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.
Last weekend I taught yet another fabulous group of students foldforming. Each time I teach just four basic folds and each time my students translate them into amazing and unique designs. This time we had a blacksmith, a high school art teacher, an architect (it was actually his second time taking this class!), a jeweler who primarily casts her work, a beginning jewelry dabbler (for now, soon to be an addict), and a young woman who’ done some welding, but is just starting down her metalwork path.
Saturday October 3rd 10am – 4pm PA Guild of Craftsmen’s Center of American Craft 335 N. Queen St Lancaster, PA 17603 717-431-8706
Have you ever wondered if metal could be folded like origami?
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.