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Metalsmith A Paperclip Silver Necklace with Beads (1 day workshop)


with Natalie Owens

Calendar Mar 23, 2024 at 9 am

Class Description: In this one-day workshop students will learn the basic techniques of metalsmithing. Students will fabricate their own silver chain necklace and adorn their chain with a variety of glass beads. Students will learn to use a butane torch, fuse rings to form a chain, and use a variety of metalsmithing tools to shape rings into links and fabricate simple clasps. In this workshop students will use Argentium Silver. Argentium is a high grade silver that contains germanium (vs sterling which contains more copper). The addition of germanium makes the silver more tarnish resistant, stronger and shinier than sterling.

Class Date and Time: This one-day workshop is hosted on Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Total teachable hours are 7 hours.

Materials Fee (included in total class fee): $50, covers 18 gauge argentium wire, 22 gauge argentium wire, variety of glass beads, tool use: butane torch, butane soldering block tweezer, tumbler flush cutters, files, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, and bow opening pliers.

Items Student Should Bring: none.

Lunch: Lunch is included in the class fee. If you have any dietary restrictions, please note them when you register.

Instructor Bio: As I approached the end of my corporate career, I sought a creative outlet that would be meaningful and productive. I took my first jewelry class in Leesburg, VA in 2017 and loved everything about it. While smithing requires specific techniques and methods there is also room for creativity and coloring outside the lines. Experimenting was new to me. I'm very much a rule follower and being able to try something that isn't a proven practice is a little intimidating and I continue to struggle with that but continue to evolve.  I like extremes.  To me, a minimalist silver wire bracelet is as enticing as an organic cuff with layers of metal and stones.  I hope you enjoy my jewelry as much as I enjoy making it.

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