

Materials you are required to bring: None


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1585, Glamour Girl Bracelet - $110 [More Info]
Shanna Steele
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
1296, Three Stone Ring - $120
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Faceted

The Three Stone Ring incorporates two basic design principles: the use of positive/negative space, and the rule of odds. These elements combine to create a visually pleasing and easily wearable design. It is also a relatively quick, easy, and economical project. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Soldering experience is recommended

Materials you are required to bring: 6"x6" or larger solder board, steel ring mandrel, butane and butane torch, chasing hammer, mallet, steel block, third hand.


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1296, Three Stone Ring - $120 [More Info]
Eva Sherman
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
757, Woven Teardrop Pendant - $115
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Wire Weaving,Wire Work,Wire Wrapping

This class uses a flat vice to hold the wire during the weaving process. This weaving technique uses the same gauge wire throughout the project. You will learn to manipulate and control your wire so that the weave is uniform. You will have your choice of a Faceted Briolette and will choose how to finish your pendant for your own unique look. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Should be able to manipulate 22 gauge wire with hands

Materials you are required to bring: Magnification if necessary and task light


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757, Woven Teardrop Pendant - $115 [More Info]
Ronda Stevens
 
03/16/2018
Friday, March 16, 2018

8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday, March 16, 2018
205, Riveting Enamel - $117

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Enamel





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.You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Chain nose pliers, #2 paint brush (fine tip), 5 pages of any magazine (of any kind), Flat nose pliers, Side cutters (flush preferred), Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed

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1052, Riveting Enamel - $117 [More Info]
Kieu Pham Gray
8:30 am - 11:30 am Friday, March 16, 2018
1512, Metal Morphosis Cabochon Ring - $125
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Fusing,Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Faceted

Create a textured cabochon by fusing sterling silver scraps to a silver base plate. Set the cabochon in a bezel cup and embellish with tube a set bezel for an added touch of elegance. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Metal shear, metal file, steel ring mandrel, steel block, chasing hammer, butane and butane torch, 6"x6" or larger solder board,


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1512, Metal Morphosis Cabochon Ring - $125 [More Info]
Eva Sherman
8:30 am - 12:30 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1448, Woven Duo Drop Earrings- $114

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Assembly,Bead Weaving,Technique Based,Wire Weaving,Wire Work,Wire Wrapping


Using the popular duo beads and a few other small beads, you can create these bohemian style earrings. Just as duo beads are used in needle and thread bead weaving, they are versatile enough to use in wire projects as well! Turn a fine piece of wire into your 'needle and thread' and create these beautifully textural and unique wire earrings.You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Some wire working experience is necessary and student must feel comfortable working with very fine wire. With wire weaving, your hands are your tools throughout the majority of the project. The ability and strength to hold your project for long periods of time while leveraging against them and good hand dexterity are a must, the ability to feel comfortable managing fine wire is required. This is a bead weaving class of sorts, familiarity with brick stitch and peyote stitch is helpful.

Materials you are required to bring: A bead mat or work surface, a bead tray if you want to separate your beads, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, wire cutters, ruler or tape measure, and bead awl. A task lamp and extension cord are not required but highly suggested.

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1448, Woven Duo Drop Earrings- $114 [More Info]
Jeannine Mankins
8:30 am - 12:30 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
761, Twists n Turns Bracelet -TNT - $125
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Wire Work,Wire Wrapping

This workshop will introduce you to several gauges of dead soft square wire. You will begin to understand how to bend the wire and shape it to your needs. You will be shown how to wrap with half round wire and create your own unique clasp for your bracelet. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Should be familiar with basic wire wrapping tools

Materials you are required to bring: Task lamp and magnification if necessary


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761, Twists n Turns Bracelet -TNT - $125 [More Info]
Ronda Stevens
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1036, Vintage Elegance with Silver Clay - $265

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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metal Clay,Stone Setting - Faceted


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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1036, Vintage Elegance with Silver Clay - $265 [More Info]
Sulie Girardi
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1401, Argentium Fused Pendant - $205
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Finishing,Metalsmithing,Patina,Soldering,Torchwork

In this intermediate class learn the process of fusing and how it differs from soldering. Learn when to fuse and when to solder, how to make a bail with framed edges, bezel setting, set a cabochon stone, and fuse granulation. Janet brings extra tools for last minute registrations. Learn fusing Argentium Silver granulation from expert jeweler, Janet Alexander, the 2015 Saul Bell finalist. With 40 years of experience with working with metals, Janet passes on her tricks and tips on working with metals. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Must have sawing and soldering experience

Materials you are required to bring: 18 mm round stone, flush cut wire cutters, fine flat file, needle nose pliers, Wubbers small making pliers, jewelers saw frame and 4/0 blades, burnisher, small needle files, fine tipped tweezers, fine tipped permanent marker.


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1401, Argentium Fused Pendant - $205 [More Info]
Janet Alexander
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1437, Beyond the Basics in Painting with Fire Immersion Enameling - $220

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Coloring Metal,Design,Enameling,Etching,Hot Connection,Mixed Materials,Texturing,Torchwork,Wire Work


The next steps in Painting with Fire Immersion enameling! This is a class full of intermediate to advanced techniques to keep you learning and growing in enameling. Learn new ways to add texture and design into your enameled pieces. Learn the differences between embossing and etching and ways you can enhance your metal work using torch fired enameling. We will pump up Sgraffito by adding color. We will use some basic metal working techniques to form and shape the metal and help us attach pieces together. Learn some interesting ways to add color and design into immersion enameling in unusual ways. You will have lots of pieces to take home and use in your own projects! You WILL NOT complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Please take the Basic Immersion Enameling Class or have Painting with Fire immersion enameling experience.

Materials you are required to bring: Please bring safety glasses.

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1437, Beyond the Basics in Painting with Fire Immersion Enameling - $220 [More Info]
Amy Bray
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1453, Earrings with Semi Precious Stones - PMC 960 Sterling Metal Clay - $245

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metal Clay,Metalsmithing,Soldering

PMC 960 Sterling Silver is an exciting medium that allows you to produce quality, detailed designs in sterling silver without the mess or equipment required for traditional jewelry casting. You will love the ability to create personalized, one-of-a-kind jewelry quickly and easily! In this workshop we'll create gorgeous dangling earrings with great designs and beautiful bezel set semi-precious stones. This is an introductory workshop, so no experience is required! Once you get started, you'll love this rewarding medium! You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Students do not need to bring their own tools, all tools needed will be available for use. Students who already own the following tools, may choose to bring them along: Metal clay tools and texture plates

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1453, Earrings with Semi Precious Stones - PMC 960 Sterling Metal Clay - $245 [More Info]
Gail Stouffer
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1527, The Garden Cuff- $230

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Cabochon


"So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” - Jorge Luis Borges. This beautiful sterling silver and labradorite cuff is not only a chance to gift yourself with flowers to wear year-round, it's also an opportunity to plant more advanced metalsmithing techniques in your creative garden. Learn how to build dimensional elements, form and solder wire components to sheet (cleanly!), create custom bezels, and form comfortable cuffs using simple tools. Detailed in-person demos, projected and enlarged on a screen for ease of viewing, are followed by plenty of hands-on work time to successfully complete your piece in class. And absolutely everything is included in your kit fee: tools, consumables and materials. All you have to do is show up ready to work and have fun! You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Students should be comfortable with and proficient in the use of a torch and a jeweler's saw. Prior experience with stone setting is helpful but not required.

Materials you are required to bring: All materials and the use of all tools and consumables are included in the kit fee - students should bring eye magnification if they need it and a battery operated task light, but otherwise everything else is provided!

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1527, The Garden Cuff- $230 [More Info]
Francesca Watson
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1537, Lava-Licious Pendant with Handmade Chain - $195
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Assembly,Cold Connections,Coloring Metal,Design,Forging,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Patina,Technique Based,Torchwork,Wire Work

As artists we try to achieve color, unusual textures and patterns in our jewelry designs. This class has it all! You will learn how to make a necklace with a technique I call faux reticulation. The hills, valleys and swirls achieved with this process reminds me of a fresh lava flow. Everyone I've shared this technique with has marveled at the gorgeous, almost instantaneous results they get after trying it. In this class you will learn how to use silver scraps to make amazing texture and patterns on a copper base, and how to add fantastic flame painted colors to your pieces. All this can be achieved using a small butane torch, known in cooking circles as a crème brulee torch. After you have designed and completed your focal piece, you will hang it from a sterling silver filled chain you will make yourself, to the length you desire. All equipment, tools and materials are supplied in this class. There is nothing to bring! All experience levels are welcome. Must be at least 17 years old. As we will be using torches, please tie back long hair, wear closed toe shoes, and do not wear loose flowing sleeves.You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Ability to use or learn how to use a small butane torch, and ability to hold and use a hammer

Materials you are required to bring: None

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1537, Lava-Licious Pendant with Handmade Chain - $195 [More Info]
Nancy Sacco
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday. March 16, 2018
1559, Photoshop for Artists and Craftspeople - $155

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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Photography


How do you get a new background behind a bead or glass art piece? In the class two workflows will be demonstrated using Photoshop CS5 and Elements 11 on how to extract objects from backgrounds, add new backgrounds, create photo realistic shadows and more. Students will also learn how to create color correct files of their art for use on their website, Etsy in magazine articles, books, portfolios and for juried competitions. Plus, learn the 4 steps every artist needs to know to produce accurate files in Photoshop and how to purchase recent versions of Photoshop at far less than the full retail price. Students should also consider taking the matching Photography class if you're unsure how to operate your camera to take consistent, properly lit photos. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Students should be able to create color accurate, consistently exposed photos with their camera before taking this class. If you're unsure of your photo skills, please consider taking the Photography class also offered at Bead Fest. A laptop with Photoshop CS3, 4, 5 or 6 Standard, Extended or Academic, Photoshop CC, and/or Photoshop Elements 10 (or later) already installed. Students should be able to run their laptop, open Photoshop, open, save and close files in Photoshop.

Materials you are required to bring: Students should bring digital photographic files of 6-8 jewelry, beads or glass art and a laptop with Photoshop CS3, 4, 5 or 6 Standard, Extended or Academic, Photoshop CC, and/or Photoshop Elements 10 (or later) already installed. One workflow will be demonstrated using the full Photoshop CS5 and a different workflow will demonstrated using Photoshop Elements 11. Students should be able to run their laptop, open Photoshop, open, save and close files in Photoshop.

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1559, Photoshop for Artists and Craftspeople - $155 [More Info]
Doug Baldwin
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1587, Layered and Riveted - $213

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Cold Connections,Leatherwork,Metalwork,Patina,Riveting,Stone Setting - Cabochon,Texturing,Wire Work

No-Fear Riveting is here! Turn your creativity loose with the Riveting Essentials patented riveting process that makes riveting virtually foolproof. This introduction to riveting explores how to accurately measure and form traditional wire rivets, how to make and use ball-headed rivets and how to rivet a bezel cup in place – yes, you will learn to use bezels without solder! Along the way, students will learn easy-peasy texturing techniques, along with some basic metalsmithing skills. Finally, finish your piece with a handcrafted leather cord and clasp. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Eye magnification if needed; battery operated light; Instructor provides all other necessary tools, supplies and consumables for use in class.

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1587, Layered and Riveted - $213 [More Info]
Gwen Youngblood
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1601, Barbed Wire Necklace - $290

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Level: All levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Forging,Fusing,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Texturing

Many of my classes classes are my take on historical metalwork. This necklace is a combination of an ancient Roman link that I chose to accent with a southwestern flair. (Flair, meaning in a piece of really excellent barbed wire I saw at a barbed wire exhibit. ) I love the way that this link falls and spreads as it falls in place. This base can be either a bracelet, necklace or create match set. I love taking history and giving it a personal touch and I had a blast making this link work for my taste. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: All materials and supplies will be provided by instructor. Students do not need to bring any tools or supplies.

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1601, Barbed Wire Necklace - $290 [More Info]
Anne Mitchell
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1030, Silver Illuminations – Enameling On Silver - $125

 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Enameling,Forging,Metalwork


Ready to move on from copper enameling? Silver here we come! In this class we will use fine sheet to allow transparent enamels 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. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Chain nose pliers, side cutters, Goldsmith hammer or raising hammer, #2 paint brush (fine tip), 5 magazine pages of any kind, wood forming block with grooves, fine tweezers, magnifying glasses and ott light as needed.

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1030, Silver Illuminations – Enameling On Silver - $125 [More Info]
Kieu Pham Gray
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1063, Harlequin Bracelet - $115
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Wire Work,Wire Wrapping

The beauty of the colorful seed beads combined with shine of precious metal creates a unique bracelet that will make you smile each time you wear it. You will have many color options for your bracelet or you can choose a single color. The emphasis in this class will be to learn the basics of wire wrap design using square and half round wire. You will create your own hook to finish off the bracelet. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Task light and magnification if necessary


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1063, Harlequin Bracelet - $115 [More Info]
Ronda Stevens
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1146, Trapeze Earrings - $125
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Hot Connection,Metalsmithing,Riveting,Silversmithing


Articulation, movement, swinging silver! The movement of these earrings will catch light and attention when being worn. Learn to design, forge and hot rivet to make two pair of sterling silver earrings, one with stones, one without. We will drill holes, ball wire and attach all pieces to make earrings that are hinged in one of two places. Once you complete a sterling silver pair you will move on to the more challenging aspect of making hot rivets with stones. Come join me and learn the secrets of great technique. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Comfortable with filing, basic metal work

Materials you are required to bring: Bench block and chasing hammer, hole punching tool , flat file

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1146, Trapeze Earrings - $125 [More Info]
Debora Mauser
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1513, Metal Morphosis Saddle Ring - $120
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Fusing,Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Faceted


Create a dramatically textured ring by fusing sterling silver scraps to a silver base plate and soldering the curved plate to a band. Embellish the ring with a tube set bezel for an added touch of elegance. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Chasing hammer, rubber or rawhide mallet, steel ring mandrel, steel block, metal file, metal shears, butane, and butane torch, 6"x6" or larger solder board,


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1513, Metal Morphosis Saddle Ring - $120 [More Info]
Eva Sherman
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1592, Filigree 101 - $145

 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Filigree,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Soldering


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 to action while continuing to fine tune your skills. Pre-req, must have soldering experience and wire working experience. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Must have soldering experience

Materials you are required to bring: Magnifying glasses (MUST), fine tweezers, flush cutters (ultra preferred), fine tip round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, chain nose pliers, awl (fine), needle files

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1592, Filigree 101 - $145 [More Info]
Kieu Pham Gray
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1314, The Stackable Cuff Bracelet - $114

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Basics,Design,Finishing,Technique Based,Wire Weaving,Wire Work,Wire Wrapping


Stacking multiple bracelets is very fashion forward and more interesting if the bracelets are different in some way. Add some interest to your stack of bracelets with this woven cuff. Whether it is one of many on your wrist or just the one, you decide. Just as you can decide the woven pattern that brings this piece to life. Using techniques typically seen in textiles and basketry, you will fill your cuff with intricate woven patterns which will bring your simple cuff to life with texture and interest. The Stackable Cuff Bracelet is a great beginning weaving class to learn the techniques for future wire weaving classes. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: With wire wrapping your hands are your tools throughout the majority of the project. The ability and strength to hold your project for long periods of time while leveraging against them and good dexterity are a must. Also, the ability to feel comfortable working with fine wire and multiple wires at one time. This is considered a beginning class but is open to all skill levels. No previous wire experience is necessary.

Materials you are required to bring: Wire cutters, Round nose pliers, Chain nose pliers, a ruler or measuring device, a bead mat, task light and extension cord (highly suggested but not required). Optional: nylon jaw pliers, a ring clamp (for anyone with hand strength issues) and soft measuring tape.

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1450, The Stackable Cuff Bracelet - $114 [More Info]
Jeannine Mankins
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1504, Embellished Leather Cuff- $125
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Gluing/Adhesive,Leatherwork,Riveting

Using soft and supple leather, learn the steps to add crystals and metal spots, then form and finish with suede. Several colors of leather will be available as well as different 'spots' to create the unique designs. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: None

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1504, Embellished Leather Cuff- $125 [More Info]
Debora Mauser
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1514, Stix and Stonz - $120
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Fusing,Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Faceted

Create a dramatically textured pendant by fusing sterling silver wire to a silver base plate. Embellish the pendant with a tube-set bezel for an added touch of elegance. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Chasing hammer, rubber or rawhide mallet, steel block, metal file, metal shears, butane, and butane torch, 6"x6" or larger solder board,


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1514, Stix and Stonz - $120 [More Info]
Eva Sherman
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1531, Tumbled Stone Pendant - $123

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Wire Weaving,Wire Work


Learn simple wire-wrapping and wire-weaving techniques while creating this unique pendant. Students will be shown how to construct a wire cage to hold the stone, how to weave and shape the bail and how to use the wire ends to create woven embellishments. Because of the free-form nature of this project students will be able to customize the pendant to create their own unique designs. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Familiarity with hand tools will be helpful


Materials you are required to bring: Flush wire cutter, chain nose pliers, permanent marker, ruler, blue painter's masking tape, recommended: magnification, task light and work mat




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1531, Tumbled Stone Pendant - $123 [More Info]
Kaska Firor
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
1566, Fast and Easy Dangle Earrings- $127
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metal Clay,Stone Setting - Faceted

This short yet informative class is aimed at jewelry artists with little or no previous metal clay experience. We will discuss the basics of working with silver metal clay, then add pizazz by learning how to set fireable cubic zirconia stones. Each student will design a pair of dangle earrings, which will feature a sparkling stone. Finally we will learn to torch-fire the earrings: a perfect skill for artists who don't have a kiln. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: A pair of fine tweezers, Optivisor or similar.


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1566, Fast and Easy Dangle Earrings- $127 [More Info]
Sulie Girardi
 
03/17/2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018

8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday, March 17, 2018
1418, Nestling Silver - $117

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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Forging,Fusing,Metalsmithing,Silversmithing,Soldering,Texturing

If you have a knack for melting silver, this is the perfect class to put those “skills” to use. We will take advantage of your melting ways and create this trend worthy pendant. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed, Chain nose pliers, Flat nose pliers, Flush side cutters

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1418, Nestling Silver - $117 [More Info]
Kieu Pham Gray
8:30 am - 12:30 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1452, Persian Fan Earrings- $114

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Assembly,Basics,Bead Weaving,Technique Based,Wire Work,Wire Wrapping


Super Duo beads are extremely popular in the bead weaving community, but why limit the fun you can have with them? In this bohemian inspired pair of earrings you can learn to bead weave with very fine wire to create a beautiful, textural and ornate pair of earrings with the Super duo beads and a hand full of other beads. This is a great project to use all the leftovers from other beading projects.You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Some wire working experience is necessary and student must feel comfortable working with very fine wire. With wire weaving, your hands are your tools throughout the majority of the project. The ability and strength to hold your project for long periods of time while leveraging against them and good hand dexterity are a must, the ability to feel comfortable managing fine wire is required. This is a bead weaving class of sorts, familiarity with brick stitch and peyote stitch is helpful.

Materials you are required to bring: Wire cutters, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, a bead awl, a ruler or measuring device and bead tray or mat. Optional: task light and extension cord is not required but highly suggested.

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1452, Persian Fan Earrings- $114 [More Info]
Jeannine Mankins
8:30 am - 12:30 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1497, Adjustable Gold on Silver Ring with Tube Setting - $150
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Coloring Metal,Drilling,Flex Shaft,Fusing,Metalsmithing,Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Faceted

Take your jewelry to the next step by learning how to work with gold and silver! Create this lovely 22k gold and sterling silver ring in this short four hour beginner class. Learn how to calculate the length of the ring shank for your ring size, texture metal with flex shaft tools, fuse sterling silver and gold together, soldering a bezel onto silver, tube setting using a simple punch system, and applying a black patina. Additionally, Janet shares her tips and tricks from her 40+ years of metalsmithing. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: It’s helpful to have knowledge using a torch and sawing metal

Materials you are required to bring: Round nose pliers, calipers, fine tipped permanent marker, flat file, sandpaper roll, ring mandrel if you don’t want to share, and flush cutters.


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1497, Adjustable Gold on Silver Ring with Tube Setting - $150 [More Info]
Janet Alexander
8:30 am - 12:30 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1506, Radical Raku - $125
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Cold Connections,Enameling,Patina,Riveting

Take your enameling to another level by adding iridescent highlights with a technique known as Raku. First use liquid enamel and sgraffito to design your enamel piece, fire, and then raku. Take that piece and add a copper backplate that we will float by using telescoping rivets. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Some knowledge of enameling beneficial, riveting experience a plus

Materials you are required to bring: Flat file, riveting hammer, bench block and pad, optional: metal shears

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1506, Radical Raku - $125 [More Info]
Debora Mauser
8:30 am - 12:30 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1533, Wire-Woven-Ribbon Bracelet - $114

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Wire Weaving,Wire Work


Use a combination of wire-weaving and other wire techniques to create this fun bracelet. Students will be introduced to the basic weave and its variations. Techniques learned in this class are the basis for creating bracelets of many different widths and various designs.You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Need to have basic level wire-weaving experience


Materials you are required to bring: Flush wire cutters, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, permanent marker, ruler, blue painter's masking tape, recommended: magnification, task light, work mat


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1533, Wire-Woven-Ribbon Bracelet - $114 [More Info]
Kaska Firor
8:30 am - 12:30 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1538, Swirly Girl Bracelet - $110
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Assembly,Forging,Hot Connection,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Silversmithing,Soldering,Technique Based,Texturing,Torchwork,Wire Work

You will love making and wearing this feminine, eye-catching bracelet. It's my favorite go-to piece of jewelry and it always attracts compliments. In this class meant for beginners and up, you will learn how to measure for a perfect bracelet cuff fit, how to solder sterling silver, design your own cuff, use a bracelet mandrel and a hammer to form it, and then tumble polish it to a brilliant shine. All materials and equipment are provided, so there is nothing extra for you to bring. The instructor will supply design templates if you prefer to use them, or you will be shown how to design your own unique creation. This is a great class to learn all the basics of silver soldering, and you will leave with a jewelry treasure you will be proud to wear and say "Yes, I made that!" You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Ability to use or learn to use a small butane torch

Materials you are required to bring: None

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1538, Swirly Girl Bracelet - $110 [More Info]
Nancy Sacco
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1037, "La Traviata" Pendant - $250

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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metal Clay


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
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1438, Flying through the Hoops Enameled Necklace - $220

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Assembly,Basics,Coloring Metal,Enameling,Hot Connection,Mixed Materials,Torchwork,Wire Work


In this workshop we will be making and assembling a necklace filled with enameled wire circles and a simple S'graffito charm of your choice. We will discuss design, color and assembly. Unusual design details will be introduced and the final piece will be assembled using your choice of color in enamels and ribbons. We will design and enamel the clasp using wire and cones. A variety of techniques will be used; basic bead enameling, enameling and fusing wire and what types can be used for different looks. Liquid enamels will be introduced, S'graffito techniques, creating a clasp using wire and more. Lots to learn and non-stop fun, this class will delight and teach simple techniques useable for many different types of projects! You WILL complete this project in class. 

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Safety glasses, needle nose pliers, flat nose pliers for jewelry assembly, and any other jewelry tools desired.

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1438, Flying through the Hoops Enameled Necklace - $220 [More Info]
Amy Bray
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1454, Two Sided Box Pendants with Stones - PMC 960 Sterling Metal Clay - $230

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metal Clay

The reversible box pendant is two necklaces in one. Just flip and you've got a completely different design with a different colored stone to wear! In this workshop we'll create an exciting, sophisticated, two-sided reversible hollow box focal pendant with 2 different colored stones that you can wear alone on a chain, or add to your favorite beaded designs. In just one day we'll create an enviable heirloom quality sterling silver pendant that works with any style. This is a next level workshop, so some metal clay experience is required! You WILL complete this project in class. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Must have metal clay experience

Materials you are required to bring: Students do not need to bring their own tools, all tools needed will be available for use. Students who already own the following tools may choose to bring them along: Metal clay tools and texture plates

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1454, Two Sided Box Pendants with Stones - PMC 960 Sterling Metal Clay - $230 [More Info]
Gail Stouffer
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1516, Rings to Rings with Bling - $220
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Faceted

Attach Rings 2 Rings plus tube set faceted stones in a random pattern to create a truly one-of-a-kind cuff! Use of positive/negative space as a design element, plus the economy provided by the pre-made jump rings, allows students to create larger pieces without the traditional limitations of cost and weight. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Previous soldering experience recommended

Materials you are required to bring: Chasing hammer, rubber or rawhide mallet, oval steel bracelet mandrel, butane, and butane torch, 6”x6” or larger solder board


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1516, Rings to Rings with Bling - $220 [More Info]
Eva Sherman
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1528, Elemental Connections- $200

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metalsmithing,Soldering,Texturing,Tool Instruction


“That's the thing with handmade items. They still have the person's mark on them, and when you hold them, you feel less alone.”
― Aimee Bender

It's just chain, just... links. More often than not, we buy it and move on. But the feel of substantial handcrafted chain moving through our fingers sparks something we don't experience with the mass produced... and it makes all the difference when you add it to that pendant or necklace you made from scratch. It turns out handcrafting chain from plain and patterned wire is surprisingly simple and enormously satisfying, and it opens up a whole new world of design possibilities. In one day, we'll explore the ins and outs of forming and soldering links with nearly invisible seams, connecting and combining them to create pattern and visual interest, and ways of texturing them to make them even more unique. We'll finish with demonstrations of several simple clasp options to create a unique handcrafted necklace. Detailed in-person demos, projected and enlarged on a screen for ease of viewing, are followed by plenty of hands-on work time to successfully complete your piece in class. This is a perfect class for beginners who want to learn about the torch and the jeweler's saw, as well as more advanced students who want to add skills to their metalsmithing toolbox. And absolutely everything is included in your kit fee: tools, consumables and materials. All you have to do is show up ready to work and have fun!You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Students should have some prior experience using a butane torch.

Materials you are required to bring: All materials and the use of all tools and consumables are included in the kit fee - students should bring eye magnification if they need it and a battery operated task light, but otherwise everything else is provided!

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1528, Elemental Connections- $200 [More Info]
Francesca Watson
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1586, A Light Shines Through - $215

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Fusing,Metalwork,Soldering,Texturing

We have all been there - heartbroken and sure we cannot go on...Fused sterling silver, soldered prongs, a hidden tube bail soldered in place, a sparkly CZ in a tube setting with a dash of added texture creates a piece that reminds you to never let your light go out. Instructor will walk you step-by-step through this project suitable for the confident beginner and beyond. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Some soldering experience helpful; must be at least 18 years old

Materials you are required to bring: Eye magnification if needed; battery operated light. Instructor provides all other tools, supplies and consumables for use in class.

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1586, A Light Shines Through - $215 [More Info]
Gwen Youngblood
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, March 17, 2018
1600, 3 Dimensional Forged Cuff - $285

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Level: All levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Finishing,Forging,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Riveting

Using an eighteen gauge piece of fine silver sheet for this cuff, we will delve into a variety of texturing and scuffing techniques to personalize this bracelets base. We will then use a combination of both the rolling mill and texturing hammers to create the accent arches that will give the final piece it’s 3 dimensionality look and feel. After shaping the base to side we will then use a combination of precisely cut tube & rivets to attach the accent arches to the base. The final portion of the class will be spent hardening the bracelet for everyday ware and a patina solution to bring out the highlights and texturing.You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: All materials and supplies will be provided by instructor. Students do not need to bring any tools or supplies.

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1600, 3 Dimensional Forged Cuff - $285 [More Info]
Anne Mitchell
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1033, Positively Negative Etching - Sterling Silver Etching- $140

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Etching,Forging


Learn how to create your own etched designs in Sterling Silver. In this class you will learn how to transfer your own designs to sterling silver and create a chemical etch. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Heavy duty side cutter, Nail polish (new bottle of any color; any brand), Clean rag (like a t-shirt), fine paint brush (round), Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed.

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1033, Positively Negative Etching - Sterling Silver Etching- $140 [More Info]
Kieu Pham Gray
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1502, Beginning Soldering on Fine Silver Metal Clay Earrings - $135
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Drilling,Finishing,Flex Shaft,Metal Clay,Metalsmithing,Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Cabochon,Texturing

In this beginner metal clay class, Janet teaches her tricks of working with fine silver metal clay (PMC3). Make your creations one of a kind by learning, doming tricks, and carving in metal clay, soldering a bezel cup in place, setting a cabochon stone, torch firing, and making your own earring wires. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Basic metal clay tools including: one needle (pin) tool, needle files, clay roller, slats or playing cards, stiff brush to apply lubricant, craft brush, Fine grit finger nail file, work surface/something to roll clay on, and a craft knife. Optional: Optivisor.


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1502, Beginning Soldering on Fine Silver Metal Clay Earrings - $135 [More Info]
Janet Alexander
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1536, Toggle Clasp Woven with Wire - $120

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Wire Weaving,Wire Work


Learn how to make a beautiful, intricately patterned toggle clasp that you can use in your beaded or other designs. Students will follow step-by-step instructions to create one clasp. Discussions will include ideas for customizing the size and design to specific needs. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Must have basic wire-weaving experience


Materials you are required to bring: Flush wire cutters, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, wire straighteners, ruler, permanent marker, blue painter's masking tape, recommended: magnification, task light, work mat


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1536, Toggle Clasp Woven with Wire - $120 [More Info]
Kaska Firor
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1539, Sterling Silver Spinner Ring - $120
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Design,Forging,Hot Connection,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Patina,Silversmithing,Soldering,Torchwork

Come and join Nancy Sacco, a seasoned silver jewelry craftsman, as you learn how to work with sterling silver sheet metal and your choice of sterling and other metal wires, or patterned sterling silver or gold filled wire for the spinners. Complete written instructions are included. Your personal selection of spinner types and band texture will assure that your ring will be one of a kind and completely unique to your taste. Leave with a beautiful sterling silver spinner ring for yourself or to give as a special gift. All skill levels welcome. Must be at least 17 years old. You will learn how to form and torch-solder (using a small butane torch known in cooking circles as a crème brulee torch) sterling silver sheet metal into a ring that will be custom sized to your finger, how to make the spinners, and learn the secret of how to keep the spinners from falling off the ring band! Customize your ring by choosing to make a straight or wavy edge on your band, leave it smoothly pristine, hammer it for a cool faceted look, or choose to decorate it using metal stamps. Then select the metal or metals you want for your spinners. So many choices--so little time! Students should bring--nothing! All materials are provided.
Please do not wear loose or flowing clothing in the class, and tie back long hair as we will be using torches and wish to observe good fire safety procedures. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Ability to use or learn to use a small butane torch

Materials you are required to bring: None

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1539, Sterling Silver Spinner Ring - $120 [More Info]
Nancy Sacco
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Saturday March 17, 2018
1429, Meet Metal Clay! - $120

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: 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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1429, Meet Metal Clay! - $120 [More Info]
Sulie Girardi
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1505, Captured Cabochon - $115
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Cold Connections,Design,Metalsmithing

Bezels are not the only way to set a stone. Learn to incorporate stones with cold connections, rivets and compression. Add a textured backplate and a simple chain for a complete look. Teacher will provide a selection of stones, or bring your own You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Should know how to file, basic riveting knowledge helpful

Materials you are required to bring: Riveting hammer, bench block and pad, flat file, optional-helicopter punch, metal shears

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1505, Captured Cabochon - $115 [More Info]
Debora Mauser
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1509, Oh! Bead Kumi Bracelet- $114
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Kumihimo

The Oh! Bead Bracelet features a unique pairing of a focal bead (lampwork, ceramic, glass, etc.) and O beads. It's a fun bracelet to make and even more fun to wear -- whether by itself or stacked with other bracelets! This class is a beginner level so students will learn how to make the basic 8 cord kongo gumi spiral braid, including how to use the necessary equipment. Each student will also learn how to determine bead gauge to control the length of their bracelet. Students will learn the basics needed not only to make this particular piece but also to create other 8 cord spiral braid pieces.. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: A willingness to learn a new technique - Kumihimo

Materials you are required to bring: 6" round foam kumihimo disk; 50 gr weight; 8 bobbins; super glue gel; thread burner; chain nose pliers; Big Eye needle; scissors

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1509, Oh! Bead Kumi Bracelet- $114 [More Info]
Maggie Thompson
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1523, Stone Garden Cuff - $140

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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Silversmithing,Stone Setting - Faceted,Texturing

Create a stunning multi-level textured cuff! Begin by making a textured cuff blank. Then install varying sizes of tube bezels to create a multi-level effect. Finish by accenting the piece with various color faceted stones. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Soldering experience recommended

Materials you are required to bring: Butane and butane torch, solder board, chasing hammer, steel block, metal shears, metal file


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1523, Stone Garden Cuff - $140 [More Info]
Eva Sherman
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1590, Chroniker - Intro to Metal Working - $129

 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Basics,Metalsmithing,Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Cabochon,Torchwork


Get started in Metalworking with a timely fashioned pendant. Using mixed metals, you will be introduced to sawing, soldering, and stone setting. Adventurous students will be also be able to put their signature on the piece to create their own flare. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Heavy duty cutters, chain nose pliers, curved burnisher, bench pin. solder pick, nylon nose pliers, magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed

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1590, Chroniker - Intro to Metal Working - $129 [More Info]
Kieu Pham Gray
 
03/18/2018
Sunday, March 18, 2018

8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday, March, 18, 2018
1510, Dragonscale Kumihimo Earrings- $109
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Kumihimo,Wire Work

These enchanting earrings are a breeze to make using a kumihimo disk and delicate dragonscale beads. They measure 2" in length from the earwire to the bottom of the crystal bicones. They are lightweight, unique and so very sparkly!! You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Wrapped Wire Loop and a willingness to learn a new technique - kumihimo!

Materials you are required to bring: 6" round foam kumihimo disk, weight, bead clamps, scissors, super glue gel, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, side cutter, thread burner

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1510, Dragonscale Kumihimo Earrings- $109 [More Info]
Maggie Thompson
8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday, March 18, 2018
1525, Stone Garden Ring - $125
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Faceted,Texturing

Create a stunning multi-level bezel ring! Begin by making a textured cabochon, then install varying sizes of tube bezels to create a multi-level effect, and finish by accenting the piece with various color faceted stones. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: Butane and butane torch, solder board, metal file, steel block, chasing hammer


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1525, Stone Garden Ring - $125 [More Info]
Eva Sherman
8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday, March 18, 2018
1553, Indie Earring - $105
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Bead Weaving

Increase your Cubic Right Angle Weave skills by learning how to make the corners and gentle curves of this elegant earring. You WILL NOT complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Basic Right Angle Weave and a minimal understanding of Cubic Right Angle Weave

Materials you are required to bring: Bead mat, needles, thread, task light, scissors


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1553, Indie Earring - $105 [More Info]
Ralonda Patterson
8:30 am - 11:30 am Sunday, March 18, 2018
1591, Enamel in Detail - $115

 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Design,Enameling,Forging


Gone are the days of basic surface enameling. We will take the time to create colorful custom designs in enamel, one stroke at a time. Dots, lines, swirls; whatever you like; we will fire it to metal. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Some enameling experience helpful

Materials you are required to bring: Chain nose pliers, 5 magazine pages of any kind, 2x Detail paint brush, wood dap block, magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed

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1591, Enamel in Detail - $115 [More Info]
Kieu Pham Gray
8:30 am - 12:30 pm Sunday, March 18, 2018
1530, Bead Ring, Wire-Woven - $124

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Wire Weaving,Wire Work


Learn how to make a beautiful, intricately patterned toggle clasp that you can use in your beaded or other designs. Students will follow step-by-step instructions to create one clasp. Discussions will include ideas for customizing the size and design to specific needs. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Students should have basic experience with wire-weaving


Materials you are required to bring: Flush wire cutters, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, wire straightener, ruler, blue painter's masking tape, permanent marker, recommended: magnification, task light and work mat



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1530, Bead Ring, Wire-Woven - $124 [More Info]
Kaska Firor
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, March 18, 2018
1439, A Garden of Hope - $215

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: 3D Design,Assembly,Cold Connections,Coloring Metal,Design,Enameling,Epoxie Clay,Finishing,Hot Connection,Mixed Materials,Torchwork


This workshop is packed with information and takes Painting with Fire immersion enameling to the next level! We will be designing, forming, and assembling a 3D flower and using it in either a necklace or bracelet piece. We will be making our own message of hope by learning ways we can actually write in enamel. We will use precut pieces as well as beads and even making our own flower form to be used in our final design. The project will be finished using ribbons or chain or use enameled jump rings you make yourself. The possibilities are endless and beautiful! 'Grow' your enameling skills as you 'Plant' a message of hope and 'Dig' into this fun and intriguing project! You WILL complete this project in class. 

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: A knowledge of basic torch fired enamel using the Painting with Fire immersion method.

Materials you are required to bring: Safety glasses, jewelry assembly tools - needle nose pliers, flat nose pliers

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1439, A Garden of Hope - $215 [More Info]
Amy Bray
8:30 am - 4:00 pmSunday, March 18, 2018
1456, PMC 960 Sterling Silver Metal Clay and Glass  - $245

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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Cold Connections,Dichroic,Drilling,Finishing,Flex Shaft,Metal Clay,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Riveting,Silversmithing,Tool Instruction

Join us for an exciting day of glass and sterling silver metal clay fun! First, we'll close from a selection of unusual and beautiful glass jewelry focal pieces, and then we'll create our own sterling silver metal clay "jackets" to match those pieces! Second, we'll put it all together by drilling holes in our glass and metal pieces and then combining them using riveting techniques. Our pendants will have a unique design on both sides making it a truly reversible piece of art jewelry! This fully packed workshop is for glass fusers or metal clay workers who want to learn more exciting specialty art-jewelry projects. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Basic metalsmithing skills

Materials you are required to bring: Students do not need to bring their own tools, all tools needed will be available for use. Students who already own the following tools, may choose to bring them along: Metal clay, tools and texture plates, metal shears, rawhide, nylon or plastic hammer, Riveting hammer, bench block, misc. files and sanding papers

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1456, PMC 960 Sterling Silver Metal Clay and Glass - $245 [More Info]
Gail Stouffer
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, March 18, 2018
1498, Colorful Flower Pendant - $205
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Assembly,Cold Connections,Coloring Metal,Dremel,Drilling,Flex Shaft,Forging,Fusing,Metalsmithing,Patina,Riveting,Silversmithing,Soldering,Texturing

Create your own colorful flower creation by applying layers of colors to a copper form making it uniquely yours. In this intermediate class learn how to dome metal in odd shapes using a punch and a sandbag making your piece 2 dimensional so that it pops out away from the sterling silver base. Discover how to fuse components to Argentium silver and create a striking background for your flower with texture and decorative elements. You will also learn how to create oval jump rings, soldering techniques and tricks for working with Argentium Silver, and riveting using round wire. Additionally, Janet shares her tips and tricks from her 40+ years of metalsmithing. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Must have experience using a torch and able to saw metal accurately

Materials you are required to bring: Prisma Color Premier Pencil set, fine tipped Round nose pliers, saw frame and #4 saw blades, fine tipped permanent marker, fine barrette file, and flush cutters.


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1498, Colorful Flower Pendant - $205 [More Info]
Janet Alexander
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, March 18, 2018
1508, Sticks and Stones - $210
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Fusing,Metalsmithing,Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Cabochon,Stone Setting - Faceted

Learn to create these contemporary pendants that can be used one at a time or several complimentary pieces together. We will design around one of your favorite stones and fuse argentum silver to create prongs and add accents stones or silver accents. Each pendant will hang from a sterling silver tube. Depending on your skill level and designs, students should complete 3 coordinating pendants You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Sawing, filing, basic soldering skills

Materials you are required to bring: Flat file, small round file, saw, focal stone (teacher will have some for sale), ruler, slotted bench pin and clamp

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1508, Sticks and Stones - $210 [More Info]
Debora Mauser
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, March 18, 2018
1540, Rocky Road Copper and Silver Cuff - $185
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Coloring Metal,Fold Forming,Forging,Fusing,Hot Connection,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Patina,Texturing,Torchwork

I recently came across a gorgeous copper and silver granulation bracelet I just had to figure out how to make. After many trials and errors and a lot of research, I ended up developing my own way of affixing fine silver granulation to a copper base to create it. I think you'll agree that this is a technique you'll want to add to your jewelry making repertoire, and that this is a bracelet you just have to have to add to your collection of jewelry treasures. We will be using a butane torch to create fine silver granulation (small balls of silver) and a butane or propane torch to permanently adhere the shiny silver balls to this impressive cuff. I'll supply you with some design suggestions, or you can create your own. You will be shown how to easily create lovely little spheres of fine silver and how to attach them to your cuff. As a bonus, you will also be shown how to make simple fold forms in copper to corral those little granulated spheres so they won't roll all over the place while you're putting the flame to them! After your creation is complete, you'll add a patina and polish your cuff to a delicious warm shine, with the silver contrasting beautifully to the copper. So let's get together to happily hammer, torch and torture metal to do our bidding. The end result will be something you will proudly wear and show off.
All materials and equipment will be provided, so there is nothing additional to bring..You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Ability to use or learn how to use a small butane torch

Materials you are required to bring: None

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1540, Rocky Road Copper and Silver Cuff - $185 [More Info]
Nancy Sacco
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, March 18, 2018
1557, Classic Box Bead Pendant - $250
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metal Clay


This doubled-sided pendant is a real eye‐catcher: both classic as well as elegant. Each student will design their own pendant: the shape and texture is up to you. Students will learn an unusual method of hollow construction that imparts height, yet saves clay, as well as a technique to add sharp, clean edges. The pendant can be finished with a flowing tassel, if desired.You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Metal Clay skills are helpful but not a requirement

Materials you are required to bring: Small hand drill (pin vise). If possible a travel hairdryer to help dry your piece.

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1557, Classic Box Bead Pendant - $250 [More Info]
Sulie Girardi
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, March 18, 2018
1568, Bezels and Borders - $207

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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metalsmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Cabochon

Tired of pre-made bezels? Learn to make your own in this one day class. Tired of ordinary bezel settings? Kick them up a notch by learning to add a border and a sparkly tube set CZ. There is a border for every student. Whether it's the square wire border or the free-form border with some easy texturing or the more challenging 1/2-bead wire border, the instructor walks you step-by-step through the process to your finished piece in this class suitable for the confident beginner and beyond. Students will complete one pendant in class. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Must be at least 18 years old due to torch use

Materials you are required to bring: Eye magnification if needed; battery operated light

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1568, Bezels and Borders - $207 [More Info]
Gwen Youngblood
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, March 18, 2018
1580, Kitchen Table Soldering - $210

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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Basics,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Silversmithing,Soldering,Stone Setting - Cabochon


Love stones? Love metal? Working in a small home studio? In just one day, you’ll learn a super-simple soldering method that will allow you to do it all in a small space and with a minimum of tools and equipment. You’ll design a beautiful pendant using a unique, one-of-a-kind freeform stone as your guide. Use hand-crafted stamps and lining tools to add personalized marks and interest. Finish by setting the stone and adding a simple pinch bail to hang it from your favorite chain – you’ll be amazed at how much you can learn in just one day! And best of all, you’ll do it all with a small, easy-to-use culinary butane torch! (If you are a more advanced student, you will have the opportunity to create a handmade pinch bail if time permits.)Absolutely everything necessary to complete the project is provided in this workshop – all tools, materials, and equipment! In addition, you’ll receive a handout covering how to set up a basic home soldering station, complete with Francesca’s preferred suppliers and resources. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None - beginners welcome!

Materials you are required to bring: Please bring a battery-powered task light and eye magnification if you have had trouble seeing well in past workshops. Otherwise, everything else is provided!

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1580, Kitchen Table Soldering - $210 [More Info]
Francesca Watson
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Saturday, March 17, 2018
1599, Fold Form Reinforced Rivet & Hinged Cuff - $285

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Level: All levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing,Finishing,Metalsmithing,Metalwork,Riveting,Soldering,Texturing

In this jam packed full day class we will start with creating the dimensional accent fold formed centerpiece for this fitted bracelet. Each bracelet will be personalized with a variety of differing texturing techniques applied to the base pieces and reinforcement accents. After the texturing is completed the fold form centerpiece and accent pieces will be riveted in place. The final push of the day will be the addition of tube hinges and chain links for assembly. Each piece will be tumbled for hardening and then a bath in a liver of sulphur patina solution for the finale. Please join me for a day of learning or honing your skills You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: All materials and supplies will be provided by instructor. Students do not need to bring any tools or supplies.

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1599, Fold Form Reinforced Rivet & Hinged Cuff - $285 [More Info]
Anne Mitchell
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sunday, March, 18, 2018
1518, Silken Threads Kumihimo Bracelet- $114
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Kumihimo,Wire Work

The Silken Threads Kumihimo Bracelet is your little slice of the "Heavenly Kingdom"! It features mixed elements of silk cords and seed beads. This unique design is easy to create and even more fun to wear! This class is a beginner level so students will learn how to make the basic 8 cord kongo gumi spiral braid, including how to use the necessary equipment. Each student will also learn how to determine bead gauge to determine their bracelet length as well as proper braiding tension. Students will learn the basics needed not only to make this particular piece but also to create other 8 cord spiral braided pieces. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Wire wrapped loop, a willingness to learn a new technique - kumihimo!

Materials you are required to bring: 6" round foam kumihimo disk' 50 gram weight; 8 bobbins; super glue gel or E-6000 glue; thread burner; chain nose pliers; round nose pliers; side cutter; scissors; Big Eye needle

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1518, Silken Threads Kumihimo Bracelet- $114 [More Info]
Maggie Thompson
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sunday, March 18, 2018
1583, Wildflower Bouquet Pendant - $120
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Wire Work

Have you ever wondered what you can do with the Venetian-style lampwork floral headpins you see on Etsy and at shows? Then this class is for you! Participants will create a fabulous pendant using botanical-themed glass headpins and embellish it with pearls, crystal, and glass bead accents. You will also learn an easy way to make rosary-style bead chain for your pendant (bonus Crystal Bead Chain Kit included). Pendant kits will be available in many colors, so everybody will leave with a unique necklace! You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Basic wire working skills helpful

Materials you are required to bring: All tools and supplies will be provided. Participants can bring task lamp and extension cord if needed.

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1583, Wildflower Bouquet Pendant - $120 [More Info]
Mary Lowe Lukacs
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