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Silver II - Low-Tech Casting - Kim St. Jean
This is not your traditional silver casting, which is why we call it Low-Tech. We will use casting grains and/or scrap silver to create unique components which we will then incorporate into pieces of jewelry. We will introduce a new casting method each morning, then in the afternoon we will take what we cast to design and create a finished product. Techniques taught include water, salt, pine needle, cuttle fish and if time permits, sand and channel casting. Students are encouraged to bring their own silver scrap. Lab fee includes 1-2 troy ounces of casting grain (depending on the market), 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. We will use torches and hammers. Questions are welcome via email at: kim@kimstjean.com

Lab Fee: $225.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Silver I or instructor's permission

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Silver Special- Soft Soldering - Becky Patellis
The art of translating Tiffany Style stained glass soldering into jewelry. We will be using a soldering iron instead of a torch to get similar looks. Often called "low-tech" soldering. This technique is especially good for those who do not have an appropriate place for torch work, or just don't like working with fire. The students will use copper foil around cabochons, beads, or just make wire structures to form their individual designs. The school has soldering irons and rheostats for student use, or bring your own. Students will also need to bring a pair of chain nose pliers and a third hand (that they don't care if it gets used with heat), safety glasses, assortment of cabochons and beads, wire working tools. Instructor will supply masks, patina, patina brush, polishing compound, non-latex gloves and additional assortment of wire. Lab fee includes lead-free solder, copper foil, paste flux, flux brush, sal ammoniac (cleaning block) and wire.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0
Prerequisites: None

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Silver-Wear I - Jan Stephens
Students will learn the basics of cold forming and will turn vintage Silver plated flatware into reclaimed Silver-Wear Jewelry. Students will apply skills from Wire I or Cold Connections including polishing, buffing, basic wire wrapping, texturizing, stamping, using patina and making simple cold connections. The lab fee covers all materials for the required projects, consumables supplies, the use of specialized tools and all handouts for the course. If desired, finer metals and gemstones will be available at additional costs. The instructor will also have optional silverware pieces, tools and supplies available for purchase, at fair market prices, for completing extra projects at the school or at home. Students may need to use vision magnification to see clearly. Otherwise, all you need to bring with you is creativity and imagination for this unique, fun-filled class.

Lab Fee: $225.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Wire I or Cold Connections

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Silver-Wear II - Jan Stephens
Building on the skills learned in Silver-Wear I, this class will take the student further in creative design and embellishment including shaping, stone capturing, and other artful enhancements. The lab fee covers all materials for the required projects, consumables supplies, the use of specialized tools and all handouts for the course. If desired, finer metals and gemstones will be available at additional costs. The instructor will also have optional silverware pieces, tools and supplies available for purchase, at fair market prices, for completing extra projects at the school or at home. On Thursday and Friday, if required projects are complete, students will have the opportunity to develop their own unique designs using the skills they have learned during the week. At this time, students are allowed to bring to class their own collections of silverware, (either Sterling or Silver plate) or they can purchase additional silverware and supplies (Sterling or Silver Plate) from the instructor at fair market prices. Move your Silver-Wear skills to the next level in this new and exciting intermediate level course. Students may need to use vision magnification to see clearly.

Lab Fee: $225.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Silver Wear I

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