In Person Classes
 

Going forward with classes, I want to ensure my students are as safe as possible. So many of us have been personally affected by this pandemic, I feel this is the most responsible and considerate way to move forward in the "new normal" . I have been vaccinated and have received my booster for Covid 19.  I will require all of my students to bring proof of vaccination or a recent (within 48 hours) negative Covid test.  I will also have masks available. 

 Whole Bead Show Oakland

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Torch Fired Graphite and Gold on Enamel 

 Saturday, November 5, 2022
10:30am – 1:30pm

This fun class is a great introduction to a technique of enameling with a torch.  Adding enameled components to your jewelry designs adds new and exciting elements to your jeweler’s vocabulary.  Students will learn basic torch fired enameling, by sifting and creating graphite designs.  Once the design is created, class members will learn to add 24k gold leaf to embellish their works.  You need no prior experience with enameling of working with a torch to take this class. All you need is a spirit of adventure!

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Double Set Stone Pendant with Tube Set Embellishment
 Sunday November 6
11:30 am-4:30 pm


This workshop will explore jewelry design and techniques in silversmithing to create their own one of a kind double set pendant. In this class you will gain experience in crown setting as well as tube setting. Other skills will include in concepts in jewelry design, piercing, sawing, soldering, and combining elements to create your own one of a kind art piece. Laura will provide a wide variety of materials and stones for class members to create something truly unique and memorable. Students should be comfortable working with a torch and have experience with soldering and basic metalsmith techniques.

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Stone in Stone Ring
 Friday, November 4, 2022
10:30am – 4:30pm

Ever seen those amazing statement rings with a stone set inside of another stone? Well it’s not as hard as it looks. This class is great for all skill levels, even beginners. Students will gain experience in a variety or jewelry skills including design, lapidary, soldering, prong setting and tube setting. Laura will provide a wide selection of stones to choose from including ammonites, dendrite opal, aquamarine, bumble bee jasper and more. Students will be notified of optional tools they can bring once registered for class.

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Champlevé Enamel Bug
 Saturday, November 5, 2022
1:30pm – 5:30pm
This is a great class for all levels of students. Even though we will be exploring several jewelry making skills, no prior experience is necessary for this class. Champleve’ is an enameling technique where the colored enamels are melted into the recessed area of a design. Laura will provide student s with the choice of a bee, beetle or moth to enamel. Students will gain experience in piercing, sawing, sweat soldering and enameling with a torch. Each student will complete the class with a finished enameled piece either ready to set in silver or simply add to a jump ring to make a pendant or charm.

On line classes

 Virtually Ever Crafting is an established on line jewelry school with some amazing instructors and I'm excited to announce that I will be joining the teaching staff at VEC in October!! All of these classes will be available on Zoom.

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Shadow Box Pendant

Thursday, Oct 20, 2022, 9am-4pm (CDT) Zoom

This workshop will explore jewelry design and techniques in silversmithing , enabling students to create their own unique double-set pendant. In this class you will gain experience in crown settings as well as tube settings. Other skills will include concepts in jewelry design, piercing, sawing, soldering, and combining elements to create your own one of a kind art piece. Students should be comfortable working with a torch and have experience with soldering and basic metalsmith techniques.

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Champlevé with a Torch

Thursday, Oct 20, 2022, 6-9pm (CDT)

This is a great class for all levels of students. Even though we will be exploring several jewelry making skills, no prior experience is necessary for this class. Champleve' is an enameling technique where the colored enamels are melted into the recessed area of a design. Laura will provide students with the choice of a bee, beetle or moth to enamel. Students will gain experience in piercing, sawing, sweat soldering and enameling with a torch. Each student will complete the class with a finished enameled piece either ready to set in silver or simply add a jump ring to make a pendant or charm.

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Stone in Stone Ring

Friday, Oct 21, 2022, 9am - 4pm (CDT)

Ever seen those amazing statement rings with a stone set inside of another stone? Well, it's not as hard as it looks. This class is great for all skill levels, even beginners. Students will gain experience in a variety of jewelry making skills including design, lapidary, soldering, prong setting and tube setting. Laura will provide a wide selection of stones to choose from including dendrite opal, moss agate, striped agate and mor

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Elevated Bezel Ring

Saturday, Oct 22, 2022, 9am - 4pm (CDT)

 Statement rings that are dimensional need not be heavy. In this workshop, students will learn to create a 3-dimensional statement ring with a fancy rose cut stone set on top of a hollow box. We will focus on skills that include jewelry design, granulation, bezels and bezel setting, soldering and finishing techniques. If you have never made a hollow ware piece, this is the perfect introduction to gain experience with that skill set. Laura will have a variety of rose cut stones for students to choose from to create their perfect one of a kind box ring.

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Artisan Geode Toggle

Sunday, Oct 23, 2022, 9am-12pm (CDT)

This is the perfect class for beaders who would like to try their hand at silversmithing. Students will design and make a one of a kind focal toggle, using a slice from an agate geode. Basic fabrication techniques will be taught including an intro to non traditional stone setting skills and techniques and simple embellishments including gold tint oxidation on silver.

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Graphite & Gold on Enamel

Sunday, Oct 23, 2022, 1:30-4:30pm (CDT)

This fun class is a great introduction to the technique of enameling with a torch. Adding enameled components to your jewelry designs adds new and exciting elements to your jeweler's vocabulary. Students will learn basic torch fired enameling, by sifting and creating graphite designs. Once the design is created, class members will learn to add 24k gold leaf to embellish their works. You need no prior experience with enameling or working with a torch to take this class. All you need is a spirit of adventure!