Elise Stelling and I are both metal-smiths and metal clay artists from the Wood River Valley area of Idaho. We teach jewelry classes together in the theory that you can never get too much attention in a hands-on type class. Elise and I have a wide variety of skills and interests so that we can offer classes on many topics. Our goal is provide fun but educational experiences, drawing from our many years of teaching (and practicing) these techniques. Not sure where to start? Sign up for my email newsletter so that you hear about the most current class listings. Classes began again in the spring but if you have a group that wants a class at your location, it can be done.
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SUN VALLEY MUSEUM OF ART CRAFT SERIES WORKSHOP:
Beautiful Mended Rings
Wabi-sabi is a Japanese philosophy of design that embraces imperfection and the happy accident. In this school of thought, the beauty of an object is enhanced by wear and tear. Repairs are not considered detriments, but instead are considered opportunities to honor the piece through embellishment. In our class, students will form a C-shaped, textured sterling silver band ring sized slightly too small. Next, we will expand the ring to the proper size and mend the cut edges with a riveted-on strap that will also be ornamented. The skills to be learned in making this ring are annealing, forging and texturing metal, ring sizing, riveting, using pickle and patina, and finally, polishing.
Age and ability: 20 years old and older, beginners welcome!