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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

Beginner Level

The Big Ass Ring
March 29, 2017 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This fast-­paced one day workshop will have you cutting, stamping, soldering and forming sterling silver wire and sheet into a one-­of-a-kind setting for a gorgeous statement ring. You'll learn how to size and solder a ring band, create a bezel from scratch, and set a stone using age-­old techniques with a modern twist. If you're interested in taking your metalsmithing skills to the next level, this is a don't miss workshop. Students will learn and work with the following skills and techniques: (1) Creating and sizing a bezel; (2) Creating and sizing a ring band; (3) Soldering; (4) Stone Setting; (5) Stamping. Students should bring: a free-­standing battery-operated task light; eye magnification (if required); paper and pen for note-­taking. Visit website


Location: Las Vegas, NV
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $225
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Golden Texture: An Introduction to Roll Printing and Keum Boo
March 30, 2017 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This fun beginning workshop introduces you to two completely different metals techniques, and while each one by itself will add a new dimension to your metalworking repertoire, together they create high-­impact drama on simple sheet metal. First, you'll learn how to use a rolling mill to create deep, detailed patterns on both copper and sterling silver using a variety of materials, including paper patterns. Then you'll learn the process of depletion gilding as a method of preparing sterling silver for the application of pure 24k gold foil. This ancient Korean technique, known as Keum Boo, adds the lustre and warmth of real gold to your jewelry pieces for a striking and unique design element. Visit website


Location: Las Vegas, NV
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $225 (all materials included)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Rustic Color: Torch Fired Enamel Necklace
March 31, 2017 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This fast-paced, hands on beginner workshop will begin by introducing you to the magic of roll printing patterns on copper sheet. Then we'll punch up the impact by using the heat of a torch to coax incredible color from simple white enamel – you won't believe the effects you get with just this one color! We'll finish by creating a simple sterling silver tab setting, embellished with a chunky stone drop and a knotted leather cord. Visit website


Location: Las Vegas, NV
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $225 (all materials included)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Classic with a Twist: Turquoise and Silver Necklace
April 1, 2017 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) — We're putting a new twist on that old classic: turquoise and silver. We'll use textured sterling silver sheet to create a unique setting for a gorgeous chunk of genuine American turquoise. We'll frame it out with textured wire, then learn ways to add hand-­made links to commercial chain for a time-saving custom look. We'll put it all together with a made-­from-scratch clasp for a necklace you'll be proud to wear! (Please note: Prior soldering experience helpful but not required; students without prior soldering experience may not be able to customize their chain.) Visit website


Location: Las Vegas, NV
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $225 (all materials included)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

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