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Current Course Offerings
Architectural Ambiance - Online Course
In this class, students will learn to hand saw multiples or use pancake dies in the hydraulic press to quickly and efficiently cut out shapes to be used for earrings. The shapes will then be manipulated by cutting slotted joinery, scoring and bending, forming, and soldering to create more complex shapes for truly unique and dimensional earrings!
Can't Pin Me Down - Online Course
**A Smith "Little Torch" is necessary for this class.** In this class, you will learn to create beautiful earrings made from pinned chain elements. Sheet metal chain elements will be cut either by hand with a jewelers saw, or with pancake dies in the hydraulic press. Students will learn “pinning” – balling up a wire on either side of the chain elements as well as pinning beads made from glass, stone, shell etc.
Hinged Hoops - Online Course
In this class, students will learn how to make hinged hoop earrings. We'll cover riveted hinges, as well as "pinned" hinges with the little torch. You'll learn how to texture metal for your hoop earrings with impression dies in the hydraulic press as well as various other methods of texturing including stamping and different hammer textures.
Married Metals - Online Course
In this course, students will learn to create beautiful pieces of sheet metal combining different metals using a technique known as marriage of metals. Married metal techniques covered will include solder inlay and puzzle inlay. These techniques give the metal the appearance of being a single piece composed of 2 or more different types of metal. Stamping, embossing, and piercing will also be covered.
Flourishing Filigree - Online Course
In this course, we will cover techniques used in the fabrication and construction of handmade filigree. You will learn how to create the framework for filigree designs, make your own filigree wire, and fill the framework with filigree for pendants, rings, earrings, chains, etc. This course is recommended for students who have basic silversmithing or jewelry making skills including sawing, soldering, and finishing.