2 Day Workshop
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, September 25–26, 2021
Instructor: Leah Meleski
In this 2-day workshop, students will learn how to marry both metal and gemstones together with several torch-less techniques. Students will utilize these techniques to create stunning one of a kind pendant.
During Day 1 of the workshop we will review several types of rivets including standard, flush and tube rivets. During Day 2 of the workshop students will learn how to create turtle prongs to set a cabochon gemstone while utilizing rivets to add dimension and durability to their project. Turtle prongs is a technique used to connect cabochons, enameled works, etc. to a designed piece of metal without a torch. This project will be cut from a sheet of metal and receives the name “turtle” from the animal it resembles before the prongs are bent upwards to hold the gemstone; there are many possible variations for shape.
This class is perfect for starting your own torch-less home studio practice as we will also be covering rivets, textures & finishing techniques. Students will leave class with a sample piece of rivets and a finished pendant.
Materials fee includes a cabochon gemstone, brass and/or copper, however, students can purchase a different stone and sterling silver from the instructor to utilize in their pendant. If purchasing sterling silver and/or a different cabochon from the instructor, the materials will be priced at approximate wholesale cost from the instructor’s personal inventory.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, September 24, 12:00pm
AGES: Adults & Teens 16+
MATERIALS: $10.00 – $25.00 (Paid to the instructor on the day of class)
Students are encouraged to bring a pencil and sketchbook/notebook to take notes and snacks or a bag lunch. Students are required to wear closed toed shoes and be able to tie long hair back for safety.
This class is open to all levels, including beginning students. Basic sawing knowledge is helpful.
- Day 1
September 25, 2021
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Day 2
September 26, 2021
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Venue: Jewelry Studio
The Jewelry Studio at the Jansen Art Center is located on the NW side of the basement floor: