(Participants must have basic jewelry skills and a familiarity with tools and studio equipment.
Required skills include drilling with the flex shaft machine, sawing, filing, silver soldering and basic bezel setting. Students should have experience with: the rolling mill, torches, hammers, buffers, etc.
Those who enroll must be able to successfully solder unattended).
Class Limit: 10
Class Duration: 32 Hours (4 Days)
In this comprehensive, four day Master Series Workshop, renowned instructor Andy Cooperman will be traveling from Seattle, Washington, to help you explore and discover how to create unique setting solutions for your special objects and stones. Andy will share inspiration, ideas and his effective techniques to greatly enhance your setting skills and help you think outside the box.
Do you have a stone, enamel sample, or little found treasure that’s been lying on your bench just waiting to be used in something truly unique? If you answered ‘yes’, then this is the class for you!
This information-packed workshop can help you develop new, elegant, more fully integrated setting (capturing) solutions and break down some of the rigid walls that exist between ideas, process and materials.
We will liberate the problem solver within, examine the whys along with the hows and explore a variety of tricks, studio tips and some really bad jokes. Among the topics demonstrated and discussed: cold connecting, caging, back setting, the flex shaft and advanced soldering techniques.
**We will be making a small brooch or pendant to get started. Some students devote four days to this. Others prefer to complete the task quickly and move on to other projects, sometimes incorporating objects that they brought to class (see below). Either way is great. But, it’s important to bring enough material so that whichever you decide, you can proceed.
Please bring to class some small artifact, gemstone or found object that you find interesting-- or in some way compelling-- for examination and even group discussion. (You know, that thing you’ve carried around for years, wondering what to do with.) Time permitting, these objects can be included in, or even serve as, the focal points for a piece of jewelry or a non-wearable item.