Beginning Jewelry: Introduction

  • $425.00
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Beginning Jewelry: Introduction
Instructor: Dana Cassara
May 18 and 19, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 – 5:00
Class Fee: $425 | Basic materials included

Class format: in studio at Danaca Design

Prerequisites:  No experience necessary.

Class Description

This Beginning Jewelry workshop is an ideal introduction to the fundamental aspects of silversmithing.  Explore jewelry design while learning all the valuable basics: to saw, file, texture, form, and solder nonferrous metals like copper, brass, and silver. Students will develop a good understanding of soldering and setting stones into bezels and will complete two pieces of jewelry. Get a taste for working in metal while gaining the foundation necessary to pursue the art of silversmithing. No experience necessary.

Materials INCLUDED:

  • Copper to make samples and brooch
  • Sterling silver to make pendant
  • Cabochon stone

If you choose to work larger than the samples shown in class there may be an additional materials fee.

Students MAY Bring:

  • Additional sheet metal (available in studio store)
  • A cabochon (available in studio store)

Student testimonials:
"So happy that my friend recommended me to take this class. Exceeded my expectations. Super looking forward to taking more classes!" (Jennifer 11/21)
Barbara is an excellent teacher. Her enthusiasm for the work is infectious. I also like that we almost immediately got to “doing”. Janice L 2/2023

Instructor Bio:
Dana Cassara began practicing the art of silversmithing at North Seattle Community College in 1992. She discovered her love for the craft after returning to school to pursue a teaching degree with a focus in social studies. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1998 with a B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas as well as Interdisciplinary Arts, because she just couldn’t stay out of the art department. She has been teaching jewelry design since 1999 and loves what she does.

Her aim as an instructor is to guide individuals through the learning process offering solid technical information, personalized attention, and lots of fun. With the intention of setting students on the path towards transforming their ideas into solid form, she hopes students will take the experience they gain in this studio beyond the classroom into their everyday life where problem solving skills and a profound sense of achievement always come in handy! Learn more about Dana, HERE.

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All students must fill out and electronically submit the Danaca Design COVID-19 Studio Safety Protocol and Waiver form before attending class.