ONGOING CLASSES

   
University of New Mexico Continuing Education (UNMCE) 2018
Course_Name:
Beginning Jewelry/Small Metals and Silversmithing
Date:
February 20 - March 20 (Tuesdays) FULL
February 21 - March 21 (Wednesdays) FULL
March 27 - April 24 (Tuesdays)
Time:
6 pm - 9 pm
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If the class is full, please place yourself on the the waiting list and contact me for current options and future classes.

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Description:
This beginning course provides the fundamental techniques for the design and creation of handcrafted jewelry. Beginning with a series of sterling silver rings, you learn how to size, texture, chase, file, form, silver solder with an acetylene torch, saw, pierce, drill, oxidize, hand-polish, high-polish with a buffing machine, and follow safe studio practices. Your next project will involve fabricating a bezel cup and setting a cabochon stone. We will work with sterling silver, fine silver, copper, brass and semi-precious stones. Local supply sources and discounts available through Diener Studio will be addressed, as well as working lavishly within a limited budget. Prepare to be adorned!  A materials fee of $115 is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting (check or cash).

For more info and registration click here.

   
NEW:
See recent photos from the class here.
 
Course Name:
Continuing Jewelry/Small Metals and Silversmithing
Date:
February 19 - March 19 (Mondays) FULL
March 26 - April 23 (Mondays)
Time:
6 pm - 9 pm
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Description:
This course is designed as a continuation of jewelry making experience, for those students who have completed the Beginning Jewelry/Small Metals and Silversmithing class. We will focus on more complicated techniques in silver soldering, fabrication and stone-setting -- including unusually-shaped bezels, incorporating found objects, cage/step/tube and traditional prong settings, fusing, reticulation, chainmaking, findings, repousse', marriage of metals, shot, hollow forms, forging, making head and eye pins, and safe studio practices -- through student-directed projects and instructor demonstrations.  A general supply fee of $70 is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting (check or cash). This covers acetylene, silver solders, flux, and general studio supplies; metal is purchased by student.

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If the class is full, please place yourself on the the waiting list and contact me for current options and future classes.

   
NEW:
See Student Portfolio photos here.
 
Course Name:
Intro to Kiln-Fired Enamel Jewelry Intensive
Date:
March 10
Time:
9:30 am -12:30 pm & 1-4 pm
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Description:
Enameling is the colorful result of fusing powdered glasses to metal with high heat, forming a durable vitreous coating. This class provides you with an overview of the ancient art of enameling, from metal preparation, properties of enamel, dry and wet applications, use of holding agent, klyre fyre, enamel threads, pure silver foil, millefiore and venetian glass canes, sgrafitto, stencils, non-traditional surfaces, transparents and opaques, crackles, cloisonne' wire, frit, stamps, kiln firing, and safe studio practices.  Students will create beautiful, wearable objects, using copper as a base. The focus will be on learning varied approaches to applying enamel to the copper surface and taking work to a finished degree. No previous jewelry making or metalworking experience is necessary. Materials fee of $125 due at the beginning of first class (check or cash).

For more info and registration click here.
If the class is full, please place yourself on the the waiting list and contact me for current options and future classes.

   
NEW:
See recent photos of the workshop here.
   
NEW:
See photos of work created in the Enameling Open Studio after the Intro to Enameling class was taken here.
   
   
Course Name:
No-Solder Jewelry Making Extravaganza:
Etched, Disced, Dapped and Letter-Stamped!
Date:
TBA
Time:
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Description:
Use sterling silver, red brass, yellow brass, copper, semi-precious stone beads, and luscious pearls to make jewelry for gift giving or for yourself! This terrific two-day workshop covers basic etching processes and a variety of silversmithing techniques such as disc cutting, dapping, doming, filing, sanding, hammering/chasing/texturing, hole punching, alphabetical and numerical stamping, patina/oxidizing, and hand-finishes from satin to shiny. Explore the magical, wearable artistry of jewelry making and leave the studio with your beautiful completed projects-such as earrings, pendants, cuff bracelets, bangles, rings, and belt buckles. All levels welcome. If students have favorite rubber stamps, they can bring them, but it is not necessary.

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If the class is full, please place yourself on the the waiting list and contact me for current options and future classes.

   
NEW:
See photos of work created with etched metal here.
   
   
Course Name:
Wax-working for Lost Wax Casting for Jewelers
Date:
TBA
Time:
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Description:
This class is an introduction to wax-working to make wax models to be cast using the lost art technique of wax casting. Students will work with wax sheet and wire, file-a-wax (block and tube), wax pots, alcohol lamps, wax-working tools, wax files, saw blades, etc. to learn different ways to construct wax models. The goal is to offer the information needed to create wax models that you feel are worthy of casting. The instructor will direct students to local, nationally-known commercial casters for the casting process. The class will also provide you with a taste of what can be created with waxes, and what supplies are needed to get started. The cost/investment of materials is very small if you decide to get started on your own. Students will also be provided with Diener Studio discount codes for supply sources.

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If the class is full, please place yourself on the the waiting list and contact me for current options and future classes.

   
University of New Mexico Continuing Education (UNMCE)
Youth Classes Fall 2017
Course Name:
Introduction to Silversmithing and Jewelry Making
(ages 13 - 17)
Date:
TBA
Time:
TBA
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Description:
Do you love jewelry? Do you want to create your own? During this two-session class, participants will make a sterling silver ring and earrings, bracelets or pendants under the guidance of a jeweler. Techniques used include cutting, filing, shaping metal, silver soldering, texturing, dapping/doming, hammering, oxidizing, and finishing pieces by hand. A materials fee of $85 is payable to the instructor at the first session and includes all materials (check or cash). No prior experience necessary.

For more info and registration click here.
If the class is full, please place yourself on the the waiting list and contact me for current options and future classes.

   
NEW:
Take a look at what students created in their 2-meeting (6 hour) intro class here and via a very thorough slideshow.
 
Course Name:
Intro to Enameling
(ages 13 - 17)
Date:
TBA
Time:
TBA
If you would like to know about scheduling options, contact me.
Description:
Enameling is the colorful result of fusing powdered glasses to metal with high heat, forming a durable coating. This class provides you with an overview of the ancient art of enameling, from metal preparation, properties of enamel, kiln firing, and safe studio practices. Students will create wearable and non-wearable enameled works, using copper as a base. The focus will be on learning varied approaches to applying enamel to the copper surface and taking work to a finished degree. No previous jewelry making or metalworking experience is necessary.

Note: Materials fee of $85 due at the beginning of first class (check or cash).

For more info and registration click here.
If the class is full, please place yourself on the the waiting list and contact me for current options and future classes.

 
NEW:
Take a look at the students and what they created in their intro class, as well as here
   
Harwood Art Center
Course Name:
Introduction to Kiln Fired Enameling: Intensive
Date:
TBA
Time:
If you would like to know about scheduling options, contact me
Description:
Enameling is the colorful result of fusing powdered glasses to metal with high heat, forming a durable vitreous coating. This class provides you with an overview of the ancient art of enameling, from metal preparation, properties of enamel, dry and wet applications, use of holding agent, klyre fyre, enamel threads, pure silver foil, millefiore and venetian glass canes, sgrafitto, stencils, non-traditional surfaces, transparents and opaques, crackles, cloisonne' wire, frit, stamps, kiln firing, and safe studio practices.  Students will create wearable and non-wearable enameled works, using copper as a base. The focus will be on learning varied approaches to applying enamel to the copper surface and taking work to a finished degree. No previous jewelry making or metalworking experience is necessary. Great opportunity to make gift tags or pendants for the holidays!

If the class is full, please place yourself on the the waiting list and contact me for current options and future classes.

   
NEW:
See recent photos of the workshop here.
   
NEW:
See photos of work created in the Enameling Open Studio after the Intro to Enameling class was taken here.
   
NEW:
For more visuals of intro to enameling in-process, please view here.
   
   
Course Name:
Silversmithing: Metals, Stones, Rings, Pendant!
Date:
TBA
Time:
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Description:
By creating a series of simple and beautiful sterling silver rings, students will learn to size, texture, chase, file, form (pliers & hammers), silver solder with an acetylene torch, patina/oxidize, and apply a variety of finishes from satin to shiny. The next project – a pendant – incorporates a cabochon stone (think lapiz, turquoise, moonstone, garnet, howlite, lace agate, carnelian, spiny oyster shell, malachite, amethyst....).  Students will learn the principles of silver soldering, bezel-making, and stone-setting.
Metals used will be sterling and fine/pure silver, copper, red and yellow brass. All levels welcome. Materials fee of $105 for semi-precious metal and stones (payable to instructor; check or cash only).

If the class is full, please place yourself on the the waiting list and contact me for current options and future classes.

   
NEW:
See recent photos of the workshop here.
 
Course Name:
Silversmithing & Enameling: Metal, Glass, Rings, Earrings, Pendants, Bracelets!
Date:
TBA
Time:
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Description:
A 3-meeting, 9-hour class, students will create simple, beautiful sterling silver rings, earrings, pendants, and/or bracelets AND copper-and-enamel earrings and pendants.  The first class is dedicated to sizing, texturing, silver soldering with the acetylene torch, oxidizing, polishing sterling silver rings, and learning safe studio practices.  The second class will introduce enameling -- the colorful result of fusing powdered glasses to copper with high heat (kiln!), forming a durable, vitreous, transparent and/or opaque coating.  The third class students will choose to continue with silversmithing techniques or enameled projects.  Additional metalworking skills such as discing, dapping, holepunching, chasing/texturing/stamping, working with jump rings/chain and ear wires, and a variety of finishes from satin to shiny will be introduced.  All levels welcome.  A materials fee of $105 is payable to the instructor at the first session and includes all materials (check or cash). No prior experience necessary.

If the class is full, please place yourself on the the waiting list and contact me for current options and future classes.

   
NEW:
See recent photos of the workshop here.
   
NEW:
For more visuals of intro to enameling in-process, please view here.