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JEWELRY AND METALWORK CLASSES AT BYRDCLIFFE

2017 Jewelry and Metalwork Class Schedule

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild offers an exciting new program of spring, summer and fall courses and workshops of study in Metalwork and Jewelry design and creation, in the Jewelry Studio on Whitehead Road in the Byrdcliffe Art Colony.

Jewelry Class Introduction to Metal and Jewelry-Making – Robin “The Hammer” Ludwig
Saturdays: 2:00 – 5:00 pm (6-week class)
Session 1: April 8 – May 13
Session 2: May 27 – July 1
Session 3: July 8 – August 12
Session 4: August 19 – September 23
Session 5: October 7 – November 11

Price for class (6 weeks): $210 for Byrdcliffe members, $230 for not-yet members
Description: A beginner-level course which introduces new students to the basics of metalwork and jewelry making. Tools will be described and discussed. Students will learn forming, soldering, sawing, filing, finishing, and other skills necessary to the pursuit.Learn to use hammers, pliers, torches, flexible shaft machines, and all other necessary tools. Advanced techniques like chasing and enameling will be discussed as well, so students can aim their studies according to their interests. If a student reaches that stage of work, we will also cover bezel-setting of stones.

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Jewelry Class Intermediate-Advanced Jewelry – Robin “The Hammer” Ludwig
Wednesdays: 2:00 – 5:00 pm (6-week class)
Session 1: April 5 – May 10
Session 2: May 17 – June 21
Session 3: July 5 – August 9
Session 4: August 16 – September 20
Session 5: October 4 – November 8

Price for class (6 weeks): $210 for Byrdcliffe members, $230 for not-yet members
Description: This series will be a little more freeform. It is for people with a basic knowledge of techniques who want to add to their arsenal. This is where we learn chasing, enameling, and other complex techniques. Hinges, hasps, riveting and closures will be covered, as well as box making. We will study findings like s-hooks, box clasps and prong baskets, and when to make them and when to buy them. Prong setting will be offered.

It will also be useful for advanced students who just need a weekly studio session with a troubleshooting advisor.

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Metalwork Class Casting – Robin “The Hammer” Ludwig
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:30 pm (6-week class)
Session 1: April 5 – May 10
Session 2: July 5 – August 9
Session 3: October 4 – November 8

Price for class (6 weeks): $210 for Byrdcliffe members, $230 for not-yet members
Description: In this series, we will focus on vacuum casting, with an eye to the history of the art—Luristan, Chinese bronzes, Viking silver, maybe even steam locomotives! We will describe centrifugal casting, sand casting and other forms. Students will be introduced to wax carving and mold-making, and learn to use a wax injector. Students will learn to sprue and invest their models, and a casting session will be timed so that the metal pour occurs during the class. The last week will be aimed at cleaning up and finishing the castings, so that a complete experience is offered, with the finished piece as a final reward.
Bronze sheet will be provided, but students may bring their own silver or other material if they wish, as most of the techniques offered apply to silver, gold, bronze and other non-ferrous metals with little modification.

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Metalwork Class Box-Making – Robin “The Hammer” Ludwig
Wednesdays: 5:30 – 8:30 pm (6-week class)
Session 1: May 17 – June 21
Session 2: August 16 – September 20

Price for class (6 weeks): $210 for Byrdcliffe members, $230 for not-yet members
Description: This series focuses on metal box-making, including catches and hinges. Craft a beautiful, solid box in which to store the jewelry you’ve made in our other classes!

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Jewelry Workshop Forged Components: all levels – Raychel Wengenroth
Saturday: July 15, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (held at the Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock)
Price for 1-day workshop$70 for Byrdcliffe members, $80 for not-yet members
Description: The physical nature of hammering and its rhythmic sound is a rewarding way to learn something new; Byrdcliffe offers the perfect setting for this indoor/outdoor activity. The ancient art of cold forging involves stretching metal with controlled hammer blows against an anvil or stake. Topics covered include: properties of non-ferrous metals, types of hammers and when to use them, making the metal move where you want it to, plus a variety of related demonstrations. Applications for this technique include: Jewelry and Objects, dangles for earrings and pendants, simple rings, pendants and bracelets. No experience necessary.

Materials: Assorted round and/or square wire (copper, brass, bronze, nickel), approximate cost $15 per student, payable in class.

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Jewelry Workshop Chain Making: all levels – Raychel Wengenroth
Thursdays: August 10 – 31, 2017, 4-week class, 2 hours each class, time to be announced (held at the Byrdcliffe Jewelry Studio on Whitehead Road in the Byrdcliffe Art Colony)
Price for class (4 weeks): $140 for Byrdcliffe members, $150 for not-yet members plus materials fee
Description: Beautiful chains are easier to make than you may think! This 4-week class allows people of ALL ages the ability to learn a wide variety of chain styles, both torch-less and loop-in-loop. Chain making is a lot like knitting; it’s repetitive and meditative. The week between classes will provide ample time for a length of chain to be assembled as homework that can then be finished with a clasp. (Loop-in-Loop chains can only be made with fine silver wire, torch-less chains can be made of anything!) Chain styles that can be demonstrated include 6 versions of the loop-in-loop in fine silver as well as the Egyptian spiral, idiots delight and helm parallel in any metal. Simple clasps will incorporate wire wrapping techniques with an “S” hook to finish off the pieces. It’s summer…anklets anyone? No experience necessary.

Materials: Payable in class (Torch-less Chains – $20 / Loop-in-Loop – market price, approximately $45 for 20 feet of fine silver wire). Students will purchase what they want in class, as needed.

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ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS

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