ONLINE CLASSES 2018/19
Welcome to my CLASS OVER VIEW page! Here you can view my current class schedule ad scroll down for a brief explanation of each class.
Schedule is in left Column - Detailed class info is in right column
I try to repeat each class about every 8 months so the the schedules will change. Each class runs about 6 weeks or so. To be notified when a class registration opens please subscribe here at the bottom of the home page. You can click HERE to see what Students made in my classes!
2018/19 estimated CLASS SCHEDULE:
(*SILVER ETCHING CLASS offered only with other classes. not sold separately.)
CUFF ROYALE (HINGED CUFF with box clasp) REG is open Sign up early for extra class time!
COWBOYS AND INDIANS JAN 2019
BOHO RINGS REGISTRATION MAR 2019
New** CUPCAKE RING APR 11th 2019
RINGS BOHEME ANTICLASTIC & SPINNERS MAY 2019
MANDALA EARRINGS JUNE 2019
LOVE & LOCKETS JULY 2019
BOHO PENDANTS REGISTRATION CLOSED AUG 2019
MANDALA FLOWER POWER PENDANT (stone on stone & viking knit chain) SEP 2019
PASSIONATE HINGES OCT 2019
MALTESE CROSS RINGS NOV 2019
MARQUIS BOHEME EARRINGS Dec 2019
SHIMMY & SHAKE SILVER BRACELET & CLASP TBD 2019
POP RINGS ONLINE CLASS TBD 2019
NEW CLASS** RAINDROPS IN BLOOM pendant** TBD 2019
NEW!!! CUFF ROYALE hollow formed cuff!
CUFF ROYALE Class Runs 12/20/18 to 2/07/19. If you sign up early you will get nearly 9 weeks of class time. 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 for extra class time!! to PURCHASE click HERE
NEW** BLOOMING RAIN Pendant online class
This class begins Dec 1st 2018 and will run for 6 weeks. ETCHING class is NOT included. We will use a rolling mill to texture our metal, or you can hammer texture or leave it untextured. Come join me and I’ll teach you how to make 2 different styles of layered flower centers with tube settings nestled in the center.
I will be teaching how to modify pre made oval and tube settings for this class. The “raindrops” can be made with a male female stamp tool and is optional (sold by Buffalo Rutland Co. I have no idea on their inventory level) if you choose to purchase one. ( It is not necessary to add the rain drops, you can decorate with balls or exclude them) Basic metal smith tools required, nothing major you will need a planishing hammer for the flowers. This could be done with a large butane, or proper jewelers torch. The dangle on the bottom will be modified to an oval stone and will be your design challenge! No Chain is taught in this class. LOTS of soldering and forming! Hope you can join me! Registration is now open. I hope you can join me!
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LKV online class BOHO CUFFS!
Level : INTERMEDIATE AND UP This is an online class, BOHO CUFFS BEGINS BEGINS 11/10/18 ends 12/22/18. 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 12/22 ,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 PURCHASE page to sign up!
NEW!!! POP RINGS Online Class
POP rings class registration will open Oct 20 2018 Class officially begins OCT 24 and ends 11/29 This is a GORGEOUS ring that will appeal to all. You can choose the texture you like, smooth- mirror finish or hammered. We will form the outer ring and then add a solid shank inside for comfort and a luxurious professional feel. Tools required dapping punches, vice, planishing hammer, files and basic silversmithing tools such as a torch, etc. We will practice on copper first, then move to silver. this is a quick 2 day project!
Skill level intermediate and up. This will be a FUN project! hope you can join me!
Shimmy & Shake bracelet online class IS BACK !
The bracelet is gorgeous and by far one of my favorite pieces to wear, a real staple in my collection.
This is a great class, even for new metalsmiths with some basic soldering experience. Shimmy & Shake class begins OCT 12 2018 and ends 11/17/18 The class videos are available for viewing any time day or night until class ends, 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!
MARQUISE BOHEME EARRINGS CLASS
** NEW MARQUIS BOHEME EARRINGS REGISTRATION OPENS TUESDAY SEPT 18, 2018 Class begins 9/24/18 and ends 11/5/18.
Click the above photo for a class preview. In this class you will receive 2 template sizes to make a beautiful pair of stunning earrings! These are textured with a rolling mill, however you can etch ( etching video is included ) You will need to supply your own texture patterns, or just leave them untextured as they would be beautiful that way also!
I’ll teach you how to cut perfect bezel strips and fabricate marquise bezels from sterling sheet, and cut seats using burs. We will cover piercing and forging with a raising hammer and ’ll show you how to use thermo-loc to hold your pieces while you work.
We will use pre made tube bezels for the round stones, but I will show you how to MODIFY one if the bezel setting needs it.
I’ll teach you how to solder everything together, polish and set the stones. Learn these techniques in time for Holiday sales in your shops!
While I do not give out supply lists until you sign up, be advised I always recommend that you use a proper acetylene or propane+oxy torch. (see my torches and tanks in the Free video section).
Special tools required: Burs, special files, miter jig and 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, I also recommend you have a quick change hand-piece for cutting seats. Intermediate and above level class. This will be a great class! I hope you can join me! If your ready to purchase this class..please visit the PURCHASE link
MALTESE RINGS ONLINE CLASS
Registration OPENS 3/10/18 Click above photo to watch class preview MALTESE RINGS ONLINE Registration opens 8/1/18. 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.
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 i always recommend that you use a proper acetylene or propane+oxy torch. (see my torches and tanks in the Free video section) Special tools required: Burs, 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 classI after 5/17 please visit the PURCHASE link
Passionate Hinges online class
Passionate Hinges You work at your own pace and watch the videos any time day or night until class ends, then the videos will be gone, no downloads. ( If you purchase early you can begin watching all the videos today!)
This class is intermediate/advanced. We will do a lot of sawing and soldering, and layering! Hinges require patience, perseverance, and soldering experience. You must have a proper torch (propane or acetylane) gas +compressed oxygen) to ball the hinge wires). Hinges on this bracelet have heated ball rivets which you will not be able to make without compressed oxygen plus gas. if you use a butane or a torch with ambient air torch you will have to hammer set rivet the hinges which works fine but is not taught in this class. Please visit my free videos section on Torches and tanks if you need help with torches. The smith little or meco torch are perfect for this project. You can ETCH (or use a rolling mill for texturing. Silver Etching video is included.
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, or miter which you may or may not already have. This is an AWESOME class! many of you have eagerly been waiting for this one, hope you can join me !
Boho Pendants Online Class Is Back (click above for trailer)
Boho Pendants 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. 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 PURCHASE link
MANDALA EARRINGS ONLINE CLASS
Mandala Earrings class registration opens June 9th. 2018 (signing up early gives you early class access) and class begins officially on 6/16 and ends 7/20. This is a great class for all levels with some soldering experience. not too many tools needed, a torch set up, files and a flex shaft/dremel tool are required. While I always recommend a proper torch, this class can be completed with a butane torch if you already know how to solder with one. I will teach you piercing (sawing out small spaces) filing and making balls! This is a fun wonderful class with a fast result. Hope you can join me for this one it will be EPIC!
** NEW CUPCAKE RING ONLINE CLASS
I'm delighted to invite you to join my New CUPCAKE RINGS online class!
Registration opens May 11th, 2018. Class will officially begin on 05/16 but many of the videos are there early for you to begin watching as soon as you sign up. The videos will be there for you to watch until 6/27/18 when class ends. During this time you can watch the videos here over and over as many times as you like! This class includes silver etching instruction for those who do not own rolling mills. (please note I will not be provide etching patterns and encourage people to use their own designs)
CUPCAKE RINGS online class is for intermediate to advanced metalsmith students. Precise sawing and measuring requires , not for beginners. We will make and form a ring, and create a double bezel setting using a hammer hand piece) TOOLS: While i do not give out supply lists in advance, please note: A proper torch is required (acetylene or propane+oxygen) See my free video’s section (on Torches and Tanks)( if you need help setting up a torch.
**** THIS CLASS REQUIRES A HAMMER HAND-PIECE and a DIAMOND TIP (the diamond tip is about $29.00) You can not make this ring with out it.) You will also need files and a miter jig, as well as regular metal smithing tools. IF you have questions please use the CONTACT link to ask BEFORE you purchase the class. My students will get a 7% discount on supplies from OTTO FREI after you sign up! This will be a great and very challenging class! I sure hope you can join me! When you are ready to sign up please click the PURCHASE LINK.
RINGS BOHEME ONLINE CLASS PREVIEW!
Next class opens May 25 2018! 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 Acetylene) 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.
above: students work from Boho Ring class
BOHO RINGS CLASS IS NOW OPEN!
Boho Rings class is for beginners to intermediates who can saw and solder. This was the first class I have offered on line! I’ll teach you silver etching, how to form and solder layers and make silver balls, and create a cabochon bezel setting that fits on a curved ring.
RE: tools required for this class. I recommend a proper torch. If your serious about smithing it's an investment you should make. Though students have completed this class successfully with butane torches, I suggest you consider 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 PURCHASE page
LOVE & LOCKETS CLASS!!
This class is for strong intermediate to advanced. Class registration opens July 20th 2018 If you sign up early you get early access to the videos! Class officially runs 6/26 to 8/4/18. There are NO video downloads when the class ends , it's gone!
I will provide etching pattern and templates.. You will learn silver etching, and how to make a beautiful locket. I will NOT be teaching stone settings in this , but i will show you how to solder and attach one.
You need good sawing and soldering ability as hinges are tricky, and require patience and problem solving skills. I will show you how to make a beautiful locket with inside frames, closure ,hinges, bail and embellishments. i used a rolling mill for my pattern ,but I am including the etching pattern and instructions for those who don't have access to a rolling mill. I do not give out supply list in advance but note that This locket requires special files , a miter jig /tube and a proper torch, air plus gas, no butane. please see my free video section on torches and tanks for more info. when you are ready to purchase click the PURCHASE LINK
COWBOYS & INDIANS 3 STAMPED PENDANT
COWBOYS AND INDIANS BEGINS April 15, ENDS MAY 24, 2018 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.
But you can begin watching videos the day you sign up so don't delay. Hope you can join me!
Ready to PURCHASE? click the PURCHASE link
FLOWER POWER stone on stone with viking knit chain
REGISTRATION is OPEN
This New Class will officially begin on 08/04/18 and will end on 09/15/2018. 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!
Lets Etch Silver
this class will be offered with BOHO CUFFS in Dec 2015