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This is a great opportunity for you to continue working on your projects. Ongoing students may work on a project together or work independently. This is a class where students need to be able to solder on their own.
This is a 4 sessions class held on Tuesdays for the month of October.
An additional materials fee of $20 will be added to the class price when you register.
Instructor Bio:Jane Martin has taught jewelry making at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, for the Seattle Metals Guild, and the Bainbridge Island park department. Her jewelry is shown at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle. She has been making jewelry since she was in high school and has a BFA from University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
Contact Jane Martin: Jewelry.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org
A four session class is designed for the aspiring jewelry maker.
This is a beginner level class where some torch or soldering skills are required. Learn how to make post earrings with sheet metal and a disc cutter. Students will receive a step by step demonstration by the teacher, safety and tool use instruction and supervision through out the class.
Sarah Jones is a local Bainbridge Island artist and jeweler. A proud alumni and class addict of BARN, Sarah has a background in sculpture and ceramics, she started her journey into metal arts with studio lead Jane Martin back at Yeolmalt cabin.
She is on the BARN Jewelry/Fine Metal Arts steering committee and runs the open studio program.
Sarah sells her art to private collectors and her work can be viewed on Instagram. @sarahjonesjewelry
This class is required if you want to take studio-specific classes in how to run computer-controled tools at BARN including the plasma cutter in the Welding Studio, the milling machine in the Metal Machining Studio, or the CNC router in the Woodworking Studio. You can also use Fusion 360 to design objects for BARN's 3-D printers.
Instructor: Chris Stanley is a fourth-generation artist/ craftsman who works in a variety of media. After working for many years as a professional model maker in both architectural and design fields, he went into education. He taught computer-aided design and other classes for the Art Institute of Seattle for 19 years.
Learn to set a square faceted stone in a thick wall setting with Jody Lyle, in this 2-day class. We will be learning to set faceted stones with sharp edges like square, rectangles and pears and have a chance to finish a ring, pendant or earrings. The techniques learned in this class will improve your overall stone setting skills, giving your more freedom of design.
This is an intermediate level class.
Materials fee: $25
Cubic Zirconia (CZ) princess cut (square) stones will be provided. If students want to bring their own metal or stones, they may, but might have to make custom setting to fit their stones and it is best if they are 7 or higher on the Mosh scale. Barn will provide copper and brass sheet and wire for students to make their pieces. There will be some silver for purchase if you choose.
The studio has these tools but if students want to bring their own:
pliers, files, point burnisher, sanding sticks, small round burs, setting and heart burs, flat and square gravers, setting punches, dividers, caliper, flex-shaft hammer hand-piece, Benchmate vices, other vices and magnification eye wear.
Jody Lyle is a goldsmith with over 24 years of experience designing and making jewelry. She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas where she studied with world-renowned enamel artist Harlan Butt. She has continued here education over the years with apprenticeships, trade school training, and skill building classes. She believes in learning by doing, and continues to home her skills, practicing and acquiring new techniques and is continually expanding the definition of her jewelry.
Please join us on Wednesday, October 17th for a special seminar on charitable planned giving. This event is open to the public.
Planned giving can do two things, lower taxes and trade a gift for income. It is sometimes referred to as gift planning or legacy giving. Some planned gifts provide life-long income to donor. Other gift plans use estate and tax planning to provide for charity and heirs in ways that maximize the gift and/or minimize its impact on the donor’s estate.
Planned giving allows for a donor to have a more meaningful impact with their gifts and potentially reduce unnecessary taxes.
Topics to be discussed include:
This is a one day class that is all about jump rings. We will make them many ways during the class. Learn how to finish jewelry with jump ring successfully. One goal of the class is to walk out wearing a finished pair of jump ring earrings.
An additional materials fee of $10 will be added to the class price when you register.
All levels welcome.
Please bring a bag lunch with you. BARN has a refrigerator to store your lunch.
Jane Martin has taught jewelry making at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, for the Seattle Metals Guild, and the Bainbridge Island park department. Her jewelry is shown at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle. She has been making jewelry since she was in high school and has a BFA from University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
Contact Jane Martin: Jewelry.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org
Join others who are learning to use Fusion 360, a program that BARN participants can use to design projects for the new CNC router in the Woodworking Studio, the CNC milling machine or plasma cutter in Metal Arts, or the 3D printers in Electronic & Technical Arts.
The users group meets from noon to 2 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month to give people a time and place to work on their Fusion projects or simply to develop their Fusion skills. With many people meeting and working together, we’ll be able to share knowledge and increase all of our skillsets. The group is intended as a followup to BARN’s introductory Fusion classes, but people who are learning Fusion on their own are also welcome.
This event is free for members and $20 for non-members. Please register so we know how many will be attending.
Have you always wondered what it takes to sell your work? Come join us for a wonderful discussion that will answer all your questions.
Whether you have been selling your work for years, or just starting to think about whether or not you want to go in this direction, this panel discussion will be a wonderful source of information. Just in time to get ready for the BARN Bazaar!
Professional craftspeople and program staff from Seattle's 107 year old Pike Place Market will share information about crafts at Pike Place Market. Part brisk presentation and part Q&A, the panel will cover some Market History, first-hand perspective from professional crafters, and what it takes to sell one's work in the historic daystalls along Pike Place.
This amazing opportunity is limited to 40 participants, so please register!
We will set beach glass and cabochon stones by constructing bezels. Soldering and forming metal will be shown. Students will have time to make setting/s for earrings, a ring and/or a pendant. Please bring beach glass or stones if you have some to the first class. We can tumble glass to make 'beach glass' so also bring colored glass bottles to use and share. The studio has gemstone cabochons to sell.
This is second level or intermediate class held in 4 sessions for those that have taken a jewelry class or two at BARN or other places.
A $20 material fee will be added to class fee when you register.
Jane Martin has taught jewelry making at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, for the Seattle Metals Guild, and the Bainbridge Island park department. Her jewelry is shown at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle. She has been making jewelry since she was in high school and has a BFA from University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She has walked many beaches and collects glass and ceramic shards.
Do you want to cast outside of class?
Come be a part of Barn’s Casting Club!!
This is an exciting opportunity to practice casting your own work in precious metals. This is a Hands-On experience. You'll have an opportunity to do every step in the casting process yourself. This isn't a class, but more like an open studio for casting. It will require some casting experience (see below) and teamwork. We've started this club to give our community a chance to cast on a regular basis. We plan on growing and evolving to include the casting of 3D printed pieces and mold making. If you're interested in participating, see requirements and specifics below.
When you sign-up, you automatically get two small to medium flasks to cast. We ask that you:
If you’d like to cast more than two flasks, please email us so we can confirm there is available space. Each flask beyond the two allotted will incur an additional materials fee paid on the investing day. (All participant’s first two flasks will have priority over additional flasks in case of a full kiln).
Casting Club Requirements
You need to have taken at least one lost wax centrifugal casting class in the last 5 years where you poured your own metal. (Or have enough experience with lost wax centrifugal casting that you are comfortable casting on your own. If this is the case, shoot us an email so you can get approved.)
Please wear closed-toed shoes and long pants to the casting day. Non-flammable natural fiber is best. Please bring something to tie back loose hair and don’t wear loose draping clothing.
We have dust masks, safety glasses and gloves that you can use, but feel free to bring your own.
To participate you must be 18 years or older (special circumstances must be cleared with the Jewelry Studio beforehand)
What To Expect
On Friday evening, we will be investing, so come with your pieces sprued, weighed (don't forget to record your wax weight & bring it) and attached to the sprue base, so we can jump right in. Don’t plan on there being time to sprue your work during this time. If you have any concerns or would like some advice on spruing, come to open studio on Monday or Friday. We have set aside a locker where you can leave your sprued flask if you so choose. During investing, we’ll have time to make some last minute adjustments and weigh our metals. When everyone's done investing we’ll clean up and figure out the pouring order for the next morning. You're welcome to stay to help load the kiln for its’ overnight burn.
On Saturday morning, come with appropriate casting wear (& hair up). After a review of the days plan we will get everything ready for the pour. Teams of 2 people will take turns casting until we finish. When all of the flasks are poured everyone can help clean up and show off their work!!
We are offering a special introductory cost for our inaugural Casting Club -- $35 (+$5/flask)!!
Contact Info firstname.lastname@example.org
$5/flask materials fee (please bring cash or check to class)
Accepted as the most versatile of bead weaving stitches, peyote can be used for flat bands as well as structural shapes by utilizing the same basic technique and thread path. For the Simply Tubular bracelet, students will be creating four small beaded strips which will be “zipped up” to create individual tubes into which leather cording will be inserted. Two options will be presented for creating the centerpiece ~ the captured crystal as shown or utilizing an already finished component. Weaving tips, problem solving, finishing techniques and resources will also be discussed. An open studio will be available for additional help.
A $15 material fee will be added to class fee.
All levels welcome.
Teacher Bio: Chris Eisenberg discovered beading while recovering from an accident and the resulting traumatic brain injury. Beading was her therapy and credits it for helping her become whole again. Chris has a doctorate in classical piano performance from the University of Northern Colorado and am a performance coach and collaborator at Central Washington University. She has previously taught workshops at the Autumn Artist Retreat and in the Iron Mountain Arts studio near Port Gamble. Students may bring lunch or go out.
Please bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea, refrigerator and microwave are available at BARN.
Contact Studio Lead: Jane Martin at Jewelry.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org
This is a 4 sessions class.
Participants will learn how to measure and mark the wax for visible planning lines and precision cuts by practicing 3-dimensional planning and layout techniques for subtractive wax carving. We will begin with the preparation of carving wax for ring size and design layout for carving with a classic bypass ring design. Once the practice wax is completed, participants will be able to apply these new skills to their own designs. Carving wax for stone setting and open work will be covered.
The different carving waxes designated by color will be discussed. Green, blue, and purple waxes will be available for practice carving. Specialized wax tools such as wax saws, miter boxes, rotary files, mini lathe, electric wax pens and scrappers will be demonstrated. No casting will be part of this class, but students are encouraged to join the casting club at BARN.
Students are encouraged to bring any of their own tools, such as files, spatulas, alcohol lamps, dental tools, exacto knives, saw frames, or burrs that they have been using. BARN Jewelry Studio has all the tools necessary for this class, so no purchase of tools is required.
The material fee is $20 for this class. This includes waxes and supplies.
Instructor: After serving as a fine jewelry designer and marketing consultant for Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Tiffany & Co., Nanz Aalund taught jewelry metals classes at the University of Washington and at the Art Institute in Seattle.
She authored the 40 biographies in the book Masters: Gold (published by Lark Books in 2009) and served as technical author and associate editor for Art Jewelry Magazine. Currently, Nanz is writing an Apprenticeship Guide for Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America, due for publication in spring of 2017.
Mark your calendar, call your best friend, and join us for a fun evening making art. Each person will make 6 unique wine charms to take home, perfect for gatherings or to give as a hand made gift. No jewelry experience needed for this class.
Enjoy a little music, a glass of wine, some cheese and crackers, while you make your charms.
This event is only for adults age 21 and over.
Tools and materials for the class will be supplied by BARN.
Sarah Jones is a local Bainbridge Island artist and jeweler. With a background in ceramics and sculpting, Sarah started her journey into metal arts with studio lead Jane Martin back at Yeolmalt Cabin. She enjoys teaching beginners and youth because witnessing people have that “aha” moment never gets old. And introducing youth to hands on trade skills and opportunities is priceless.
Sarah Jones is also a studio monitor and on the BARN Jewelry/Fine Metal Arts steering committee
Sarah sells her art to private collectors and her work can be viewed on Instagram @SarahJonesJewelry.
This is a one day class that is all about ear wires and making them successfully. How does an earring hang right? What makes a comfortable ear wire? We will make ear wires several ways this day.
All levels are welcome.
An additional materials fee of $10 will be added to the class price when you register.
Please feel free to bring a bag lunch. BARN has a refrigerator to store your lunch.
The beautiful jewelry studio needs to be cleaned. Please come lend a hand to help dust, wash, sweep and vacuum. We can work together to keep the studio humming along.
Registration is not required. Please drop on in!
Contact: Jane Martin at Jewelry.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org
There is something quite magical about making something so wonderful out of little tiny beads!!! This three dimensional piece is created by weaving ten small peyote stitched diamonds, joining them into the star shape which is filled with fluff and embellished with crystals. This makes an extraordinary gift or heirloom ornament! Review of basic peyote stitch, intro to shaping and advanced techniques, other weaving tips, problem solving, finishing techniques and resources will also be discussed. An open studio will be available for additional help. Peyote stitch primer is suggested but not required.
A $15 material fee will be added to class fee when you register.
Lapidary Artist David V. Horste, will be having a trunk show at BARN! Come buy some of David's fabulous stone cabochons and beads.
Instructor: David V. Horste of dvhdesigns.com is a Portland based lapidary artist and beadmaker who has been working full time in the jewelry trade for 26 years. He has taught this workshop in the past for the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the Seattle Metals Guild, and Bellevue Community College.
Contact: Jane Martin at Jewelry.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org
BARN members wishing to participate in this event can contact Membership Coordinator Carla Mackey for an application beginning October 15.
Spend 2 days learning the process of lost wax casting. Students will learn the entire process of lost wax casting, including, wax carving, model making, investing, centrifugal casting and finishing. Topics will cover the proper use of tools and equipment to carve stone settings in waxes to create successful ring models for casting. Design elements that relate to better cast objects and how to work with the jewelry industry will also be discussed. The primary focus on day one will be on how to quickly create models, use wax working tools and investing. Day two will be concentrated on casting and finishing tricks.
Prerequisite: Students should have basic jewelry skills, including how to saw, file, solder, and finishing. Also, having previously carving wax models is helpful but not required.
Students will be provided with some bronze to cast, tools and equipment to do the lessons in the studio, but students have to provide fearless creativity, the design ideas and put in some work to complete them! Students are also encouraged to bring clean scrap Sterling or Sterling casting grain. BARN has sterling to sell students if needed.
The tools listed below are helpful for working in the studio to create the wax models. If students have their own jewelry tools, they are encouraged to bring them and some of the tools listed below. Bring ‘em if you've got ‘em! If you don't, we've got you covered!
Additional materials fee of $25 for casting supplies will be applied to the class fee when you register.
You can buy sterling silver for casting from the Jewelry Studio or bring your own.
Bring a bag lunch if you would like. BARN has a refrigerator to store your lunch in.
Contact Jane Martin at: Jewelry.Lead@BainbrigeBARN.org with any questions.
Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse is a jewelry maker and sculptor living and working in Seattle. She has been teaching Metalsmithing and casting since 1992. She developed the Metalsmithing program at Savannah College of Art and Design, taught at the Vermont Art Exchange, and currently teaches in the Seattle area.
Electro-etching is a fabulous low-tech and low-cost way to add design and dimension to a flat sheet of metal. You'll choose a design from a selection provided, transfer it to copper sheet, etch the metal (re-purposed phone chargers are involved - very cool!), cut out your earrings or pendant, and dome your pieces before finishing them. Side effects will almost certainly include: many compliments on your new jewelry, and addiction to the art of electro-etching!
A materials fee of $20 for sheet copper and wire sterling will be added to the cost of class when you register.
Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!
Professional jewelry artist Julia Lowther was raised in Monteverde, Costa Rica and has been teaching jewelry making nationally and internationally for more than 15 years. An active member of the vibrant Pacific Northwest metals community, she has studied and worked with many internationally recognized jewelry artists, including Mary Hu, Komelia Okim, Doug Harling, and Megan Corwin. Lowther's jewelry is comfortable, chic and stunning. Her work has been published most recently in the books 500 Gemstone Jewels; Chain Mail Jewelry; Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet; and Art Jewelry Today 3. She lives and works in Seattle, WA.
For just a pittance and no prior experience, you can make dozens of these eye-catching, truly wonderful pieces. Supply kits will include packets of ROYGBIV beads (rainbow colors!!!) and 16 and 24 gauge wire (either silver or copper). Use your imagination and change up color combinations to create a variety of different looks. These bracelets are even great for guys! Make the piece a bit longer, add a chain and you have a beautiful necklace or set!!! Tools will be provided and basic wire working techniques covered. Productive, fun and stress-free guaranteed!
Need help finishing that holiday gift?
Can't get that piece to solder right?
How do I make that thing fit?
Come to this class to solve some problems. With the help of an instructor, you will be guided to a solution. The BARN studio is equipped with most tools but bring yours if you wish to use them or learn how to use them better. This is for those that have taken at least one beginning jewelry making class at BARN or elsewhere.
Material Fee of $5 will be added to the price of class when you register.
Jane Martin is the instructor.
Email questions: Jewelry.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org
Gold is one of the most universally admired and desired elements known to mankind. In addition to its many medical, industrial, and jewelry uses, Gold is also the most recycled metal in history. In this class we will learn the “How-to” of identifying golds of different karat and alloy. Learn to use a Loop and hallmarks and to use a “touch stone” with acids to separate different karats of gold in this class.
Participants will be using their own old gold jewelry as the base of learning. Separating usable gold alloy into the different karat grades for ingot making. Casting ingots and processing the ingot by reducing, annealing, and rolling mill use will be demonstrated. Turn your broken chains, earrings, and rings into wire for new jewelry use!
The first day of class will focus on gold identification and ingot making. Day two will be focus on processing the ingot into workable wire. Participants must provide their own gold for this class and will leave with their own gold recycled into a more useful form.
There will be a Material Fee of $15.00 added to the cost of the class when you register.