2 Day Workshop: CANCELLED. Will reschedule for summer!
Spend two full days designing an ensemble of metal and stone jewelry! Create a one-of-a-kind bracelet, stacked pendant, riveted ring, dangle earrings and more with all the rocks, pebbles and beach glass you've been collecting over the years.
This workshop will start with show-and-tell and a rock swap (for those interested in sharing). Students will then learn how to safely drill through their treasures.
Once students are warmed up a demonstration will follow on how to create your own metal links from copper or silver. You'll then learn how to heat and solder around a stone safely without hurting or breaking the stone. We'll also cover polishing and finishing.
Throughout the 2-day workshop additional metalworking techniques for soldering and riveting will be demonstrated as each student starts to create their own unique collection.
Some jewelry/metalsmithing experience is preferred. We will have a variety of items for you to try drilling through but you must provide your own stones for this class. Flat stones are preferred and are much easier to work with and design/build around. Flat(ish) Lake Superior pebbles in all sizes are ideal for this as well as most beach glass.
Metal will be available to purchase but if you'd like to bring your own we recommend several feet each of sterling silver or copper round wire (20g through 14g), flat/rectangle wire (3x1mm, 2x1mm), square wire (16g & 14g), and any decorative wire that you might like to include such as twist or bead (16g & 14g) and anything else you'd like to experiment with.
Additional kit fee of $75 that includes a wide range of drill bits from 2mm to 11mm for you to use throughout the workshop and to keep, will be payable on the day of class. Additional individual drill bits will be available to purchase as well.
Stick around on Sunday during our Open Studio hours from 12-6pm to continue working. 2 Free Hours included in class registration.
Cancellations with less than a full weeks notice will not be credited or refunded.