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Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Viking Knit Wire Working from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Instructor: Patty Pulliam  Click here to learn about Patty

Use simple tools to make a complex-looking chain with an ancient technique thought to be invented by the Vikings. In this class you will learn the single and double-weave techniques as well as how to finish the chain into a unique bracelet. Walk out of class with a unique piece of jewelry perfect for yourself or giving as a gift.

Class fee includes copper wire (upgrade to silver for an additional fee) and a dowel/tool. Bring your wire-working pliers if you have them. (Chain nose, round nose, flat nose, and flush cutters.) Tools are available for use during class. Shop our "bead store drawers" for end caps, clasps, and beads to finish your bracelet. This is a perfect accompaniment to lampwork glass beads, so bring yours or purchase some in our Design Center.

Additional metal, tools and supplies available for retail purchasing in the Design Center.

 

 

Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Copper Etching and Novice Level Jewelry Art/Designing from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Instructor: Shannon Haug  Click here to Learn about Shannon

Your ideas, your designs, etched on copper, using a resist and acid bath. Draw your own designs by hand or bring stamps (ink pad type) to experiment with different images. Fabricate your etched copper pieces into fabulous jewelry. We will also work on making hand made French ear wires, and "s" hook clasps, with no soldering involved. Team up your copper work with semi precious stone or glass beads (bring your stash or purchase from ours). Possibilities for finished work include bracelet & earrings... perhaps even a pendant or two. Be as creative as you like!! If you've taken one or more of our metal smith classes, please bring your files and a selection of plier tools (round nose, chain nose, flat nose, cutters) with a band of color to identify your tools at a glance.

(It is helpful to know how to do wire wrapped loops and jump ring making, but not necessary.)

 

 

Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Cold Connections 1 - Rivets and Links from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Instructor: Shannon Haug  Click here to Learn about Shannon

Create 3-D jewelry without soldering! You will construct a pair of earrings -- possibly a pendant, too if time allows -- by making headpins with a mini torch. The headpins will be used to rivet different layers of metal together. We will explore the use of wire for connections also. Techniques that will be covered in this class will include creating headpins and basic riveting, with some essential wire wrapping, metal forging, shaping and filing. Everyone will walk away with a completed piece and the ability to create unique and professional jewelry at home. 

Please bring any tin snips, jewelers saws, files and other tools you may have for the completion of the jewelry created in this class. If you want to incorporate etched copper into your design, bring your pre-etched copper sheet from the Copper Etching class. 

Wire and metal for earrings provided in the class fee. Tools available for beginners to use during class. If you have your own tools, please bring them.

Additional metal, tools and supplies available for retail purchasing in the Design Center.

 

 

 

Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Cold Connections 2 - Linked Bracelets from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

 

Instructor: Shannon Haug  Click here to Learn about Shannon

Make an artistic linked bracelet using only cold connections - no soldering needed! Design, fabrication, stamping and texturing metal will be explored  while creating your one-of-a-kind bracelet. We will also touch on patinas and polishing to give your piece the finishing touch. If you want to incorporate etched copper into your design, bring your pre-etched copper sheet from the Copper Etching class.  

Cold Connections 1 ~ Rivets & Links or equivalent knowledge is required prior to this class. Knowledge of wire wrapping is helpful. Please bring files, pliers & your other favorite tools with you (please paint your tools with a stripe of your color nail polish for easy identification in classes). Copper sheet for your bracelet provided through class fee. Other metals available for an additional fee.

Additional Metal Smith tools, metal stock and supplies available for retail purchase through our Design Center.

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Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Silver Chain Making for Beginners from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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This class will introduce entry level students to four different basic link making techniques and connection methods for chain designing. Students will create one sample link from each style of chain presented by instructor, and then go on to choose one style to continue on with the creation of their own professionally finished bracelet complete with clasp. Students will use Design Center tools... but should feel free to bring their tool box if they've already started a collection. Students choosing the beaded chain style (as shown in bracelet style #1) should bring a small collection of beads to class (or purchase from the Design Center). Students may opt to make a necklace by purchasing additional materials.

Miscellaneous beads and findings are available in our "bead store drawers".

Consider taking the Steampunk Bracelet class to build your jewelry making skills!

 

 

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Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Silver Steampunk Bracelet from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Instructor: Venus Cramer   Click here to Learn about Venus

Bring all you old charms, gears, cogs, components, watch parts and any other miscellaneous items that you think would make cool jewelry! Lets build on our jewelry design skills started in our Chainmaking class by designing together "Steampunk" style. (Or bring a premade chain bracelet to work with.) Come and learn about the Steampunk movement and get inspired in a new way. You will create a charm bracelet, learn how to oxidize/antique metal, learn how to wire wrap and make 2 charms, 1 with words and 1 key shape.

Materials list will be provided. Miscellaneous beads and findings are available in our "bead store drawers".

Students will need to bring a silver chain bracelet, or consider taking the Chainmaking class first to make your own!

 

 

Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Silver Rings from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Instructor: Venus Cramer     Click here to Learn about Venus

In this beginner level, cold metal work class, students will learn about different silver materials suitable for ring making,  how to manipulate and texture sterling silver sheet and the skills needed to work with various gauges of wire. Students will complete 3 to 4 projects during class time and wear them home the same day! One project involves cutting, texturing, filing, sanding, shaping silver sheet to make a “Split Shank Ring”. Another project involves bending a thicker (14 or 16 gauge) wire to create one or two “Swirl Rings”. Finally we will work with a 20 gauge wire and one bead (great to showcase your own lampwork beads) and wind it into a “Wire Wrap Ring with focal bead”. Since this is an introductory class, students can simply bring a pen and pad for note taking. Metalworking tools may be purchased from the design center the day of class, if desired.

 

Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Metals 1 with Venus from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Instructor: Venus Cramer     Click here to Learn about Venus

In this beginner level class, students will learn the basics of how to design and create one-of-a-kind jewelry with sterling silver. Students are encouraged to use their creative ideas while making these unique pieces. Techniques of surface texturing, cutting, filing, soldering (including proper torch control and how to work with the three types of solder), and finishing & polishing will be covered. Students will explore surface textures while completing three stackable band rings and perfect their soldering techniques while assembling a multi-layered pendant.

 

 

Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Metalsmith 2 with Venus from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Instructor: Venus Cramer     Click here to Learn about Venus

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Expand on the skills you learned in Metalsmith 1 by learning how to bezel set a cabochon. Students will choose to create either a pendant or a ring. Designing the piece, measuring your cabochon, shaping the bezel to fit, soldering, and final finishing will be covered in this one-day workshop. 

Students are encouraged to bring their own dime- to quarter-sized stone or fused glass cabochons. (Take our Glass Fusing class to make your own fused glass cabs!) Some assorted stone cabochons will be available for purchase in the Design Center. ($15-20 price range.) Additional silver, solder, tools and supplies available for retail purchasing in the Design Center.

Prerequisite: Metals 1 or equivalent experience.

 

Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Metal Clay Techniques (PMC/Art Clay Silver): Introduction to Silver Clay Jewelry Designing from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Instructor: Patricia Weikersheimer

Make durable jewelry in fine (.999) silver — from start to finish — in this one-day introductory class. Silver metal clay* is a great medium for those who want to make jewelry without investing in expensive bench tools or using an arsenal of chemicals. This forgiving medium is also perfect for those who have arthritis or other conditions that make standard metalworking difficult.

Learn how to work with metal clay at various stages—from “wet” to “bone dry” — taking advantage of the clay’s characteristics at each stage. You’ll learn rolling, slab making, stamping/texturing, cutting, edge finishing, forming/shaping, embedding fine silver wire, carving, and finishing. You’ll also learn optimal firing techniques and postfiring finishing techniques, including work hardening for strength and polishing to achieve various lusters (from satin to mirror finish). Finally, you’ll learn how to use liver of sulfur to achieve various patina effects.

With 16 g of metal clay, you can make multiple pieces, from pendants to earrings to charms. The class fee includes silver clay (16 g of PMC3), a bit of fine silver wire (for embedding), and the use of classroom silver clay paste and syringe. The fee also includes a metal clay tool kit to keep and instructional handouts.

*Silver metal clay is composed of fine silver microparticles suspended in water and an organic binder. The “clay” is formed, dried, refined, and fired at high temperatures during which the binder burns off and the silver sinters, resulting in a piece that is .999 (fine) silver.

 

 

Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Chainmaille Byzantine Link Bracelet from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Instructor:  Patty Pulliam

Create your own Byzantine weave bracelet (a chainmaille technique). Using ancient techniques, students will learn how to link sterling silver (or copper) rings together to form their own high end bracelet. Materials and tools to use during class will be provided. Bring a few coordinating lampwork or other beads to use as accents. The technique may be expanded for necklaces (more materials needed) or minimized for use in earrings.

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Sterling Silver Materials: $60 (price may vary due to changes in the silver market)
Copper Materials: $15

 

 

Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Enameling / Beginner Basics from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

 

Instructor: Georgia Philippe   Click here to learn about Georgia

Learn the basics of cloisonné enameling in this one day class. Students will learn how enameling is done, what materials are used, techniques and tricks, and best of all, you’ll leave the class with at least two enamels, more if you have time.

The class will consist of dry enamels and silver blanks (provided through class fee), students own design work (patterns are available, do not be worried if you can’t ‘draw’) by bending pure silver wire. Students will learn how to prepare the  blanks to accept enamel and how to lay on the cloisonné wire. Students will do the firing (after instruction) and go on to select enamel colors and learn how to apply them. Each piece takes from 10 to 20 layers of enamel before finishing to achieve depth of color and richness of finish. After students have completed the enameling phase, they will learn how to grind the pieces down and return them to the kiln for beautiful finish. Kiln safety will be included. Bring magnifying eyeglasses if you need for detail work.

Setting will be discussed (consider taking our Metal Smith Series) but this class will be intensive and exclusively enameling.

Come prepared to make beautiful ART! After your class, Studio/Kiln time is available at TLD for those who do not own a kiln. Wear comfortable cotton clothing to class.

Silver blanks and additional enamel powder will be available for purchase for those who wish to take their skills to the next level.

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Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Chainmaille Barrel Weave Bracelet from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Instructor:  Patty Pulliam

Never tried chainmaille before? Are you intimidated and think it's too difficult? Then this is the project to start with. Students will learn how to use an ancient technique to link metal rings together to form a bracelet. This simple weave works up quickly. Materials and tools to use during class will be provided. The technique may be expanded for necklaces (more materials needed) or minimized for use in earrings.

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Sterling Silver Materials: $60
Copper Materials: $15

 

 

Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Metal Clay Techniques (PMC/Art Clay Silver): Capturing Low Relief Textures (even Textiles!) in Metal Clay from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

 

Instructor:  Patricia Weikersheimer       Click here to learn about Patricia 

Learn the basics of working with fine silver metal clay* while learning how to capture textures in a quick-curing compound to make reusable molds. The class is beginner level, but those who've worked with metal clay will stretch their skills by learning how to capture and incorporate texture in their work. You will create a pendant and/or pair of earrings using your new one-of-a-kind, low-relief texture. Textures may be natural (a leaf or a shell, for example) or one of your own works (such as a copper etching, peyote-stitched bracelet, or a woven textile).

Students will learn how to capture maximum detail with molding compound; how to use the mold to texture metal clay; how to consider options for form; how to work with metal clay in the wet, leather hard, and bone dry stages; how to fire silver clay in a kiln for maximum strength and durability; how to work harden finished pieces for further durability; and how to patinate and finish fired pieces to best reveal their textures. Metal clay is a delightful way to “pull and repurpose” textures you've already made -- or have found -- to create one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Various finishing methods will be demonstrated and available for student use. The class fee includes an 18 gram silver clay packet, mold-making compound, and the use of silver clay paste, silver clay syringe and patina solution during class. Students should bring a number of compelling “flattish” textures; the instructor will have a number of additional possibilities on hand. Beware: after this class, your world -- from the tread on your tires to the Savoy cabbage in the grocery aisle -- will become a carnival of textures.

*Silver clay is a combination of silver microparticles, water, and an organic binder. The “clay” is formed, dried, refined, and fired at high temperatures during which the binder burns off and the silver sinters, resulting in a piece that is .999 (fine) silver.

Date: (please call 630-963-9573 or email if interested in this class)

 

 

Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Metalsmith / Bead Capping and Lining from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

Instructor: Patty Pulliam      Click here to learn about Patty

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A beginner level class (no prior metal experience needed) in the technique of capping beads which is geared toward lampworkers but anyone with special beads can join in this class. Students will complete 1 to 2 simple capped beads and go on to learn how to stamp, pierce or hammer the caps before forming and attaching to beads. Capping beads is a riveting technique (no solder or adhesive) that attaches sterling silver domes (caps) on each side of a focal bead creating a finished professional look. Patty will include instruction on silver linings for "Pandora" & "Troll" compatible beads. 

Students should bring a variety of beads made on 1/8" and/or 1/4" mandrel that have gently domed ends (no cone shaped or pointed ends) or purchase beads in the Design Center. Wear comfortable working clothes to class. Class fee includes tubing for 3 beads and discs for 2 beads.

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Additional materials available for purchase in the Design Center.

 

 

Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Wire Working / Twisted Wire Bangle from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Make a cool, chunky bangle bracelet during this 3 hour class. Learn how to make the twisted wire components that you add to your collection of unique charms, lampwork (and other) beads... all items are carried on a chunky wire core that is the base of the bangle. Learn how to create your own professional connector (clasp)  that is also decorative.

  **misc. beads and findings are available in our  "bead store drawers"

 

 

Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Wire Working Artistic Wrapping (Beg Lvl) from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Several different techniques in wire wrapping, knotting and chaining will be presented.  It is possible to create 1 to 2 finished pieces during this 3 hour class. You may create pins, earrings, necklace, pendant or bracelet.  10 feet of copper wire provided but students should bring a selection of beads. (a great class for using your own Lampwork Beads!)

Date: (please call 630-963-9573 or email if interested in this class)

Other materials and supplies are available, ask to see our "Bead Store Drawers"

  

 

JEWELRY DESIGN: Metal Smith Studio Time         

For those students who have already completed Metal smith I & II  and wish to work independently using our equipment, here's your opportunity.   Bring tools and any supplies necessary for your projects (or purchase separately from us)

Date: Please inquire 
Open Studio Time:
Saturday, 11 am to 2 pm

 

 

Jewelry Arts / Metalsmith Skills: Chain Making from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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You must have experience in soldering to take this class. This class will advance your cutting, shaping and soldering skills in the creation of your own professionally finished, silver linked chain with clasp. Make a short chain for a bracelet or a longer one for a necklace. Choose one of the chain styles shown above and use studio equipment or your own (butane torch, third hand, soldering honeycomb, files & saw. Suggested Reading: "Creative Silver Chains" by Chantal Lise Saunders (available in the design center)

Date: (please call 630-963-9573 or email if interested in this class)

Additional Silver may be purchased from the instructor  + sterling silver supplies based on project choice 

 

 


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Instructor: Patty Pulliam

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Create your own European 4-in-1 Bracelet with a custom clasp during this daylong workshop. Using ancient techniques, students will learn how to weave (link) sterling silver rings together to form a slinky bracelet. Student will also learn how to construct a custom clasp using sterling wire and a bead. Materials and tools to use during class will be provided. Bring a lampwork or other bead to use in the clasp.

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Students will learn how to design and plan a stunning pendant from start to finish whose focal element is a sparkling dichroic cab.  Learn how to properly set and fire a piece with a larger glass inclusion in place. Students will leave with some polished, finished work such as silver clasp, earrings or other design elements, but the pendants will need to cool slowly in the kiln to be picked up at a later time. Silver Clay and 1 dichroic glass stone provided. (You can learn to make your own dichroic glass stones in our glass fusing class for beginners.) 

Students should bring their tool kit from our first class to class (plus any other texture plates or goodies you've added to your collection). Additional Silver Clay products available for purchase from the design center the day of the class.

 

 


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Metal Smith I

Pendant by Trisha Simmons

   

3 pr of earrings made by Cathy Ecker

 

(l) by Nikole S. (r) by Sue R.

 

By student Julia

 

Metal II/III : Bezel Set Stones 

    

 by student Shelah S

 

By Cheri J

Julia Frey solders her bracelet

Metal II/III

    Gold Wedding bands by Mary Fierce

      



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