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Iris Rogers Melamed

iris_photo-for-profile-bio-300wIris began beading about 15 years ago. From there she moved on to chainmaille, wire work, metal clay and ultimately metal work. She is constantly looking for new opportunities to learn more about working with metal to share with her students. Iris has studied with Michael David Sturlin giving her a great foundation in technique and design. She continues to develop her own skills by studying with renowned metalsmiths and jewelers including Susan Lenart Kazmer, Tim McCreight, Pauline Warg, and Cynthia Eid.

Inspired by nature, colours of stones and the malleability of metals, Iris actively records ideas to use in her class.

Iris’ advice to others? “I have two favourite saying that continue to inspire me: ‘Success is the? ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm’ (Winston Churchill), and ‘You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.’ (Maya Angelou).”

Upcoming Events

February 2019
Cdn $70.00 +Kit fee: $35 + HST, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Hot Connections 1: Intro to Soldering

February 9 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Iris Rogers Melamed

Course outline: Learning to solder silver is your gateway into the world of fine metalwork. In this class with instructor Iris Rogers Melamed you will learn how to solder circles of heavy gauge silver wire and transform them into earrings and stacking rings. We will begin with an overview of soldering tools, materials and techniques. Then we will fuel and fire up our butane torches and learn how to solder jump rings. Next we will discover how to create earrings…

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Cdn $90.00 +Kit fee: $50 - $100 depending on the kit chosen, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Hot Connections: Rolling and Wavy Bangles

February 23 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Iris Rogers Melamed

Course outline: You can never have too many bangles, and if you do, you can give them away as presents! In this class with instructor Iris Rogers Melamed we will learn how to make two sets of bangles: a set of three interlocking rolling bangles and a set of three wavy bangles. The interlocking bangles require a four-step process - solder, anneal, saw, solder so there will be lots of soldering practice. The wavy bangles involve some heavy forging on…

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March 2019
Cdn $90.00 +Kit fee: $55 + HST, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Hot Connections: Spinner Ring

March 9 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Iris Rogers Melamed

Course outline: Take your soldering and metalworking skills up a notch! Starting with a strip of sterling silver sheet, we will design a wide band ring that is flared at the edges to contain a moving wire ring. At each stage of this project we will explore the technical skills required for the successful completion of this ring. Skill level: Advanced beginner Prerequisite: Hot Connections 1 or experience soldering with a micro torch and using a jeweller's saw. Technique: Working…

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How to Register:

  • You may register on-line through the form above, or by phone at (416) 751-1911, or in-person at our store.
  • Payment is required in advance for registration and may be done on-line at the time of registration or in-person at the store.
  • Some classes have associated kit fees, please check class details to see where applicable. Some kit fees are payable to the store, some to the instructor and may be cash only in that case.
  • For some studio classes, those using fire-breathing torches and fast spinny things a waiver must be signed acknowledging you have experience or training in their use, and we will ensure you have training to work safely!
  • Some classes have age requirements. Students MUST be mature and responsible to work safely to be allowed to take some of our lampworking, soldering, fusing, and some metalsmithing classes.

Class Cancellation Policy:

  • If you need to cancel, please let us know 5 days prior to the class. Cancellations made later than that will forfeit the class deposit or fee.
  • We may re-schedule or cancel classes if we do not receive the minimum number of bookings, or in case of bad weather or instructor illness. In this case, you will be notified and the fees will be refunded or issued as store credit.