Fall I 2018
Aug 26 - Oct 20
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Metals Studio

Attention jewelry lovers and admirers! Have you wondered how your favorite earrings were made? Or better yet, whether you could make them yourself, with the one small change that would make you love them even more? The answer is YES! The Craft Guild of Dallas' Metals Studio offers courses which start or continue the creative journey of how to work with various metals, metal clay, and design. The learning opportunities are fun, interactive, and limitless! Classes are open to all skill levels, unless otherwise noted.

Each well lit studio offers a workbench, bench pin, flexshaft, and torch for each student, with access to a wide variety of shared tools and equipment. Each new student will be given a walk through of the studio to learn what the different pieces of equipment and tools are, as well as how to use and maintain them. There are 3 major approaches to metal working that are taught in the Guild: Fabrication, Wax Casting, and Metal Clay.

FABRICATION
Fabrication is the process of building jewelry or other metal items from sheet metal and wire. Measuring, marking, cutting and sawing, drilling, filing, polishing, annealing, doming, texturing, and soldering are some of the many skills which will be introduced through different projects. As a beginner, you will learn basic techniques and tool usage for creating jewelry while advanced students will expand their skills, for more complex designs and techniques. All students advance at their own pace. 

WAX CASTING
An alternative to fabrication, casting is an exciting approach to creating jewelry and/or shapes and requires a different set of skills. Students will learn the techniques of wax carving, centrifugal casting, and metal finishing. Hands-on experience includes wax forming techniques, preparing the wax model for casting (spruing), calculating the amount of metal needed to cast the wax model, the "investment" process, and kiln burnout cycles. Two methods of creating wax models will be explored: subtractive method - use hard wax, files, drills and knives; and buildup method - use sheet wax, wax wire, and molten wax. As a final step, students will learn the process for finishing metal, using saws, files, sandpaper, and mechanical polishing buffs, to put the finishing touch on a piece. 

 


Fall I Class Schedule

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M202a  Fabrication  (All levels)  O'Hara  Monday  Aug 27-Oct 15  1:00pm-4:30pm  $272.00

Beginning students will learn basic technique and use of tools for creating their own jewelry with detailed step by step demonstrations, followed by lots of hands on practice time. Skills covered will include: sawing, filing, drilling, doming, forging, forming, surface textures,soldering, and bezel set stones. This fun and interactive class will include a forged bracelet, a textured pendant and a ring with a cabochon stone setting. Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. On going processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development.
$10.00 supply fee for beginners paid to instructor during first class.

M203a  Fabrication  (All levels)  Mobley  Monday Aug 27 -Oct 15  6:00pm-9:30pm  $272.00

Beginning students will learn basic technique and use of tools for creating their own jewelry with detailed step by step demonstrations, followed by lots of hands on practice time. Skills covered will include: sawing, filing, drilling, doming, forging, forming, surface textures,soldering, and bezel set stones. This fun and interactive class will include a forged bracelet, a textured pendant and a ring with a cabochon stone setting. Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. On going processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development.
$10.00 supply fee for beginners paid to instructor during first class.

M301a Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Tuesday  Aug 28-Oct 16  9:30am-1:00pm  $310.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M302a Wax Carving and Casting (All levels)  Drake/Geldon  Tues Aug 28 -Oct 16  1:00pm-4:30pm  $310.00

Students will learn several different techniques for carving and forming wax using saws, files and drills to create wax models which will be cast using the 'lost wax' method. Casting will be done off premises and will be returned for finishing. Students will also learn how to finish their castings from cutting off sprues to the final sanding and polishing, creating a finished piece of jewelry. New students will begin with a structured project. Returning students are welcomed to continue working on individual projects.
$10.00 supply fee for wax will be paid to the instructor at beginning of first class. Wax tools can be purchased before class begins. List for metal tools will be supplied the first day of class. Cost of metal tools is approximately $100.00 

M401a Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Wednesday Aug 29 -Oct 17  9:30am-1:00pm  $310.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M402a  Fabrication  (Int/Adv)  O'Hara  Wednesday  Aug 29 -Oct 17  1:00pm-4:30pm  $310.00

Intermediate/Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. Ongoing processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development.

M403a  Fabrication  (Int/Adv)  O'Hara  Wednesday  Aug 29 -Oct 17  6:00pm-9:30pm  $310.00

Intermediate/Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. Ongoing processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development.

M501a Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Thursday  Aug 30 -Oct 18  9:30am-1:00pm  $310.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M503a Advanced Fabrication (Int/Adv) O'Hara Thursday Aug 30 -Oct 18  6:00pm-9:30pm  $310.00

Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. On going processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development. $10.00 supply fee for beginners paid to instructor during first class.

M601a Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Friday  Aug 31 -Oct 19  9:30am-1:00pm  $310.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M701a Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Saturday  Sept 1 -Oct 20  9:00am-12:30pm  $310.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M702a Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Saturday  Sept 1 -Oct 20  1:30pm-5:00pm  $310.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

 

Fall II Class Schedule

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M202b  Fabrication  (All levels)  O'Hara  Monday  Oct 29 -Dec 17  1:00pm-4:30pm  $310.00

Beginning students will learn basic technique and use of tools for creating their own jewelry with detailed step by step demonstrations, followed by lots of hands on practice time. Skills covered will include: sawing, filing, drilling, doming, forging, forming, surface textures,soldering, and bezel set stones. This fun and interactive class will include a forged bracelet, a textured pendant and a ring with a cabochon stone setting. Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. On going processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development.
$10.00 supply fee for beginners paid to instructor during first class.

M203b  Fabrication  (All levels)  Mobley  Monday Oct 29 -Dec 17  6:00pm-9:30pm  $310.00

Beginning students will learn basic technique and use of tools for creating their own jewelry with detailed step by step demonstrations, followed by lots of hands on practice time. Skills covered will include: sawing, filing, drilling, doming, forging, forming, surface textures,soldering, and bezel set stones. This fun and interactive class will include a forged bracelet, a textured pendant and a ring with a cabochon stone setting. Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. On going processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development.
$10.00 supply fee for beginners paid to instructor during first class.

M301b Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Tuesday  Oct 30 -Dec 18  9:30am-1:00pm  $310.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M401b Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Wednesday Oct 31 -Dec 19  9:30am-1:00pm  $310.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M402b  Fabrication  (Int/Adv)  O'Hara  Wednesday  Oct 31 -Dec 19  1:00pm-4:30pm  $310.00

Intermediate/Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. Ongoing processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development.

M403b  Fabrication  (Int/Adv)  O'Hara  Wednesday  Nov 7 -Dec 19  6:00pm-9:30pm  $272.00

Intermediate/Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. Ongoing processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development. No Class on Oct. 31st.

M501b Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Thursday  Nov 1 -Dec 20  9:30am-1:00pm  $272.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses. No Class on Nov. 22nd.

M503b Advanced Fabrication (Int/Adv) O'Hara Thursday Nov 1 -Dec 20  6:00pm-9:30pm  $272.00

Advanced students will work on individual projects with an emphasis on technical problem solving and mastering new skills. Students advance at their own pace, instruction is individualized as you progress to more complex design and construction techniques. On going processes taught are advanced soldering skills, marriage of metals, Hydraulic press, granulation, hollow construction, advanced stone setting design and product development. $10.00 supply fee for beginners paid to instructor during first class. No class on Nov. 22nd.

M601b Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Friday  Nov 2 -Dec 21  9:30am-1:00pm  $310.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M701b Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Saturday  Nov 3 -Dec 22  9:00am-12:30pm  $310.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.

M702b Fabrication  (All levels)  Barker  Saturday  Nov 3 -Dec 22  1:30pm-5:00pm  $310.00

This class is designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced students. The beginning student will complete "" Boot Camp"". Five basic projects designed to teach the fundamental techniques and processes of jewelry making. Boot camp consists of a copper adjustable bowl ring, a reticulated cuff bracelet with a fused design, an appliqued pendant including a pierced design and textured surface, a simple chain often made to go with the pendant and a bezel set cabochon stone.   In order to sharpen their existing skills, intermediate as well as advanced students often find the early projects appealing or they may work on projects of their choosing. My job at this time is to assess the students strengths and weaknesses and encourage the student to use those strengths to build up those weaknesses.