Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I'm teaching at JSI in July!

Okay gang... I KNOW that I am in the midst of Bead&Button prep, but I have another upcoming exciting event to share with you.

Some of you are familiar with Jewel School On JTV. I periodically join them on-air to demonstrate my favorite soldering tools. But now they are taking educating jewelry makers one step further with classes.

Fast forward to the Jewel School Institute!

From the website... "The Jewel School Institute is the classroom learning department of Jewelry Television® and Jewel School. It is our dream come true to extend learning opportunities to our customers beyond our live television shows. Education is an important part of JTV’s commitment to the customer. Introducing new jewelry making venues and offering the latest in jewelry making supplies are important elements in our mission of empowering women and men to stretch the boundaries of their creativity.  Jewelry Television uses the medium of live television to educate the shopper about gemstones and jewelry and the beauty they can bring into her life."

Cool, huh?

I am so excited that they asked me to do a three-day workshop for them coming up on July 19-21. Here is the class description...

"This 3-day workshop is definitely "metal-immersion".

In fast-paced day one, students will complete an instructional sampler based on the unique sampler section in my book, "Simple Soldering". You will learn to saw, solder, rivet and set stones and really hone your technique without fear of “messing up”. We’ll have plenty of 1 x 1 copper squares and materials to use and experiment with in this section. We will use a simple and portable soldering station featuring butane micro torches, which is safe and easy to replicate at home. 

Next we move to day two devoted to the wonderful world of ring making and stone setting! Taping on the skills learned in day one, students will learn how to size, shape, design, and set stones to make rings for every finger (almost!).

On day three we will put the torches away and work on cold connections and patinas. Students will explore a variety of patinas on metal and create unique pieces featuring colored metal mixed with riveting techniques. (I can’t wait to share these great techniques with you.) These three days are going to be jam-packed, but promise to be educational, interesting and most of all, fun!

Three days of all the metal techniques you can imagine! Class runs from 8-5 each day and by then end you'll have a great understanding of a variety of metal working techniques. Plus you'll leave with beautiful jewelry. This is a perfect class for students who want to get started working with metal. You will have to bring some tools, but I will have a bunch of specialty tools and the soldering stations all set up for you. Materials? No problem. They are all included in the kit fee.

Find the link to enroll here.  I hope you'll join me. I can't wait to share these techniques with you.
JTV is located in the friendly town of Knoxville, Tennessee. The folks at JTV are so nice, and accommodating. I know we will have a great time

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