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Silver Smithing classes in Vancouver, BC

The location is Maple Ridge, BC

Contact Natalia with any questions about the classes or if you do not see a class you are looking for: leta55555(at)hotmail.com. A private class is 3 hours long, available any day of the week (if I do not have anything scheduled that day).

Beginner courses

(No previous experience is needed for any of these classes)

Intermediate courses

(Some previous experience is necessary)

Advanced courses

(Intermediate courses are prerequisite for these classes)

  • Advanced Stone Setting Workshop 2 Saturdays: July 21&28, 2012. Time: from 11 am to 5 pm. Price $150.00 + tax.
  • Decorative clasps 6-night course, (6 Tuesdays), 2012. Starting date: November the 13th. Time: from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Price $165.00

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Elementary jewellery making (class is suitable for beginners)

Come for this 2-day course if you liked making jewellery, but never tried silver working before or if you are a beginner silversmith who is still learning about tools and simply made (though not simply looking) jewelry pieces that can be created with the basic techniques. You will see a range of demonstrations on simple texturing, stamping, fold forming, soldering, polishing, using professional findings, making your own designer findings; jump ring-, headpin- and toggle-making; learn about qualities of different metals and what they can be used for; get introduction to tools that can help you with designing your own unique jewellery. No previous silver smithing experience is needed.

A list of tools and materials that you will need (and additional tools maybe required or recommended):

  • 1- 4" jeweler?s saw frame
  • 1- 6" 1/2 Round file ? 2 cut
  • 1- file handle
  • 1 doz - 2/0 saw blades
  • 1 pair - AA Tweezers
  • 1 Drill bit (1.0 mm)
  • Emery Paper: #0, #1
  • Emery boards (optional)
  • Sterling Silver
  • 1 - Centre punch
  • Pliers: Round Nose Pliers, Flat Nose Pliers, Chain Nose Pliers
  • Copper, brass or/and silver sheet and wire (project specific)
  • Note book & pen or pencil

Basics of enameling workshop

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Come for this 2-day course if you like adding colour in your jewellery. Here you will learn how to use enamel with minimum equipment needed. You will learn basic enameling techniques that include the use of hot and cold enamel. After the class you will be able to continue experimenting on your own and create unique designs for your necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets. No previous jewellery making experience is needed.

A list of tools and materials that you will need (and additional tools maybe required or recommended):

  • Prepare pieces that you would like to enamel (if you already know how)
  • At least two colours of Ceramit and a catalyst
  • Cloisonne silver wire
  • Pliers: Round Nose Pliers, Flat Nose Pliers, Chain Nose Pliers
  • gold and silver foil
  • Small jars with lids and painting brushes from a dollar store
  • Snaptites and matching stones or/and stones that preset in bezels
  • 1 - AA tweezers
  • 1 - X-knife
  • 1.5 mm ball bur
  • 1- 4" jeweler?s saw frame
  • 1- 6" 1/2 Round file ? 2 cut
  • 1- file handle
  • 1 doz - 2/0 saw blades
  • 1 Drill bit (1.0 mm)
  • Emery boards (optional)
  • Copper, brass or/and silver sheet and wire (project specific)
  • Scriber
  • Note book & pen or pencil

Advanced silversmithing course

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Come every Tuesday night from 6:30 ? 9:30 for eight weeks and take your beginning silversmithing skills to the next level. Some of the techniques covered will be doming, hollow forms, fusing, tube making; pearl, gypsy, tube settings, and more. These techniques will be demonstrated, and you will be guided through practice pieces that you will incorporate into your future designs.

1st day - demo on making a hollow ring
2nd day - demo on filing and polishing using flex shaft and different abrasives.
3rd day - demo on making a square bezels with open and solid backing
4rd day - demo on doming, soldering dome on a plate, pearl setting
5th day - demo on tube making
6th day - demo on tube and gypsy stone setting
7th day - demo on fusing a chain
8th day - day for finishing projects

Tools and Materials may include but not are limited to the list for the beginner class plus additional tools:

  • 1 - Bezel/Prong Pusher
  • Caliper (preferably digital)
  • 1-Solder Picker
  • Pliers: Round Nose Pliers, Half Round Pliers, Flat Nose Pliers, Chain Nose Pliers
  • Divider
  • Peg clamp
  • Burnisher
  • 1-Rawhide Mallet
  • 1 bur + set of rubber wheels and a mizzy wheel (can be bought later during the course)
  • Setting Burs (project specific)
  • Silver: Wire and Sheet
  • Stones: Cabochon (square or triangle) and Facetted stones
  • Bezel Wire

Additional tools maybe required or recommended.

3D Surface Embellishments: Reticulation and Granulation

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Come for this two day course to study two beautiful three-dimensional surface techniques. Reticulation will give your silver a "crinkled" look when you heat up your silver past the annealing point, but not to the melting point. Then you will learn granulation, that you can use for your sterling silver piece or add granules to your reticulated jewellery. No solder is needed for this technique, so the granules will be fused to the surface very accurately. You will also learn the difference between granulation of sterling and argentium silver. No previous experience necessary.

1st day - demo on reticulation
2nd day - demo on granulation.

A list of tools and materials that you will need (and additional tools maybe required or recommended):

  • 1- 4" Saw Frame
  • 1 doz 3/0 Saw Blades
  • 1 pair - AA Tweezers
  • 1-Solder Picker
  • 1 pair - Fire Tweezers
  • 1 - Center punch
  • 1 - Charcoal
  • 1 - Ballbur (project specific)
  • 1 - Organic glue
  • Precut reticulation silver 18 or 20 ga
  • Sterling silver pieces that you would like to granulate
  • Minimum 1 ft of fine silver wire 26 ga
  • Minimum 1 ft of argentium silver wire 26 ga
  • Argentium silver that you would like to granulate

Decorative clasps

Click here to see 3 pictures of the three clasps that you will learn at the course

Come to this three-day course on Saturdays and learn how to make three clasps: a ball catch, lentil- and box- clasp that can either decorate a custom-made piece of jewellery or become a centre piece of a truly unique necklace or a bracelet. The interior locking mechanisms will stay from the sight of a viewer and give an illusion of non existence of a clasp. Advanced knowledge of Silversmithing is required.

1st day - demo on making a ball-catch
3rd day - demo on making a box clasp
5th day - demo on making a lentil clasp

Tools and Materials may include but not are limited to the list for the beginner class plus additional tools:

  • Saw frame and saw blades
  • 1 - Bezel/Prong Pusher
  • Caliper (preferably digital)
  • Divider
  • Ruler
  • 1-Solder Picker
  • Pliers: Round Nose Pliers, Half Round Pliers, Flat Nose Pliers, Chain Nose Pliers
  • Divider
  • Peg clamp (optional)
  • Burnisher
  • 1-Rawhide Mallet
  • 1 bur + set of rubber wheels and a mizzy wheel for polishing
  • Silver or copper: Wire and Sheet
  • Stones: Cabochon (square or triangle) and Facetted stones
  • Bezel Wire

Additional tools maybe required or recommended.

Advanced Soldering

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At this two day course students will learn advanced soldering techniques while working on an intricate 3 dimensional soldering project. Techniques to be covered include pick soldering, step and sweat soldering, soldering gold (optional) and gold-filled wire using gold and silver solder, using hard solder exclusively for all connections to make your soldering process easier.

1st day - demo on sweat soldering of wire and granules onto a plate (a ring project) and copper with silver
2nd day - demo on step soldering (a wire project with multiple solderings)

A list of tools and materials that you will need (and additional tools maybe required or recommended):

  • 1-Wire Cutters
  • 1-Round Nose Pliers
  • 1-Half Round Pliers
  • 1-Flat Nose Pliers
  • 1-Chain Nose Pliers
  • 1-Fire Tweezers
  • 1-Solder Picker
  • 1-AA Solder Tweezers
  • 1-Hard, Medium and Easy Solder
  • 1-Rawhide Mallet
  • Silver Wire
  • Silver Sheet
  • 1 ft -Gold Filled Wire
  • 1-Saw Frame
  • 1 doz.-Saw Blades

Advanced Stone Setting Workshop

Click here to see a few pictures describing the techniques for the course

This two-day survey course offers a look at various stone setting techniques. Add sparkle to your work with gypsy, prong, tube and reverse settings. Learn 4 stone setting techniques over a weekend! Advanced knowledge of Silversmithing is required.

1st day - demo on gypsy setting, tube setting and soldering a basket setting
2nd day - demo on prong setting and reverse setting

Tools and Materials may include but not are limited to the list for the beginner class plus additional tools:

  • Caliper (preferably digital)
  • 1-Solder Picker
  • 1 - AA tweezers
  • 1 - Fire tweezers
  • Ring clamp
  • Parallel pliers
  • Mallet
  • Set of needle files (or just two: triangle and round file)
  • 1 - Saw frame and saw blades
  • Pliers: Round Nose Pliers, Half Round Pliers, Flat Nose Pliers, Chain Nose Pliers
  • Divider
  • Emery paper #2 (project specific)
  • Setting Burs (project specific)
  • Bezel wire
  • Silver: Wire and Sheet
  • Stones: Cabochon (round or oval low dome) and Facetted stones (8 mm round for the basket setting, 1,5mm to 3mm for gypsy setting and 2mm to 6mm size round stone for tube setting)

Additional tools maybe required or recommended.

Engraving

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Come to this course to learn how to make and polish your own gravers and the techniques you can achieve by using them, that will allow you to get to the new level of decorating your jewellery with ornaments, textures and stone setting. You will also learn two stone setting techniques that include star setting and pave setting of a single stone and a row of stones on a flat surface as well as a ring.

A list of tools and materials that you will need (and additional tools maybe required or recommended):

  • 1- Round Engraver
  • 1 - Flat Engraver
  • 1 - Knife graver
  • 3 - Handles
  • 1 - Saw Frame
  • 1 - doz 3/0 Saw Blades
  • 1 - Scriber
  • Set of beading tools (optional)
  • Ring Clamp (if you are making a ring)
  • Divider
  • 1-Rawhide Mallet
  • 1 bur + set of rubber wheels and a mizzy wheel (can be bought later during the course)
  • Set of drill bits
  • Center punch
  • Setting Burs (project specific)
  • Silver and Copper Sheets (project specific)
  • CZ Stones

Cold Connections

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Learn to make cold connections using hinges, rivets, and interlocking pieces. This 2 day workshop will show you how to make 3 dimensional pieces with tube set stones, how to make a specialized tool for this technique, and how to use closures and links as a decorative element of the piece.

1st day - demo on a tight and 3D riveting using wire and tubes and making rivets with tube set stones
2nd day - demo on making a locket.

A list of tools and materials that you will need (and additional tools maybe required or recommended):

  • 1-Saw Frame
  • 1 doz.-Saw Blades
  • Cup Bur (the size is depending on your project)
  • 1 - 4-cut Barrette Needle File
  • 1-Rawhide Mallet
  • 2-cut Half Round File
  • Stone Setting Burs (the size is depending on your project)
  • Bezel Pusher
  • Soldering Tools
  • 1- Punch (the size is depending on your project)
  • Silver, Copper and Brass Wire
  • Silver, Copper and Brass Sheet
  • Silver, Copper and Brass Tubings

Chain Making (soldering techniques)

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This two day course is designed for those who are fascinated with the variety of jewellery pieces that chain weaving techniques can suggest. Come to learn 5 ways to weave your chains, four of which require soldering.

A list of tools and materials that you will need (and additional tools maybe required or recommended):

  • 1- 4" Saw Frame
  • 1 doz 3/0 Saw Blades
  • Mandrels for chain making
  • 1 pair - AA Tweezers
  • 1-Solder Picker
  • 1 pair - Fire Tweezers
  • 1 - Center punch
  • 1 - drill bit (0.6 ? 1.00 mm)
  • Pliers: Round Nose Pliers, Flat Nose Pliers, Chain Nose Pliers
  • Silver and/or Copper Wire