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Join Mary and Michael of Flow Studio in learning how to work with more complex fabrication techniques. As you work through this detailed project, you’ll develop skills
in multi-step construction and sequenced soldering. After four challenging sessions, you’ll gain skills and confidence in advanced fabrication techniques to help you design and construct your next complex project. You’ll leave with fresh ideas and the confidence that you can manifest the complex projects you see in your mind’s eye, bringing more dimension and detail to your work.
The Northern Nights ring band is a heavy layered shank that includes borders of half-round wire. We’ll introduce ring forming on our “secret weapon” tool – the ring bender – that makes shaping heavy shanks like this a breeze. The gemstone is a 16mm high-dome rutilated quartz cab that was custom cut for this project. The ring has an open chamber under the semi-clear stone that allows light to enter and bounce around, creating extra glow. Add touches of gold after you melt 14k wire into balls. Join us to learn the secrets of the Northern Nights Ring – online for the first time!
Techniques taught include:
- • Multi-step fabrication for layered designs
- • Sequenced Soldering using four grades of solder
- • Making borders
- • Forming heavy shanks
- • Hollow form construction techniques
- • Creating and soldering on large gold granules/balls
- • Applying patina and finishing
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
A materials kit and PDF handout is included with class purchase. A kit containing materials needed for class will be sent to you at the address used for class registration. A PDF of the class handout will be emailed to you prior to the workshop date. Contact us with any changes to your postal address or email address so you are sure to get all the essential info on this class!
About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iphone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
This course meets for 4 sessions, 4 hours per session, for a total of 16 hours.
Students work in their home studio in real time, with the instructors standing by for questions and assistance. Be sure to review the detailed list of recommended tools and supplies to be sure you’ll have everything you need before the first class session. Get familiar with any new tools by setting them up and understanding how they operate before your first class.
Each class is recorded and is available for students to watch for at least a month after class ends.
Tools for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
- High-power butane torch (such as the Blazer Big Shot), OR actylene/air, OR fuel/oxygen
- Solderite Board
- Soldering tweezers
- Liquid flux
- Pickle solution
- Warming pot for pickle
- Soldering Pick
- Copper tongs or bamboo tongs
- Battery-powered torch Igniter or manual striker
- Third hand or GRS third hand
- Soldering tripod, 10” high
- Heavy-duty grate for tripod
- Hard soldering surface such as kiln brick or Silquar
- Bench pin
- Jewelers saw with 2/0 blades
- Pliers, nylon jaw and/or flat/half-round
- Pliers, serrated jaw to pull wire
- Wire cutters, diagonal
- Graduated ring mandrel
- Bezel mandrel
- Center punch, non-automatic
- Flat File (3 and 5-cut)
- Half Round File (4-cut)
- Nylon mallet, heavy or weighted rawhide mallet
- Nylon/brass 4 oz. mallet
- Steel bench block
- Bezel pusher, acrylic
- Vise or clamp-on vise
- Flex shaft or dremel
- If Dremel, twist drill adaptor chuck
- ½” sanding drum arbor
- ½” sanding drum, aluminum oxide 240-grit
- Safety glasses
- Easy, medium, and hard silver solder
- Extra-easy paste solder
- 3M sanding pad set
- WinOx or liver of sulfur
- A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Intermediate experience and ongoing practice with sawing, filing, flex shaft use, soldering, bezel setting, and finishing. Students are recommended to have at least 2 fabrication classes before taking this course such as Jewelry 1, 2, 3, or 4 or any other combination of fabrication classes that include practice with sawing, filing, sanding, polishing with power tools, soldering and bezel setting.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Michael Thee and Mary Wohlgemuth