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 Most of these projects were created after class, in students homes and workshops. These students found that they felt comfortable enough working on their own to create their own original jewelry. Most were artists in other media before coming to class. Many are selling their creations. Please visit their websites and check out their other accomplishments. Who knows, you may find something you can't live without! Please peruse and enjoy these projects and also please respect their copyrights.

  Artist Name: Amy Bennett Banner                 2/16/2017
Name of Piece: Mookaite Pendant
I sell my creations at http://dficreations.etsy.com
Please contact me at bannerab@gmail.com
I also create commision pieces, please feel free to contact me. I have taken Beginning Silversmithing, Intermediate Rings, Intermediate Bracelets and Advanced Techniques with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: I really enjoyed the classes that I have taken with Dave at Gems and Whims in Johnson City, TN. I met some other very talented folks and have used the skills I have learned to really amp up my jewelry making. I have added so many things to my skill set from this instruction. This class doesn't just teach you how to make one thing, but gives you the confidence to transfer those skills to your own design ideas. Thanks so much for this

 

  Artist Name: Mel Muhs                 10/17/2016
Name of Piece: Mel Muhs Jewelry
I sell my creations at Http://melmuhsjewelry.bigcartel.com
Please contact me at melmuhsjewelry@gmail.com
I have taken Beginning Silversmithing with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: I took Dave's Silversmithing Class in Little Rock, AR about two years ago. I took two other classes under different instructors which included learning how to tube set a facet stone and another soldering class that was disastrous. If I hadn't had Dave's class first I may not have continued silversmithing. I learned a lot from Dave. He is very thorough in technique and discusses the business side of selling jewelry. The basic techniques of soldering will allow you to be creative outside of the southwestern style of jewelry making if you choose. If you are interested in metalsmithing definitely take Dave's class. It's a lot of fun and very informative. Happy soldering!

 

  Artist Name: Glenn Miller                 3/28/2016
Name of Piece: Five Mines Bracelet
I sell my creations at http://www.thelittleowlgallery.com
Please contact me at littleowlgallery@gmail.com
I have taken Beginning Silversmithing with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: I don't believe that I would be anywhere near as good without attending Dave's class. There are just some things that you can't learm on your own. I believe thar it was worth the cost and I would do it again.

 

  Artist Name: Sharee Johnson                 9/20/2011
Name of Piece: In Bloom
I sell my creations at http://www.shareejohnsonjewelry.com
I have taken Beginning Silversmithing with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: I took the beginning silversmithing class in June 2011. Even in this short, weekend class, I gained the skill and tool knowledge to branch out on my own and begin creating some beautiful pieces. It's a little more difficult without having Dave's experience standing right behind you. But even after the class he is very helpful with tips and advice. I'm looking forward to the next level class!

 

  Artist Name: Anita Cordes                 12/21/2014
Name of Piece: Black Sardonyx and Red CZECH
I sell my creations at  
I have taken Beginning Silversmithing with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: I really enjoyed my first silversmithing class with Dave here in Omaha, NE.

 

  Artist Name: Barbara Harrick                 4/1/2014
Name of Piece: Blue Shaman
I sell my creations at https://www.etsy.com/shop/StudioAgate
Please contact me at studioagate@aol.com
I also create commision pieces, please feel free to contact me. I have taken Beginning Silversmithing with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: I love working with silver and stones!!! Dave's classes are great! I learned a lot of different methodologies and used some tools I didn't know I needed. Many thanks!

 

  Artist Name: Margaret A. Kastner                 2/27/2014
Name of Piece: VividAmethyst.jpg
I sell my creations at http://thebroochandbangle.com
Please contact me at contact@thebroochandbangle.com
I have taken Beginning Silversmithing with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: The "Beginning" class was definitely worth the time and cost. I created a beautiful piece of jewelry, but more importantly, I improved my soldering and fabrication skills that I'll use ongoing. Dave is very good at explaining each step, and then patiently helping each student as they need help. He enjoys an interactive class and so we students got all our questions answered, plus we had a lot of fun. Overall, Dave and this class exceeded my expectations.

 

  Artist Name: Sheila Carpenter-van Dijk                 8/10/2013
Name of Piece: Jasper in Silver with Leather.jpg
I sell my creations at http://www.scvjewelry.com
Please contact me at scvjewelry@tampabay.rr.com
I have taken Beginning Silversmithing with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: David's Beginning Silversmith Class gave me the confidence to make my own designs.

 

  Artist Name: Linda Hughes Dewhirst                 4/5/2013
Name of Piece: Sea Glass in Fine Silver
I sell my creations at http://www.BeachcombersJewelry.etsy.com
Please contact me at beachcombersjewelry@hotmail.com
I also create commision pieces, please feel free to contact me. I have taken Beginning Silversmithing with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: For the last few years I had been wanting to learn how to silver-smith but could never find an affordable class close to my home or one that was less than a week long until I ran across David's website after I googled "silver-smithing class", it as affordable, fairly close to home and only 2 days long! I signed up in hopes of learning how to silver-smith my sea glass pieces to help me take my sea glass jewelry to the next level. The class was amazing and David was a superb instructor! He's been a great resource since the class and I greatly appreciate the prompt feedback I receive from him. I highly recommend anyone that has been considering learning the art of silver-smithing to sign up for his class, you will not be disappointed!

 

  Artist Name: AngieM                 3/10/2013
Name of Piece: Lady D
I sell my creations at http://www.Silvermudu.com
I have taken Beginning Silversmithing with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: I've taken the beginners class with Dave and it was simply a pleasure to learn from a person that is so passionate and so willing to teach you everything you need to know to succeede. When our class ended, we were all so excited to start our new journey. This is an opportunity of a life time, so take advantage, you won't regrete it one minute.

 

  Artist Name: Janice Bowden                 7/28/2012
Name of Piece: Flowers
I sell my creations at http://www.tallgrassjewelry.com
I also create commision pieces, please feel free to contact me. I have taken Beginning Silversmithing with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: I have been a wire jewelry artist and instructor for several years and had never picked up a torch. I took Dave's Beginner's Class because I felt I needed to learn about how silver reacts to heat and how to work with it, whether I add it to my designs or not. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and learned a great deal. Dave has an amazing knowledge of metalsmithing and willingly shares it, whether it related to the project at hand or was an incidental question from someone in class. The class I was in was filled with the majority absolute beginners but in spite of ourselves, we all walked out with a pendant we were proud of and enough experience and knowledge to continue to expand our skills. As a fellow instructor, I will without reservation recommend Dave's classes to anyone interested in silversmithing.

 

  Artist Name: Samantha Graybill                 2/27/2012
Name of Piece: Wildly Elegant
I sell my creations at http://www.etsy.com/shop/SamsConstructionCrew or SamsConstructionCrew.com
Please contact me at Sam@SamsConstructionCrew.com
I also create commision pieces, please feel free to contact me. I have taken Beginning Silversmithing, Intermediate Rings, Intermediate Bracelets and Advanced Techniques with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: I loved the classes that Dave taught. The classes were a little slow for me but maybe it was for the best because it gave me time to really polish my skills, and be patient with the project. The classes were also so informative. You really learned to create something you could sell. I just took the classes in January 2012 and sold my first pieces I made at home on my own. It is amazing, and I love playing with fire. The materials are a little costly to get started but they pay for themselves with just a few pieces sold. It really is an investment in yourself.

 

  Artist Name: Jeri Lynn Endo                 2/24/2012
Name of Piece: AGJ Seasons: Spring Pendant
I sell my creations at http://www.anuenuegems.com/AGJelements.html
I also create commision pieces, please feel free to contact me. I have taken Beginning Silversmithing with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: I was very fire-phobic before coming to class, but I couldn't hold myself back any longer and be satisfied with my creations. The beginning Silversmithing Class experience and the take-home supplement materials were exactly what I needed for my studio setup and a real breakthrough in my designs. David Smith is a great teacher, he kept things simple & straightforward with plenty of tips to get each step done right. We had plenty of time to learn not only from our own projects, but the variety of styles selected by the other students. Mahalo for sharing your wisdom & experience with us! P.S. My webpage link will refer inquiries to a 'contact us' page, rather than posting my email address.

 

  Artist Name: Tracey Jacobs                 2/24/2011
Name of Piece: Tiffany Stone Leaf Bracelet
I sell my creations at http://www.shadesofmidnight.com/
Please contact me at customerservice@shadesofmidnight.com
I also create commision pieces, please feel free to contact me. I have taken Beginning Silversmithing, Intermediate Rings, Intermediate Bracelets and Advanced Techniques with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: I think that taking these classes has been one of the best things I've ever done. I learned enough to be able to take that and build on it to create pieces on my own. It was an excellent foundation that has been a catalyst for me to really expand my abilities in creating a wide range of beautiful jewelry. I cannot thank Dave enough for teaching these classes and for sharing his knowledge.

 

  Artist Name: April Johnson                 2/12/2011
Name of Piece:  
I sell my creations at https://picasaweb.google.com/AprilJoySilver
Please contact me at AprilJoySilver@gmail.com
I also create commision pieces, please feel free to contact me. I have taken Beginning Silversmithing with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: I took the beginning class and thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about silversmithing!

 

  Artist Name: Mary Tanner                 1/31/2011
Name of Piece: 6 Feathers (but turned into 5)
I sell my creations at http://www.artfire.com/users/LittlefeathersSpirit
Please contact me at lilfeatherspirit@gmail.com
I have taken Beginning Silversmithing with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: I absolutely loved David Smiths class, I learned so much from taking his class, he's very informative and a very patient instructor!! I only took the beginning class but I am looking forward to taking the advanced class.

 

  Artist Name: James Olson                 1/17/2011
Name of Piece: Rutilated Tourmaline and Sea Horses
I sell my creations at  
Please contact me at jolson2@insight.rr.com
I also create commision pieces, please feel free to contact me. I have taken Beginning Silversmithing with an instructor or on DVD from SilversmithingClass.com
Here is what I think about my Class/Classes: I enjoyed the class. The class gave me the knowledge to further my jewlery making skills. I would recommend this class to anyone interested in trying their hand at silversmithing.

 


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Our customers' thoughts
 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.