Cold Connections

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Cold Connections I - Debora Mauser
This beginning class will cover basic skills of working with base metals, cutting, sawing, filing and learning to connect two and three pieces of metal without heat. We will cover basic riveting, telescoping rivets, tab settings and more. I will have several projects planned but students will have plenty of time to develop skills and create their own designs. Class fee includes all copper, brass, aluminum, wire, and rivets needed to complete class projects, plus accent stones and ear wires. The school has basic kits for student use and I will have tools for sale if you are interested. Silver will be available for upgrades.

Lab Fee: $175.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Cold Connections I - Kim St. Jean
Cold Connections is the process of using various materials as attachments to connect two or more pieces of metal without using bonding agents. You will make connections out of wire, tubing, and rivets. We will also cover prongs, tabs, hinges and tension setting. You will explore design concepts incorporating stone setting, forming and sawing. A variety of texturing techniques will be introduced including hammers, stamps, etching, and the proper use of the rolling mill. Lab fee covers all base metals, handouts, consumables, specific cabochons and some sterling components. Additional sterling and cabs can be purchased. Any additional cost incurred would be in the purchase of tools or materials from the instructor to continue this work at home, or specific sterling upgrades. We will use torches and hammers. Questions are welcome via email at: kim@kimstjean.com

Lab Fee: $195.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Cold Connections II - Debora Mauser
Stretch your designs with lots of new techniques including anodizing titanium, etching, easy patinas, texturing, piercing and fusing all combined with exciting cold connections. Students will create at least 5 advanced projects with rivets, cold connection hinges, piercing, telescoping rivets, flush rivets, tab settings and more. We might use the hydraulic press for one cuff project as well. We will be working mainly in copper with silver accents, with some projects available to upgrade to silver for addition cost (depending on market). At least two projects will have stones as the focal component. Students should wear closed toed shoes, bring magnification if needed and have taken at least one cold connection basic class prior to this one. (any William Holland Instructor) Kit fee includes all copper, brass or bronze, titanium, argentium, two stones, rivets, use of tools and a class handout. Extra tools and supplies will be available for addition cost if desired.

Lab Fee: $200.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Cold Connections II - Mixed Metals - Kim St. Jean
In this class, you will learn how to use mixed metals such as copper, brass, nickel, bronze and sterling silver. There will be a heavy emphasis on design you will complete your designs using cold connections and soldering methods. We will explore techniques such as traditional and creative stone setting, hinges and piercing. This will be a fast-paced class. Lab fee covers all base metals, handouts, consumables, specific cabochons and some sterling components. Additional sterling and cabs can be purchased. Any additional cost incurred would be in the purchase of tools or materials from the instructor to continue this work at home, or specific sterling upgrades. We will use torches and hammers. Questions are welcome via email at: kim@kimstjean.com

Lab Fee: $225.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Riveting, soldering, and sawing experience - or instructor's approval

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