ONLINE CLASSES 2017
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NEW **MANDALA FLOWER POWER PENDANT (stone on stone and viking knit chain) Registration is OPEN begins 11/20/17 ends 1/12/18
BOHO RINGS BEGINS begins 10/25/17 ends 12/01/17. Registration opens 10/20/17
BOHO PENDANTS BEGINS 9/12/17 ends 11/2/17
CUFF ROYALE (HINGED CUFF with box clasp). Runs 8/12 to 10/22/17 (registration has closed)
SHIMMY & SHAKE SILVER LINK BRACELET & CLASP BEGINS 7/12/17 ended 8/31/17
COWBOYS AND INDIANS BEGINS 6/20 ends 7/28/17 ended 6/05/17
MALTESE CROSS RINGS BEGINS 5/28/17 ended 07/01/17
BOHO CUFFS BEGINS 5/08/17 ended 6/20/17
PASSIONATE HINGES begins 4/2/17 ended 5/12/17.**SILVER ETCHING CLASS offered only with other classes. not sold separately.
FLOWER POWER stone on stone with viking knit chain
REGISTRATION OPENS NOV 14th, 2017.
This New Class will officially begin on 11/19/17 and will end on 01/12/2018. We will be etching an 8 petaled dimensional mandala flower pendant and back plate. I will provide the etching patterns and templates. You will learn silver etching, how to make a stone on setting and as a bonus i will teach you how i make my double Viking knit chain. This is a intermediate project, Students should know how to solder. I can not give you a cost of supplies, it will depend on what you already have in your studio. You must have a proper torch air + gas ( no mapp or butane) see my torches and tanks free video sections for more info on torches). You'll need flex shaft but basic silver smithing tools are mostly used. There will be a complete detailed supply list given as soon as you sign up. This class is LOADED and should be lots of fun! Enjoy making these for your holidays!
BOHO RINGS Begins 10/25/2017 ends Dec 1st 2017
Boho Rings Officially class begins 10/25/17 ends 12/01/17. The videos are all up now so if you sign up early you get extra viewing time! Watch them any time day or night and then they are gone, no downloads. You can watch them in your PJ's and work at your own pace. Supplies can take some time to locate and ship so PLEASE purchase them right after you sign up so you can get the supplies list and order materials now and not waste class time. RE: tools required for this class. I recommend a proper torch. If your serious about smithing it's an investment you should make. You need a real torch (oxy/propane or acetylene). Please check out my FREE videos for TORCH INFO. You should already have a basic metalsmith tools, but if you don't of course the expense for tools will be higher. Watch my video on Intro to metal smithing in the free vids section, if you need more info on tools.
I also recommend you get a miter Jig for cutting straight ring shanks, if you do not have a shear but this is optional. You will also need a few good files if you do not have them already will not give out the tools list until class begins.
Hope you can join me! This class is likely to sell out again so please don't delay if you are interested. Thank YOU! When you are ready to purchase click the SHOP page
Boho Pendants Online Class
Boho Pendants BEGINS 9/12/17 ends 11/2/17 class videos are viewable anytime day or night until October , and then they are gone, No downloads. You can watch them in your PJ's and work at your own pace. Supplies can take some time to locate and ship so PLEASE purchase asap so you can get the supplies list and order materials now and not waste class time. RE: tools required for this class. I recommend a proper torch (not butane).
About this class: This is an intermediate class. You will learn to ETCH and create bezel settings for fancy faceted stones, oval and teardrop (pears) and tube settings. You will also learn to make a riveted bails. I'll teach you how to saw and cut straight bezel shanks in 20g silver. You should already have a basic metalsmith tools, but if you don't of course the expense for tools will be higher. Watch my video on Intro to metal smithing, and torches in the free vids section.
In this class I will demonstrate how to form oval and pear shapes using only pliers, but will also demonstrate using mandrels., they are not mandatory but you may wish to purchase mandrels in the shapes of your stones. Tear drop and Oval mandrels vary in size and you may find one is not sufficient. More will be covered in class. Some tool info : I also recommend you get a miter Jig for cutting straight bezel strips if you do not have a nice guilitoine shear, You need a foredom type flex shaft with a foot pedal, set of good files, a set of assorted burs. Hope you can join me! If you are ready to sign up please visit the SHOP link
NEW!!! CUFF ROYALE hollow formed cuff!
CUFF ROYALE Class Runs August 25 to October 22nd, 2017. We will be making a hollow formed cuff. This is an ADVANCED class. Students should posses the ability to problem solve soldering and sawing issues. Lots of precise measuring cutting and soldering required. We will etch a cuff and use a rolling mill to fabricate the components. You must have access to a rolling mill, or find someone to step roll housing and tongue components for you to take this class.
Several specialty files and oval and round bracelet mandrels are needed. You must have a proper torch as this will require a lot of heat, (AIr plus gas no butane) watch my video on torches and tanks in the free videos section.
In this class we will make a etched, hollow formed cuff with a cradle hinge and box clasp with safety catch! Awesome skills to have! Within 24 hours of purchasing the class you will get the supply list , so sign up early!
Shimmy & Shake bracelet online class IS BACK !
The bracelet is gorgeous and it jingles! It's a great class, even for new metalsmiths with some basic soldering experience. Shimmy & Shake class begins 7/12/17. The class videos are available for viewing any time day or night until 8/31/17, then they are GONE! No downloads. you can work at your own pace and watch them as many times as you like, even in your PJ's!
This will be a fun class! We will do some wire forming, build and solder a hollow box clasp, a little organic fusing of heavy gauge fine silver, and setting a flat-backed cabochon. This is for advanced beginners to intermediate levels, You will need use a proper torch, bail making pliers and jewelers pliers to form the bracelet links, as well as a basic silver smithing tools.
Please do not delay in purchasing this call now if your interested so you can get the supply list (while silver prices are low). You can use the CONTACT link to ask questions before you purchase.
If you are ready to purchase please click the SHOP link and check out. Hope you can join us!
COWBOYS & INDIANS 3 STAMPED PENDANT
COWBOYS AND INDIANS BEGINS 6/20 ends 7/28/17 This is a REALLY fun class! Lots of soldering and building! We are using Metal stamps & stampings to build and design a 3 part drop pendant! We will decorate sterling silver Indian and southwestern stampings which you can purchase already stamped, or purchase the actual stamps to make them.
You will need a proper torch (oxygen + propane or acetylene/air please visit my free videos section of my site and watch "torches and tanks" if you need help there. We will decorate the stampings with southwestern border stamps if you choose to.
No etching no rolling mills! Regular silversmithing tools are mostly used in this class, you may need a a miter jig or tube jig and setting burs to cut the tube settings, You can stamp or not your choice... but if you do you will need a small anvil or bench block and a heavy hammer.
Class officially begins 6/20 ends 7/28/17 Registration opens 6/05/17 But you can begin watching videos the day you sign up so don't delay. Hope you can join me!
Ready to PURCHASE? after 6/5/17 you can click the SHOP link
LKV online class BOHO CUFFS!
Level : INTERMEDIATE This is an online class, BOHO CUFFS BEGINS 5/08/17 ends 6/20/17. You can enjoy from your home and work at your own pace! The class is only viewable only during the dates above, you may not access it after 7/17/16 it will be gone and it is NOT downloadable. You will need a proper torch, acetylene or propane+oxygen. Please watch my torches and tanks video in the FREE video section of this website.
In this class you will learn to etch silver, form a synclastic cuff, solder on filigree wire, embellishments and stone settings. I will show you how to set will set 4 cabochons and learn how to make a tapered cone setting OR a round faceted setting for the center!
To make the center cone setting, you will need a 17 degree Bezel Block tool with round holes that have 10 & 11 mm sized holes. Should you choose NOT to make the cone setting and buy the bezel block, I have included instructions for a non tapered faceted stone setting also! Of course you may also use or other decorations of your choice your cuff like the example on the left with only silver and flowers. ETCHING CLASS is also included. And best of all NO expensive forming tools are needed!
After you purchase the class you will have access to the supply list. I suggest you do not delay in signing up or you will not have time to get your supplies for the class Items will sellout quickly. You do NOT need a hydraulic press in this class, although I will teach you how to use one if you have one. Click the SHOP page to purchase.
RINGS BOHEME ONLINE CLASS PREVIEW!
This is great class from beginners to intermediate levels, with some soldering experience. A beautiful twist on a classic "spinner" style ring. You will learn to create a texture on a ring shank 3 ways: by hammering, etching or using metal patterns in a rolling mill. (NO rolling mill needed). I'll teach you how to successfully flare a ring, make a good solder join, and create a custom beautiful round bezel setting for a faceted stone, decorate it with gallery wire and and set it on a curve. This class is quick and the project can be completed in one to 2 days! You will need a proper torch (oxy/propane or Acetylane) and basic tools such as flex shaft, good files,dapping punch set a few Burs, set to name a few. The rest of the items will be on the supply list which is available after you purchase the class. Hope you can join me! click the PURCHASE link to purchase.
MALTESE RINGS ONLINE CLASS
MALTESE RINGS ONLINE CLASS BEGINS 5/28/17 ends 07/01/17 Registration opens 5/14/17. This is a very cool ring and works great with most any types of stone settings. I will give you 4 different pattern templates to etch on to your metal. Etching video will also be included. Learn to make these rings in time for Holiday sales in your shops! If you take the class you have permission to sell what ever you make from my class designs!
I'll show you how to fabricate 2 oval bezels and cut the seats with a bur. I will show you how to set and MODIFY a pre made basket setting which will be on the supply list for the center stone, it's much easier than making one from wire and very inexpensive :)
You will learn how to file the bezels and settings to fit the curve and we will cover tube settings, solder them all on together, polish and set the stones. While i do not give out supply lists until you sign up, be advised that you will need a proper acetylane or propane+oxy torch. (see my torches and tanks in the Free video section) Special tools required :Burs and a miter jig and oval bezel mandrel in addition to basic metal smith tools, you will also need a flex shaft as you can not properly cut seats with a hand held dremel tool. Intermediate level class. This will be a great class! I hope you can join me! If your ready to purchase this class after 5/17 please visit the SHOP link.
Passionate Hinges Bracelet class!
I'm excited to announce Passionate Hinges! Registration begins March 20th 2017. Class officially begins 4/2/17 and ends 5/12/17. You work at your own pace and watch the videos any time day or night until class ends on 5/12 , then the videos will be gone, no downloads! ( If you purchase early you can begin watching some videos today.)
This NOT a beginner class. We will do a lot of sawing and soldering, and layering! Hinges require patience, perseverance, and soldering experience. You can not take this class with out a proper torch (oxygen tank+propane or acetylane+oxy tank - no butane). Please visit my free videos section on Torches and tanks if you need help with torches. You can ETCH (etching video is included) or use a rolling mill for texturing.
I do not give out materials and supply lists until you purchase the class, You will need mostly basic silver smithing tools, files, flex shaft, pliers/mandrels, soldering setup and a Tube Jig which you may or may not already have. This will be and AWESOME class! many of you have eagerly been waiting for this one, hope you can join me !
above: students work from Boho Ring class
Lets Etch Silver
this class will be offered with BOHO CUFFS in Dec 2015