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2016 Recap – Day 3

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Steven James is up next.  By day Steven is a Kindergarten teacher however, when school is out, Mr. James travels the world and teaches amazing enameling classes.

Click here to visit his website to see what he is up to!

We were celebrating the release of his book (you can pick up here for only $14.66 on Amazon)

Apparently I didn’t take a single picture when Steven came to visit.  Perhaps because he lives in San Francisco and he feels more like a regular than a visiting instructor!

This is the class he taught.

and this one too…

We are looking forward to having Steven back again.

We have scheduled him to teach on Sunday, March 5 from 11pm-5pm.

He will teach his popular Celebration Charm Bracelet class. (click to register)

You will work on up to 31 designs in this all day workshop.  Use the charms in a home decor sort of way as a count down calendar or use them as a one-of-a-kind charm bracelet.

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Summer Nights 8 Week Jewelry Series

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Summer Nights 8 Week Jewelry Series
We are bringing back our popular 8 week Jewelry Fabrication series starting June 14th.  Taken individually these classes would cost over $400.00

Click here sign up for the series at a >20% discount ($340)

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6/14/2016
Wire Wrapping 101 (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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6/21/2016
Handmade Wire Findings: Bead & Button Bracelet (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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6/28/2016
Fused Silver Bracelet (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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7/05/2016
Triple Wrap Rhinestone, Leather & Bead Chain Bracelet (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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7/12/2016
Hammered, Soldered & Stamped – Copper Bangles (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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7/19/2016
Jewelry: Soldering 101 (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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7/26/2016
Etched & Wrapped Bracelet (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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8/02/2016
Copper Rosette Pendant (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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New Jewelry Series Starts March 22nd

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Another 8 weeks of jewelry fabrication starts March 22nd.  This time we are offering the series on Tuesdays.  You pick, either morning (10am-12pm) or evening (6:30pm-8:30pm)

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Week 1 – March 22:  Etching Workshop

Week 2 – March 29: Handmade Bezel & Flood Soldering

Week 3 – April 5:  PMC Workshop with White Copper Clay

Week 4 – April 12:  Resin Workshop

Week 5 – April 19:  Basic Enameling Workshop

Week 6 – April 26: Textured & Dapped:  Enameling beyond the flat surface

Week 7 – May 3: Torched & Textured

Week 8 – May 10: Handmade Rustic Chain

These can all be stand alone workshops (you don’t have to take them in order) but there is a discount for committing to the whole series.

Individual prices add up to $385 the whole series is $340 (that is like getting one whole class free!)  All supplies are included.  There is a minimal supply list to bring with you and even that is optional.

Click here to register for the series.

New 8-Week Jewelry Series

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New 8-Week Jewelry Series

Folks tend to like to commit to a series of classes to really learn something in depth.  To that end I’ve put 8 of my favorite, most popular and most fundamental jewelry classes to give you a chance to really explore the world of handmade jewelry.  Even if you’ve taken a few of these classes, the series is a great deal for you to come back and expand your skills.

Check out what we are starting on Wednesday, January 13th.

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Week 1:  Wire Wrapping 101 – This is the basis for most (if not all) of the jewelry construction workshops we teach here.  Learning and refining your wire wrapping skill takes the sort of repetition this class offers.

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1/13/2016
Wire Wrapping 101 (daytime)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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1/13/2016
Wire Wrapping 101 (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Week 2:  Wire Findings:  Bead & Button Bracelet – In this workshop you will advance your wire skills by creating your own jumprings and headpins.  By the time you have finished both week 1 and week 2 you will be a wire bending expert!
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1/20/2016
Handmade Wire Findings: Bead & Button Bracelet
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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1/20/2016
Handmade Wire Findings: Bead & Button Bracelet (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Week 3: Fused Silver Bracelet – Now it is time to move on to something else you can do with wire…fine silver wire that is.  In this workshop you will wrap coils and cut with precision so that you create links that will actually be melted (fused) back on themselves.  This process can be used to create your own fine silver chain and even rings.
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1/27/2016
Fused Silver Bracelet
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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1/27/2016
Fused Silver Bracelet (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Week 4:  Triple Wrap Rhinestone, Leather & Bead Chain Bracelet – In this workshop you will branch out to metal stamping, riveting and continue your practice of wire wrapping as you create this fun and easy to wear, stylish triple wrap bracelet.  It is so comfortable I wear mine all the time!
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2/03/2016
Triple Wrap Rhinestone, Leather & Bead Chain Bracelet (daytime)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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2/03/2016
Triple Wrap Rhinestone, Leather & Bead Chain Bracelet (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Week 5: Hammered, Soldered & Stamped – Copper Bangles – In this workshop you will continue your use of the torch and metal stamping as you hammer out all your aggression on some heavy gauge copper wire, learn about annealing and flood solder a join that is suitable for metal stamping your special “One Little Word”

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2/17/2016
Hammered, Soldered & Stamped – Copper Bangles
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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2/17/2016
Hammered, Soldered & Stamped – Copper Bangles (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Week 6:  Soldering 101 – One of the staples in basic jewelry creating is Soldering (saw-der-ing)  In this class you will learn the basics of selecting just the right something to sandwich between hand-cut glass, taping, fluxing and soldering, adding a jump ring and before you know it…totally custom made jewelry for you and everyone you know.
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3/02/2016
Jewelry: Soldering 101 (daytime)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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3/02/2016
Jewelry: Soldering 101 (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Week 7: Etched & Wrapped Bracelet – Etching is the cool process of adding a resist to metal then dipping it in a corosive chemical that will eat the metal away except where you placed the resist.  Don’t be scared though…we teach you all the safety precautions and hold your hand (figuratively) through every step.  As your metal is doing it’s magic you will have a chance to practice your wire wrapping skills as you create the band portion of the bracelet.

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3/09/2016
Etched & Wrapped Bracelet
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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3/09/2016
Etched & Wrapped Bracelet (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Week 8: Copper Rosette Pendant+Earrings – In this workshop you will learn some basic fold forming techniques as you create this lovely organic rosette with copper tooling foil.  Set your petite rosette in a brass bezel and move on to creating a matching set for earrings (or two more pendants to give away!)

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3/16/2016
Copper Rosette Pendant
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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3/16/2016
Copper Rosette Pendant (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Taken individually these classes with their respective materials fees would be over $360.  Sign up for the entire series and get 15% off your registration.  Click here to purchase the series for $306 (includes all supplies/materials fees)

The good news is that if you are unable to make a session you can make it up with advance notice!  These are classes we teach often so we can be flexible in moving you to another session (with advance notice!)

Final Fourteen – Day 5

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Final Fourteen – Day 5

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We’re on a roll!  Today is another piece of customized jewelry.

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This 1″ pendant (in antique copper OR antique bronze) has a base of vintage lace (each piece is slightly different) with your choice of word.  the lace has a base of resin poured over, the word is set on this cured resin with another layer of resin over top so there is great depth.

Each pendant comes on an adjustable (upon request) 36″ matching chain.

Hop on over to ETSY to pick some up.  They make lovely gifts!  Today only, the price is $7 (normally $12.00)

Weekend Guests Pt. 2

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One of the best parts of running a studio like A Work of Heart is the ability to host expert teachers.

Steven James was a joy to have here in the studio.  Such a fun and informative teacher.

some major fire power for the day..

Steven teaching us torch basics

The crew is busy at work

Lexi’s finished pieces

 

Steven is coming back soon.  He will be teaching his unique H2Oh process

 

Guest Teacher Lineup

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We have a full lineup of amazing teachers coming in from all over that you will NOT want to miss.

The lovely and spirit filled Stephanie Ackerman brings us 3 classes spread over a Saturday night and Sunday.

Saturday, March 1 – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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Sunday, March 2nd – 9am-12pm
Art FOR Art (part 1)

Sunday, March 2nd – 1pm-4pm
Art FROM Art (part 2)

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Next is a HOT HOT HOT workshop with Steven James

Torch Enameling – Textured & Embedded
Sunday, March 9 – 2pm-5pm

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Next we have the fashionable Lorri Scott of L.A.S. Fibers coming in April to teach us how to transform some old men’s shirts into an amazing frock.

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Sunday, April 6 – 11am-5pm
Reconstructed, Upcycled & Wearable

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April is a packed month…the next weekend features a professional Watercolor Illustrator and Author, Kim Howard
Sunday, April 13 – 11am-5pm
Favorite Stories, Favorite People
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And the creativity continues with Roxanne Evans Stout
Sunday, April 27 – 10am-4pm
Embrace Your Creative Muse, Mixed Media Collaging
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We will give you a break in May but June brings the talents of Chris Cozen

Sunday, June 22nd – 11am – 5pm
Mixed Media Landscape (details coming soon)We are also working on a 2nd workshop on Monday, June 23rd with Chris where she will have you bring in an unfinished piece of art, something you are not satisfied with and she will guide you through “re-working” your piece.

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I hope one or more of these workshops interest you and that you will sign up and support our visiting artists

8 Week Jewelry Workshop – September & October

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It has been a while since I’ve held a jewelry workshop series.  The last one lumped all my current jewelry classes together into one series…this will be no different except it is all NEW classes.

Week 1:  Bead & Button Bracelet (September 9 OR September 12)

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This class teaches you how to make your own jump rings and head pins as you create a precious bracelet packed with wire wrapped beads and vintage buttons.

Week 2:  Etching (September 16 or September 19)

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Learn to etch on Brass, Copper and Nickle as you create pieces that can be turned into bracelets, earrings, pendants & even rings.

Week 3:  Torched & Textured (September 23 or September 26)

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Learn to flood solder onto sheet metal and stamp into the molten solder.  You will also learn to work with copper tubing to create areas for filling with resin.

Week 4: Disc Cutting, Dapping & Riveting (September 30 or October 3)

Using our disc cutter you will fabricate metal discs onto which you will stamp and texture to your heart’s desire.  Afterwards you will dap (round or dome) your discs and rivet (cold connection) an embellishment into place.  Your finished pieces can be combined as shown here into a bracelet or a set of earrings and necklace.

Week 5:  Fused Silver (October 7 or October 10)

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Learn the properties of fine silver wire and how incredibly awesome it is that you can use a torch and actually melt it!  Well…really…technically “fuse” it.  Make easy rings & loops that can be used as jewelry components in so many pieces.

Week 5:  Crystal Clay – Bezels & Molds (October 14 or October 17)

Crystal Clay (Epoxy Clay) is all the rage…It is a two part clay that you mix and press into pendant trays or into molds.  You can stamp on it, press crystals and cup chain into it…oh the possibilities are endless…Talk about easy peasy BLING-A-LICIOUS…if that is your thing…otherwise, it also takes mica powders (shimmer) and pigment powders to make some fantastic pendants and charms in a snap.  The cured clay is nearly rock hard.

Week 7:  Petit Sterling Rosettes (October 21 or October 24)

Starting with Sterling sheeting you will fabricate a pair of these darling rosettes.  Turn them into earrings or a necklace.  You will be hooked (Everyone has been!) and want to make several pairs for friends.

Are you getting the idea that this 8 week series might be a great way to knock out some high quality hand crafted jewelry items for gifts this year?  That’s the idea!

Week 8: Encaustic Painting with Resin (October 28 or October 31)

What is Encaustic?  Literally it means “burning in”  But in this case, it is a process of laying down color via melted wax and encaustic medium.  You will create a “master sheet” of color and pattern from which you will cut pieces to place in your chosen bezels.  We will cover the mini works of art with a UV curing resin.  The resin will magnify the texture of your piece and enhance the color and design.  Your finished piece(es) will be original works of art worthy of a gallery!

So…as you can imagine, 8 weeks of incredible techniques and finished fine jewelry could break the bank!  Each individual class usually costs at least $50.  Early registration will save you some $$ though.  Sign up for the entire series for only $340*  Pick from 2 time slots

Monday Mornings 10am-Noon

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Thursday Evenings 6:30-8:30pm

Class starts the week of September 9 and runs through the week of October 28.  Make up sessions are available with advance notice.

*No additional membership discount on this price

Click below to take advantage of this early bird registration (classes will be up on the calendar to register for individual sessions at regular price)

Day/Time
Mondays 10-Noon $340.00 USDThursdays 6:30-8:30 $340.00 USD

(paypal button isn’t working on the blog…click here to go to the special page on the website that has all the above info and a correct button at the bottom of the page)

30 day art challenge and new(2nd chance) class this Thursday

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Still playing with layers on the canvas

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Had a great time Tuesday evening recycling journal pages as we were inspired by Pam Carriker.

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And due to popular demand.. I am offering another class on the conte crayon portraits.. Again inspired by Pam  Carriker..

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Have a delightful weekend wherever you are.. I am so ready for a day of rest! My “day off”  today has been non stop…

Looking forward to Kate richbourg in the studio teaching a soldering class… Still have 2 spots left if you are local and interested.