Torch Fired Enamels: Hearts

According to historians, Valentine’s Day is a successor of the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia dating back to 300BC. Every year between February 13 and February 15, the Romans engaged in celebrations and rituals to honor the coming of spring. One of these rituals involved sacrificing a dog or a goat and using its skin to whip women, an act that was believed to increase their fertility. Yikes! No animals will be harmed and no fertility encouraged in this modern day Valentines Day workshop. Instead we will be making edgy heart shaped earrings and pendants using the ancient technique of fusing glass to metal known today as torch fired enamels.

Enameling is the colorful result of fusing powdered glasses to metal, using high heat to form a durable vitreous coating. The art of enameling is laborious and purchasing a kiln is expensive. Torch-fired enamels is a great way to add color to your metal projects without the expense. We will make a variety of findings and objects that you can use in your other jewelry projects as well as a ring, bracelet or pair of earrings.

Students may also use this as an open studio for those who have taken a previous Torch Fired Enamel Class with instructor and are ready to practice and develop their art independently. If needed, individual advice and guidance will be available. All equipment will be provided but feel free to bring your own tools as well. If you have any questions email Charles at spacewolf1@aol.com.

February 3rd Sun. 11:00-4:00 $80.00

Charles Agel, instructor/* $35 supply fee, payable to instructor on day of class.

Soldering Basics with Charles: Rings of Fire

Johnny Cash sang about a ring of fire but in this class we will make several rings using basic soldering techniques. You will become familiar with the torch, silver solder, flux and a variety of other tools to create stackable rings, earrings or a bracelet from sterling silver wire. *If you have taken previous classes, you can also use this as an open studio so you have all the tools plus instruction!

*This is a perfect class to get you  ready for next month’s special guest instructor Kieu Pham Gray!

February 24th Sun. 11:00 – 4:00 $90.00

$30* supply fee, payable to instructor on day of class.

Charles Agel, instructor

 

Kieu of Urban Beader is Back!

Kieu Pham Gray has been creating jewelry for almost 20 years. She started from the need to “look the part” while working in retail management for Neiman Marcus. Making jewelry for herself and friends, Kieu’s jewelry line was created. Since then she has sold her designs to over 30 stores in 10 states and participated in numerous juried art shows.

Today, Kieu teaches jewelry making at numerous venues across the U.S. Teaching everything from beading to silversmithing. Together with her husband, Andy, they run TheUrbanBeader.com, where they work to provide the industry with specialty goods and tools. In an effort to share her passion and knowledge for the jewelry industry, Kieu teaches a wide range of classes at her stores and throughout the United States. Detailed instruction and personal attention has been the key to success with her students. (Text are from the Bead and Button website.)

A word from Kieu: Why I do what I do…

The need to share knowledge is insatiable to me. I love to share everything I know how to do, from teaching kindergarteners how to save money as a Junior Achievement volunteer to teaching friends how to make Vietnamese food in my kitchen to my passion for jewelry making. I can’t help myself. I do only things I love and believe in, and sharing my passions is the ultimate reinforcement.

Pick up her book, Hot & Cold Connection and get it signed by Kieu!

 

METAL WORK TRUNK SHOW

The Urban Beader is Kieu’s  jewelry supply and tool company specializing in Metal Stamping tools. They manufacture and distribute the finest in jewelry making supplies, and the most well designed, trendiest Decorative, Script, Greek Alphabet Stamps in the world of Metal Stamping! They also provide riveting tools and materials for your cold connection needs, jewelry making tools, metal blanks and more! Classes will be offered for a hands on experience.

COMING MARCH 16th – 17th

Wave Link – Intro to Basic Soldering

Learn the basic concepts of silver soldering while creating a Wave Link Chain. By the end of this class you will have an understanding of necessary tools and materials to successfully solder simple joints. Students will complete a bracelet by the end of class. Beginner.

Friday March 15th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Class + Materials: $120 *will provide enough material for (1) 8”bracelet (SS stock)

*No one under the 18 years of age.

Kieu Pham Gray, instructor

Students are asked to bring the following or it will be available for purchase on class day:

  • Chain nose pliers
  • Side cutters
  • Wood dap set
  • #2 paint brush
  • 5 pages of any magazine
  • Scissors
  • Fine Tweezers
  • Tooth brush (used is ok)
  • Round nose pliers
  • Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed

Sterling Poetry – Metal Smithing

Even contemporary rings can be elegant and feminine. Learn to make rings, solder sterling silver and creatively set a brilliant cut gemstone. Students will be taught easy techniques to work around faceted stones. Beginner

Saturday March 16th 9:00am – 12:00pm

Class + Materials: $130 *will provide enough material for 1 sterling silver ring (SS stock, 8mm Cubic Zirconia)

*No one under the 18 years of age.

Kieu Pham Gray, instructor

Students are asked to bring the following or it will be available for purchase on class day:

  • Heavy duty side cutters
  • Flat nose or parallel pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed
  • Sharpie, fine tip
  • Steel rings mandrel (Optional)
  • Curved Burnisher

Make it Charming – Intro to Metalwork

A little soldering, riveting and stamping will Make it Charming. Perfect for the beginner this class will jumpstart you into the world of metalworking. Beginner.

Saturday March 16th 12:30pm – 5:00pm

Class + Materials: $145 *will provide enough material for 1 pendant (SS stock, SS chain, compass, copper stock)

*No one under the 18 years of age.

Kieu Pham Gray, instructor

Students are asked to bring the following or it will be available for purchase on class day:

  1. Chain nose pliers or Flat nose pliers
  2. Round nose pliers
  3. Flush side cutters
  4. Soldering pick
  5. 1.25mm hand punch
  6. Bench pin
  7. Fine Tweezers
  8. Metal Alphabet stamps (optional)
  9. Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed

Enamel Foil

Like the look of enameled silver but don’t like the expense? Here is a way to create a jewel effect on copper using silver foil and transparent enamels. We will cover all the basics of enameling and how to achieve a vibrant effect. Beginner.

Saturday March 16th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Class + Materials: $120 *will provide enough material for 1 pair of earrings and a pendant (Silver foil, copper discs, SS stock, SS ear wires)

Kieu Pham Gray, instructor

Students are asked to bring the following or it will be available for purchase on class day:

  • Chain nose pliers
  • Side cutters
  • Wood dap set
  • #2 paint brush
  • 5 pages of any magazine
  • Scissors
  • Fine Tweezers
  • Tooth brush (used is ok)
  • Round nose pliers
  • Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed

Voyager Pendant

Take a voyage in metal working to create a pendant that has texture, design and a little heavenly sparkle. We will solder, forge, and texture sterling silver, then bezel set a cabochon to add color. Intermediate.

Sunday March 17th 9:30am – 12:30pm

Class + Materials: $140 *will provide enough material for 1 pendant (SS stock, dichroic cabochon, sanding material)

*No one under the 18 years of age.

Kieu Pham Gray, instructor

Students are asked to bring the following or it will be available for purchase on class day:

  1. Chain nose pliers
  2. Round nose pliers
  3. Flush side cutters
  4. Nylon nose pliers
  5. Bench pin
  6. Heavy duty side cutters
  7. Horned anvil (with at least one flat side)
  8. Magnifying glasses and Ott lamp as needed
  9. Fine tip sharpie
  10. Bezel Rocker
  11. Curved Burnisher
  12. Circle Template
  13. Metal ruler
  14. Fine tip Sharpie

Not Fools Gold – Ring

Make 1, 2 or 3 rings using sterling silver and 10kt gold to create a contemporary ring. Students will gain experience creating anticlastic rings, soldering karat gold and small parts, and. Those who work quickly will finish a triple ring. Must have silver soldering experience. Intermediate.

Sunday March 17th 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Class + Materials: $160 *will provide enough material for 1 triple ring (SS stock, 10kt gold grain)

*No one under the 18 years of age.

Kieu Pham Gray, instructor

Students are asked to bring the following or it will be available for purchase on class day:

  1. Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed
  2. Chain nose pliers or Flat nose pliers
  3. Heavy duty side cutters
  4. Flush side cutters
  5. Solder pick
  6. Fine Tweezers
  7. Stepped Ring mandrel in appropriate size (optional)

 You can sign up online for our classes through Eventbrite, give us a call OR email to reserve your spot.

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