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Classes combine traditional metalsmithing skills with the use of Precious Metal Clay.  Classes include materials.  Additional materials may be purchased during class, if necessary.  All tools and materials will be provided unless otherwise noted.  Classes can be held in my Ocean City studio, or at your hone.   Individual classes or group classes are available.   Prices will be based on number of students.  As usual, we will have lots of fun and you will go home with some great jewelry of your own design!    
 
Having a wedding?  Make lasting memories with your bridal party when creating your own jewelry for the big day.  See below.
 
 

To sign up for a class, or for more information, please click here.

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WORKING WITH COPPER
 Open to all student levels
6 hour class, including time for lunch
 
Copper is a material that is fun to work with
and can be patinaed to get a different look each
time you create a design.  In this class we will
learn about corrugation, and make corrugated
earrings or pendant.  We will also make a pair
of post earrings and wire earrings with handmade
wires.

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    BYZANTINE CUBE BRACELET
    Open to all student levels
    4 hour class including time for lunch
 
    Create byzantine chains and integrate
    other shapes for a truly unique
    bracelet that can be made over and
    over again on your own.
 
 
 
 

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PEARL LARIAT
Open to all student levels
2 hour class
 
Lariats are one of the newest jewelry looks!  They are so versatile - they can be worn in many different ways.  Learn about different materials available and how to attach pearls and other gemstones for a unique look.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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    GEMSTONE PENDANT
    Open to all student levels
    5 hour class including tine for lunch
 
 
    Create a beautiful sterling silver and gemstone
    pendant in a day!  Basic wire and weaving skills
    will be taught.   These make beautiful
    gifts for special friends and relatives.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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    INTRODUCTION TO SILVER PMC
    Open to all student levels
    6 hour class including time for lunch 
   
    Create jewelry without metalsmithing skills!  Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a  new age product developed by
the  Mitsubishi Corp. Of Japan that  includes microscopic metal particles  with an organic binder to form a  claylike material that can be shaped,  textured, sanded and  drilled.  After firing to 1650F the binder disappears and we  are left with a fine silver (.999 pure silver) product.
    Projects in this class will include earrings, a pendant with 
    bale, and a  double sided bead.

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MAKING RINGS WITH PMC
Open to students with PMC experience
6 hour class including time for lunch
 
Learn 3 techniques for making rings using molds,
applying PMC paper or syringe for texture, and
the twice fired method.  Bezel making will be
demonstrated.  Sizing of rings will be discussed.
 
 

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BASIC CUFF
Open To All Student Levels
3 hour class
Learn to make this basic cuff and later
embellish it on your own with pearls or
other precious gems.  Once you master
this basic wrap you will be able to make
these over and over.  A demonstration
will be given on adding pearls.  Good
manual dexterity is necessary for this class.
 
 
 

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BEACH GLASS - WHAT DO YOU DO WITH IT AFTER YOU FIND IT?
Open to all student levels
4 hour class including time for lunch
BYOB (Bring your own beach glass)
 
None of us can resist searching for these treasures on the beach. 
Its like finding gems from the sea.  In this class you will learn
techniques for  wrapping with fine silver wire and drilling glass. 
Projects will include wrapped pendant and earrings and a
drilled bracelet or earrings.

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    TOGGLE NECKLACE
    Open To All Student Levels
    4 hour class including time for lunch
 
    Make a toggle necklace of sterling silver, gold fill, 
    gemstone beads and Precious Metal Clay.  Learn to
    use PMC by creating a handmade toggle clasp as 
    the front focal point for this necklace.  Other skills
    learned will be wiring beads and attaching to chain. 
    Toggle may be patinaed with liver of sulphur or
    electroplated with gold highlights.
 
 
 
 
 

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WIRE TECHNIQUES
Open to all student levels
4 hour class including time for lunch
 
Learn to wrap undrilled stones as well as basic and decorative
joining of drilled stones.  Also learn to create your own handmade earring wires.  Projects will include a pendant and a wire wrapped bracelet and earrings.

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    INTRODUCTION TO BRONZE PMC
    Open To All Student Levels
    6 hour class including time for lunch
 
    New in the Precious Metal Clay Series.  Bronze  PMC 
    has a beautiful gold color.  Projects will  include earrings,
    a pendant with bale and a double sided or tube bead. 
    100 grams of bronze clay will be provided, so you'll make
  lots of  jewelry!  Bronze PMC has a long firing schedule, so the firing will be done overnight and you may make arrangements to pick up your finished pieces or have them shipped.
 
 
 
 

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BRIDAL PARTY - Create your own wedding jewelry!
 Open to all student levels
4 Hour Class
Have a great time as you and your bridal attendants make your
own jewelry for the big day.  I will give you design assistance
ahead of time and have complete instructions and all the
materials ready!  Your place or mine.

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   MEDALLION BRACELET
   Open to all student levels
   3 Hour Class
   Textured medallions of Precious Metal Clay will  
   be joined together with sterling jumprings, or
   silver wire and pearls, to create a one-of-a-kind
   bracelet.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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HOLLOW FORMS
Open to students with PMC experience
6 hour class including time for lunch
Students will learn the technique for creating
hollow forms, make large and small double
sided beads, and domed forms.  Projects in
this class include a large domed lentil bead
& domed earrings.  Combine this class with
GOLD class for a 2 day class package.
 
 
 
GOLD APPLICATIONS FOR PMC,
Combine with Hollow Forms for a savings
3 hour class
Learn the techniques for applying gold to
PMC.  We will explore the ancient Korean
art of keumboo - applying very thin layers
of 24K gold by heat and burnishing, and
24K gold electroplating.  Students must
provide completed fine silver pieces ready
for gold application.  Patinas will also be used.

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   COPPER/SILVER BANGLE BRACELET
   Open To All Student Levels
   3 hour class
   Create a two toned metal bracelet using a
   preformed copper bangle and layering
   Precious Metal Clay over to create your own design.
 
 

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THREE EARRINGS
Open to all student levels
4 hour class including time for lunch
Learn 3 different earring techniques using Precious
Metal Clay.  Create contemporary two tone earrings
on a handformed wire, textured earrings with a set
stone and soldered posts, and french hook earrings
with a stone fired in place.
 
 
 
 
 

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   OVERLAY EARRINGS
   Open To All Student Levels
   3 hour class
   Silver Precious Metal Clay is used to make these  
   contemporary classic earrings.  Choose to make your
   own sterling earwires, as shown, or use traditional
   French wires.  Learn about texture and use liver of sulphur
   to create a two tone effect.  Gold plating may be applied if
   desired.  Each student will make at least 2 pair of earrings.

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BYZANTINE BRACELET
Open to all student levels
3 Hour Class
Learn the secret of the "idiot's delight".  This
sterling and goldfill bracelet with toggle clasp
can be made again and again, once the
technique is mastered.  This bracelet
will be completed with a PMC toggle clasp.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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   BASIC BEADING
   Open to all student levels 
   3 Hour Class
   Recondition an old necklace, make a
   new one - or both!  Information on
   stringing, clasps, and finishing
   necklaces and bracelets will be
   given, with an emphasis on supplies, 
   tools and suppliers.

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PMC BEYOND THE BASICS
Open to students with PMC experience
6 Hour Class with time for lunch
An intermediate workshop for those who have
previously worked with PMC and are ready to
go beyond the basics.  Covered in this workshop
will be firing stones in place, firing bezels in
place, stone setting, working with PMC paper
to create woven looks and basic torch soldering
techniques.  Projects will include earrings,
pendant and pin.

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   SILVER & GOLD BRACELET
   Open to all student levels
   3 Hour Class
   Once learned, this bechnique can be used
   over and over again to create bracelets
   and necklaces with gold, silver, pearls or
   other semi precious gem beads.  If time
   allows, we will also make a pearl bracelet.

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EARRINGS, EARRINGS, EARRINGS
Open To All Student Levels
4 hours including time for lunch
Make 4 different types of earrings.  Create
contemporary two-tone earrings with PMC,
chandelier earrings dripping with pearls or
other semi precious gems, mother of pearl
and wire earrings with hammered bottoms
to keep the pearls in place and handmade
wires with loop to hold your elegant designs.

Please note:  all photos show Wahine Designs jewelry that utilize skills taught in classes.  Student designs and materials may differ.