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Welcome to my 2008 jewelry workshop schedule, chronologically listing 42 classes in 12 cities. If you would like to take a class please sign-up with the hosting institution, but if you have a questions send me a note by my contact page. thanks, sdp


March 8-9, 2008 - Brookfield Craft Center
Brookfield, Connecticut, USA

The Brookfield Craft Center is located in Brookfield, Connecticut, ten miles north of Danbury on the banks of the Still River. Besides such traditional subjects as ceramics, weaving, metalsmithing, woodworking and stained glass, the Center offers many unique topics including boat building, business skills, home restoration, photography, design theory, and decorative arts techniques. Our workshops are taught by nationally acclaimed visiting artists & craftsmen who come to the Center from across the nation. Sign up by calling Kristin Muller at (203) 775 - 4526.


Saturday, March 8th, 2008
9am - 12 / lunch / 1 - 4pm
Beaded Flower Bracelet

In this 6-hour cold-connection workshop, we will explore a variety of innovative wire to plier techniques to assemble chain with bead embellishments. Complete an 8-inch beaded Flower chain bracelet from Scott’s 2nd upcoming book. Bypassing the need for a hot-torch, we will utilize simple hand-tools to hold gemstone beads on silver wire and then set them into a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled jump rings. Bracelets will be completed with your choice of a super-strong magnetic clasp or a traditional hand-forged S-clasp; both clasping techniques will be demonstrated. Instructor will provide printed instructions, all hand tools needed with supply kits containing sterling silver components and quality gemstone beads; a 14/20 gold-filled option will be available at an additional fee. Some basic chain working knowledge is helpful, but no experience necessary; moderate hand-eye coordination required.


Sunday March 9th, 2008
9am - 12
Three Flower Earrings

In this 3-hour cold-connection workshop, we will explore a variety of innovative wire to plier techniques to handcraft earring hooks, assemble chain, and embellish with beads. Complete three pair of gemstone studded Flower earrings from Scott’s 2nd upcoming book. Bypassing the need for a hot-torch, we will utilize simple hand-tools to hold gemstone beads on silver wire and then set them into a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled jump rings. Instructor will provide printed instructions, all hand tools needed with supply kits containing sterling silver components and quality gemstone beads; a 14/20 gold-filled option will be available at an additional fee. Some basic chain working knowledge is helpful, but no experience necessary; moderate hand-eye coordination required.


Sunday March 9th, 2008
1 - 5pm
Double Triangle Pendant

Looking for a creative boost to your jewelry repertoire? In this 4-hour cold-connection workshop we will complete a double Triangle pendant from Scott’s 3rd forthcoming book. Bypassing the need for a hot-torch, we will utilize simple hand-tools to assemble dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled jump rings. Instructor will provide printed instructions, all hand tools needed with supply kits containing sterling silver components and quality gemstone beads; a 14/20 gold-filled option will be available at an additional fee. Some basic chain working knowledge is helpful, but no experience necessary; moderate hand-eye coordination required.

 



March 14-16, 2008 - Beadissimo Beads
San Francisco, California, USA

The one and only Beadissimo is dedicated to promoting creativity and individuality by providing interesting and unique product and expert staff to help anyone interested in designing and creating jewelry achieve a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Sign up for a workshop by calling their helpful staff at (415) 282-2323.


Friday, March 14th, 2008
10am - 1pm
Beaded Flower Earrings

In this 3-hour cold-connection workshop, we will explore a variety of innovative wire to plier techniques to handcraft earring hooks, assemble chain, and embellish with beads. Complete two pair of gemstone studded Flower chain earrings; featured in Scott's upcoming 2nd book, to be published in the near future. After a demonstration on making head-pins with 19-gauge Argentium silver wire and a propane torch, the class will utilize pre-made headpins to form earring backs and secure gemstone beads to be combined with a Flower chain derivative patterns composed of flush-cut and tumbled jump rings. Instructor will provide printed instructions, all hand tools needed, and supply kits containing Argentium sterling silver components and quality gemstone beads; a 14/20 gold-filled option will be available at an additional fee. Some basic wire working knowledge is helpful, but no experience necessary; moderate hand-eye coordination required.


Friday, March 14th, 2008
2pm - 5pm
Triple Tripoli Triangle Pendant

Explore the hidden potential of jump rings in this 3-hour cold-connection workshop where we will complete a Triple Tripoli Triangle (say that three times fast) Pendant. Step into my world and explore the triangulation of the Byzantine chain to assemble three Tripoli forms, which will be combined with a floral ring connection into a triangle formation. This unique chain design will be illustrated in Scott's forthcoming 3rd book, to be published in the near future. Bypassing the need for a hot-torch, we will utilize simple hand-tools to assemble a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled jump rings. Instructor will provide printed instructions, all hand tools needed, and supply kits containing sterling silver components; a 14/20 gold-filled option will be available at an additional fee. Some basic chain working knowledge is helpful, moderate hand-eye coordination required.


Saturday, March 15th, 2008
10am - 1 / lunch / 2 - 5pm
Serrated Byzantine Bracelet

Explore the hidden potential of jump rings in this 6-hour cold-connection workshop where we will complete a Serrated Byzantine bracelet. This unique chain design will be illustrated in Scott's forthcoming 3rd book, to be published in the near future. Bypassing the need for a hot-torch, we will utilize simple hand-tools to assemble a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled jump rings. Bracelets will be completed with your choice of a super-strong magnetic clasp or a traditional hand-forged S-clasp; both clasping techniques will be demonstrated. Instructor will provide printed instructions, all hand tools needed, and supply kits containing sterling silver components; a 14/20 gold-filled option will be available at an additional fee. Some basic chain working knowledge is helpful, moderate hand-eye coordination required.


Sunday, March 16th, 2008
10am - 1 / lunch / 2 - 5pm
Beaded Flower Bracelet

Explore cold-connecting metal to mineral in this hands-on beaded chain workshop we will complete a Beaded Flower chain bracelet; featured in Scott's upcoming 2nd book, to be published in the near future. Bypassing the need for a hot-torch, we will utilize simple hand-tools to securely set gemstone beads on wire and assemble a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled jump rings. Bracelets will be completed with your choice of a super-strong magnetic clasp or a traditional hand-forged S-clasp; both clasping techniques will be demonstrated. Instructor will provide printed instructions, all hand tools needed, and supply kits containing sterling silver components and quality gemstone beads; a 14/20 gold-filled option will be available at an additional fee. Some basic chain working knowledge is helpful, but no experience necessary; moderate hand-eye coordination required.

 





Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - Bead Society of Northern California
Emeryville, California, USA

The Bead Society of Northern California has invited me to be the guest speaker for their March meeting (7-9pm) while I'll be in the Bay area. I will be delivering a presentation entitled, Dodecahedron: the many facets of a craft book author.

The Sheraton-Four Points (corner of Powell and Christie)
1603 Powell St. Emeryville, CA 94608

 

 



March 19 - 22, 2008 - Bouncing Bead
San Diego, California, USA

The Bouncing Bead, located in La Mesa just outside San Diego, California. Owned and operated by sisters Laura and Michelle who are admitted enablers to the beaders addiction! Call them to sign-up for these workshops at (619) 460 - 2323.

 


Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
5pm - 9pm
Suspended Tripoli Bracelet

In this two-day eight-hour cold-connection workshop, participants will transform the Byzantine chain into triangular Tripoli formations to complete a Flower Quatrefoil Pendant; a unique chain design from Scott's forthcoming 3rd book. Bypassing the need for a hot-torch, we will utilize simple hand-tools to assemble a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled jump rings.

The first day will start by covering the basics of metals, round wire, hand tools, aspect ratio of jump rings, and history of the fabled Byzantine chain. We will then be assembling sterling silver jump rings into the Byzantine chain, which will be transformed into Tripoli forms. I will demonstrate gemstone setting into the Tripoli form and how to suspend the Tripoli’s into a bracelet design, but we might not have time in class to complete this bracelet.


Thursday, March 20th, 2008
5pm - 9pm
Flower Quatrefoil Pendant

On the second day we will practice ‘plier gymnastics’ to assemble the triple-interwoven Flower chain and explore how this concept can be taken to Sequential and Repetitive patterns. We will then be combining four Tripoli forms with Flower patterns to frame the geometric Quatrefoil. Finally, the pendant is completed with a larger four-ring 17-gauge floral centerpiece.

Instructor will provide printed instructions, all hand tools needed, and supply kits containing sterling silver and 14/20 gold-filled components. To help reduce eyestrain, I advise students to bring their own freestanding light source (with extension cord) and Optivisor. Prerequisite: basic Byzantine chain working knowledge and moderate hand-eye coordination required for this intermediate-level intensive workshop.

 


Friday, March 21st, 2008


I am open to teach on Friday at the Bouncing Bead if there is interest or I may spend the day looking at local galleries and find some time to just sit on the beach.

 


Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
9am - 5pm
PMC - Byzantine Bracelet

Discover the many expressions of silver in this 6-hour PMC & Chain bracelet workshop. Learn the basic techniques to stamp and mold PMC silver to create a richly textured and softly curved metal clay centerpiece that will be fired and finished over lunch. After the break we will utilize simple hand tools to assemble the Byzantine chain composed of pre-cut and tumbled jump rings, completed with choice of magnetic or s-clasp. This class is jam packed with valuable techniques and hints to inspire you. The project covers a wide range of skills taught by two best selling authors to expertly guide you through this one of a kind project.

I will be co-teaching this class with fellow artist/ author Sherri Haab.

 



April 4-5, 2008 - METALWERX
Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

Metalwerx Inc. is a 501 C #, non-profit Jewelry School and Community Studio focused on jewelry and the metal arts. Metalwerx recognizes the capacity for creative expression inherent in each individual and is dedicated to enabling that expression. The mission of Metalwerx is to enrich people’s lives by exposing them to a creative, stimulating environment, expertly taught classes and a community of dedicated practitioners with a focus in metals. Metalwerx offers year round jewelry and metal arts classes and workshops for students of all ages and summer programs for teens. Curricula include: metal working techniques, creative problem solving, design, and the tangential application of math, history, physics, geology, and chemistry.


Saturday, April 4th, 2008
10am - 1 / lunch / 2 - 5pm
Zigzag Byzantine Bracelet

In this two-day cold-connection intro-level workshop, participants will complete two bracelets and a pair of earrings. Bypassing the need for a hot-torch, we will utilize simple hand-tools to hold gemstone beads on silver wire and then set them into a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled silver jump rings. The first day will start by covering the basics of metals, round wire, variety of hand tools, aspect ratio of the jump rings, and history of the fabled Byzantine chain. I will demonstrate how to utilizing simple hand tools for wrapping wire into coils and hand-cutting jump rings. We will then be assembling pre-cut and tumbled 18-gauge sterling silver jump rings into the Byzantine chain, completed by adding sets of beads throughout the chain in a zigzagging pattern, as seen on the 1st book cover. The class will conclude with a demonstration on forging a sterling S-clasp utilizing a hammer against anvil.


Sunday, April 5th, 2008
10am - 1 / lunch / 2 - 5pm
Beaded Flower Bracelet

On the second day we will learn to apply a variety of innovative wire to plier bead setting techniques in making the flower chain earrings, complete with handcrafted shepherd’s hook earring backs and embellished with semi-precious beads. These individual techniques will be developed with repetition in the building and assemblage of an 8-inch Beaded Flower bracelet, completed with a super-strong magnetic clasp. This class will conclude with the demonstration on handcrafting magnetic clasps. Some basic chain working knowledge is helpful, but no experience is required. Each day you will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and a healthy hobby under your hat. This is a good opportunity to do something fun together with a partner or a young teen! No experience necessary: Ages 14 and up.

 


April 11-13, 2008 - Art Glass & Bead Show
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

I will just be vending on Saturday and Sunday for this event.

 



April 25 - 27, 2008 - Touchstone Center for Crafts
Farmington, Pennsylvania, USA

The Touchstone Center for Crafts is located in the beautiful Laurel Highlands 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, PA. This unique craft school has expanded to include contemporary and experimental techniques in addition to traditional and historic methods in disciplines such as blacksmithing, ceramics, metals, textiles, glass, oil and watercolor painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Sign up for this weeklong workshop by calling Collette Ridgeway at (800) 721 - 0177.


Friday, April 25th, 2008
7pm - 9pm

In this weekend workshop we will explore a variety of innovative wire and plier techniques to secure your favorite glass or gemstone centerpieces, while maintaining an aesthetic transition into several chain patterns. Participants will complete two sterling silver bracelet projects of the Beaded Puño chain and the Beaded Tripoli chain.

The Friday evening session will cover the basics of metals, round wire, hand tools, aspect ratio of jump rings, and a bit of chain history. Each participant will gain hands-on experience in wrapping wire on a mandrel, hand-cutting coils into jumprings, and assembling small sections of their preferred chain styles.


Saturday, April 26th, 2008
9am - 4pm
Beaded Inca Puño Bracelet

Saturday session will explore a variety of wire to plier solutions for securing beads to be continued with chain. With our centerpiece bead set with wire, we will complete a Inca Puño (a.k.a. Queen’s Braid & Box) chain, assembled from flush-cut and tumbled jump rings. Bracelets will be completed with a choice of magnetic clasp or forged S-clasp; both clasping techniques will be demonstrated.


Sunday, April 27th, 2008
9am - 4pm
Suspended Tripoli Bracelet

The Sunday session will focus on completing a Suspended Tripoli chain bracelet with optional bead embellishments. We will start with the Byzantine (a.k.a. King’s Braid & Birdcage) chain, which will be transformed into Tripoli triangulations and then suspended by larger rings in an undulating pattern. Handcrafted headpins will secure the bead embellishment; teardropping Argentium silver wire will be demonstrated. Prerequisite: Some basic wire-working and chain-making knowledge is helpful, moderate hand-eye coordination required.

 



May 1-5, 2008 - Art & Soul
Hampton, Virginia, USA

Art & Soul is a paper, fabric, jewelry and fiber arts retreat that brings a wide variety of skills and artistic talent together for a 5th year! Choose from dozens of mixed media workshops taught by internationally recognized instructors—designed to energize your creative spirit and reveal the secrets of your soul. Workshops will be posted online Nov. 5, with registration opening on Nov. 15.

 

 


Thursday, May 1st, 2008
6:30 - 9:30pm
Beaded Flower Earrings

In this 3-hour cold-connection workshop, we will explore a variety of innovative wire to plier techniques to handcraft earring hooks, assemble chain, and embellish with beads. Complete two pair of gemstone studded Flower chain earrings; featured in Scott's upcoming 2nd book. After a demonstration on making head-pins with 19-gauge Argentium silver wire and a propane torch, the class will utilize pre-made headpins to form earring backs and secure gemstone beads to be combined with a Flower chain derivative patterns composed of flush-cut and tumbled jump rings. Instructor will provide printed instructions, all hand tools needed, and supply kits containing Argentium sterling silver components and quality gemstone beads; a 14/20 gold-filled option will be available at an additional fee. Some basic wire working knowledge is helpful, but no experience necessary; moderate hand-eye coordination required.


Friday, May 2nd, 2008
9am - 5pm
PMC & Byzantine Bracelet

Discover the many expressions of silver in this 6-hour PMC & Chain bracelet workshop. Learn the basic techniques to stamp and mold PMC silver to create a richly textured and softly curved metal clay centerpiece that will be fired and finished over lunch. After the break we will utilize simple hand tools to assemble the Byzantine chain composed of pre-cut and tumbled jump rings, completed with choice of magnetic or s-clasp. This class is jam packed with valuable techniques and hints to inspire you. The project covers a wide range of skills taught by two best selling authors to expertly guide you through this one of a kind project.

I will be co-teaching this class with fellow artist/ author Sherri Haab.


Friday, May 2nd, 2008
6:30 - 9:30pm
Triple Tripoli Triangle Pendant

Explore the hidden potential of jump rings in this 3-hour cold-connection workshop where we will complete a Triple Tripoli Triangle (say that three times fast) Pendant. Step into my world and explore the triangulation of the Byzantine chain to assemble three Tripoli forms, which will be combined with a floral ring connection into a triangle formation. This unique chain design will be illustrated in Scott's forthcoming 3rd book, to be published in the near future. Bypassing the need for a hot-torch, we will utilize simple hand-tools to assemble a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled jump rings. Instructor will provide printed instructions, all hand tools needed, and supply kits containing sterling silver components; a 14/20 gold-filled option will be available at an additional fee. Some basic chain working knowledge is helpful, moderate hand-eye coordination required.

 





June 1 - 8, 2008 - Bead&Button Show
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

This weeklong event features 500 classes and workshops for all skill levels and 360 vendors from around the world. Known as the world’s largest consumer bead show, attracting attendees from all 50 states, and 26 countries. This brilliant venue is made possible by the hard work and dedication of the staff at Kalmbach Publishing, know for their excellent publication of Art Jewelry and Bead&Button magazines. Online registration will open on Tuesday, January 15, noon CST.

Due to the large class sizes, my friend and fellow author Sherri Haab
will be assisting me with all of following workshops as needed.



Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
9:30am - 6pm
Tornado Byzantine Bracelet - B08661

This workshop will be exclusively offered at the Bead&Button Show in 2008. In this one-day cold-connection workshop, students will complete tornado beaded earrings, then take this technique into an 8- in. beaded tornado Byzantine chain bracelet. Bypassing the need for a hot torch, students will utilize simple hand tools to hold gemstone beads on Argentium silver wire, then set them into a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled Argentium sterling silver jump rings. Bracelets will be completed with a choice of a super-strong magnetic clasp or a traditional hand-forged S-clasp. Both clasping techniques will be demonstrated. Pre-requisite: Some basic chain-working knowledge is helpful, but no experience is required.


Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
8am - 3pm
Serrated Byzantine Bracelet - B08265

Explore the hidden potential of jump rings in this cold-connection chain class. Students will complete an 8-in. serrated Byzantine chain bracelet. Bypassing the need for a hot torch, students will utilize simple hand tools to assemble a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled sterling silver jump rings. Bracelets will be completed with a choice of a super-strong magnetic clasp or a traditional hand-forged Sclasp. Both clasping techniques will be demonstrated. Some basic chainworking knowledge is helpful, but no experience is required.


Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
4pm - 7pm
Three Flower Earrings - B08664

Learn to apply a variety of innovative wire-to-plier bead setting techniques in this coldconnection chain class. Students will complete three pairs of gemstone-studded flower earrings. Bypassing the need for a hot torch, students will utilize simple hand tools to craft shepherd’s hook earring backs and to hold gemstone beads on Argentium silver wire. Then, they will set them into a dynamic flower chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled jump rings. Some basic chain-working knowledge is helpful, but no experience is required.


Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
8pm - 11pm
Meet The Teacher Reception

I will be signing and selling copies of my first book, Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry, along with a variety of ring-n-bead supply kits, handmade clasps, dynamic earrings, and unique portfolio of handcrafted jewelry art bracelets and necklaces.

 


Thursday, June 5th, 2008
8am - 3pm
Beaded Flower Bracelet - B08267

Learn to apply a variety of innovative wire-to-plier bead-setting techniques in this coldconnection class. Students will complete an 8-in. beaded flower chain bracelet. Bypassing the need for a hot torch, students will utilize simple hand tools to hold gemstone beads on Argentium silver wire, then set them into a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled Argentium sterling silver jump rings. Bracelets will be completed with a choice of a super-strong magnetic clasp or a traditional hand-forged S-clasp. Both clasping techniques will be demonstrated. Some basic chainworking knowledge is helpful, but no experience is required.


Friday, June 6th, 2008
8:30am - 4pm
Beaded Tripoli Bracelet - B08662

Looking for a creative boost to increase your jewelry repertoire? In this cold-connection workshop, students will complete an 8-in. beaded tripoli chain bracelet. Bypassing the need for a hot torch, students will utilize simple hand tools to hold gemstone beads on silver wire, then set them into a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled sterling silver jump rings. Bracelets will be completed with a choice of a super-strong magnetic clasp or a traditional hand-forged S-clasp. Both clasping techniques will be demonstrated. Some basic chain-working knowledge is helpful, but no experience is required.


Friday, June 6th, 2008
5pm - 8pm
Triple Tripoli Triangle Pendant - B08665

In this cold-connection chain class, students will complete a triple tripoli triangle pendant. Bypassing the need for a hot torch, students will utilize simple hand tools to assemble a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled sterling silver jump rings. Some basic chainworking knowledge is helpful, but no experience is required.




Saturday, June 7th, 2008
9am - 5pm
Flower Quatrefoil Pendant - B08663

Explore the hidden potential of jump rings in this cold-connection chain class where students will complete a geometric flower quatrefoil pendant. Bypassing the need for a hot torch, students will utilize simple hand tools to assemble a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled sterling silver jump rings. Some basic chain-working knowledge is helpful, but no experience is required.

 




July 10-13, 2008 - Puget Sound Bead Festival
Tacoma, Washington, USA

The 13th annual Puget Sound Bead Festival will be held at the newly built Tacoma Convention Center and is produced by the good people at The Bead Factory in Olympia, WA. To get more information or sign up for a workshop, visit their website or call their helpful staff at 1-888-500-BEAD.


Thursday, July 10th, 2008
9am - 5pm
Serrated Byzantine Bracelet

Explore the hidden potential of jump rings in this cold-connection chain class. Students will complete an 8-in. serrated Byzantine chain bracelet. Bypassing the need for a hot torch, students will utilize simple hand tools to assemble a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled sterling silver jump rings. Bracelets will be completed with a choice of a super-strong magnetic clasp or a traditional hand-forged Sclasp. Both clasping techniques will be demonstrated. Some basic chainworking knowledge is helpful, but no experience is required.

 


Friday, July 11th, 2008
9am - 5pm
Suspended Tripoli Bracelet

Looking for a creative boost to increase your jewelry repertoire? In this cold-connection workshop, students will complete an 8-in. beaded tripoli chain bracelet. Bypassing the need for a hot torch, students will utilize simple hand tools to hold gemstone beads on silver wire, then set them into a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled sterling silver jump rings. Bracelets will be completed with a choice of a super-strong magnetic clasp or a traditional hand-forged S-clasp. Both clasping techniques will be demonstrated. Some basic chain-working knowledge is helpful, but no experience is required.

 


Saturday, July 12th, 2008
9am - Noon
Triple Tripoli Triangle Pendant

In this cold-connection chain class, students will complete a triple tripoli triangle pendant. Bypassing the need for a hot torch, students will utilize simple hand tools to assemble a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled sterling silver jump rings. Some basic chainworking knowledge is helpful, but no experience is required.

 

 


Saturday, July 12th, 2008
2pm - 5pm
Flower Quatrefoil Pendant

Explore the hidden potential of jump rings in this cold-connection chain class where students will complete a geometric flower quatrefoil pendant. Bypassing the need for a hot torch, students will utilize simple hand tools to assemble a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled sterling silver jump rings. Some basic chain-working knowledge is helpful, but no experience is required.

 


August 3-10, 2008 - ART Unraveled
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Welcome to ART Unraveled, the mixed media art retreat where the mysteries of art are unraveled for you by the finest art instructors from around the U.S. and Canada. Experience the joy of spending 7 days surrounded by like-minded spirits immersed in art, camaraderie, contests and lots of fun!


Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
7pm - 9pm
Meet the Artists Reception

After a keynote address, you can meet instructing artists, chat and enjoy their art in the Salon Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located at 2532 W. Peoria Ave.



Monday August 4th, 2008
6pm - 9pm
Woven Earrings

Explore the hidden potential of your fingertips in this 3-hour wire-wrapping workshop where we will complete two pair of Woven earrings; featured in Scott's upcoming 2nd book, to be published in the near future. After a demonstration on soldering loops and making headpins with 19-gauge Argentium silver wire and a propane torch, the class will use pre-made loops and headpin wires. The wires will be formed into earring backs and the loops will be fulfilled by hand weaving 24-gauge wire with a variety of bead sizes (2,3,4,6mm). Explore the possibilities of design by color and shape, playing with positive and negative shape relations into a balanced symmetry. Instructor will provide printed instructions, all hand tools needed, and supply kits containing sterling silver components and quality gemstone beads; a 14/20 gold-filled option will be available at an additional fee. Some basic wire working knowledge is helpful, but no experience necessary; moderate hand-eye coordination required.


Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
9am - 5pm
PMC & Byzantine Bracelet

Discover the many expressions of silver in this 6-hour PMC & Chain bracelet workshop. Learn the basic techniques to stamp and mold PMC silver to create a richly textured and softly curved metal clay centerpiece that will be fired and finished over lunch. After the break we will utilize simple hand tools to assemble the Byzantine chain composed of pre-cut and tumbled jump rings, completed with choice of magnetic or s-clasp. This class is jam packed with valuable techniques and hints to inspire you. The project covers a wide range of skills taught by two best selling authors to expertly guide you through this one of a kind project.

I will be co-teaching this class with fellow artist/ author Sherri Haab.


Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
6pm - 9pm
Tornado Earrings/Pendant

Learn to apply a variety of innovative wire to plier bead setting techniques in this 3-hour wire-wrapping workshop. We will be completing two pair of Tornado-wrapped Earrings & one Triple Tornado-wrapped Pendant; featured in Scott's upcoming 2nd book, to be published in the near future. After a demonstration on making headpins with 19-gauge Argentium silver wire and a propane torch, the class will use pre-made headpin wires to secure a gemstone bead in 24-gauge wire wrapping of implied tornado vortex. The remaining 19-gauge headpin wires will be shaped into earring backs, formed into a centerpiece Pendant, or combined into multiple chain patterns. Instructor will provide printed instructions, all hand tools needed, and supply kits containing Argentium sterling silver components and quality gemstone beads; a 14/20 gold-filled option will be available at an additional fee. Some basic wire working knowledge is helpful, but no experience necessary; moderate hand-eye coordination required.



RIDE TAOS

September 26-28, 2008 - Taos Ski Valley
Taos, New Mexico, USA

What could be better than attending a fascinating workshop in an inspirational mountain setting at 9300 feet? Taos Ski Valley, August 2008 will be home of the first Fall Art Workshop series. Renowned local and national teachers will be holding weekend workshops from August through October. To receive a workshop information pack please contact the Taos Ski Valley chamber of Commerce at (505) 776-1413, or call toll-free at: (800) 517-9816 ext. 1513, or email at: info@taosskivalley.com

Friday, September 26th, 2008
5 - 7pm
Tornado- wrapped Earrings

On the introductory Friday evening we gather for an informal meet and greet at the TSV base area. I will be demonstrating and having participants make a few pair of Tornado-wrapped Earrings; a simple wire-wrapping technique from my 2nd upcoming book.

You can continue your evening with dinner at the Bavarian restaurant and later join Geoff Goins at 9pm for an evening of star gazing.

Saturday, September 27th, 2008
10 - 1pm / lunch / 2 - 5pm
Zigzag Byzantine Bracelet

Explore the potential of simple hand tools by assembling silver jump rings into dynamic chain patterns. The first day's workshop will cover the basics of round metal wire, hand tools, making jump rings, and chain history. We will then assemble pre-cut silver jump rings into a Byzantine chain to be embellished with gemstone beads; as seen on the 1st book cover. This class will conclude with the demonstration on handcrafting a super-strong magnetic clasp to complete each bracelet. Instructor will provide printed handouts, ring-n-bead supply kits, and all hand tools needed. Students should bring their own individual light, small extension cord, and an optivisor.

Some basic chain working knowledge is helpful, but no experience is required. Each day you will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and a healthy hobby under your hat. This is a good opportunity to do something fun together with a partner or teen!

Sunday, September 28th, 2008
10 - 1pm / lunch / 2 - 5pm
Beaded Tripoli Bracelet

The second day's workshop will explore a variety of wire to plier bead setting techniques. Bypassing the need for a hot torch, students will utilize simple hand tools to set gemstone beads onto silver headpin wires. These beads will then be assembled into dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled sterling silver jump rings. The class will conclude with a demonstration on forging a silver S-clasp utilizing a hammer against an anvil. Instructor will provide printed handouts, ring-n-bead supply kits, and all hand tools needed. Students should bring their own individual light, small extension cord, and an optivisor.

   



October 1-6, 2008 - Art & Soul
Portland, Oregon, USA

Art & Soul is a paper, fabric, jewelry and fiber arts retreat that brings a wide variety of skills and artistic talent together for a 5th year! Choose from dozens of mixed media workshops taught by internationally recognized instructors—designed to energize your creative spirit and reveal the secrets of your soul.


Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Triple Tripoli Triangle Pendant

In this 3-hour cold-connection chain workshop we will complete a Triple Tripoli Triangle pendants from Scott’s third, yet unpublished, book. Bypassing the need for a hot-torch, we will utilize simple hand-tools to assemble dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled jump rings. Instructor will provide all hand tools needed with supply kits containing sterling silver components; a 14/20 gold-filled option will be available at an additional fee. Some basic chain working knowledge is helpful, but no experience necessary; moderate hand-eye coordination required.


Friday, October 3rd, 2008
9am - 4:30pm
Silver PMC Byzantine Bracelet

Discover the many expressions of silver in this 6-hour PMC & Chain bracelet workshop. Learn the basic techniques to stamp and mold PMC silver to create a richly textured and softly curved metal clay centerpiece that will be fired and finished over lunch. After the break we will utilize simple hand tools to assemble the Byzantine chain composed of pre-cut and tumbled jump rings, completed with choice of magnetic or s-clasp. This class is jam packed with valuable techniques and hints to inspire you. The project covers a wide range of skills taught by two best selling authors to expertly guide you through this one of a kind project.

I will be co-teaching this class with fellow artist/ author Sherri Haab.


Friday, October 3rd, 2008
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Soldering with Silver

In this 3-hour will explore the simplified soldering techniques of a new silver alloy known as Argentium® Sterling Silver. With a simple propane torch, participants will design and create their own unique pendant centerpiece from silver sheet, wire and rings. With a full explanation of this alloy’s amazing working properties, we will play with repetition pattern created by bulls-eye and infinity designs from a variety of ring sizes and overhanging rings that will allow seamlessly combined into chain patterns. No experience necessary; just a big smile and willingness to conquer the fear of flame.


Saturday, October 4th, 2008
9am - 4pm
Beaded Flower Chain Bracelet

Learn to apply a variety of innovative wire-to-plier bead-setting techniques in this coldconnection class. Students will complete an 8-inch beaded flower chain bracelet. Bypassing the need for a hot torch, students will utilize simple hand tools to hold gemstone beads on Argentium silver wire, then set them into a dynamic chain design composed of flush-cut and tumbled Argentium sterling silver jump rings. Bracelets will be completed with a choice of a super-strong magnetic clasp or a traditional hand-forged S-clasp. Both clasping techniques will be demonstrated. Some basic chainworking knowledge is helpful, but no experience is required.




November 21 - 23, 2008
Bellevue Bead Festival
Bellevue, Washington, USA

The 1st annual Bellevue Bead Festival will be held at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency Hotel and is produced by the good people at The Bead Factory in Olympia, WA. To get more information or sign up for a workshop, visit their website (currently not online) or call their helpful staff at 1-888-500-BEAD.


Friday, November 21st, 2008
9am - 12pm
Soldering with Argentium Sterling Silver

In this 3-hour will explore the simplified soldering techniques of a new silver alloy known as Argentium® Sterling Silver. With a simple propane torch, participants will design and create their own unique pendant centerpiece from silver sheet, wire and rings. With a full explanation of this alloy’s amazing working properties, we will play with repetition pattern created by bulls-eye and infinity designs from a variety of ring sizes and overhanging rings that will allow seamlessly combined into chain patterns. No experience necessary; just a big smile and willingness to conquer the fear of flame.


Friday, November 21st, 2008
7pm - 10pm
Tri-metal Infinity Bracelet

Come explore the potential of jump rings in this introductory workshop into chain jewelry design. Using simple hand tools we will assemble a basic two-on-one chain with silver and bronze jump rings. The final embellishment of copper infinity rings will overlap each silver ring adding visual depth and hypnotic pattern. Bracelets will be completed with an s-clasp, and the class will conclude with a forging demonstration by hammer and anvil. No experience necessary, you will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and a healthy hobby under your hat.


Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
2pm - 5pm
Double Chaos Bracelet

Get captivated by wire in this hands-on chain jewelry workshop where we will explore the potential of wrapping wire with an electric screwdriver. This low-tech gizmo allows quick and spontaneous spinning of wire around wire into a bead structure to be embellished with gemstone beads, adding color to the implied motion. These beaded beads are then curved into an S-shape and combined with a two-tone Double chain between, creating a unique bracelet with texture and mixed-metal pizzazz. Bracelets will be completed with an s-clasp, and the class will conclude with a forging demonstration by hammer and anvil. Optional patina and polish will be available for those that want an antiqued look. No experience necessary, you will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and a healthy hobby under your hat.


Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
7pm - 10pm
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Byzantine Fish

Cast a line into this beaded chain class where we will make not one, but two bedazzling chain fish pendants. With a full introduction to the age-old Byzantine chain, we will proceed into a four-way cloverleaf connection that will be extended into a fish form to be bead embellished. The first fish will be assembled from 18-gauge bronze jump rings and the second slightly smaller in 19-gauge sterling silver rings. We will then set both fish with student choice of semi-precious gemstone beads secured by beading cable and crimps. Optional patina and polish will be available for those that want an antiqued look. No experience necessary, you will leave with two bedazzling fish and a healthy hobby under your hat.

 

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