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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

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Baubles and Bangles
July 6-8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, give life to your jewelry designs through the unforgettable dimension of movement. Using basic silversmithing skills, such as sawing and soldering, conceptualize and produce two or three pieces of kinetic jewelry and wearable art. Cora will share her methods in design, as well as her sterling silver and Kumbu techniques, to create small elements that combine into a larger work. Assistance will be provided in cutting the necessary metal to create jewelry with a signature look. No need to purchase materials ahead of time, use available studio tools and purchase metal and other materials in class. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Cora Acor
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Foundry: An Introduction
July 9 - August 13, 2016 (Saturdays, 9am-5pm) — 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: $950, Non-Credit: $595, Lab Fee: $65
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

3 Ring Circus
July 12-14, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Immerse yourself in the world of ring fabrication in this intensive three-day workshop. Explore three different techniques in ring creation, including a sterling silver spinner ring, a bezel-set cabochon ring, and a torch-fired enamel ring with tube set cubic zirconias. You will begin your workshop with a basic design to prime you for more advanced projects in the days to follow. On day one, complete a spinner ring in sterling silver as you learn to make a ring to a given size with any gauge metal. On day two, create a sterling silver bezel-set ring with a turquoise cabochon in the southwest style. And on day three, make an enamel on copper ring with tube set cubic zirconias. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Richard Salley, www.RSalley.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $470
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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

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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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Fine Silver Granulation Techniques
August 9-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Discover the vivid possibilities of the antique technique of granulation. This workshop will cover a multitude of methods related to the granulation process, as well as ways to integrate this method into your current jewelry practice. Emphasis will be placed on discovery and developing technical skill. Through demonstrations and discussions Jill will share how to make and cut coils to form granules, fuse fine silver wire, prepare metals, as well as the steps of the granulation process. Jill will provide individualized attention and feedback while you work independently on exercises and your final project. Metalworking experience and torch skills are required to enroll in this workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jill Hurant, www.JillHurant.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $470
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Stone Inspired Jewelry
August 15-17, 2016 (9am-12pm) — Let the fascinating natural patterns in stones inspire the silver designs that surround them. Explore the silversmithing techniques of piercing, stamping, chasing, and appliqué while creating a pin and pendant. Sylvia will demonstrate and explain methods surrounding basic stone setting in a simple bezel. The metals studio is equipped with the tools needed and Sylvia will provide the silver and findings. A lapidary craftsman will visit the class with a large selection of stones for you to purchase. Please bring a sketch pad, Sharpie pens for drawing on metal, and a creative mind. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Sylvia Youell
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $245, Non-Members: $265
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Connections in Jewelry: Specialty Catches, Hinges and More
August 22-24, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Expand your jewelry making and metalworking possibilities in this engaging workshop. A variety of mechanisms will be explored over the course of the week, including key clasps, slide catches, hinges, and hinge clasps to accompany your designs. These techniques will enable you to make boxes and lockets that close and latch. Join Barbi as she shares her techniques for hiding clasps in pendants for beautiful, seamless chains. Open to all, but some prior soldering experience is required. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Barbi Gossen, www.barbigossen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Intermediate Level
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Mixed Metals
August 29-31, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Explore three metalsmithing techniques with a different focus each day. You will have the opportunity to conceptualize and fabricate bangles, experiment with surface treatment using liver of sulfur, and set an unusual gemstone. The workshop will begin with learning how to hand-forge sterling silver and copper wave bangles, followed by instruction in soldering, embellishing, and adding texture to the interior. On day two, learn the secrets to piercing designs and tips and tricks for using liver of sulfur to create stunning colors and patinas. And on day three, set an unusual gemstone that is flat on the bottom using prong and channel setting methods. Students will need to supply their own gemstone for the final day of class. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Robyn Cornelius, www.LittleRockJewelleryStudio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $470
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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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

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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

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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

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Intermediate Level
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Baba Yaga Birdhouse (A Two Day Workshop)
September 18-19, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — In Slavic legend there is a tale of an old witch…sometimes a wise sage…but mostly and trouble maker. Her name is Baba Yaga, who rides in a flying mortar, using her pestle as the rudder. It is said that she lives in a strange cabin in the middle of the forest…surrounded by a fence made of bones, capped by skulls. The house itself is also grimly unusual… said to be perched upon giant chicken legs…sometimes one…sometimes two. This folktale seemed like a great source for a class idea…We will create a fantastical birdhouse perched on legs…doll legs, rubber chicken legs, or a mere pedestal. I’ll show the class how to add flapping wings to the haggish home. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $425
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Wire-Caging Common Objects and Neck Form
September 18, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Build a cage-like bezel form to encase a druzy stone using an open form technique created from forged wire. The overall look allows you to view all sides of your object that you are encasing. Students will finish one pendant and have ample opportunity to expand on this idea by forging and brazing a wire neck form. In this 6 hour smithing class learn to anneal, solder, pick solder, shape, draw a bead and all skills to create cage-like jewelry. Learn proper metalworking techniques for soldering, shaping and clean up. Learn some short cuts and ideal techniques for teaching soldering in a class room. Students will leave with a complete neck form and pendant. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Intermediate Level

Caging + Brazing Hollow Form
September 19, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Explore the cage form in sterling as small wearable relics by creating your own hollow form pendant. Learn proper metalworking techniques for soldering, shaping and clean up. Discover short cuts and techniques for teaching soldering in the classroom. Understand the process of combining filigree bezel wire, round silver wire and sheet metal. Solder with medium and soft solder to finish a jewelry component that we will complete with leather. Also learn to build and complete 3 leather neck forms that I use in my work. Expand your leather vocabulary and allow it to add comfort, durability, sophistication and a trendy edge to your finished work. Walk away with these three neck forms: choker form, fringe form, and multiple strand. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Intermediate Level
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Constructing + Fashioning - Just Leather Forms
September 19, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Explore the cage form in sterling as small wearable relics by creating your own hollow form pendant. Learn proper metalworking techniques for soldering, shaping and clean up. Discover short cuts and techniques for teaching soldering in the classroom. Understand the process of combining filigree bezel wire, round silver wire and sheet metal. Solder with medium and soft solder to finish a jewelry component that we will complete with leather. Also learn to build and complete 3 leather neck forms that I use in my work. Expand your leather vocabulary and allow it to add comfort, durability, sophistication and a trendy edge to your finished work. Walk away with these three neck forms: choker form, fringe form, and multiple strand. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Faux Etching: Surface Design on Metal
September 20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Learn fast & easy techniques for creating “etched” metal surfaces without having to deal with toxic chemicals. 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. We will cover basic cold connection methods as well as composition & design. I will also demonstrate a quick & easy way to make a mold of just about anything. This etching technique will become a treasured favorite and will be useful in many other projects. You will leave with at least 1 figurative sculpture, 2 or more if you work fast & bring extra tins & heads! Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Layering Transparent – Foils, Tints, and Imagery in Resin
September 20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Create layers by using transparent images, text and photo transfers. Explore the possibilities of combing resins with metal bezels. Learn proper mixing, application, combining and pouring layers and safety tips. Learn techniques such as filling hollow bezel forms with photo text, foil and layering of materials. Sand, scratch, cast and sgraffito your way to creating unique objects and ancient artifacts in combination with metal. Build with resin using multiple layers while learning new techniques for scratching, crackling, engraving, transferring of imagery, making marks and coloring surface. Learn to build a rubber silicone mold to pour resin into. Mix, pour and cure Ice resin. Leave with pendants and components, a journal of ideas and a whole new design direction. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Resin, Relics, and Ancient Artifacts – Casting
September 20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Create layers by using transparent images, text and photo transfers. Explore the possibilities of combing resins with metal bezels. Learn proper mixing, application, combining and pouring layers and safety tips. Learn techniques such as filling hollow bezel forms with photo text, foil and layering of materials. Sand, scratch, cast and sgraffito your way to creating unique objects and ancient artifacts in combination with metal. Build with resin using multiple layers while learning new techniques for scratching, crackling, engraving, transferring of imagery, making marks and coloring surface. Learn to build a rubber silicone mold to pour resin into. Mix, pour and cure Ice resin. Leave with pendants and components, a journal of ideas and a whole new design direction. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Punk Fiction - Taking Cover
September 20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — In this class we will focus only on making interesting covers and backs for our book-assemblages. This will be done taking book covers and modifying them or starting from scratch and creating a book using a variety of assemblage techniques and painting techniques. Perhaps you’d like a book to look like an ancient artifact dug up in a mummy’s tomb…or…something steampunkish is your preference…or maybe you’d like a cover that’s a living, breathing beastie…or something with a sci-fi twist that fell out of a visiting flying saucer. Whatever you’re preference we will explore well beyond the traditional. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $425
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Intermediate Level
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Metalsmithing: Sterling Silver Earrings
September 21, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Discover a variety of techniques of jewelry metalsmithing in this three-day workshop series. Day one will focus on beginning and advanced techniques in earring fabrication, including soldering, wire wrapping, creating texture, setting stones, and hinged earring mechanisms. Using a variety of tools, including the hydraulic press and rolling mill, conceptualize and complete a pair of earrings. You must enroll in a minimum of two days out of the three in the series to ensure completion of projects. Open to beginning and advanced students. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Intermediate Level
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Metalsmithing: Sterling Silver Pendant
September 22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Day two of this workshop series concentrates on sculptural pendants. Beginning students will learn to solder, set a stone, and cut out metal shapes. More advanced students will have the option to make multiple stone, prong, and bezel settings with a custom chain. Pendants will be comprised of sterling silver with the focal point of the piece being the setting of irregular stones and found objects. You must enroll in a minimum of two days out of the three in the series to ensure completion of projects. Open to beginning and advanced students. Some metals and studio supplies are available for a fee. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Metalsmithing: Sterling Silver Ring with Stone
September 23, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The final day of this workshop series offers the opportunity to fabricate a ring from design through completion. Using metalsmithing techniques, you will learn to prong-set and bezel-set regular and irregular stones, and even found objects. You will practice soldering, sawing, filing, and finishing methods in the completion of your one-of-a-kind, sterling silver ring. You must enroll in a minimum of two days out of the three in the series to ensure completion of projects. Open to beginning and advanced students. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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

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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

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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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Ancient and Contemporary Chainmaking
October 10-12, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Explore ancient and contemporary chain fabrication techniques in this workshop. Using argentium sterling silver and fine silver, you will learn how to produce single loop-in-loop, center-ball, and side-weave chains, all completed with a simple “s” hook clasp. To ensure success, Cora will provide group demonstrations and individual guidance throughout the process of creating each chain. You will use the equipment in the studio and all materials will be available for purchase from Cora. Students of all ability levels can master these chain techniques. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Cora Acor
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Community Open Studios
Thru April (Tuesday-Saturday) — Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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