An intermediate/advanced course in jewelry-making and lapidary for students who already have basic silversmith skills or who wish to work independently. Studio work will be supplemented by demonstrations, discussions and guest instructors. Students will learn lapidary and silver channel inlay construction using semi-precious stones and shell or choose to work independently. Students will leave the class with wearable jewelry art and a discovery of their own creative potential. Prior instructor approval required for enrollment in open studio. The fully-equipped Ghost Ranch jewelry studio provides a wonderful opportunity for students to learn the skills and techniques of advanced silver jewelry-making in a beautiful location with a long history in the creative arts. Ghost Ranch is a place of beauty and serenity that nurtures the creative spirit with a lengthy history in the creative arts. Silversmith students come away from this class with unimagined creations, a proud sense of accomplishment, and a personal connection to the arts of the Southwest. The studio is equipped with all the needed tools, supplies and equipment. Students may bring their own hand-tools, stones, and silver supplies, if desired. Sliver will be used in class projects and can be purchased at the studio. Students should expect to spend between $50 – $150 on silver for the week ? this cost is NOT included in the class fee. Learning Outcomes: – Students will learn basic skills in cutting, setting, grinding and polishing semi-precious stones for lapidary work. – Students will learn silver channel bracelet construction for stone inlay – Students will learn to safely use lapidary tools: trim-saw, flat-laps, genies, and other polishing tools – Students will acquire confidence in their creative abilities and skills – Students will create wearable and sellable jewelry art General Workshop Hours: The class schedule is 9-noon and 1-3:30. For those who are interested, the studio will also be open in the late afternoon and evening, though participation in other Ranch activities is also encouraged. Ghost Ranch is a wonderful place to visit with many things to do and many places to explore! Supply List Requested by Instructor: The studio is fully equipped with all the needed tools, supplies and equipment. Students may bring their own hand-tools if they have them, but please make sure they are labeled with the student?s name. If students have stones they would like to use, please bring them along, too. NOTE: Students will be required to purchase the silver used in the class. We will have all the needed sliver available for purchase at the studio. PLEASE NOTE: Students should expect to spend between $50 – $150 on silver for the week, and this cost is NOT included in the class fee.
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