This 2-part workshop is designed to give you the fundamental skills of metal jewelry making and some extra techniques to create truly unique jewelry. It is set up in two parts to allow you time to understand and practice the basics in class one and then learn some slightly more complicated skills in class two.
Class One: Sunday, January 12th, 3-6pm
In the first class, you will acquire the basic skills to create your own metal jewelry. Learn to use a variety of tools to cut, shape, stamp. texture, link, and finish a metal piece out of copper and/or bronze sheet metal and wire. You will receive instruction and demonstrations of each technique and then after will have the opportunity to work with the instructor to create your own piece to take home.
Class Two: Sunday, January 19th, 3-6pm
In the second class, you will expand your skill set. We will go over how to create the right sized holes and hammer techniques for metal riveting. We will use the jeweler’s saw for function and as a design tool. We will also learn to create textures and shape wire with a rolling mill.
This class is designed to give you the ability to make unique metal jewelry you like, easily and inexpensively. Youll walk out with a resource guide with tips, pointers and places to shop and up to two unique pieces you create in class.
(All optional) Design journal or notebook, old jewelry to be re-worked, beads, special ear hooks, nice chain that you prefer and textured fabric ( for class two). For supplies and unique chain options, we recommend Beyond Beads or General Bead in SOMA. We will have some chain available and a few nicer ones available as well, which may require a few extra dollars during class in supply costs.
teacher bio: Georgia Dwyer is a Jewelry and Textile Craft Designer and instructor. She is also a trained actress and dancer with a bachelors degree in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz. After graduating, she took a break from performance art to pursue her studies in Jewelry Art for 3 years at Cabrillo College. This was followed by a yearlong apprenticeship with goldsmith and designer Paula Bailey Brent. In the last 7 years, she has worked as a jewelry technician, a jewelry and art teacher for Dragonfly Designs after school enrichment program, a substitute art teacher at Nonesuch High School and volunteered as a Jewelry Art Teaching Assistant at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. She currently works as an assistant for fine jeweler Liz Oppenheim and has her own jewelry line, Georgie Girl Design