Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet with Charms

Date/Time: Saturday, March 9, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
In the morning we will work with Precious Metal Clay (PMC) to create fine silver charms, which will be 99.9% pure silver. The clay will be rolled, textured, dried, and then kiln fired. This is like working with sticky “Play-Doh”. In the afternoon you will make your own sterling silver bracelets by using pliers to connect sterling jump rings. How jump rings are made will be demonstrated, and you will be given the opportunity to make your own if you choose. The class will finish with connecting the charms to the bracelet. All tools are provided just bring a lunch.

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Sami-Inspired Reindeer Hide and Pewter Thread Keychain

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 3, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
A great class to learn the basic Sami braid and leave with a non-jewelry piece. Using pewter thread to make the braid it is then glued and hand sewn onto a piece of reindeer hide. The back is stitched up using artificial sinew. A key clasp is added and a shed reindeer horn button is sewn on to complete the piece. Students who need magnification for the close hand work should bring their own.

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Rosa Mystica

Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Date/Time: Sunday, May 19, 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Greg Kraft
In this class you will create welded a steel rose. You will learn hands-on cutting, grinding, sanding and welding steel. Safety first: Wear jeans, closed toe leather shoes, a long sleeved cotton shirt, hair tie, and insulated leather gloves. You will be cutting 3 metal discs with a hand shear into rose petals, cutting a steel rod with an angle grinder for your stem and sanding it all with an angle grinder or pad sander. The discs will be welded to the steel rod and once cooled the steel petals will be systematically bent and pounded with hand tools into a rose that will always bloom.

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PMC Wrap Bracelet with Hand Dyed Silk Ties

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 20, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
This is a perfect class for students who want to experiment with PMC (Precious Metal Clay). The clay is rolled, textured and cut to the shape the student selects. The piece is domed, dried and then kiln fired. After firing the piece is polished and a patina is applied if desired. It is then strung on a piece of hand dyed silk. It may be possible to make more than one piece depending on the size selected.

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Byzantine Bracelet with a Twist

Date/Time: Saturday, March 16, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
This bracelet is a modern twist on a traditional chain maile bracelet design. Each student will start out with sterling silver jump rings and end up with a custom bracelet. While the pattern looks complicated it is as simple as counting to six, because the design is repeated after every six jump rings. Pliers are provided but students can bring their own if they wish. Students will also learn how to make jump rings at home. Students who need magnification for this close hand work should bring their own.

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Tin Thread Necklace

Date/Time: Friday, March 29, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Katherine Buenger
Using tin thread we’ll learn how to make 5 strand braids and then use the braid to create a necklace! Students can choose the necklace length and thread width. Closures are made with reindeer leather and a choice of either antler duffle button and antler ring or stone donut in a variety of color choices. Bring from home: Small sharp scissors

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Aluminum Casting Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday, March 16, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM: CREATE SCULPTURE
Sunday, March 17, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (staggered schedule, students will be assigned designated time slot): CREATE SANDBLOCK MOLD
Saturday, March 23, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM: POURING ALUMINUM/CLEANUP

Kelly Ludeking
Create a 3-D sculpture in aluminum using an oil-based clay process. Using oil-based clay, you will carve and create your sculpture. The next day, the class will divide up to meet at staggered times and make a sandblock mold for their piece. The next Saturday the aluminum will be poured into the molds and when it cools, the sculpture will be cleaned up and ready to take home.

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Silverpoint Drawing: The Delicate Line

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 7, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Favored in the Renaissance before the invention of the graphite pencil, silverpoint steps into the 21st century with improved tools, materials and techniques. Trail a fine line of real sterling silver on paper you have prepared yourself in class. Silverpoint is an elegant choice for small, detailed work, realistic or abstract. Learn how to apply the surface ground, along with stroke techniques. Trace provided images, or draw your own to create a suite of small drawings which fit into your own hand-painted origami portfolio.

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