Kim  St. Jean

Following ten years as a public school teacher, Kim combined her love of teaching with her creative talents and began teaching jewelry classes. Mostly self-taught, Kim now has been teaching jewelry classes for 19 years. She is an award winning instructor, author and jewelry designer. Kim has been published in numerous magazines and books. She has appeared on several beading/craft television programs and has written three books Mixed Metal Mania, Metal Magic, and Colorful Wirework Jewelry. Kim was elected one of the Top Ten Instructors in the country by the attendees of the prestigious Bead & Button show. She now has 36 instructional videos available and numerous how to videos on YouTube. Her husband Norm has learned through osmosis and assists Kim wherever they may be teaching.

Class List

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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 - 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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Silver I- Soldering Trifecta - Kim St. Jean
Sheet, wire or paste.... Chip, Stick or Pick... Hard, Medium or Easy. All winners in the case of successful silver soldering, but which one do you use? Well all 3! In this class I will discuss and demonstrate the different types of solder, their application and their uses. You will be given the opportunity to experiment with all, being given constructive instruction and guidance while making sterling silver chain, bezel pendant, prong pendant and ring. After this class you will leave with a better understanding of silver solder, it's use and it's function so that you will be ready for any task or class instructors preference you encounter. The lab fee includes the first project as well as all consumables.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00-$300.00
Prerequisites: None

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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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