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Beginner Level

Introduction to Metal Clay
February 20, 2016 (9:30 AM-5:30PM) — Make your own metal pendant! Students are invited to learn the basics of working with Metal Clay including manipulating the clay, applying texture, assembling dry clay, placement of bails, firing, and finishing techniques. Students will create a fine silver “Picture Frame” pendant in the class. Class size it limited so reserve your place soon. Contact cmiller@cindymiller.com or come by Studio 326 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. All tools will be provided for use during the class so students will not need to bring anything to the class. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Cindy Miller
Sponsor: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Cost: $175
Email: Cindy Miller

Beginner Level

Introduction to Torched Fired Enamels
March 2, 2016 (9:30am-5:00pm) — The alchemy of fusing glass to copper is magical… and it’s possible with very few tools and just a little practice. Learn how to add bold pops of color to simple metal shapes for unique, imaginative components for your jewelry creations. In this fun one day workshop, we’ll sift, stencil, scratch, draw and etch and create several pairs of earrings for you to refer back to as you begin your enameling journey. Everything is provided – just come ready to have fun and think outside the box! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99.00 workshop fee + $30.00 materials fee
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Beginner Level

Wire Essentials for the Jewelry Maker
March 5, 2016 (9:30am-5:00pm) — Looking to add wirework to your bag of tricks? Want to learn to create uniform loops and links? Tired of using manufactured findings? This is the class for you! Bend, twist, form and embellish wire to create all the elements for this necklace and earrings set. Variations for ear wires and clasps will be explored. You will be the boss of the wire in no time! At The Makery, we provide all tools and materials as part of your materials fee, so all you need to do is show up ready for fun! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99.00 workshop fee + $25.00 materials fee
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Flame-Worked Glass Beads
March 5, 2016 (9am-4:30pm) — Whether a beginner or an advanced glass bead artist, this class is for you. Julie will help you hone your skills at flame working. You will learn the basics of hot head torch set up and safety. Round beads will be made first and a discussion of common problems associated with bead making will follow. You will learn how to pull stringers from glass rods and use them to decorate beads with dots, scrolls and swirls. Glass and silver foil included. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $145
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Intermediate Level

Forged Spiculum Necklace
March 11-12, 2016 (9:30am-5:00pm) — The spiculum is an ancient tapered, hollow form dating back hundreds of years – and it’s accomplished with a hammer! This two day workshop will introduce the process of preparing and forming metal sheet into these beautiful shapes. We’ll explore the ways in which the shape we begin with influence the final form and experiment with the changes that occur when simple alterations are introduced into the process. We’ll finish by creating a unique necklace with handmade chain. Remember that everything you need to complete the project is included in your materials fee! Prerequisite: Introduction to Soldering or permission of the instructor. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $149.00 workshop fee + $75.00 material fee
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Beginner Level

Introduction to Soldering
March 19, 2016 (9:30AM-5:00PM) — Enter the no-fear zone and learn to master the torch… a simple, home-friendly butane torch, that is! If you ever thought soldering was too intimidating, this is the workshop for you. We’ll cut, texture and form sterling silver sheet and wire for these unique earrings, then solder them using a straight-forward, easy-to-learn method that will take the fear out of using a torch. We’ll finish by adding a small decorative cabochon for a pop of color and a quick introduction to stone setting. Everything you need is included in your materials fee, so all you have to do is show up and have fun! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99.00 workshop fee + $49.00 supply fee
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Riveted Frame Pendant
April 2, 2016 (9:30am-5:00pm) — This one day workshop will teach you how to form, rivet and embellish a copper frame for a stunning Swarovski Crystal Element. You’ll explore a variety of metalsmithing techniques, including options for forming the copper frame; texturing and stamping the frame; and forming the bail, connectors, and bead charms… all while mastering riveting! You’ll leave class with a sparkly pendant (with custom bail) and the skills to confidently tackle unusual rivet applications. We provide everything you need to complete the project – all the tools and all the materials – so all you have to do is show up and have fun! Some experience with wire working and riveting is suggested but not required. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99.00 workshop fee + $29.00 materials fee
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Fine Silver Rings in A Day
April 9, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using Precious Metal Clay Silver (PMC), and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it’s fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You’ll also learn to torch fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch fire those. Included: PMC silver clay, appropriate stone, and use of tools and disposables. Extra PMC available for purchase. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $144
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Fusing Precious Metal Clay with Argentium Sterling Silver
April 10, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Combine two modern forms of silver to highlight the strengths of each. PMC allows you to create intricate patterns and textures easily and quickly, however Argentium Sterling is more structurally sound for sheet and wire effects. By combining the two metals you get the best of both materials! In the morning create fine silver piece(s) with PMC, forming, drying and firing in a kiln or with a butane torch. After lunch and an introduction to some basic metal working techniques including texturing and fusing, permanently connect the PMC to the Argentium sterling. Then finish your edges, apply patina, and take your finished piece home! No previous experience required but some familiarity with PMC or traditional metal working helpful. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sherry Viktora and Deb Donaghue
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $155
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Enamel On Copper
April 16-17, 2016 (Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 9am-1pm) — Enamel is glass fused to a metal base using a kiln. It’s deeply colorful, it’s shiny, and it’s fun to make jewelry from this contemporary medium with an ancient past. Leslie will teach you how to apply the glass, fire it in the kiln, and show you several simple techniques that make a big impact on your enamels. You will learn many techniques in this workshop, and go home with several small pieces or one larger piece. But this just scratches the surface of what can be done with enamel. Fee includes all materials and use of tools. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $160
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Time for Connections
April 16-17, 2016 (9:30am-5:00pm) — Cold connections, that is! Join metals instructor Gwen Youngblood for a two-day workshop designed to introduce you to a comprehensive sampler of inventive and decorative cold connections. You’ll learn to cut, texture and drill the base pieces of the band, and how to form and attach the embellishments. You’ll cover the use of traditional wire rivets, how to make and use balled headpins for riveting, and how to cut and use tubing and eyelets for cold connections. We will rivet a bezel cup in place and set a gemstone. Then put it all together to form a one-of-a-kind watchband. Everything you need is included in the materials fee. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $139.00 workshop fees + $55.00 materials fee
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Beginner Level

Fused Embellished Bracelet
May 7, 2016 (9:30am-5:00pm) — Learn how to turn silver wire into this show-stopping bracelet in just one day! With only a few tools and a little patience, you’ll form, fuse and embellish links for this supple, slinky length of chain. Then we’ll create a custom clasp and decorative dangle to finish it off and make it uniquely yours. Everything you need to complete the project is included in your materials fee, so just come have fun! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99.00 workshop fee + $55.00 materials fee
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Riveted Chain Necklace
May 21, 2016 (9:30am-5:00pm) — Take your skills to the next level and create a unique riveted chain. We’ll explore a variety of links, and learn how to shape them, how to rivet them, how to texture them and options for embellishment. And yes – we’ll even learn to make those magical ball-headed rivets! From simple and elegant to whimsical steampunk – the sky is the limit. Join us for a fun day of metal magic and see just how far riveting can take you! Remember that your materials fee includes all tools and materials necessary to complete the project, so all you have to do is show up and have fun! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99.00 workshop fee + $35.00 materials fee
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Abstract Jewelry with Ashley Tamber
May 21-22, 2016 (12pm-4pm) — Ashley Tamber began doing line drawings while using photos of deteriorating textiles for reference as a memento mori, which she then translated to metal. Her color palette was inspired by her adoration of copper’s natural weather patina (deterioration). Students may bring original poetry, photography, or paintings they want to use as inspiration to class and then discuss as a group which aspects of the piece could carry over into something wearable. Supplies are included in the workshop price. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Ashley Tamber, www.ashleytamber.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $90, $75 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Etched and Roller Printed Tapestry Pendants
May 21, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Make a multi layer "tapestry-like" textured pendant with roller printed, textured or etched metals. Copper, Brass and Nickel sheet metal can be etched to transfer fabric patterns from rubber texture mats. Metal can also be textured using a rolling mill. Metal sections will be connected using wire or tube rivets. Hand rolled hinges with wire bails can be used to create movable, layered pendants. The hinges will be cut using a saw blade/frame. Students will make at least one layered pendant and a pair of earrings if time permits. Fee includes sheet metal (copper, brass and nickel), wire, and copper bead chain for a necklace. Additional metal can be purchased from instructor on the day of class. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Kay Rashka
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $155
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Explore Silver and Copper Clays
May 22, 2016 (9am-4:30pm) — First there was Silver Metal Clay that turned into .999 pure silver, now there are several bronze and copper metal clays available which turn into pure copper and bronze. Learn all about two of the three metal clays available(silver and copper) - how to work with and fire them. You will create pendants, earrings or components from fine silver PMC (Precious Metal Clay), and one type of copper metal clay. Sherry will have written information on all of the clays on the market and will discuss combining different metals using cold connections. Fee includes silver and copper clays, written information, use of tools and disposables. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $145
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Bracelets, Bangles and Cuffs
June 6-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Arm and wrist ornaments such as bracelets, bangles and cuffs have been used thru the centuries to convey a mysterious allure of wealth, power and beauty. Come join me in this exciting and innovative exploration of the remarkable design possibilities of creating felted jewelry in the form of nuno bangles, bracelets and cuffs. We will work with colored wool, silk fabric and beads as well as the design possibilities achieved thru dyeing finished pieces made with white wool and silk. Each day we will explore a new design idea to create an interesting bangle, bracelet or cuff. This class is designed for experienced felters. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Melissa Arnold
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $735
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level

Introduction to Soldering
June 18, 2016 (9:30am-5:00pm) — Enter the no-fear zone and learn to master the torch… a simple, home-friendly butane torch, that is! If you ever thought soldering was too intimidating, this is the workshop for you. We’ll cut, texture and form sterling silver sheet and wire for these unique earrings, then solder them using a straight-forward, easy-to-learn method that will take the fear out of using a torch. We’ll finish by adding a small decorative cabochon for a quick introduction to stone setting. Everything you need is included in your materials fee. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99.00 + $49.00 supply fee
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Bring on The Bangles
June 24-25, 2016 (9:30am-5:00pm) — Bangles are a lot of fun to wear, and these bangles make the most of a good thing! Three substantial rings of sterling silver are textured for interest then captured together with a hand-made tube and adorned with dangling charms. In two days, you’ll come away with a good, comprehensive overview of essential metalworking techniques, including soldering, bezel forming and setting, roll printing, and fabrication. As usual, we provide everything you need for this fun two-day workshop, so just come prepared to get your bangle on! Some prior soldering experience is helpful, especially our Introduction to Soldering workshop, but it is not essential. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $149.00 workshop fee + $85.00 material fee
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Natural Stones Set in Silver Metal Clay
June 25, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Create a fine silver bezel setting for a natural, non-firable stone cabochon which you will add to your textured silver metal clay pendant. Sherry will teach you how to use fine silver bezel wire and metal clay to create your bezel, how to account for shrinkage, how to fire your pendant, how to set your stone and polish and patina (optional) your own beautiful pendant. Bring your own natural cabochon or purchase one from the instructor who will have a variety of sizes and prices available. Included: 25g metal clay, and bezel wire. Note: This is NOT a beginning class! Must have taken a previous class with Sherry or get her approval for other experience. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $152
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Wire Essentials for the Jewelry Maker
June 26, 2016 (9:30am-5:00pm) — Looking to add wirework to your bag of tricks? Want to learn to create uniform loops and links? Tired of using manufactured findings? This is the class for you! Bend, twist, form and embellish wire to create all the elements for this necklace and earrings set. Variations for ear wires and clasps will be explored. You will be the boss of the wire in no time! At The Makery, we provide all tools and materials as part of your materials fee, so all you need to do is show up ready for fun! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99.00 workshop fee + $25.00 materials fee
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Fine Silver Leaves from the Garden
June 26, 2016 (9am-4:30pm) — Transform leaves into fine silver jewelry using Precious Metal Clay in this exciting one day class. Sherry will demonstrate the process from collecting appropriate organic material, preparing and/or storing that material, to completion of a fine silver piece of jewelry. Learn to make bails and embellish your jewelry with fire-in-place stones, syringe, and extruder. You will go home with one or more beautiful pieces of pure silver jewelry, and the knowledge to create more. You will also learn how to torch fire PMC with a small butane torch, so you can fire your work without a kiln. Included: 18gm PMC clay, a fire-in-place stone, and use of tools. More PMC available for purchase. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $140
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

2 Bracelets in 3 days with Lisa Barth
July 15-17, 2016 (9:30am-5:00pm) — Join us for three days of fun and innovation with the incomparable Lisa Barth as she teaches us the ins and outs of creating custom, handcrafted leather cuffs! We’ll start with an entire day discovering Lisa’s elegant methods for setting stones in metal clay, creating a unique, personalized medallion for setting on our first bracelet. Then we’ll take an eye-opening day to learn the intricate and classic wire weave that has become her signature style – we fashion a second medallion wire setting for a beautiful stone. On the last day, we’ll put it all together, including how to cut, dye, tool, shape, distress and finish raw leather for a truly custom cuff. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Lisa Barth
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $499.00
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Intermediate Level

3 Ring Circus
July 16-18, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The "Circus" is Coming! Richard Salley brings you an intensive 3-day workshop that focuses entirely on the process of ring making. In this series of workshops we will be presenting how to make 3 rings, 3 different ways in 3 days (The Spinner Ring, The Bezel-Set Cabochon Ring and The Torch-Fired Enamel Ring with Tube-set CZ). Whether this will be your first foray into ring making or you want to expand your ring making knowledge, you will leave the workshop with newly acquired skills that will launch you into a new level of jewelry making. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Richard Salley
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $390
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Riveted Spinner Ring
August 6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learn the basics of sawing, drilling, filing, sanding, shaping, and finishing sterling silver sheet metal to make your own stirrup ring band. Then master the skill of setting a tube rivet that captures a focal bead to give your ring kinetic zing. Materials fee includes 18-gauge sterling silver sheet, thick-walled sterling silver tubing, a focal bead, templates and supplies, plus use of instructor's tools. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Jill Erickson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $120
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Soldered Sterling Silver Link Bracelet
August 13. 2016 (9am-5pm) — Learn the basics of silver soldering and forging to make a soldered link, silver chain bracelet. Students will hand cut jump rings from sterling wire for each link. The jump rings and toggle clasp will be forged and multi temperature silver solder will be used for soldering. Students can modify the shape and also texture the rings to personalize their project. Micro butane and acetylene torches will be used for soldering. Bracelet can be tumble polished if time permits. Professional finishing using flex shafts and polishing tips will be emphasized. Most students should finish the project in class. Included: 12, 14, and 16 gauge wire and silver solder. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Kay Rashka
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $175
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Simple Soldered Silver Rings
September 10-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Using a butane torch, silver wire & sheet, and a few pre-made bezels, students will create amazingly beautiful rings that are deceptively simple to construct. Students will learn techniques in soldering, filing, fabrication, and stone setting. Soldering experience is helpful but not required. Included: sterling silver wire and sheet, solder, flux, flux brush, pre-made bezels, faceted stones, cabochons. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $280
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Cool Cuffs
September 12-16, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Applying texture to light gauge metals, and then cold connecting them to a heavier base, provides an infinite number of cuff possibilities! We will cover several hot and cold metal texturing techniques including: roller printing, fold forming, corrugating, fusing, forging and more! All levels are welcome and no metal working experience is required. Includes all copper sheet, wire and rivets to complete the projects. Silver sheet, wire and rivets will be available for purchase if desired, or students may bring their own. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $625
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Wire Weaving, Forging and Layering
September 17-20, 2016 (9am-6pm) — Learn basic wire weaving and techniques for shaping wire to create jewelry with layers and dimension. Using only wire, you can create sophisticated pieces of jewelry without soldering! Master wire weaver Sarah Thompson will show you how. All hand tools, torches, and bench tools in the supply list can be provided, or you can bring your own. Copper wire can be purchased in class for $5 fee. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sarah Thompson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $425
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Chainmaille 101: Meet the Byzantine Family
September 24, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This is a beginner's introduction to a basic, but seemingly complicated, family of weaves. Many interesting weaves are created with a basic knowledge of Byzantine and this class will provide a foundation from which to build one's basic skill. Although a beginner class, this would also be interesting to the intermediate since the mechanics of chainmaille and design construction will be discussed. Included: enough copper rings to practice with and make weave starters and sufficient silver-filled rings to make one 7.5" byzantine bracelet and a clasp. Prior experience needed: Students should be able to open and close small jump rings cleanly. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Kate Tegtmeier
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $130
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Fabulous Fused Chains
October 1, 2016 (9am-4:30pm) — Want to learn to make chains using silver? Leslie will teach you how to make jump rings, use a hand torch to create fluid links and go on to create a large variety of chains that can be made into necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Chains are interesting to connect and create, to enjoy plain or paired with beads or your favorite pendant. All materials and tools will be provided for this class. Fee covers silver wire and use of tools. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $130
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Soldered Silver Shield Earrings
October 8, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Use basic fabrication and soldering skills to craft these sterling silver "Shield" earrings. Learn the basics of soldering with multi temperature silver solder. The basic earring shape will be cut out using a saw blade/frame. The metal will be textured using metal design stamps. Micro butane torches will be used for soldering. Professional finishing using motorized tools and polishing tips will be emphasized. This project was featured on the cover of the September issue of Art Jewelry (2011). Fee includes sterling silver sheet, round and square silver wire and solder. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Kay Rashka
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $150
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Alternative Surfaces for Jewelry
October 16-17, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Students will work with a variety of unique surfaces, patinas, embossing, colored pencils and more. Students will also incorporate found items into the jewelry, allowing the pieces to become narrative and personal. A variety of cold connections techniques will be used, including rivets, eyelets, brads nuts and bolts and wire connections, instead of soldering to assemble the pieces. Students will use copper and brass sheet metal for accent. Students are encouraged to bring their budding ideas, and small personal found objects to discover the endless options for assembling and connecting. The goal is to find unique designs and approaches and use personal expression to create the jewelry. Students will learn a vast number of new and alternative approaches to surface design and construction. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger, www.maryhetts.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $343
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Polymer Clay Floral Dreamscapes
October 17-22, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Learn about color, caning, and sculpting in this 6-day intermediate/advanced polymer clay workshop co-taught by Carol Simmons (a colorist and caner) and Maureen Carlson (a sculptor). This workshop was originally a follow-up to Carol’s Kaleidoscope Bracelet and Master Cane Workshops. Students who haven’t taken one of these workshops must be experienced in creating and modifying Skinner blends and proficient in cane construction. We will use very thin slices of polymer clay canes to construct multi-layered, fantasy flowers with interchangeable parts. These components will be combined with sculptural forms to enhance the presentation of the flowers. At week’s end combine your creations into a unique tabletop sculpture, piece of wall art, or wearable art. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Carol Simmons and Maureen Carlson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Casting Small Pewter Charms, Pendants
October 22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to make your own cast pewter charms or pendants with metal smith Eric Donaldson. Working with pewter is very easy. You can make castings at home in your kitchen or garage, once you know how to work with this wonderful, soft metal. Eric will show you how to create your own original, reusable molds from simple materials, how to heat the pewter, how to pour the molds, how to finish the castings. Purchase pewter from Eric for $5-$10 and you will be able to make several charms or pendants from a small amount. Your bracelets, necklaces, and key chains will be jingling and jangling. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Eric Donaldson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $105
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Fine Silver Rings in A Day
October 29, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using Precious Metal Clay Silver (PMC), and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it’s fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You’ll also learn to torch fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch fire those. Included: PMC silver clay, appropriate stone, and use of tools and disposables. Extra PMC available for purchase. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $144
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Torch Fired Glass Enamel on Copper
October 29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Light up your life with a flame work glass enameling class. No experience necessary. You'll learn torch fired glass enameling techniques including counter enameling, vertical surface enameling, and sgraffito. Julie will demo sheet metal fabrication, shaping and will have on hand several precut shapes of copper metal shapes for you to chose from. You'll be the artist choosing your colors and designs. Extra materials including gemstones will be on hand to enhance your finished design. Your final piece will be made into earrings or a pendant. Included: glass enamels, torch and fuel to use in class, tools for use during class, wire for earrings or head pins, four copper shapes. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $155
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Combine Metal Clay and Traditional Metal Work
October 30, 2016 (9am-5pm) — In the morning you will create your fine silver focal piece with Precious Metal Clay, forming, drying and firing your piece to be ready to rivet it to copper sheet metal in the afternoon to create a pendant. After lunch you will be introduced to some basic metal working techniques including texturing copper sheet with hammers, riveting, finishing edges and applying patina. You will then rivet your PMC piece or pieces to your textured copper sheet and take home a finished piece of jewelry! Fee includes 9 grams of fine silver clay, copper sheet metal, rivets, and any disposables necessary. Chain, ear wires and hooks may be purchased directly from the instructors. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sherry Viktora and Deb Donaghue
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $138
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Dichroic Bling Beads and Art Jewelry
November 12-13, 2016 (Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 9am-1pm) — Create hand made glass beads AND create one-of-a-kind beaded art jewelry. Day 1: create glass beads that glitter and sparkle with Dichroic glass. You will use two types of Dichroic glass - black opaque glass with Dichroic layers and clear Dichroic glass. You will be the artist choosing your colors. Day 2: create jewelry with your hand made glass beads. You’ll forge metal bead caps, make your own head pins, and assemble beads into beautiful one-of-a-kind necklaces and earrings. All tools, glass and materials provided. Extra Dichroic glass, sterling and fine silver, and gemstones will be available for purchase. Must have experience making beads with a torch. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $260
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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