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!

October 20th Sunday 11:00-4:00 $90.00

Charles Agel, instructor

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

*TAKE THIS TO PREPARE FOR SPINNER RING OFFERED THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY OCT 27TH!

Spinner Ring – Metalsmithing Jewelry

Together we will create a spinner ring handcrafted from sterling silver sheet and sterling, copper and or bronze wire. These wire bands spin freely around a textured sterling silver band. The ring, also called a prayer or worry ring, is based on the ancient Tibetan Prayer Wheel. It is said this ring brings the wearer good luck and fortune, a sense of serenity and peace, and rids the wearer of anxiety and worry. However you chose to think of it, you just won’t be able to resit playing with these fun rings!

*Soldering I or equivalent experience REQUIRED.

Sunday October 27th 11:00 – 4:00 $90.00

Charles Agel, instructor

Supply fee of $40.00, payable to instructor on day of class (cash or check). Instructor will supply everything necessary to complete this class. However, if you want to avoid some times waiting for a tool you can bring your own.

Kieu & The Urban Beader

Metal Working 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 SEPTEMBER 19th – 21ST

Nestling Silver

If you have a knack for melting silver, this is the perfect class to put those “skills” to use. We will take advantage of your melting ways

● Skill Level: Beginner/All levels

● Materials included will provide enough material for 1 pendant (SS stock, SS chain, bronze charm)

Students are asked to bring the following:

  • a. Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed
  • b. Chain nose pliers
  • c. Flat nose pliers
  • d. Heavy duty side cutters

*All items will be available for purchase or the basics to borrow.

September 19th     Thurs 1:30 – 4:30       $115.00

Kieu Pham Gray, instructor

 

Wishes: Interlocking Rings

Learn to solder interlocking rings to create this classic ring design. There will be enough time to create two rings, one plain and one with a little “twist”. Additional tools may be purchased from instructor.

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials included will provide enough material for two sterling silver ring. Use of solder and tools.

Students are asked to bring the following:

  • Side Cutters
  • Flat nose or parallel pliers
  • Steel ring mandrel (several will be provided to share)
  • Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed

*All items will be available for purchase or the basics to borrow.

September 19th    Thursday  6:00 – 9:00  $110.00

Kieu Pham Gray, instructor

Jolie Fleur

Learn to forge sheet metal to form a cone shape that will blossom into a Calla Lilly. Not only can you make a great pair of earrings, you will have the skills to customize your own cones for future projects. Students who don’t wear earrings may convert the flowers into pendants. Just for good measure, copper stock will also be provided for practice.

● Skill Level: Beginner/All levels

● Materials included will provide enough material for 1 pair of earrings (SS stock, pearls, copper stock)

Students are asked to bring the following:

  • a. Chain nose pliers
  • b. Side cutters
  • c. Round nose pliers
  • d. Needle files
  • e. Nylon nose pliers
  • f. Forming block with grooves
  • g. Planishing hammer
  • h. Nylon nose pliers
  • i. Scissors
  • j. Fine tip sharpie
  • k. Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed

*All items will be available for purchase or the basics to borrow.

September 20th     Friday 1:30 – 4:30       $125.00

Kieu Pham Gray, instructor

From Bottles to Gems

Why recycle when you can upcycle! In this class we turn recycled bottles into glass ballpins. You will learn how to make these great gems on copper wire using a butane and/or propane torch. Students may choose to put their ballpins to use in a piece of jewelry to wear or they may choose to utilize class time to stock up and make as many ballpins as they can.

● Skill Level: Beginner/All levels

● Materials included will provide enough material for 15 glass ball pins (glass, copper wire, copper chain and clasp, hand tools)

Students are asked to bring the following:

  • a. Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed
  • b. Chain nose pliers
  • c. Flat nose pliers
  • d. Side cutters
  • e. Round nose pliers
  • f. Heavy duty wire cutters

*All items will be available for purchase or the basics to borrow.

September 20th    Friday  6:00 – 9:00  $125.00

Kieu Pham Gray, instructor

 

Positively Negative Etching

Learn how to create your own etched designs in Sterling Silver. In this class, you will learn how to transfer your own designs to sterling silver and create a chemical etch.

● Skill Level: All levels

● Materials included will provide enough material for 1 bracelet (SS stock)

Students are asked to bring the following:

  • a. Heavy duty side cutter
  • b. Nail polish
  • c. Clean rag (like a t-shirt)
  • d. Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed
  • e. Fine brush, round

*All items will be available for purchase or the basics to borrow.

September 21st    Saturday 9:00 – 12:00  $140.00

Kieu Pham Gray, instructor

Multiplicity Ring: Solder Workout

This ring might look simple, but the challenge for this project will be soldering one part of the ring without melting another. We will work through the difficulties of soldering small parts in place while managing not to melt the entire unit. Students must know how to solder silver and make simple rings.

Students will learn: how to solder, forging, ring making.

● Skill Level: Intermediate

● Materials included will provide enough material for 1 pendant (SS stock, Fine silver stock, sand paper)

Students are asked to bring the following:

  • a. Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed
  • b. Chain nose pliers
  • c. Flat nose pliers
  • d. Flush side cutters (ultra flush preferred)
  • e. Soldering pick

*All items will be available for purchase or the basics to borrow.

September 21st    Saturday 1:30 – 4:30  $115.00

Kieu Pham Gray, instructor

Kaleidoscope Enamels

Combine transparent and opaque enamels to create a kaleidoscope of colors. Using a series of multiple torch firings we will create a special effect that will dazzle the eye. This is listed as an intermediate class because the basics will not be covered during the class time so that we can focus on the technique and get right to work creating.

● Skill Level: Intermediate (previous torch experience recommended)

*Take Enamel Basics Sunday Sept. 15th to help you prepare for this one.

● Materials included will provide enough material for 4 pendants (Copper stock, copper chain, enamel)

Students are asked to bring the following:

  • ● Chain nose pliers
  • ● Side cutters
  • ● Wood dap set
  • ● #2 paint brush
  • ● 5 pages of any magazine
  • ● Magnifying glasses and Ott light as needed

*All items will be available for purchase or the basics to borrow.

Soldering with Charles: Spinner Rings

Together we will create a spinner ring handcrafted from sterling silver sheet and sterling, copper and or bronze wire. These wire bands spin freely around a textured sterling silver band. The ring, also called a prayer or worry ring, is based on the ancient Tibetan Prayer Wheel. It is said this ring brings the wearer good luck and fortune, a sense of serenity and peace, and rids the wearer of anxiety and worry. However you chose to think of it, you just won’t be able to resit playing with these fun rings!

Soldering I or equivalent experience REQUIRED.

Supply fee of $40.00, payable to instructor on day of class (cash or check). Instructor will supply everything necessary to complete this class.

However, if you want to avoid waiting for a tool you can bring any of the following items or request a tools kit in advanced (approx $150).

Steel ring mandrel
Super flush cutters
Half round pliers
Half round ring file #2 or #3

September 27th Sunday 11:00-4:00 $90.00

$40* supply fee, payable to instructor on day of class.

Charles Agel, instructor

 

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