Basic Properties of Metal: Creating Unique Items of Adornment

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Instructor Nyya Lark

An in–depth look at learning the basics of fabricated sterling silver jewelry design. Students will become familiar with all of the essential techniques, including sawing, cutting, filing, stamping, texturing, basic roller embossing, forming, finishing & polishing,  as well as the opportunity to work with bezel stone setting, wire, fusing, soldering, and patinas. The first session is spent learning the basic properties of metal and the interrelated steps as to how design ideas are created into unique items of adornment. The last three sessions are dedicated to applying that knowledge to making one or more pieces of jewelry of the students' own design.

The 4 session workshop is designed for each student to experience taking a concept and then following through to a finished creation.

Note: Students will need to purchase approximately $70 in tools. Workshop is limited to 6 students.

$25.00 materials fee paid to the instructor
4 meetings
Hunter’s Point Shipyard Artist Studios, Room 2211

Materials List:

The following items will be needed by each student for the first class: 
Jewelers Pliers: Round Nose, Side Cutter (Cost: Economical type: $5.50 ea), Micro Torch (Cost: $40), Can of Butane Fuel (Cost: $5), Jewelers saw 3-4 inch throat (Cost: $10-$20), 4/0 size blades (Cost: $5) 

If you currently have jewlers/beading pliers you may use them for the workshop. It is suggested that you purchase the economy model of pliers. You may want to first go to General Bead on Minna St. for pliers, saw, and blades as they have the best prices and are open on weekdays & the weekend (parking can be difficult). 
Locations for purchase: 
General Bead - (415)255-2323 (Minna Street, SF) 
Frei and Borel (Otto Frei & Jules Borel) - (800)772-3456 / Locations in Oakland and San Francisco (760 Market St., Ste. 905 - (415)421-8133). 

On Line: 
*Bourget & Bros. - (310)450-6556 (Santa Monica, CA) / 
Rio Grande - (800)546-6566 (Albuquerque, NM) /
Blazer Corporation - (718)482-6800 (Maspeth, NY) - Micro Torch & fuel only Model MT3000 or GB4001 (to view online only-purchase by phone or locally as indicated above) 

Enrolled students: The class location is Hunter's Point Shipyard. Directions are available at: 
All students are to bring the following for entry onto the location of class: Drivers license, Car registration, Proof of insurance. 
These items must be presented for entry at the gate for each class session. The reason for the above is that the class is located in a secure area. Please call for directions if you have not received a copy of them from City College with your class confirmation receipt.