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Intermediate Silversmithing Classes

Intermediate Silversmithing Class Bracelets & Rings
This intermediate class is available to any student that has attended our Beginning Silversmithing Class. We may also accept students that have previous silversmithing experience. That experience must include creating several  bezel set pendants using hard solder. Students who have attended Beginning Silversmithing by Don Norris, Joe Silvera or Chad Parker are welcome. If you haven't taken a class with any of us but you have experience please give me a call so that we may discuss your skill level before you sign up. My number is 916 548-7361. If you have purchased my Intermediate Video Series DVD previously I will extend a $50.00 credit to the price of materials.

Interchangeable Bracelet  Class


in the Intermediate Silversmithing Bracelets class you will create a:

 
 Bracelet ? This bracelet is a three quarter oval bracelet with formed ends that enable a mounted bead, step mounted cabochon, bezel mounted cabochon or charm to be easily fastened into place to make the bracelet into a complete oval bracelet.

Stepped Bezel Cabochon Mount ?  a bezel that does not require a backing or padding. It does require the Cabochon to be uniform in shape. . It also has a mount that is sized to the bracelet it is to be used with. Bring your own or pick from our dozens of cabochons for this special project.


Universal link mount ? This mount enables a designer to create specifically theme based bracelets without having to create a specifically sculpted piece for every bracelet he or she creates. Thousands of unique charms are readily available from many companies to use with this link.

Bracelet  making skills you will learn in this class:
  the forming of a bracelet using a tapered bracelet mandrel
  internal step bezel soldering
  quick bezel creation using step bezels
  proper technique for using a burnishing tool
  to create identifying marks on your metal projects
  work harden a bracelet
  determine total bracelet length from a wrist size measurement
  create a universal mount
  using a ring holder to assist polishing
  how to place embellishments in front of cabochons
Materials used in the class are:
  a cabochon or fused glass
  sterling wire for embellishments and rings
  pattern wire
  solder and expendables
  cabochons
  bracelet sterling wire
  please bring a soldering ready cabochon mount if you wish to finish more than one focal point
  please bring a cabochon or expect to purchase one for an interchangeable "Focal Point" on your bracelet maximum width 1  1/2 inches
You will also receive:
  A link to the 7 hour series of this class
  Size tables for interchangeable cuff bracelets and focal points
  More...
In the Intermediate  Silversmithing Rings class you will one of the following rings:
 

Dual Band Ring Class

Dual Band Ring with V shaped attaching point


The challenge of the dual band ring is a clean solder joint where he ring shank meets the cabochon base.  A clean solder joint means less to no polishing in a hard to reach area. In this class you will learn how to use a jewelers saw, ring bending pliers, ring mandrel, ring gauge, ring clamp, ring tumble polisher and more.

You will be expected to have some soldering ability.  I enthusiastically recommend that you bring a bezel cup or bezel plate and stone that you would like to mount. A stone and bezel or bezel plate that demonstrates your unique style. If you can't bring a stone and bezel plate or bezel cup then I have about 20 different cabochons with bezel cups that are 13x18 mm. The Turquoise in the picture above is a 13x18 mm.  My recommendation is for a stone and cup or bezel plate that would be similar or larger than those  pictured above, but this is a your ring so pick or make something that will demonstrate your style or creativity.
Since some of my students soldering ability is a little rusty I will give a one hour demo on safety and fundamentals.  Within two hours you will be creating your ring. We expect that you can make at least one ring in class, we may be able to make two based on the student skill levels.

Ring  making skills you will learn in this class:
  how to form a ring shank using ring bending pliers
  use of a jewelers saw & how to pick a blade size
  proper technique for using a burnishing tool
  work hardening a ring
  using a ring clamp and ring mandrel to assist polishing
  a technique to get proper alignment of ring band to top
  a method for quick polishing the inside of a ring band
  a method for no solder cleanup where ring band touches top
  how to place embellishments in front of mounted cabochons
  to develop rapid product fabrication skills
  to create a hammered surface on silver
  use of a tumble polisher with steel shot
Materials that are used and available in the class are:
  bezel cup or bezel plate with cabochon
  cast sterling embellishments (optional)
  pattern wire (optional)
  twisted wire (optional)
  solder and expendables (included in materials costs)
  cabochons
  dual half round sterling wire  (included in materials costs)
 
Frequently asked questions and terms and conditions.
You will also receive:
  A link to the 7 hour series of this class  (6  full screen video series of class plus bonuses)
  Size tables for interchangeable cuff bracelets and focal points
  More...

We normally run these two classes on consecutive days at the same store. These classes usually fill up fast so please sign up today. I am currently only teaching this class in Indiana two or three times per year,

For questions other than "When are you going to teach in my state" please see my Frequently Asked Questions or contact David Smith by email at Dave@SilverSmithingClass.com

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 about our classes:

This was the greatest class and instructor EVER!
I went into this class thinking it would be very tedious, something fun to try, probably make something cool, but not anything I would try again. My main objective was to learn about soldering without having to invest money in tools/materials I might never use again.
Dave is a great teacher. The class was nonstop education. It was a lot of info on selling, techniques, tips, etc. Never did I feel rushed or bogged down. Dave took a great amount of time individually helping each of us. Answering even unrelated questions. He showed us ways to make silver smiting fast (big fan) and profitable.
I completed 2 projects, and felt confident enough to help a couple other students a bit. I am in awe of my projects, and although they are not my usual aesthetic, I love them, and will now set up a space to do more pieces, combining the techniques I learned with some enameling techniques.
I can't rave about Dave enough. He is so organized, calm, patient and funny. He is safety conscious and critiques your work by teaching you what you could do better. He makes you feel confident in what you are doing.
If you get the chance, take his class. I can't wait for the advanced ones.

Class review by Miranda Ackerley:


This is the perfect class for anyone wanting to learn how to be a successful silversmith, whether for yourself or your business. I’ve taken a silversmithing class before, but was unable to continue making silversmithing pieces because of how expensive the supplies were. Therefore, I was most impressed by how affordable the tools and supplies used in this silversmithing class were. Unlike other silversmithing classes, Dave taught me how to use supplies that are less expensive and don’t require their own room to keep from burning my house down. After the class, I was able to purchase the supplies and set up an area on my kitchen table to work without spending a small fortune. I think Dave can make any unsure beginner feel like an expert, and I left with the confidence to make beautiful pendants on my own.


Class Review By Alexis Brown
 

Just a note to thank you again for the great Intro to Silversmithing class. I learned so much in the 2 short days... and you gave me such a renewed appreciation for Southwestern jewelry.  I have a large collection of Native American jewelry that I have collected for many years... just looking at those pieces now, and realizing what is involved to create these pieces... well, I'm in awe!.

Karen V
 

Dave Smith’s Beginning Silversmithing class was AWESOME! Two days of nonstop education. Dave is very organized, patient and entertaining. He took time to help each person individually while keeping the rest of the class working too. He is safety conscious and critiques your work by teaching you what you could do better while instilling confidence in what you are doing. I am quite impressed with my project pieces and can't wait for the advanced class. I have been making and selling beaded jewelry for about 4 years and while I love the creative aspect, I haven’t really found my ‘nitch’. Until now! Thanks Dave,

Laury H
 

Hi Dave, I just wanted to thank you again for the Silversmithing class you taught at Beadoholique in Spring, Texas. I had a great time and FINALLY learned to solder without being scared of it. I am quite happy with my piece and enjoyed your way of teaching. I too teach jewelry classes and I'm a fine silver snob!! There's nothing like it although I am told gold is wonderful to work with but too rich for my 'not very deep' pockets! Thanks again and I hope to be in another one of your classes somewhere in time.

 Kathy C.
 

I have been wanting to attend a silversmithing class to learn about the techniques because I didn't want to learn on my own, and I am so glad I waited! I was blown away with the quality of instruction and how many techniques we were able to learn in just two days. Everything we needed was provided for the class, and I was so impressed with the preparation that is taken to get ready for students. Dave was great with giving 1 on 1 attention to each student (even in a large class), was extremely patient for those that were slower learners, and made difficult techniques seem simple with giving professional hints and tips. Plus he even pushed through and continued the course when he was sick. Dave gave us lots of options to get everything we needed to start on our own, including tools, materials, and instructional dvd's/'online content at very competitive prices as well. I was so impressed with my own work and enjoyed it so much that I decided to purchase a kit and the online instruction so I could review our techniques and learn new ones. The online content is fabulous; it gives you a view that would just be like your own on the bench, and even shows how to prevent or fix mistakes! Dave gave me the confidence to start making pieces the very next day on my own, and I'm very excited to have learned this skill. I couldn't have been happier with the class and the instructor. If you decide to take this course I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

 

Melissa M.

Hi Dave, I was in your class at Argenta Bead Company this past September. After your class I took another beginner silversmith class because a pendant, ring and possibly a bracelet was to be taught and I wanted more practice and knew I'd probably get to learn different techniques with silversmithing. So far the class has only worked on a ring. I am very thankful I found your class because this class is more of a craft class. I got to experience an acetylene torch, saw, warm pickle and paste flux (I prefer your method for flux & pickle) but it has been very frustrating and illogical with some procedures. Many students have had to re-solder pieces because the instructor did not do a good job at showing how to manipulate the solder with heat. Because you made us watch twice how solder follows heat I was able to save my solder when it balled up on the inside of my ring connection. Very proud moment for me because I was in a state of panic. There is much more I can point out but it would be a book. If I hadn't found your class and took just this other one I would have given up on making jewelry, and I want this to be a business. So thank you for sharing your skills and experience. I hope to take another class from you some day.

 

Rick C.

This was so much more than a soldering class. I went home and created jewelry for my wife and kids. They love it!


Tiffany H.

OMG! I am so looking forward to the advanced silversmithing class. I am the only student at my school who is making their own sterling body art.


 

 Amber T.

I tried learning in on-line silversmithing classes but there just wasn't enough detail about how to solder a bezel or how to handle the problems I was having. Dave covered all that in class. My comfort level is enough now that I plan to start selling as soon as I get enough pieces created. 
 

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