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**This workshop will be conducted via live streaming with Zoom.**
In this two-day class, participants will learn how to use Alcohol Burners with spatulas and Electric Wax Pens with different tips. All will be demonstrated. Cutting a seat for a faceted stone into a wax and attaching prongs for setting will be a focus, as will carving details and repairing breaks with hot wax tools.
Important Information about this class - please read through this before registering:
Class will begin at 9:30 AM and go until 11:30 AM each day. During that time the instructor will be demonstrating techniques. There will be a break in the session to allow students to practice some of the techniques presented in class. You can work from home if you have tools and bench set up.
The session will pick up again at 4:00 PM and go until 6:00 PM. You will use the same link you were sent in the reminder email to rejoin the online class.
Tools for your home workbench:
Students are encouraged to collect/order as many of their own tools as possible before class begins. Tools such as old wood files, Exacto knives, hacksaw frames, or Dremel tools with burs can be used for wax carving. If you already have some tools and wish to use your own, check the list below for the required tools for this class.
Order numbers listed below are from Rio Grande Jewelry Suppliers.
MATERIALS/KITS WE DO PROVIDE:
No Lost Wax Casting is included in this class.
Casting by Proxy (casting of your waxes into your choice of brass or sterling silver by BARN jewelry experts) will be available at a date TBD.
LOANER TOOL PACKAGES Available:
We have 6 loaner tool packages that can be checked out and picked up at BARN by local students. If you would like to have a loaner tool package to use prior to the class, you will need to email the instructor at NanzA@bainbridgebarn.org. These are available on a first come, first serve basis.
We will notify the 6 students who reserved the tool packages. You will be notified when they are available for pickup from BARN. All loaner tools require a security deposit of $175 via a check. When kits are returned on Monday, June 28th, you will receive your check back.
Nanz Aalund’s wide-ranging career as a jewelry designer, goldsmith, and educator, began with high school shop classes. After serving as a fine jewelry designer and marketing consultant for Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co., Aalund taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington and at the Art Institute in Seattle. She holds a Masters of Fine Art (MFA/Metals) and a Masters of Education/College and Technical Teaching Curriculum (CTTC). Her jewelry has been exhibited internationally since the 1980s. She authored, "Masters Gold,” published by Lark Books in 2009, and “A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeship” published in 2017 for MJSA, which received a Silver Medal in the national AM&P - 2018 Excel Awards.
Open Studio in BARN’s fully-equipped Jewelry and Fine Metals Studio provides BARN members and the jewelry community a collaborative environment to pursue self-directed work, whether it’s to finish projects from classes or to work on independent projects. BARN supplies tools and basic shop supplies. Some metals are available for purchase. Ask the studio monitor for assistance.
A trained safety monitor is always on duty.
To be eligible to participate in Open Studio, you must have an up-to-date Skills Card. The Skills Card identifies the techniques and equipment that you have been cleared to work on, either when you completed a Skills Assessment or after you have completed a class.
Social Distancing and Protocols
In order to maintain social distancing in the studio, there are 3 spots available for general studio use and 1 spot available for using the lapidary equipment. You will specify which type when you register. If the session fills, please join the waitlist. If someone cancels, you will be notified via email that a spot has opened up.
Please read the new Jewelry and Fine Metals Studio coronavirus safety
protocols here. BARN-wide safety protocols can be found here.
Safety in the Studio
To avoid injury, please follow these guidelines:
Monitor: Karen Olch
Questions? Contact jewelry.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org
Join us via Zoom to learn more about the Certificate of Craft: Advanced Jewelry Apprentice (AJA) program. In this 60-min seminar you will get a visual tour of the Jewelry Studio and see some of the projects past students have made. We will discuss the broad range of class topics covered in the AJA and how they apply to modern, on-demand manufacturing. You will learn of career possibilities and AJA program expectations. Q & A is available throughout the presentation through the “chat” feature in Zoom as well as the last 15 minutes of the seminar.
Nanz Aalund’s wide ranging career as a jewelry designer, goldsmith, and educator, began with high school shop classes. After serving as a fine jewelry designer and marketing consultant for Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co., Aalund taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington and at the Art Institute in Seattle. Earning a Masters of Fine Art (MFA/Metals) and a Masters of Education/College and Technical Teaching Curriculum (CTTC). Her work has been exhibited both national and internationally since the 1980’s. She authored the book, “Masters Gold,” published by Lark Books in 2009 and her most recent publication, “A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeship” published in 2017 for MJSA, received a national AM&P Excel Award in 2018.
Join instructor, Chris Eisenberg for this bracelet technique that was the beginning of her love affair with all things beading . . . hence the name, Genesis! This stitch is based solely on the spiral stitch which is an absolute staple of bead weaving and a pattern that offers countless variations to continue building your skills. As always, we will begin session one with a review of the basics of beading ~ setting up a space, tools needed and best practices for beaders. The basic pattern of the spiral stitch will be presented and practiced for the duration of the session.
Students will reinforce and gain comfort with this technique by completing an assigned amount of the project during the week before the finishing class. Session two will focus on problem solving and finishing techniques. Variations of spiral stitch will be discussed for further inspiration!
Kits will include everything needed to make your bracelet. Please verify your mailing address when you register.
Students will need to supply scissors and a tape measure.
This class will be conducted via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial. Please make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
Chris Eisenberg discovered beading while recovering from an accident and the resulting traumatic brain injury. Beading was intensive therapy for Chris and has been medically credited for helping restore significant brain function. Chris holds a PhD in classical piano performance and opera direction from the University of Northern Colorado and is currently on the faculty at Central Washington University in Ellensburg WA as a performance coach and collaborator. She has previously taught art workshops at the Autumn Artist Retreat and in the Iron Mountain Arts studio near Port Gamble.
**This class will be held at BARN under the canopy in the back.**
In the introduction to jewelry making class, students will learn how to safely and effectively use a variety of professional jewelers tools. Each day students will be taught a new technique while learning how to make a stamped pendant, a cuff bracelet, hanging earrings and a ring. No experience required. All tools and materials will be provided. Just bring your creativity.
Sarah Jones is a local Bainbridge Island artist and teacher with a background in fine metal arts, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, and photography.
When she’s not making art, you can find Sarah teaching students from 8 to 80 years old, passing on what she has learned to new metal art/jewelry enthusiasts. Sarah enjoys introducing students to the trade’s skills and opportunities.
As a working jeweler since 2014, Sarah’s creations have been displayed in exhibitions hosted by the Seattle Metals Guild, Bainbridge Arts and Craft and Barn. You can view her recent work on Instagram at: @sarahjonesjewelry
**This class will be held at BARN in the Jewelry Studio.**
In the jewelers torch camp students will learn through instructor demonstration and guided hands on practice exercises, how to safely ignite, anneal and solder (connect) metal together.
This is a skills class but students will leave with a simple project of their choice.
Please wear closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. Students will be required to wear safety glasses; you may bring your own or use BARN's. No experience needed. All tools and materials will be provided.
**This event will be live streamed via Zoom.**
Hosted by Membership Coordinator Jen Primm.
An open forum of discussion for BARN Members to gather and chat every second Wednesday of the month. Jen may bring topics of conversation to the meeting.
Members, please register here to receive the Zoom link right away. It will be sent to the email address you used to register. A reminder email will also be sent one day prior to the event.
This event will be conducted via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial. Please make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
The BARN Member newsletter is emailed the fourth Wednesday of the month. The link to join is also provided in that monthly newsletter about a week prior to the event.
If you have questions, please contact Jen at Membership@bainbridgebarn.org.
In the found object jewelry camp students will learn fun and easy jewelry making techniques while they create beach stone wire wrapped pendants, repurpose old items into new earrings, learn about the color wheel and patterns to make a memory bracelets, and recycle old magazines into paper beads. No experience needed. All tools and materials will be provided. Students are encouraged but not required to bring their own found object treasures for repurposing.
In this camp we will learn how to make polymer clay and paper beads. Then use them along with pony and perler beads to make a variety of pendants, necklaces, bracelets, key chains and more. This camp and the projects are specifically designed for youth ages 8-10 years old with lots of room for creative interpretations. Students will learn about the color wheel and patterns to help them design their pieces. No jewelry making experience required. All tools and materials will be provided.
Monitor: Sandra Leese
This "Flow" bracelet is made using only two kinds of beads . . . seed beads and half tila beads which have two holes. The process of weaving this pattern is consistent with other bead weaving techniques with the exception of a more intricate thread path needed to accommodate beads with two separate holes.
The weave is very accessible and meditative resulting in a bracelet so smooth and flexible that it practically flows around your wrist! The accompanying kit will include everything you need to complete one gorgeous bracelet and have a fabulous time doing so!
Students will need to have a good working surface and light, reading glasses (as needed), scissors and an adventurous attitude!
BARN Member BBQ from 2:30 TO 4:30. Members will receive an invite. More information to come soon.
Monitor: Joan Hammond
Learning how to form metal using the hydraulic press opens new possibilities for your work! In this class, you’ll learn how to create multiples of the same shape, which you can turn into beads, pendants, and components for earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. If you’re using textured metal, you won’t lose any detail as you form the components.
Students will learn how to:
Students will be able to produce a bead, a pair of earring dangles, or a pendant. They will also have time to create samples of each forming technique.
Instructor: Joan Hammond began working in metal in 1994, when she started taking metalsmithing classes as an antidote to documenting computer software. What she discovered was a medium that not only utilized her previous training in painting, printmaking, and ceramics, but also opened the possibilities of creating art that can be worn. Family artifacts and history, plants and animals, and the textiles and jewelry of non-Western cultures inspire her current work, which Hammond executes using the techniques of chasing and repoussé. Her long-time interest in Asian art, which deepened when she studied calligraphy and tea ceremony in Kyoto, Japan, continues to influence her aesthetics and sense of design.
Hammond exhibits locally and nationally, and her work has been published in Metalsmith magazine’s Exhibition in Print. She is a member of the Seattle Metals Guild; has served on the Board of Northwest Designer craftsmen; and co-chaired a national conference for the Society of North American Goldsmiths.