Learn how to form, fabricate, solder, set-stones and more in our 4 wk Metal + Glass course. Metal + Glass courses are offered afternoons and evenings Monday & Wednesday. Ring band & Wedding band workshops, Lost wax casting silver, alloys, etc. Please see below for our current schedule.
METAL + GLASS 4wk: Monday & Wednesday evenings – Learn basic Goldsmithing. 6:30-9:30pm Next course starts-up Monday August 28th (Fall dates below) $275pp (deposit of $137.50 to reserve seat)
evening #1: First evening: working with copper: safety, drilling, sawing. Adding textures.
evening #2: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.)
evening #3: Working with wax create pieces w/the lost wax technique- to be cast in Sterling silver or bronze/brass.
evening #4: Finishing wax projects, Cuttlefish casting (lo-tech) in house.
evening #5: Kilnworked glass. Fuse several glass pieces (buckle, pendant, cabochon for setting later!).
evening #6: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings.
evening #7: Bezel settings cabochon stones or fossils or crystals, or an enamelled or Fused glass piece.
evening #8: Finish up projects
No experience necessary!
Copper, wax, glass, and some sterling silver are supplied*. A list of local suppliers is included. Questions concerning this course? Please see our FAQ’s
What is included:
Approx 3″ x 3″ piece of 16 to 18 gauge copper & *16 ga Sterling silver sheet & wire/15 gr casting grain
Sterling silver for 1 ring band, approx 60mm in length and 1.5mm thick (6mm wide)
1 dozen 3/0 saw blades, *1 gross selection of Jeweller’s saw blades
Glass powders/Frit & sheet for Fusing *Approximately 1kg of Lead crystal towards a lost wax casting.
Bezel wire for 1 setting
Use of tools & equipment *Bench pin and saw frame to take home
Students are encouraged to supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc. However there is a small selection of stones for students to choose from.
August 28th OR October 2nd 6:30-9:30pm (deposit of $137.50 to reserve seat) Please leave a Paypal note concerning the start date you prefer, or email the studio.
Optional Lab Fee (includes items above with *): $125
Lost wax casting course- sculpt wax, make moulds, cast your objects in Sterling silver* 4 weeks Tuesday & Thursday evenings starting August 22nd 6:30-9:30pm $550pp No experience necessary! 6 student max. Deposit of $275 to reserve seat **payment plans are available (contact the studio for details)
In this course students carve/sculpt jeweller’s wax making a ring or a pendant that will be cast in Sterling silver. Burn out casting will be discussed, and low-tech casting methods will be discussed and demonstrated.
Students will learn how to make moulds for wax injection/production work. Casting stones in place, such as: diamonds, sapphires, meteorites and certain lab grown stones will be discussed/demonstrated.
The first evening starts with an introduction to various jeweller’s wax, carving tools, subtractive and additive sculpting. Students then discuss their design ideas and begin to carve/sculpt their pieces to be cast.
The second evening discusses how to cast organic materials; bone, shell, or wood
Each evening covers a different part of the Lost Wax process into finishing work to a high polish or brushed finish as well as working with patinas.
Various wax for carving and sculpting
Silicone kits for mould making
spiral saw blades
2 ounces of Sterling silver
*students wishing to cast in gold will be given supplier information.
Casting organic materials will be discussed. Some items may be ‘burnt out’ within a casting flask, while others require moulds to be made. Casting various stones in place is discussed and some stones will be available for students to experiment with.
Lo-tech casting using Cuttlefish bone as a mould material. Students will be casting with sterling silver or recycling gold* Carving with simple tools, fixing the mould, pouring and cleaning/finishing their pieces. Rings can be made, pendants, charms. Sterling silver is supplied *gold students bring in jewellery they no longer wear and would like to turn into something new!
Sterling silver Ring band workshops taking place Saturday, Sept 9th $88pp
Learn how to properly measure your finger(s), layout your pattern and hand cut, form, forge a sterling silver ring band! Demonstrations on adding textures via hammers, stamping tools, and Rolling Mill add inspiration. Finishing techniques; brush, satin, rustic and high mirror polish and leave the workshop with a beautiful sterling silver ring or set of 3 thin stacking rings*!
Participants learn how to hand saw, add texture, form, solder and finish their rings in this super fun workshop! All materials included. Sterling silver for 1 wide band ring or sterling silver for 3 stacking rings, or a combination of sterling copper and bronze for stacking rings.
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