Intarsia––John Milligan

Intarsia is the making of a geometric design using a variety of stones cut to precision and fitted together to form a pattern while leaving no gaps between the pieces. In this course, students will learn the beginning skills of Intarsia by melding together stones of various colors and patterns to form a finished cabochon. Students should bring an Optivisor. Prerequisite: Must have cabbing experience. Two day class offered both semesters.

Viking Knit 1st semester––Valerie Johnson

You will learn a technique used nearly 1300 years ago by ancient people to weave a silver rope. Viking knit is also called trichinopoly chain and was used to make bracelets, trim on clothing and many other decorative objects. Once you learn the skill it is very easy and uses few tools and supplies to create stunning chains.

Wire Works 2nd semester––Valerie JohnsonStudents will learn how to work with various tools to create sterling silver wire wrapped jewelry. You will become familiar with the techniques needed to bend and twist wire to make a bracelet and a pendant. No prior experience necessary. Hazard: Wire wrapping can damage acrylic or long fingernails.

Students will learn how to work with various tools to create sterling silver wire wrapped jewelry. You will become familiar with the techniques needed to bend and twist wire to make a bracelet and a pendant. No prior experience necessary. Hazard: Wire wrapping can damage acrylic or long fingernails.

Tab Setting 1st semester––Linda Searcy

We will fabricate a pendant using odd shaped stones, such as river rocks or non-flat backed cabochons using tab settings where no soldering will be required.

Prong Setting 2nd smester––Londa Searcy

We will take setting to the next level, fabricating prongs in sterling silver.

Cold Connections/Etching Cold Connections/Etching Cold Connections/Etching Cold Connections/Etching 1st semester––Arlene Lazzaro

In this class we will etch Copper, Brass and Nickel Silver with Ferric Chloride.  You will have a selection of copper shapes or you can cut your own shapes.  We will make components that we will later rivet together and patina. Students may choose to complete a pendant and earrings or bracelet and Earrings, and will also complete several components to later make into other pieces. No prior experience necessary. 

Cold Connections II / Etching and setting stone
Cold Connections II / Etching and setting stone
Cold Connections II / Etching and setting stone 2nd semester––Arlene Lazzaro

In this class we will etch Copper, Brass and Nickel silver with Ferric chloride. You will design a pendant or bracelet around an Ammonite. You will learn to use a Jeweler saw to cut prongs for setting the Ammonite in the Pendant or Bracelet. Earrings to match will also be completed.  Cold connections will be made using rivets to create layers of different metals. Patina will also be taught.Students will also complete several components to later make into other pieces. No prior experience necessary. 

Enamel Stone Pendant, Wire inlay Pendant and Earrings 1st semester––Samantha Lazzaro

We will start by learning kiln and tool safety, as well as how to anneal, shape, and clean copper before enameling, then begin the basic enameling techniques. Students will complete a pendant with a stone set in the middle, a wire inlay pendant and a pair of earrings. Lab fee includes use of tools, copper, findings and enamel needed to complete the three projects. Additional copper will be available for purchase if you finish all projects early and would like to make another. No prior experience necessary.

Crackle Enamel Pendant, Separation Enamel Pendant and Ring 2nd semester––Samantha Lazzaro

We will start by learning kiln and tool safety, as well as how to anneal, shape, and clean copper before enameling, then begin the basic enameling techniques. Students will complete a crackle enamel pendant, a separation enamel pendant and a ring. Lab fee includes use of tools, copper, findings and enamel needed to complete the three projects. Additional copper will be available for purchase if you finish all projects early and would like to make another. This is a 2 day class offered 2nd semester, no prior experience necessary.