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Ammonite Capture
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Ammonite Capture

This Sterling silver wire capture is extremely versatile when capturing a stone or fossil.  You will manipulate your wire, use silver paste solder and create prongs in this pendant class.  While the capture is being polished, you will also make a unique chain for your pendant.

Skill Level - All Levels

Safety Concerns: Please were cotton clothing to class

Offered - Saturday PM and Sunday AM

Cabbing Plus
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Cabbing Plus

You will have several choices in your cabbing class this year.  You can select a pre-cut shape and begin cabbing your stone or you can cut your desired shape using a band saw, then cab your stone. 

New this year, you will have the opportunity to create a double cabochon.  You will see it pictured in the top photos.  Two different stones will be layered together and pre-cut.  You will select your reversible stone, then use a grinding machine equipped with a special wheel to cut a groove around your stone.  You will then cab each side.  This will create a stone that uses a single wire capture method to create a reversible cabochon pendant.  Wire wrapping the stone will not be taught in this class, but I bet Ronda will assist you if time permits to create a pendant.

Skill Level - All Levels

Offered Thursday AM, Friday AM and Saturday AM

Sterling Silver Spinner Rings
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Sterling Silver Spinner Rings

You will make 2 sterling silver rings in this class, so make sure to have ring sizes available if you are going to make one for a friend.

You will be shown how to calculate the length of sterling silver sheet to make a perfectly sized ring.  There will be several choices of material for the inner bands. Pictured is a brass band, but you will have pattern sterling silver wire also to choose from.  You will use silver solder paste and a small torch to solder your bands.

Tools used during class will be a caliper to measure metal thickness, a doming block to shape your ring and a torch for soldering. 

Skill Level:  All Levels

Safety Concerns: Please were cotton clothing to class

Classes Offered:  Thursday PM, Friday PM

 

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