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Faux Etching, Surface Design on Metal
September 12, 2015 (9:30am-4:30pm) — Oh how I love texture on metal! This workshop evolved from a happy accident, ever since I've been having a blast etching anything that I can get my hands on! In this workshop, you will learn a fast & easy technique for creating "etched" metal surfaces without having to deal with toxic chemicals & hours of agitation. After etching the metal in the morning, we will spend the rest of the day constructing a unique figurative sculpture using the metal that we altered. While working on the sculpture, we will cover basic cold connection methods as well as composition & design. Visit website


Location: Taos, NM
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $95
Email: Leighanna Light
Phone: 505-369-4777

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PUK 4.2 Welder Demo - Monday
September 14, 2015 (1-4pm) — Major improvements have been made to micro TIG welding equipment. Experience the new technology first hand. TIG Welders were hard to use in the past, did not work well with sterling silver and were primarily used for gold and platinum. Now, micro TIG welders are more user-friendly and can be used to join dissimilar metals without heat. They are also used to repair, restore, repurpose and create jewelry and mixed metal medias. Pin backs can be repaired in a few minutes without removing a stone, and prongs can be made with a stone in place. Joy demonstrates joining metals with a micro TIG welder. Bring a sample of something you would like to see welded (no family treasures, please). Students may have hands on experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $50, Non-Members: $75
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Launching and Running an Etsy Shop
September 14-15, 2015 (9am-12pm) — Learn how to set up your Etsy shop. If you already have one, learn the site's ins and outs of SEO (search engine optimization) for Etsy/Google searches. Understand how key words help your shop get noticed, and enable advertising on Etsy. Increase exposure by linking Etsy to Facebook and a blog. Bring your laptop (4 years old or newer--HDMI ports and camera slot are helpful.) If you only have an iPad, you may use it, but it is not optimal. Create a shop banner and experiment with shop listings, using logos and photos of your work. Joy guides you in shooting, editing and loading the images. Learn how to maximize your use of this highly popular website to market your work. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $95, Non-Members: $105
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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PUK 4.2 Welder Demo - Tuesday
September 15, 2015 (1-4pm) — Major improvements have been made to micro TIG welding equipment. Experience the new technology first hand. TIG Welders were hard to use in the past, did not work well with sterling silver and were primarily used for gold and platinum. Now, micro TIG welders are more user-friendly and can be used to join dissimilar metals without heat. They are also used to repair, restore, repurpose and create jewelry and mixed metal medias. Pin backs can be repaired in a few minutes without removing a stone, and prongs can be made with a stone in place. Joy demonstrates joining metals with a micro TIG welder. Bring a sample of something you would like to see welded (no family treasures, please). Students may have hands on experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $50, Non-Members: $75
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Metalsmithing: Ring
September 16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Joy's workshop introduces you to designing, soldering, sawing, filing, finishing and other metalsmithing techniques used to fabricate a ring. Learn to prong- and bezel-set regular and irregular stones, and even found objects, during this workshop. From the beginner to the intermediate level student, Joy works with you to learn completely new techniques or push your knowledge to the next level. Take home a one-of-a-kind, sterling silver ring of your design and creation. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $110 + materials fee, Non-Members: $125 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Metalsmithing: Earrings
September 17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Beginner's learn introductory soldering techniques, wirewrapping, and how to fabricate pieces such as earrings and small findings with texture. Advanced students can take this project to the next level by setting stones and creating a hinged earring mechanism. Create each component of an earring. Then, learn to use the hydraulic press and rolling mill to create interesting textures in metal. Leave this one-day workshop with a pair of earrings you can be proud of. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $110 + materials fee, Non-Members: $125 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Foundry: An Introduction
September 17 - December 17, 2015 (Thursdays, 6-9pm) — This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Pavel Efremoff
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $65
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Metalsmithing: Pendant
September 18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to make a sculptural pendant out of sterling silver, incorporating the setting of irregular stones and found objects into a pendant. Beginning students will learn to solder, set a stone and cut out metal shapes. More advanced students can make multiple stone settings, prong settings, bezel settings, and a custom chain. Bring a focal stone or found object you want to use in your design; some metals and studio supplies are available in the studio for a fee. Please see supply list for this workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $110 + materials fee, Non-Members: $125 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Designing Jewelry Using the Lost Wax Process
October 14-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will be designing up to three pieces of jewelry out of wax from start to finish and will prepare it for casting. Nadine will provide the supplies for the class and students will be able to choose gemstones and pearls for a nominal fee, or if students have their own gems they are welcome to use them. Nadine will demonstrate every morning what technique will be used for the day to create a piece of jewelry. On the last day, students will be able to choose their favorite pieces created during the workshop and will send them to Nadine's casting company in Sedona. Once casted, they will be sent to a finish jeweler who will set the gems. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Nadine Leo, www.mspearlco.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $50 material fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Sedona Art Retreat: Personal Imagery Path
February 15-18, 2016 — Take a unique tour of self-discovery as you explore a world of creative possibilities. Sedona is known for three things; its beautiful and unique landscape, its art-colony atmosphere and as a place for spiritual retreat. The Sedona Arts Center has wrapped these elements into a unique package where art and self-discovery fuse - creating the opportunity for artists and those who consider themselves non-artists to engage fully in the experience of art. The Personal Imagery Path creates a three day immersion with a focus on different ways of creating images from abstract painting to photography, collage and metal etching. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Multiple Instructors
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $565 All Materials Included
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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