Nifty Links and Pedestal Prong Setting

  • $560.00
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Nifty Links and Pedestal Prong Setting
Instructor: Dana Cassara
July 15-17, Three days, Friday – Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Class Fee: $560 | Basic materials included

Class format: in studio at Danaca Design

Prerequisites: Open to all levels including total beginners.

This beginning level workshop will focus on the versatile wonders of wire in jewelry making. Students will learn to silver solder, or vastly improve their skills, while focusing on linked elements such as chains and clasps as well as options for setting both cabochons and round faceted stones with wire. Students will learn many handy tricks for altering, designing with, and soldering wire to custom make unique chains and clasps. Soldering setups for creating pedestal settings and setting stones will be covered. Students will be introduced to fundamental jewelry equipment including torches and the rolling mill. Expect to leave class with multiple samples and at least one fabulous linked project with stones. Open to all levels including total beginners.

Materials INCLUDED:

  • Copper and brass wire for samples
  • Sterling silver wire for final project
  • Cabochons for pedestal sample and final project
  • 5mm faceted cz
  • If you choose to work larger than the samples shown in class there may be an additional materials fee.

Students MAY Bring:

  • Additional wire (available in studio store)
  • Additional cabochons, ½” – 2” or (available in studio store)
  • An object that has a relatively flat bottom like a coin or found uncut stone
  • Additional round faceted stones, maximum size 5mm

Instructor Bio:

Dana Cassara began practicing the art of silversmithing at North Seattle Community College in 1992. She discovered her love for the craft after returning to school to pursue a teaching degree with a focus in social studies. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1998 with a B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas as well as Interdisciplinary Arts, because she just couldn’t stay out of the art department. She has been teaching jewelry design since 1999 and loves what she does.

Her aim as an instructor is to guide individuals through the learning process offering solid technical information, personalized attention, and lots of fun. With the intention of setting students on the path towards transforming their ideas into solid form, she hopes students will take the experience they gain in this studio beyond the classroom into their everyday life where problem solving skills and a profound sense of achievement always come in handy!

What students are saying:

“Dana is very patient with students, and maintains her sense of humor at all times. Deceptively simple skills - making jump rings, forging for example - got lots of attention. Soldering did too - one of my goals is to use the tiniest amount of solder possible and watching Dana was very helpful. The class was fun and worth every penny!" -Claire

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