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In this 90-minute seminar, participants will view 3 different home studio torch set-ups. Nanz will share research into setting-up torches for jewelry making in your own home. Demos of the different torch types will disclose which is a must have for a wide range of use. We will cover which torches have longer lasting or hotter fuels and which fuels burn the cleanest. Resource lists of tool providers and FaceBook groups for Jewelry tool sales will be available. Fire and health safety will be a focus of discussion.
Nanz Aalund’s wide ranging career as an award-winning jewelry designer, goldsmith, and educator, began with a high school jewelry class. After serving as a fine jewelry designer, production director, 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) She authored the 40 biographies for the book, Masters Gold, published by Lark Books in 2009 and served as technical author and associate editor for Art Jewelry Magazine. Nanz’s most recent publication, “ A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeship” for MJSA, received an Excel Award from AM&P in 2018.