This beginner / intermediate class is interesting for those who want to learn how to make jewelry from metal sheet and wire. You will learn how to use basic hand tools (pliers, hammer, saw, files etc) and power tools (flex shaft, torch etc) with which we make several pieces of jewelry. You will learn about metals, stones, settings, chain making and other techniques.The goal is to make you feel comfortable using all the tools mentioned above, and to be able to design and fabricate your own ideas. Edith will teach you to bring out your creative side, she will inspire you and show you how to translate an idea into a piece of wearable art. Projects are:
- Dangling Earrings
- Chain Maille Bracelet
- Textured Pendant
Beginning with the summer session, a new “rule” applied to the beginning student class: you have to pay $50 and that includes:
1. the beginner package that I’ll hand out on the first day of class (flux, 4 different solder wires, saw blades, variety of sandpapers)
2. all materials that we use during the first class. Materials will be brass, copper, scrap silver, jump rings, wires, bits and pieces etc.
If you have basic hand tools at home, bring them to class (flat nose plier, round nose plier, chain nose plier, wire cutter, jewelry hammer / chasing hammer, jewelry saw & sawblades, bench pin, needlefiles).
Additional materials and tools can be purchased through my business account.
And if you get the jewelry bug and need to buy tools for setting up a workspace at home, I can recommend a good starter set that carries you through a lot of projects. I also have most of them for purchase at the art center. Those basic tool kit includes a chasing hammer, mini anvil, saw frame, 4-piece plier set, needle file, bench pin. The whole set is currently $135.
Fees and Registration:
All the above classes and workshops are organized by the Palo Alto Art Center; you have to register and pay there! Space is limited, so please register in time for a fun filled, rewarding experience!
Where and When:
Email Fanny Retsek at the Palo Alto Art Center