Betsy  Lehndorff

Betsy is a popular instructor nationwide, and her classes sell out because she provides a safe and generous learning environment. She has taught pearl carving at Metalwerx, William Holland, the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, the Bead & Button show and other venues. She writes for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and contributes weekly to the Jewelry Making Daily blog. A former homicide reporter, she has been a silversmith for 10 years.

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Pearl Carving - Betsy Lehndorff
This class will introduce you to the emerging technique of carving freshwater pearls with dental grade diamond burs. We will get started right away and the first goal will be to break down the heavily marketed concept of preciousness. Mornings, you will learn step-by-step techniques for carving dots, lines, swirls and your own designs. Afternoons and evenings, you will experiment with help from Betsy and share experiences. The key is to enjoy technical success, then experiment beyond what you thought was possible. Lab fee covers everything -- dental-grade burs, plenty of silicone polishing points, bristle brushes, Fabuluster, freshwater pearls, sterling silver bead chain with snap, clasp, sterling wire and casting shot, markers, dust masks, and illustrated class notes. Additional materials to experiments with are available at no charge. Bring a cordless Dremel tool and additional gems, pearls of other materials if you want.

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

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