Sat, Feb 18|
Kitchen Table Silversmithing - Pendants with Gemstones!
Create your own beautiful custom pendant!
Time & Location
Feb 18, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Memphis, 653 Philadelphia St, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
About the event
Learn how to add flat-backed stones called cabochons to silver jewelry. You'll learn about the different types of bezel wire, including gallery wire, how to fit a bezel to a stone, techniques for creating a complete setting, finishing techniques, and ways to set the stone securely. Students should be able to complete a pendant with one bezel set stone in class.
There will be an hour lunch break. Bring your own lunch or enjoy the restaurants nearby.
Class Fee: $85 + Materials Fee: $50. All materials are included. (Includes sterling silver sheet, jump rings, solder, gemstone, bezel wire, studio consumables, use of tools, and handouts.) Materials Fee is to be paid directly to Brandy at the start of class.
This series of silversmithing classes has been designed especially for beginners or those that want to get back into metalworking after a time away. All the tools and materials are provided, however, if you have tools, you're welcome to bring them!
If students have the following, they're encouraged to bring them. (No worries! The instructor will have all of these for use.) - Micro torch (butane) and fuel, Soldering block, Jewelry files, Jewelry pliers, Hammers, Rawhide mallet
About the Instructor
I love teaching- there is magic in sharing knowledge and it is very important to me that the knowledge I’ve gained through study and experience is passed on to others. Making things is also very important to me- it’s in my blood as my grandmother and grandfather were both artists and makers, in addition to their ‘mainstream jobs’. I think making things and passing that knowledge on is a vital form of connection.
I’ve been teaching Metal Clay and metalsmithing classes for adult education programs since 2007, including classes at the National Ornamental Metal Museum. I have been a technical trainer in several of my ‘mainstream jobs’ since 2003 (2013 on it has been one of my primary job duties) so I am skilled at quickly assessing different learning types and working to accommodate those variations on the fly to ensure positive learning experiences for students. I’ve been making jewelry professionally since 1999, and prior to that, I made clothing and costumes (including a few award-winning ones!), including all the accessories, for myself, friends, and clients.