WORKSHOPS

   
Diener Studio Summer 2017
Course Name:
Two-Part Cold Connection Workshop
Date:
Ongoing (please contact me)
Time:
5 hours total
Description:
Cold connections are ways of connecting materials into wearable jewelry/small sculptural works without the use of the torch and silver-soldering. This means you can combine metal and/or other materials that would other wise burn or explode when exposed to high heat; paper, mica, fabric, natural objects, plastic objects, photographs, etc.
 
We will cover traditional wire and tube rivets, small hardware components, sewing with thin-gauge metal wire, and/or connecting/joining with jump rings (pieces of chain).

$237.40+ $16.63 NM CRS tax. This includes all red and yellow brass, copper, tools, and supplies.  Please note: use of silver will be an additional charge.

We will practice traditional wire rivets and tube rivets, use of small hardware, tabs, and sewing. This will be a hands-on intro class to watch demos and practice technique, not to create a work of art or finished lovely. Cold connections can easily transfer to your studio/workspace at home.  A discussion of tools and supplies necessary will also be part of the workshop. No previous jewelry making or metalworking experience is necessary.

 
Course Name:
Cold Connection Workshop
Date:
Ongoing (please contact me)
Time:
2.5 hours total
Description:
Cold connections are ways of connecting materials into wearable jewelry/small sculptural works without the use of the torch and silver-soldering. This means you can combine metal and/or other materials that would other wise burn or explode when exposed to high heat; paper, mica, fabric, natural objects, plastic objects, photographs, etc.
 
We will cover traditional wire and tube rivets, small hardware components, sewing with thin-gauge metal wire, and/or connecting/joining with jump rings (pieces of chain).

This will be a hands-on intro class to watch demos and practice technique, not to create a work of art or finished lovely. Cold connections can easily transfer to your studio/workspace at home.  A discussion of tools and supplies necessary will also be part of the workshop. No previous jewelry making or metalworking experience is necessary.    
 
Diener Studio Summer 2017
Course_Name:
Intro to Etching Brass and Copper
Date:
Ongoing (please contact me)
Time:
Workshop is 2.5 hours in duration or two 3-hour meetings, depending upon format 
Description:
This workshop will cover a basic etching process that uses various simple resists and etches red brass, yellow brass, and copper. Students will draw, rubber stamp, and stencil various designs onto metal pieces. The etchant will be used while students are not present in the studio.

(If applicable, on the second day of the workshop, we will take the etched metals and apply a variety of basic jewelry/small metals techniques such as disc cutting, dapping, filing, sanding, hammering, and drilling, in order to create no-soldered wearable earrings, bracelets, pendants, and more.  Patina/oxidizing and a variety of hand finishes from satin to shiny will be covered.)

Patina/oxidizing and a variety of hand finishes from satin to shiny will be covered. No pre-requisite Jewelry and Metals experience necessary. Class fee of $195.15 includes all supplies and tools.
   
Diener Studio Summer 2017
Photos and work by Renate Surh created in Enameling Open Studio
   
Course Name:
Intro to Kiln Fired Enameling for Jewelers and Metalsmiths
Date:
Ongoing (please contact me)
Time:
6 hours total
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.
 
NEW:
See recent photos of the workshop here.
   
Course Name:
Kiln Fired Enameling Open Studio
Date:
Ongoing (please contact me)
Time:
3 hours
Description:
Prerequisite for Enameling Open Studio:
Intro To Enameling for Jewelers and Metalsmiths
   
   
Diener Studio Summer 2017
Course Name:
Gravity Pour Workshop: Cuttlebone & Tufa Stone Casting & Water
Date:
Ongoing
Time:
3 - 6 hours
  If you're interested in registering and/or future workshops, please contact me.
   
Description:
If you would like to add casting to your silversmithing repertoire, here is your chance!

Gravity pours are low-tech exciting ways to use clean scrap silver and casting grain to create one-of-a-kind or repeated sterling silver jewelry works.  Gravity pour refers to using the weight of the molten metal to fill the mold, rather than the use of centrifugal force.  It is an ancient technique with contemporary application!

Cuttlebone is the bone of the cuttlefish, a relative of the squid.  You will prepare the cuttlebone to create a smooth surface in which to carve a design using simple tools.  The resultant mold is then filled using a handheld crucible and molten silver...gravity pour!
We will also experiment with shapes that occur by pouring molten silver into water, onto ice, and onto split peas.  Stinky, but gratifying.  These cast elements can be completed as-is or added to with your silversmithing fabrication knowledge or re-melted in another gravity pour.  

This is an introduction to various gravity pour techniques, in order to give you a taste of possibilities.  If you get hooked it is very easy to continue using this technique in the studio.
Limited to six.
   
NEW:
See recent photos of the Tufa Casting workshop here.
   
NEW:
See recent photos of the workshop here.
   
Diener Studio Summer 2017
Course Name:
Intro to Waxworking for Lost Wax Casting for Jewelers
Date:
Ongoing
Time:
(3 hours total)
  If you're interested in registering and/or future workshops, please contact me.
   
Description:
This is an intro to waxworking workshop to make wax models that are then cast in the lost wax casting technique. Students will work with wax sheet and wire, file-a-wax (block and tube), wax pots, alcohol lamps, waxworking tools, wax files and sawblades, etc to learn different ways to construct wax models. Limited to 4 students.  
***If you have taken the workshop before, and would like to come in to work on a wax model, using my tools and equipment, please let me know. 

The goal is to give you the information needed to create a wax model that you feel is worthy of casting. I will direct you to a local commercial caster for the casting process. 

This workshop will provide you with a taste of what can be created with waxes. And what supplies are necessary to get started. It will require working on your own outside of class, and the investment of materials and tools is very small... OR you can use the open studio times as waxworking times and use my tools and materials.
                                                              
This workshop includes information about a great nationally-known local casting service that will cast your waxes and/or make molds.  It also includes discount codes for use at local nationally renowned jewelry/metal supply sources.  Waxworking does not require a lot of equipment at all, and I will cover this in the workshop as well. No previous jewelry making or metalworking experience is necessary.
 
Course Name:
Resin Workshop with Phoenix Forrester (Resin Expert & Guest Artist)
Date:
Ongoing (please contact me)
Time:
2.5 hours total
Description:
Resin Expert and Guest Artist, Phoenix Forrester, shows you her foolproof approach to resin use.  Students complete 2 to 3 pieces during the 2.5 hour workshop.

No previous jewelry making or metalworking experience is necessary.
   
NEW:
See recent photos of the workshop here.