For as long as humans have been honoring their loved ones and significant life events, they have been making and wearing jewelry as a way to honor and remember. Jewelry can take the form of a simple ring or pendant with a person’s name and date of birth or death, or it can be more elaborate with precious or semi-precious stones, perhaps incorporating personal elements, items from other jewelry, or repurposed objects of significance. This class will teach basic and advanced silversmithing skills and their application in the making of mementos to honor significant people and life events. Participants will experience hands-on work in jewelry fabrication (sawing, soldering, cold-connections), stone setting, and lapidary in the construction of wearable pieces of art that has personal significance. Materials will include class-provided sterling silver and semi-precious stones, and personal objects brought by class participants. Class participants will leave with finished pieces of jewelry art to wear or give to loved ones to help remember and celebrate important life events. Ghost Ranch is a place of beauty and serenity that nurtures the creative spirit and promotes reflection. The fully-equipped Ghost Ranch jewelry studio provides an opportunity to learn the skills and techniques of silver jewelry-making in an awe-inspiring location with a long history in the creative arts. The studio is equipped with all the needed tools, supplies and equipment. Students may bring their own hand-tools, stones and silver supplies if wished. Students are encouraged to bring personal items that they may wish to incorporate or repurpose into new jewelry pieces. Silver used in class projects may be purchased at the Ranch studio at market prices. Please note that the cost of silver is NOT included in the class fee and will likely cost $75 – $150 for the week. All other supplies and materials are included as part of class fees. Interested persons are encouraged to contact Ghost Ranch and the class instructor for more information.
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