Vaughn  Millner

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." Ralph Waldo Emerson Vaughn Millner is a jewelry artist who works primarily in metal fabrication. As a former college professor, counselor educator, and therapist, she applies her love of both teaching and wellness to jewelry instruction. Vaughns contemporary jewelry is a synthesis of her positive life perspectives and her attention to detail. She values the creative process and the serenity and vibrancy it brings to life. Vaughn draws inspiration from ancient civilizations and the southern delta in which she lives. She combines a myriad of techniques such as designing, soldering, piercing, etching, and keum-boo to fabricate one-of-a-kind art jewelry pieces. Vaughn often embellishes or appliqus her silver pieces with other metals. Color is expressed in gemstones, enamels, stones, and patinas. Vaughn owns and operates Vaughn Millner Jewelry and samples of her work can be viewed at http://vaughnmillner.com. Vaughn is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, and the Georgia Goldsmith Guild.

Class List

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Silver 1.5- Surface with Debra Cobia - Vaughn Millner
Silver 1.5 has been designed specifically for those students who have some experience with silver jewelry design and fabrication but do not feel ready for some of the specialty or advanced courses. Each of the courses will include three projects that are intended to develop proficiency in one or more specialized techniques. While working on the projects, emphasis will also be placed on the development of design plans and their execution, accurate and predictable solder joins, fabrication and finishing techniques (i.e. stone setting, bezel building, adding texture, cleaning and polishing), and an introduction to a variety of specialty tools and their uses. All Silver 1.5 classes include basic information on safety, polishing, and finishing work.
The emphasis for this weeks Silver 1.5 class will be on developing and executing designs for piercing using a saw and creating pieces with sterling appliqus and inlays. The projects will include earrings, a pendant, and a locket or bracelet. Techniques will include sawing, fusing, appliquing, and inlay. Sawing is a core jewelry skill and can be used for both design and function in a piece. It will be practiced in combination with other core construction techniques to help students increase successful outcomes. Contrast and texture will be achieved through a variety of surface applications such as appliqu, overlay, inlay, and granulation.
The lab fee includes solder, flux, saw blades, finishing tools, use of specialty tools brought by the instructors, and handouts. Basic tools are provided, but students may bring their own tools. We suggest Joyce Chen scissors and a miter jig, if available. For the selected projects, a kit will be prepared that includes all needed metals. The cost of the kit will be determined by current market prices but will not exceed a total of $250. Students may bring their own flat and round/oval shaped gemstones or purchase them from instructors. Optivisors and safety glasses are suggested. Close-toes shoes are required.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00-$250.00
Prerequisites: Some experience working with silver

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Silver 1.5- with Debra Cobia - Vaughn Millner
Silver 1.5 has been designed specifically for those students who have some experience with silver jewelry design and fabrication but do not feel ready for some of the specialty or advanced courses. Each of the courses will include three projects that are intended to develop proficiency in one or more specialized techniques. While working on the projects, emphasis will also be placed on the development of design plans and their execution, accurate and predictable solder joins, fabrication and finishing techniques (i.e. stone setting, bezel building, adding texture, cleaning and polishing), and an introduction to a variety of specialty tools and their uses. All Silver 1.5 classes include basic information on safety, polishing, and finishing work.
The emphasis for this weeks Silver 1.5 class will be on forming silver with the hydraulic press and hammer (e.g., fold-forming). Forming provides dimension to your work and extends both design and construction choices. The three projects will include a bracelet with hydraulic pressed-set clasp, pendant, and ring. T-folds and/or line folds will be incorporated in design execution. Techniques will include using dies and forming with a hydraulic press, forging, hammering, and planishing. Argentium will be introduced in this class and used in one project.
The lab fee includes solder, flux, saw blades, finishing tools, use of specialty tools brought by the instructors, and handouts. Tools are provided, but students may bring their own tools. We suggest Joyce Chen scissors and a miter jig, if you have one. For the selected projects, a kit will be prepared that includes all needed metals. The cost of the kit will be determined by current market prices but will not exceed a total of $250. Students may bring their own flat and round/oval shaped gemstones or purchase them from instructors. Optivisors and safety glasses are suggested. Close-toes shoes are required.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00-$250.00
Prerequisites: Some experience working with silver

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Silver I - Vaughn Millner
Debra Cobia & Vaughn Millner will team teach this class. Students will engage in the art of silver jewelry making using a torch, flex shaft and a variety of hand tools. From demonstrations, detailed written instructions and personal attention, students will strengthen their skills in jewelry design, sawing, forming, texturing, soldering, filing, and polishing/finishing. In addition, students will practice depletion gilding, bezel making and stone setting. Participants will explore jewelry design while learning safety techniques, tool use, fabrication, and surface applications through step-by-step instructor-led projects. Students will design and fabricate an assortment of jewelry pieces including a pendant, ring and bracelet. The lab fee includes solder, flux, saw blades, finishing wheels, and handouts. Tools are provided, but students may bring their own tools. Students will receive a kit that provides needed metals and a stone for one of the projects. The cost of the metals kit will be determined by current market prices. Students may bring additional flat and round-shaped gemstones or purchase them from instructors. Optivisors and safety glasses are suggested. Close-toes shoes are required.

Lab Fee: $85.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$250
Prerequisites: None

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Silver I.5 - Vaughn Millner
Debra Cobia and Vaughn Millner will team teach this class.Students will engage in the art of silver jewelry making using a torch, flex shaft and a variety of hand tools. From demonstrations, detailed written instructions and personal attention, students will strengthen their skills in jewelry design, sawing, forming, texturing, soldering, filing, and polishing/finishing. In addition, students will practice depletion gilding, bezel making, piercing, and stone setting. Participants will explore jewelry design while learning safety techniques, tool use, fabrication, and surface applications through step-by-step instructor-led projects. Students will design and fabricate an assortment of jewelry pieces including a pendant, ring and bracelet. This course is designed for those who have some experience with silver but are not yet ready for Silver II. The lab fee includes solder, flux, saw blades, finishing wheels, and handouts. Tools are provided, but students may bring their own tools. Students will receive a kit that includes all needed metals and a stone for one of the projects. The cost of the metals kit will be determined by current market prices. Students may bring additional flat and round-shaped gemstones or purchase them from instructors. Optivisors and safety glasses are suggested. Close-toes shoes are required.

Lab Fee: $85.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$250
Prerequisites: Some experience working with silver

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