Do you have a set of beads that you would like to create a necklace with? In this class, we will take a set of your lampwork beads and turn them into a finished necklace by building complementary fused silver chain links. Basic techniques for fusing silver wire will be reviewed such as: making headpins, jump rings, and building basic chain. Use of tools, supplies, and equipment will be demonstrated. The focus will be on shaping chain to enhance your necklace design and learning how silver components will add strength and interest to your jewelry. Each student will complete a necklace during class as time allows.
By the end of the class the student will know the basic tools and equipment used to setup a silver fusing work station, be able to operate a micro torch safely, and have knowledge of basic techniques used to fuse silver, build chain, and shape links.
1 Day, 3-hour class: $160 for class plus tool kit rental and fine silver. $140 for class, fine silver, and bring own tool kit. Additional silver kit is $20 and includes: 5 feet 18 gauge wire and 1 foot of 16 gauge wire.
6-10 students. 6 tool kits available for rent. 6 student minimum.
Description of Tools and Supplies
Butane torch (Blazer works best)
Kiln or firebrick
Old pair of pliers or tweezers
Fire proof surface (metal non-coated cookie sheet, ceramic tile, or metal sheet)
Round objects to form jump rings (can be mandrels, knitting needles, forming pliers, sharpie)
Metal jewelry files
2 Pair chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire gauge measure (optional)
5 ft of 18 g fine silver, round, dead-soft wire
1 ft of 16 g fine silver, round, dead-soft wire