Turtle Tab Setting a Cabochon or Flat Back Crystal or Flat Bead

Course outline: Here is an opportunity to create a pendant for your favourite cabochon or flat stone bead! With guidance from Liz Kennedy, you’ll set your cabochon in copper sheet or stainless sheet metal using tabs which have been cut using shears. Using various stamps, hammers and home-made stamps, you’ll texture the metal, adding strength to your pendant. Finally, a self-bail will be made and you can choose to add a patina to emphasize the textural details. You’ll create your own design and can make your piece as large or as small as you wish. This is a great project …

Mokume Gane – Woodgrain Patterns in Mixed Metals

Course outline: Mokume Gane is a Japanese term used to describe mixed-metal sheet that imitates the look of wood grain. In this class you will learn how to use pre-made copper and brass metal billets (fused stacks of layered metals) to create a customized sheet of woodgrain patterned metal. The patterned metal will then be used to create a simple domed pendant, or seamless ring. The class fee includes a 1″x 1″ piece of 14ga copper/brass modkume billet to pattern. The instructor will bring in some Baldwin’s patina solution and demonstrate its use. This patina darkens some metals but leaves …

Easy Gemstone Stacking Rings

Course outline: In this class with Christine Woollacott, students will make simple and stylish sterling silver stacking rings with colourful gemstone accents. The class will focus on simple tricks for making rings with sterling silver wire, and will go over the basics of stone setting using pre-formed fine silver bezels. The class will go over texturing and finishing techniques such as how to achieve a high polish, hammer texture, or satin finish to the ring. This is an excellent course for people who are interested in taking the first step in learning how to bezel set gemstones. Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate …

Fold Formed Leaf Pendant

Course outline: Instructor Liz Kennedy will introduce you to fold forming sheet metal and various commonly used metalwork techniques. Shears will be used to cut the leaf shape you design. You will be hammering the sheet metal to form curves and texture. You will anneal the piece, using a torch. You will trim file and buff the piece. If desired a patina can be applied as well as a bead embellishment. You can make this project as large or small as you like. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: An introduction to …