Sand Cast Rings with visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius

Course outline: Learn this low tech way to cast your very own solid rings without the use of big equipment. Learn how to cast shapes that would otherwise be hard to make in a home studio and embellish with a a set gemstone. In addition we will play with texture to create flat ring shanks to be formed into rings once cast. Skill level: All level Prerequisite: Some soldering and metalwork will be helpful but not required. Technique: Sand casting, metalwork including gem setting and soldering Bring to class: Cabochon or rose-cut gemstone Sterling Silver scrap (15 – 20 grams) …

Jeweled Connections with visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius

Course outline: Make an anticlastic necklace using basic silversmithing tools and learn how to attach your favorite gemstone beads using pin connections and a torch. Skill levels: All levels Prerequisite: Some soldering and metalwork will be helpful but not required. Technique: Anticlastic hammering techniques, soldering, pin connections, and patinas. Bring to class: Sterling silver sheet, 20ga; 1.5cm wide x 4.5″ long Sterling silver round wire, 26ga, 10′ in length Sterling silver tubing, 9mm diameter, 5mm in length 9″ strand of 3-4mm gemstone beads (instructor’s preference: faceted rondelles) Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for …

Spinner Rings with visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius

Course outline: Make your very own personalized sterling silver spinner ring, also known as a meditation or worry ring. Learn how to give this ring some personality by flaring the edge, adding color or creating little torn decorations. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Some soldering and metalwork will be helpful but not required. Technique: Metalwork including soldering, forging and texturing Bring to class: Sterling silver sheet in 18ga or 20ga sufficient length for a ring. You can trim to a desired width. Sterling silver round wire, 20ga, approximately 5″ in length. You can also create spinners using copper and brass …

Flush Set Pebble Rings with visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius

Course outline: Stacking rings are all the rage! Complete a set of three for yourself with the centre ring set with faceted gemstone using the flush/gypsy-set method. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Some soldering and metalwork will be helpful but not required. Technique: Metalwork, stone setting, soldering Bring to class: 14ga round sterling wire, sufficient length for a ring Scrap sterling silver 3mm Faceted gemstone (synthetic stones are fine) Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your personal use only. Please respect the intellectual property of our artists/instructors by not sharing, selling, or teaching …

Seed Beading Boot Camp: Finishing Touches

Course outline: You love seed beading! Right-angle weave, spiral rope, loom work, St. Petersburg chain, peyote – you name it, you’re doing it! Problem is – you’re not sure how to attach a clasp or which kind of a clasp will work best. Bring your ready-to-finish projects to this technique-based class with Pamela Kearns and, together, we’ll troubleshoot finishing options (there is always more than one way to finish a project) and what style of clasp will work for the project and your needs. The instructor will do her best to support finishing options in all seed beading techniques. The …

Bezel Setting Rounded Cabochons (2 days)

Course outline: In this class with Christine Woollacott, students will create simple jewellery decorated with sterling silver settings to showcase a favourite cabochon. Students will be introduced to using a jewellers saw-frame, silver soldering, bezel setting, and metal polishing techniques. Students will use fine silver bezel wire to form a custom-shaped bezel for a cabochon of their choice. Cabochons should not be larger than 40mm in diameter, and should have no corners. This course is suitable for learning to set cabochons made from gemstone, glass, or enamel. This is a two-day class and will take place Saturday, July 20, 9:30am …

Jewellery Making 101

Course outline: Do you want to create jewellery for yourself but have no idea where to start? Join Pamela Kearns for this ‘newbie’ course and discover just how easy creating jewellery can be. Participants will be able to create up to three of pairs of earrings and a bracelet. You’ll learn how to use headpins, open and close jump rings, create wrapped and simple loops, and discover how to use crimps. You’ll also learn about what tools you’ll need to start with and which ones you might want later. This class will feature lots of demos and personal interaction. This …

Beaded Byzantine Chainmaille Bracelet

Course outline: Beads add colour and texture to this classic Byzantine chainmaille bracelet. This project is easy enough for a chainmaille beginner, but will also interest experienced maillers who want to try using beads. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: Your choice of size 6/0 seed beads (may be purchased in the store). If you have your own flat nosed pliers (2 pairs are required) please bring them, but tools will also be available in class. Bring magnification if you need it. Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your …

Beaded JPL Chainmaille Bracelet

Course outline: Here’s a new spin on a classic chainmaille weave, JPL (Jens Pind Linkage). Seed beads fit snugly into the three corners of this chain, making a triangular cross-section, like a Toblerone bar. Very fun! This is not a class for beginners. It will be easier if you already know JPL weave, but this is not essential (I will teach you). Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Some chainmaille experience. Knowledge of JPL weave is a plus. Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: Your choice of size 6/0 seed beads (may be purchased in the store). If you have your own flat …

Wire Wrapped Pendant with Swarovski

Course outline: Take your wire wrapping skills to the next level! Under Lucie Lee‘s guidance, you will learn how to make a pendant using wire wrapped technique. By the end of the class, you will have a beautiful pendant with Swarovski dangles. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Must know the basics of wire wrapping. Technique: Wire wrapping, wire weaving Bring to class: One small Swarovski pendant 20 gauge round wire, dead soft, in your choice of colour 26 gauge round wire, dead soft, in your choice of colour One jumpring (7mm or 9mm to fit the pendant) Of special note: the …