Vickie  Prillaman

Vickie Prillaman has attended workshops with many wellknown artists, has completed an apprenticeship with a German goldsmith, her knowledge of design is shared with her students. She began teaching in 1995 and joined the William Holland team in 1997. Vickie also cuts and uses her own stones in combination with gold and silver to design and create her unique jewelry. Vickie is a member of several jeweler and gem associations, and past Vice President and President. Contact me with any questions, uneekjewelry@gmail.com or 770-265-7879

Class List

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Silver I - Argentium - Vickie Prillaman
Have you been curious about this metal called Argentium? Come and find out! This class will cover the basics of working with Argentium and fine silver sheet, wire, and setting stones. Proper use of tools will be discussed. We will discuss and practice sawing, filing, soldering, and polishing. Students will make a ring with a cabochon stone setting, a pendant with a stone setting and a bracelet. Kits are provided. Depending on the students abilities, they may have time to make more items. This class is open to beginners and those who may need to refresh their skills. You may bring your own tools if you have them. An Optivisor and apron are highly recommended. You should bring a pair of safety glasses. Closed toe shoes are mandatory! Lab fee covers cost of handouts, flux, solder, saw blades, and the use of other accessories needed to complete the projects and many of the essentials that are different and required for working with Argentium. Please be aware Argentium costs slightly more than Silver. Stones and some tools will be available for purchase.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $185-$250
Prerequisites: None

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Silver II - Fused Textures - Vickie Prillaman
This class we will be working with sterling silver sheet and wires. You will learn how to shape and fold the metal and then how to fuse the sheet and or flat and round wires using a charcoal block and Batterns flux to create even more textures and how you can get different results from fusing with and without flux. You will learn how to roll print the metal before fusing and the different patterns resulting from all of this. How you can change the results of the fusing by rolling the metal through the mill, with and without texture templates. You will have several projects to make from the fused metal: rings, bracelets, earrings or pendants. You will decide what you want to make from your fused metal sheets. I will have the silver you will need for this class in kits. The lab fee covers handouts, solder, flux, saw blades and the use of brass templates for the rolling mill and other accessories needed for this class. I will have charcoal blocks available for sale in class.

Lab Fee: $120.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $180-$250
Prerequisites: Good soldering skills and a vivid imagination

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Silver II - Reticulation, Granulation - Vickie Prillaman
Reticulation, Granulation, and Tube Setting
We will reticulate sterling silver and reticulation silver. We will discuss the different results and why. We will make our own granules using fine silver wire and fuse them to the reticulated silver creating some unplanned and planned designs. We will also make sterling silver granules and fuse them to sterling silver, covering the differences between the techniques. We will make our own setting tool to set 3mm stones. We will incorporate tube settings onto the reticulated metals and learn how to set the 3mm stones into the tubing. Lab fee covers cost of handouts, flux, solder, saw blades, and the use of other accessories needed to complete the projects, also a section of brass rod to make the setting tool and a 3mm stone.

Lab Fee: $120.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $190-$270
Prerequisites: Torch control skills

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Silver II - Settings in Argentium - Vickie Prillaman
Have you been curious about this metal called Argentium? Come and find out! This class will cover what it is and what is so fascinating. We will use wire and sheet to make various settings for either faceted or cabochon stones, enameled pieces or other items that may be difficult to set with standard settings. You may also make rings, pendants, etc., to use the settings for completed items. Lab fee covers cost of handouts, flux, solder, saw blades, and the use of other accessories needed to complete the projects and many of the essentials that are different and required for working with Argentium. Stones and some tools will be available for purchase.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150+
Prerequisites: Silver I

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