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 …

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 …

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 …

Slow down Summer with a class

Are you feeling a little rushed? Are you thinking that summer is half over and September routines are creeping back into your thoughts? Don’t worry about the future (it will be here soon enough without borrowing time from it) and live in the here and now. Mindfulness is the practise of being present in what you are doing – whether doing chores, dining or learning. It is single-tasking. Classes are one way to help you clear your mind of other priorities and allow you to focus on yourself and learning a new skill. Our late-July classes feature four terrific opportunities …

Finishing dilemma! Now what do I do to fix this?

Do you question your own creative ideas? Do your components overwhelm you with a finishing dilemma? Its natural! All your components really need is time, and a little haphazard fondling! Take my flame enamelled beads, for example (finished in Ann Shewan’s-Painting with Fire workshop last Sunday). I made a whole wack of them, but now what do I do? Is it too early to consider them a finishing dilemma? Perhaps, but I do have a few preliminary ideas. The majority of the beads are in my favourite blue/green (with a little raspberry thrown in for good measure) colour scheme. I …

What’s on my bead mat? May edition!

I just realized that I’m cheating a little, because I didn’t actually take photos of the pieces on my bead mat. I forgot!!! It doesn’t matter, because each has been on said bead mat, at least once during the month. You wouldn’t want to see it right now, because it’s very messy, full of beads, and just waiting for me to either cram them back into their tubes, or get frustrated and mix up some bead soup! You know how it goes!! You’ll notice that while the purple doll is still naked, I’ve actually made progress on my green one, …

Join us for a class with metalwork artist Robyn Cornelius

We are proud to present four classes with metal artist and instructor Robyn Cornelius! Robyn owns and operates Little Rock Jewellery Studio in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is an explorer of materials and techniques, and describes her jewellery as sculptural and colourful, with clever mechanics and rustic finishes. She has a degree in Jewellery and Metals from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Robyn as the ability to break what seems to be the most complicated project into workable steps that all can understand. I’ve had the opportunity to take two classes with Robyn at the Bead & Button …