This is a 6 week class on cutting cabochons. The following general topics will be covered in the class: marking and trimming a rock slab, shaping the stone on a grinding wheel, doming the top of the stone, smoothing the stone, and polishing the stone to a high gloss. We cover several different shapes and the Theories of how to work them. Students will also be taught the proper operation and care of a trim saw and a cabbing machine. Contact Gerri Lundergan for availability.
This is an introductory class on cutting faceted gemstones (transparent stones similar in appearance to diamonds). This class will consist of cutting a standard round brilliant stone. The following general topics will be covered in the class: choosing rough material, stone doping, meet point faceting system, facet cutting, transferring stones, and facet polishing. Students will also be taught the proper operation and care of a faceting machine. Each student will complete a minimum of 1 stone. . Contact Tom Dershem for availability.
Intarsia is the process of starting from the inside and working to the outside. This can be done in any number of materials. In this class, we use stone, glass, and man-made composite. The finished product looks like little pictures with frames around them. Because we have one intarsia machine, there can only be 1 student at a time. All classes are by appointment only. You need to be competent in cabbing skills plus, understand the care and safety of machine use. MUST take Beginning Lapidary. This class can only meet on days when the lapidary shop is open. Materials cost varies.
Must have taken Beginning Cabochons prior to taking this class.
Contact Christy Gorrow for availability.
Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese technique where you braid many small cords or fibers together to make a thicker, stronger cord. Recently this technique has become very popular by adding beads to the cords. It makes beautiful cords for necklaces and bracelets. You can weave in or add a focal on a slide. Beginners will learn the basics and then work into creating patterns with different bead colors and shapes. Class fees are per 2 ½ hour sessions and students will need a disk and 8 bobbins which can be purchased from the teacher. Students will be given a list of places where they can purchase their own beads if needed. Contact Christy Gorrow to inquire about available space and dates.
Solidify your jewelry making skills by learning to solder copper, brass and silver into industrial chic adornments in Metalsmithing. This course guides you through the detailed properties of jewelry making metals, soldering safety and four unique metalsmithing projects. Whether you want to create curvy copper earrings or chunky silver stack rings, you’ll walk away knowing how to manipulate your metals with heat, a wide variety of tools and fun finishing techniques. Fire up your micro torch today and enroll in Metalsmithing. Contact Lisa Miller to inquire about available space and dates.
This course is designed to introduce you to that amazing world of precious metal clay. We will cover the basics and beyond! You’ll learn the tools you’ll need, different types of metal clays, kiln and torch firing. How to texture, stamp, mold and shape that metal clay the way you want. You will also learn how to layer the metal clay and create dimensional pieces. Caring and storing your clay. How to re-hydrate your clay when it dries out and much, much more! We will create earrings, charms and pendants.
Viking knit is a method of weaving with fine wire to approximate the look of a knitted chain. This class is by appointment only. It takes approximately 2, 2-hour sessions. The technique can be learned in about 2 hours; you would take it home and complete the weaving to use up the remainder of your wire or to about three-quarters of the finished length you desire. The second session would consist of pulling the woven rope through a draw plate to reduce it to a diameter that you would like. Please contact Christy Gorrow to arrange a class.
This is an introductory class on jewelry fabrication with sterling silver sheet and wire. The class teaches the basic fabrication of a bezel cup, a wire shank, assembly of the ring, and setting of a cabochon type stone. Students will also be taught the proper operation and safety of a torches, tools, and polishing equipment. Each student will complete a ring and a second piece of their choice. Contact Lisa Miller to inquire about available space and dates.
This is an introductory class on opal cutting. The following general topics will be covered in the class: recognizing the different types of opal fire, selecting opal rough, determining the shape of an opal, selecting the top of the opal, exposing the fire in a “patch and color” opal, cutting without over cutting, polishing the opal. Students will also be taught the proper operation and care of a cabbing machine. Each student will complete a minimum of 2 stones.
We offer monthly workshops on various Advanced Subjects to include - Hearts, Doublets, Basic Stabilizing, Calibrated Shapes, Opals to name a few.
We offer these one on one and in small workshops
Contact Gerri Lundergan
We offer open shop hours for $5 per hour to work on your own.
Must have completed Beginning Cabochons or demonstrated cabbing ability.
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Barbara Rivolta is planning classes for 2022. Contact her for more info
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