Tuesday, September 18, 2012


A fairly quick post today  - we're back to school, and the first germs of the season have come to visit. ;-)

In addition to the class lineup, be sure to check the schedule for our various playdays!  Happy Hour Torching, Open Beading Nights, and a once a month Metal Clay Playday

Kumihimo Basics with Angela Peace - Thursday, September 20th 6pm-9pm

This is an introductory kumihimo course and will teach how to make some basic cord styles and how to finish the ends. These cords can add texture and pattern to your jewelry designs and are especially impressive when used to enhance focal beads, and pendants.
In class, you will use a round Kumihimo disc to make an 8 strand round and an 8 strand flat braid from satin cord. Traditional and non-traditional cord end finishes using fiber and metal findings will be highlighted.
Time will be given to make a braided bracelet using natural fiber cord and metal findings.
Braids are traditionally made on a wooden loom called a maru dai and, you will have the opportunity to try this piece of equipment during the class.
Skill Level: Beginner

Hot Connections 3 with Iris Melamed - Saturday, September 22nd from 10am-4pm


In this class you will learn how to successfully create 3 sterling silver bangles from different types of sterling silver wire.
We will start by twisting round wire. Next we will measure and form the twisted wire, half-round wire and round wire into "D shapes", making sure that the joins fit perfectly. We will solder our shapes closed and then form the bangles on a bracelet mandrel. Finally we will texture, finish and polish the bracelets.
Technique Focus: Soldering different types of heavy gauge sterling silver wire (round, half-round, twisted).
Skill Level: Beginner Plus
Pre-requisites: You have done the Hot Connections 1 class or experience soldering with a micro torch.

 Introduction to Lampworking (2 day course) with Amy Waldman-Smith - Saturday + Sunday, September 22nd/23rd 

This two-day weekend class is designed for beginners, covering all the same material as the 5-hour Introduction class. However, it handles each step in more depth and provides more practice time. Practice is an essential ingredient in working with glass. The class is eight hours of instruction and torch-time.
Topics covered include:
  1. Overview of the equipment and tools, basic safety information. Setting up a home studio is also discussed.
  2. Types of glass
  3. Making Glass Beads
The beads you make in class will be kiln-annealed and will be available for pick-up the following day. If you are from out of town, we are happy to mail them to you at no extra charge.
Skill Level: Beginner

  Have a look at our full class schedule on our classes page!   To sign up, please call 416.701.1373, or toll free 1.877.473.2323 

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