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Jewelry Making Classes

For information on the classed I teach see detailed information below.

I currently teach at The Barn on Bainbridge Island, Seattle Findings in Lynwood, NW Rockhounds in Seattle and at The Schack in Everette. For the most up to date schedule please view their events pages directly or click the Events link above.

I also teach private classes at my studio in Ballard, or do parties and events at your location, please email me for details. 

If there is a technique or class you are interested in that is not listed below, please contact me directly as I am sure I can help you out. Teaching is one of my favorite things to do as I love to share knowledge and connect with people. I hope one my classes fits your schedule as I can't wait to meet you and teach you.

 
 

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Metal Working Classes

The perfect place to start


Basic Soldering

Learn you how to solder in this easy 3 hour class. I will teach you soldering basics and give you a concise list of materials to get you started, that won’t break the bank. Soldering intimidated me for years, but once I got over the fear I found it to be a very accessible technique and you will discover this accessibility in just 3 hours! You will leave this class with an excellent understanding of soldering and a handful of really cute rings.

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Beginner

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Dapped and Riveted Earrings Class

In this project based class you will learn how to cut sheet metal using a disc cutter, form the disc into a cup and attach the cup to metal to create a cold connection and beautiful finished earrings (or a pendant). The techniques learnt in this class can be used for a variety of jewelry making.

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Beginner


Dapped and Riveted Jewelry Class

In this technique based class you will learn a variety of basic techniques in the first part of the class including dapping, riveting, sawing, sanding, drilling and filing. In the second part of the class you will take those techniques and create a variety of geometric jewelry.

Duration: 5 hours

Level: Intermediate

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Eco Friendly Etching Class

In this class you will learn how to etch copper in a salt bath with a battery pack! This chemical-free technique is fun and easy and won't break the bank. I will also teach you how to color your copper to add extra dimension to your piece. We will also go over sanding, filing and piercing so you can leave with a piece of jewelry.

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Beginner


Jewelry Saw Basics Class

Enter a new realm of jewelry making by learning how to use a jewelers saw. This often frustrating tool will be brought down to size in this easy to follow and fun to participate in beginners class. Learn how to put your saw together, thread your blade, pierce metal, and sand and file the final piece. This fundamental tool is made accessible through simple instruction and trouble shooting.  

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Beginner

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Fine Silver Fusing

In part one of this class you will learn the basics of creating chain and rings without using solder. You will use fine silver and a butane torch to create necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Additionally I will teach you how to create geometric shapes, how to use Liver of Sulfur (for aging), how to hammer and texture your rings and how to use a tumbler and shot. This basic technique will get you comfortable with a torch - you could consider this the 101 of silver smithing. 

In part two of this class you will take your fusing skills to the next level. Here you will learn to use two torches to create make large and more dynamic pieces to be used in earrings and necklaces. We will delve further into shaping and texturing and learn to fuse these shapes to each other. There is plenty of time to play in this class and get really comfortable with your torch heat and the capabilities of fine silver. Consider this silver smithing 102.

Duration: One part is 3 hours

Level: Part 1 is beginner, part 2 is intermediate


Prong Setting a Cabochon Class

Learn you how to create a prong setting out of sterling silver to hold any shape cabochon stone. You will learn basic soldering skills, sizing and shaping your wire to create a dynamic setting for a cabochon stone. You can make a necklace or earrings in this class.

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Intermediate, some soldering experience is helpful

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Stamped Metal Jewelry

In this class you will learn to stamp metal with words, sayings, song lyrics or numbers. In this fun and accessibly class you will learn the basics of metal stamping, discover some tips and tricks to make the process easier as well as fun.

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Beginner


Stone Setting - Basics

Learn the basics of soldering and bezel setting in this two-day intensive introductory class. You will learn jewelry making basics such as sawing, filing, sanding and texturing on metals like copper and sterling silver. You will learn the basics of soldering and general stone setting, and will complete at least two rings. This is an introductory class with no previous soldering experience needed.

Duration: two 8 hour sessions

Level: Beginner

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Resin Classes

Learn the ins and outs of working with a non toxic jewelers grade resin


 Getting Real With Resin - Intro Class

Learn how to work with a two part, non-toxic, epoxy resin to create miniature art works in your jewelry. Pour the resin into a bezel or silicone mold for endless possibilities. I teach this class in three ways: a 3 hour overview where you learn all the basics and get to make a couple of pieces in pre-made bezels and molds. A 5 hour workshop where you have much more time to work with the medium and delve into more complex designs. Or as three 3 hour sessions where I teach mold and bezel making, layering, filing, texturing as well as pigmentation, filing and drilling. Either way, you get excellent fundamentals in resin work and great tips and tricks to succeed with your own creations!

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Beginner

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Resin and Clay Jewelry

In this unique class you will learn a multitude of techniques to create beautiful relief pendants, earrings or links for jewelry. You will learn how to create silicone molds, how to use clay to create relief sculptures and then you will learn how to mix and color resin to use in finishing your work.

Duration: 6 hours

Level: Beginner


Resin Pendant Workshop

Learn the basics of constructing and soldering a sterling silver bezel and then creating a resin center in this three-day intensive workshop. You will learn jewelry making basics such as sawing, filing, sanding as well as soldering and finishing including polishing and oxidizing. You will also learn to work with a non-toxic jewelry grade resin that gives you endless possibilities for your jewelry designs! Once your handmade bezel is ready you will learn all sorts of tips and tricks to mix, pour and color your resin hassle free. Once the resin has set you will also discover a multitude of finishing techniques to add depth and originality to your pieces. This workshop is also full of information and advice on troubleshooting common resin issues.

Duration: 3 sessions of 3 hours

Level: Beginner

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Resin and Wood Pendant

Level: Beginner

In this unique class you will learn how to make a resin pendant that combines wood with alcohol inks, oil paints and resin to create a dynamic work of art. You will custom cut your wood to fit snugly into a pre-made mold from which you will create your resin masterpiece. Once the resin is poured, the color is added and the work has set up over night you will remove the piece from the mold and learn a variety of resin finishing techniques such as filing, sanding, drilling and polishing.

Duration: 2 sessions of 3 hours

Level: Beginner


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Wire & Beading Classes

Learn a wide variety of basic jewelry making techniques


Cold Enamel Class

Create an enamel effect on metal using ICED Enamels and ICE Resin. Enamel powder and medium is used to permanently adhere color to metal, creating the same look as kiln fired enamel but without the kiln. You can create gorgeous mixed media metal jewelry with this technique. My students love this class for it's simplicity and ease in learning. I love it for the effect!

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Beginner

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Crystal Clay Rings & Pendants Class

Create a statement ring or pendant using epoxy clay and raw crystals. This easy technique pairs molding and sculpting with raw stones to create dynamic organic rings and pendants that are bound to knock your socks off. Get the same look as PMC without the kiln work. 

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Beginner 


Hand Made Findings and Clasps Class

In this class you will learn to make your own jewelry findings claps and ear wires. You will learn to create ear wires from scratch. You will also learn how to create a variety of clasp styles ranging from toggles to S clasps to hook and eye.

Duration: 6 hours

Level: Beginner

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Mala Making Class

Learn you how to string a mala necklace using round gemstone beads, a statement bead and delicate tassel. You will learn how to make the tassel and learn knotting and stringing techniques. Traditionally a mala necklace uses 108 beads and is made for meditation or prayer. There will be flexibility in class to come up with your own design or you can stick to a more traditional method.

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Beginner


Riveted Leather Wrap Bracelet Class

Learn how to create dapped metal cups and then learn how to rivet them onto leather to make a wrapped bracelet. Students will cut sheet metal into small discs, dapp the discs into cups, rivet them discs onto leather and then finish the bracelet with a magnetic clasp.

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Beginner

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Tassel Making Class

Learn you how to make cute little tassels to incorporate into necklaces, earrings and bracelets. In this class you will make your own tassels using silk and cotton thread, glue and scissors. You can then use these cuties to embellish your jewelry.

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Beginner


Tentacle Earrings Class

Create dynamic Tentacle earrings in a couple easy steps. Using a butane torch you will learn to create balled head pins, you will then learn to shape them and wrap them into an interesting earring shape. Them using Vintaj patina you can color the metal or use Liver of Sulfur to oxidize the metal to create an aged appearance.

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Beginner

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