Finally, Another Workshop!

You’ve been asking about when I’ll be teaching again, and this December your wish is my command.

Now that I’m feeling more energy I am coming back to the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen to teach my Integrated Prong Setting workshop. It’s perfect timing to learn a new technique while creating a gift for a special loved one (or yourself!)

December 2nd from 11am – 3pm $108.00 for PGC members and $120.00 for non-members

Do you love stones? Do you wish you could add them to your jewelry but you don’t know how to set them? Is soldering something you either don’t know how to do or don’t have the set-up for?

In this class, you’ll learn how to set a cabochon stone using tools you already have – just a saw frame, drill, and bench pin. No torch necessary! You’ll saw and file your way to a beautiful pendant you can complete during class time. Learn a new technique and get a fabulous piece of jewelry you can wear home.

Students will learn how to create a prong setting integrated into a sheet of metal. Each participant will create a pendant out of brass, texture the metal, and pierce prongs to set a cabochon stone without needing to solder. You will leave with a completed project.

Skill level: Beginning jewelry and metalsmithing skills are helpful, but not required.


Fold With Me October 3rd

Just needs some liver of sulfur and it'll be ready to wear!
You could make this! ©2011 WTEK

Just one month until my Fall Foldforming with Hammers workshop in Lancaster, PA! Sign up and join all the fun of pounding flat sheet metal into sculptural cuffs.

Plus October 3rd kicks off American Craft Week, so you’ll be a part of this nationwide event.

Saturday October 3rd 10am – 4pm
PA Guild of Craftsmen’s Center of American Craft
335 N. Queen St
Lancaster, PA 17603

Have you ever wondered if metal could be folded like origami?

Samples by Ken Hammel
Student Samples by Ken Hammel from my class last year

Fold Forming is a technique where sheet metal is folded, worked, and then unfolded. Through this process, it is possible to quickly form the metal into gorgeous 3D shapes and textures. In this workshop, students will learn some of the basic folds using hammers, a torch, and vises. By the end of the day, each student will leave with at least one fold formed copper cuff and a variety of samples. This is a very physical technique and you will get dirty! Beginning jewelry and metalsmithing skills and a familiarity with using a torch are extremely helpful, but not required.

$135.00 for members of the PA Guild of Craftsmen, $150.00 for non-members $35.00 materials fee payable to me at the time of class

Old Classes & New

Samples and cuff by Michael Buczkowski
Samples and cuff by Michael Buczkowski from my last Foldforming Workshop

Tomorrow I’ll be teaching my Foldforming Workshop yet again. It’s always fun for me to see all the amazing samples and cuffs that the students make. It’s always different and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this time. Don’t worry, I’ll post photos up next week so you can see their amazing as well.

Caitlin Feather Pendants
Caitlin Feather’s Rivet Pendants from last December

I do have two other workshops scheduled this year. On November 22nd I’ll be teaching my Rivet Pendant class. This one is based around creating a finished piece (rather than a bunch of samples) and is timed perfectly to help you create a holiday gift for someone special in your life.

I also have my brand new workshop, Integrated Prong Setting, scheduled for October 4th. This one works great as a way to add stones to fold formed pieces, so if you’ve taken that one in the past and want to add some color to you work (without soldering), this technique would be a great addition to your repertoire.

As a side note: the great reveal happens this Monday night and I’ll finally be able to show you all the collaboration piece I’ve been working on all Summer with the Alchemists, Chrsitine Goldbeck & Don Kensinger. I can’t wait!