Breaking Out of the Mold Jewelry Class with Jen Cushman – To Bead True Blue 2014

Jen Cushman Jewelry MoldsInstructor: Jen Cushman

Date/time: 2 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 7

Place: To Bead True Blue 2014, Tuscon, AZ

Class fee: $100

Kit fee: $25 (Payable to instructor at time of class) includes materials. Workshop attendees will leave with a finished necklace featuring a resin casting set into a bezel, along with chain and handmade clasp components.

Class Description: For those of you who love treasure hunting and incorporating found objects into your mixed-media jewelry, this is a techniques-based 6 hour workshop tailor-made for you. Learn how to easily make molds of your found object treasures with non-toxic silicone molding putty and then how to make resin castings from your molds. Once the resin is fully dry, learn how to add surface treatments to completely alter your resin castings with paint and patinas. See how easily it is to replicate your found object castings with paint and faux finish techniques, or how to completely alter your castings to turn them into entirely new components. If you are someone who thinks twice about using your precious objects in your work, this workshop will help overcome that and have you seeing your treasures in an entirely new light.

Student Supplies Needed For Class: Found objects. Smooth ones, flat ones, round ones, intricate detail, interesting texture ones, old doll parts, keys, shells, gears, buttons, etc. Look around your studio at interesting objects and bring them. The workshop is all about experimentation. Paint brushes, travel size baby wipes, 1 bottle of craft raw umber paint, 1 bottle of black paint. Also basic jewelry pliers: round nose, flat nose and chain nose pliers. Bring a few beads and baubles from your stash to personalize your piece.

$100 Class fee

Layers and Depth ICE Resin Jewelry Class with Jen Cushman – To Bead True Blue 2014

Jen Cushman ICE Resin jewelryInstructor: Jen Cushman

Date/time: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday February 9

Place: To Bead True Blue 2014, Tucson, AZ

Class fee: $105

Kit fee: $25 (Payable to instructor at time of class) includes: bezels, ICE Resin®, consumables, wire, ribbon, crystal beads, images, paper, cups and stir sticks.

There’s so much more to resin jewelry than first meets the eye. This jeweler’s grade liquid when combined with art techniques of texture, color and imagery can bring an intoxicating level of artistry and sophistication to your work. Learn how to work with transparent imagery and layers of text, texture and color to harness resin’s inherent qualities.

Max Capacity: 15 — 6 hours — Intermediate — 16 years or older

Will most students complete their projects in class? Yes

Students Will Learn: The focus of this class is learning to work with layers of color, imagery, text and texture to create resin bezels infused with artistry. Beautiful open mixed-metal bezels are the perfect canvases for little works of art.

Prerequisites: It’s helpful to have basic resin skills, but not necessary.

Techniques Used: resin, epoxy clay, wirework

Students should bring: bench block, chain nose pliers, chasing hammer, flat nose standard pliers, scissors, standard round nose pliers, wire snips, small beads, button, charms, organics (sticks, moss, dried flowers), gears you might wish to embed into resin for added imagery and depth.

$105 Class fee

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Resin Alchemy Class with Susan Lenart Kazmer – To Bead True Blue 2014

resin alchemy classInstructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer

Date/time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, February 2

Class fee: $105

Kit fee $25.00 (Payable to instructor at time of class)  includes bronze sheet metal, rubber silicone, a few bezels, 1 oz resin and resin to use in class, mica flakes, powders and cold enamels, paper, nuts and screws, sand paper, wire and expendables.

Explore beyond pouring a bezel in this technique-based class.  Benefit from Susan’s 10-year body of jewelers grade work combining resin with metalwork. Learn the basics of resin and its properties then go beyond using ground breaking techniques such as creating and working with resin paper, producing stones such as druzy, opal and crystal, cold enameling, casting and more.

Build beautiful whimsical and playful bezels of wire and more.

Learn how to build with resin in layers by scratching, crackling and coloring each surface. Each student will leave with a few pendants and components and a journal full of ideas.

Students please bring: needle nose pliers, chain nose pliers, wire snips, tin snips and/or jewelers saw, 10 or 02 blades, bench pin, anvil, metal files, awl, center punch, scissors, hot 60 watt bulb and lamp, (this means the old fashioned kind ..not the new cooler bulbs) this is for drying resin so we can build in layers. , rusted found bezel such as coco lid, jar lid or any type of cup shape,  meaningful small objects such as photos, text, leaves, sticks, dried flowers, photos, object to cast, and paper.

$105 Class fee

Cold Enameling – Color on Metal Class with Susan Lenart Kazmer – To Bead True Blue 2014

Cold Enameling Class with SLKInstructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer

Date/time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,. Monday, February 3

Class fee: $105

Kit fee: $35 (Payable to instructor at time of class)  includes bronze sheet metal, wire, rivets, ice resin, paints, mica and all colors used to create cold enameling.

Reminiscent of this ancient technique and colorful appearance of enamelwork.…..only these techniques are done with the application an variation of color on metal with a final coat of jewelers grade, crystal clear, glass like resin.

Using bronze sheet metal and wire learn a vast variety of unique surface and patina techniques and methods. Derive color in your work from resins, enamel paint, paper, waxes, permanent ink, caulk transfers, application of photo transfers, inclusions and text.

Cold enamel surface work includes crackle, scraffitto, matte and scratched surface. Learn cold enamel pliqué a jour and cold fired enamel. These are in depth techniques to create color design and texture in your metalwork.  Application of cold enamel on wirework.

Build in layers to create a few pendants and bring home a journal full of new ideas for color on metal.

Tools that I will provide- dapping blocks, forming blocks, ring mandrel, bracelet mandrel, use of fordom drills, and bits.

Students Please bring- needle nose and chain nose pliers, wire snips, tin snips or jewelers saw,  02 blades(we are using a 20 gauge metal)  or what you are comfortable with, metal files, ball peen hammer, center punch, awl, small found objects, text, photos or anything other objects that you would like to include in your work.  (if you can please bring a hot light- this is a small plug in bulb holder and bulb 100 watt) the old fashion light bulb that gets hot. )

$105 Class fee

Enameling – patterns, text, texture, and transparency in glass with Susan Lenart Kazmer – To Bead True Blue 2014

Susan Lenart KazmerInstructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer

Date/time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, February 4

Place: To Bead True Blue, Tucson, AZ

Enameling is a very ancient craft of permanently fusing glass to metal by means of heat. It is one of the most exciting ways to produce vibrant colors, texture, patterns and images on metal.  Explore a number of practices Using kiln and torch fired techniques. Kiln fired enamels produce precision colors with multiple thin layers of enamel opaque and transparent colors. Torch fired enamels can be used to produce an organic, burnt out glass and dripping facade. Learn proper set up tips such as good trivets, drilling, stoning, finish work. Explore a variety of techniques including liquid enamels, dry sifting, wet packing, crackle, sgraffito, stencils, and milling metal in combination with clear coats and more.  Use crayons, markers and iron oxide that will survive high heat and fuse with enamels. Build pendant, rings and a variety of components and ideas to continue your work.

Class fee: $105

Kit fee: $26 (Payable to instructor at time of class) includes copper sheet metal, copper wire, enamel powders, dust mask, paint brush, handout and expendables.

Susan Lenart Kazmer

Students should bring: jewelers saw, size 0 or 1 blades, anvil, bench pin, (or tin snips) wire snips, chain nose and needle nose pliers, ball peen hammer, files, anvil, awl, vice, and (optional) a drill.

(This class replaces Art Mechanique  - Color and Cold Connections) 

Price: $105.00

Caging Uncommon Objects in Metalwork Class with Susan Lenart Kazmer – To Bead True Blue 2014

caging uncommon objectsInstructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer

Date/time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, February 5

Class fee: $105

Kit fee: $30 (Payable to instructor at time of class)  includes: bronze square 16 gauge wire, bronze sheet metal (you can purchase a silver wire from me or bring some in) solder materials, and sandpaper.

Create gorgeous and unusual jewelry pieces by creating open bezel forms using square wire and metal which  provides an open form to view all sides of your object that you are encasing. Students will finish one pendant or ring and In addition, explore the cage shape and its uses as a container to hold objects.

In this 6 hour metalworking class learn to anneal, shape and solder together a ring or pendant form.

Learn proper metalworking techniques for soldering, shaping and clean up.  Learn some short cuts and ideal techniques for teaching soldering in a class room.

Supply list that Students should bring- Wire snips, round needle nose and chain nose pliers,  small hammer and anvil, awl, and silver wire.

$105 Class fee

 

Wearable Encaustic Shrines Class with Linda Lenart McNulty – To Bead True Blue 2014

Linda Leanrt McNulty encaustics classInstructor: Linda Lenart McNulty

Welcome to the Luminous world of Encaustic Wax! In this workshop, Encaustic Artist Linda Lenart McNulty will walk you through the construction of at least 3 gorgeous Wearable Encaustic Shrines, which will be all of your own design and imaginings.  Starting with a selection of unusual bezels, we will begin with the pouring of colorful and fragrant Luminous Encaustics Wax Blox™, followed by Encaustic Collage techniques, Encaustic Casting and Faux Finishing techniques, and finally Embedding and Assemblage. These techniques are simple yet so engrossing and satisfying; you won’t lift your head from your wax creations until you’ve made at least three of your own personal creations – your own Wearable Encaustic Shrines!

Date/time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,. Sunday, February 2

Place: To Bead True Blue, Tucson, AZ

Class fee: $110

Kit fee: $65 (Payable to instructor at time of class)

includes all the supplies necessary to make at least three gorgeous Wearable Encaustic Shrines:

Consumable items: a selection of Art Mechanic bezels, Luminous Encaustics Wax Blox™, Jeweler’s Grade Molding Putty, collage images, faux finishes, screws, wires, ribbons and embellishments.

Plus the use of shared items and tools: Encaustic brushes, torches, griddles, melting pots, pouring pots, use of scraping and incising tools; tiny relic molds, wire working tools.

This class seats 20 students.

Students should bring:

1)         A couple of small tin lids, anywhere from the size of a mini Altoid lid to a larger 3 ½” x 5 ½” craft tin lid.

2)         Scissors, X-acto knife

3)         A handful of Viva Paper Towels for cleaning tools and hands

4)         A bit of Wax Paper as a work station and for taking your Shrines home

5)         A few Nitrile Gloves for Mixed Media Play

Optional list, if you like to bring a personal touch:

6)         (Optional) Tiny charms/found objects/rusty metal for embedding (I’ll have some too).

7)         (Optional) tiny charlottes or figurines for casting (I’ll have figurines and molds available).

8)         (Optional) Personal collage images of a religious or sacred variety; also interesting labels work well (I’ll have some too).

9)         (Optional) Hammer and Bench Block, wire working tools

10)       (Optional) a micro torch- if you own one and want to bring it

$110 Class fee

Encaustic Word Shield with Linda Lenart McNulty – To Bead True Blue 2014

encaustic class linda lenart mcnultyLinda Lenart McNulty

Come join Encaustic Artist, Linda Lenart McNulty as she guides you through the making of Encaustic Wearable Art! Encaustic Art is experiencing a revival among artists, since lying dormant in the Egyptian tombs. The process entails the painting and pouring of molten, pigmented beeswax and tree sap, which is then layered and scraped, revealing its naturally luminous and transparent nature.

In this workshop, she will first let you experience Encaustic Painting to get a feel for the art form. Then, when you feel comfortable with layering encaustic paint, scraping back to reveal deeper layers of color, and metallic script writing, we will translate that painting into an Encaustic Jewelry Piece: The Encaustic Word-Shield. This is an encaustic treasure that you can wear, and it will continue to petrify over time becoming a unique wearable piece that you can take out while your painting stays at home!

Date/time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,. Monday, February 3

Class fee: $110

Kit fee: $65 (Payable to instructor at time of class) includes all the supplies necessary to make one gorgeous encaustic painting and one beautiful Word Shield pendant necklace:

Consumable items: painting board, Encaustic Medium, Encaustic Paint, a selection of Art Mechanic bezels, Luminous Encaustics Wax Blox™, an assortment of metallic papers, jump rings, wires, ribbons and embellishments.

Plus the use of shared items and tools: Encaustic brushes, torches, griddles, melting pots, pouring pots, use of scraping and scripting tools, wire working tools.

This class seats 20 students.

Students should bring:

1)         A handful of Viva Paper Towels for cleaning tools and hands

2)         A bit of Wax Paper as a work station and for taking your pieces home

3)         A pair of Nitrile Gloves

Optional list:

4)         wire working tools

5)         a micro torch- if you own one and want to bring it

$110 Class fee

Cryptic Encaustics Class with Linda Lenart McNulty – To Bead True Blue 2014

cryptic encaustics linda lenart mcnultyLinda Lenart McNulty

Come join Encaustic Artist, Linda Lenart McNulty, for an adventure into Encaustic Jewelry making, and find out how easy and fun it is to play with warm encaustic wax! Creating in a relaxed environment focused on play and experimentation, Linda will guide you first, through the making of a small Encaustic Painting, which she will then help you to translate into a piece of wearable Encaustic Jewelry.

In this 6 hour workshop we will be using techniques which include the layering of colorful encaustic paint; the creating of deep crevices with the use of tools and printing blocks; the concealing of our crevices under warm wax, and finally, the excavating of a gorgeous, cryptic language left on the surface of our pieces!

Date/time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,. Tuesday, February 4

Place: To Bead True Blue, Tucson, AZ

Class fee: $110

Kit fee: $65 (Payable to instructor at time of class) includes all the supplies necessary to make one gorgeous encaustic painting and one beautiful Cryptic Encaustic pendant necklace:

Consumable items: painting board, Encaustic Medium, Encaustic Paint, one Art Mechanic bezel, Luminous Encaustics Wax Blox™, wire, ribbons and embellishments.

Plus the use of shared items and tools: Encaustic brushes, torches, griddles, melting pots, pouring pots, use of digging objects and scraping tools, Linseed Oil Stick, wire working tools.

This class seats 20 students.

Students should bring:

1)         A handful of Viva Paper Towels for cleaning tools and hands

2)         A bit of Wax Paper as a work station and for taking your pieces home

3)         A pair of Nitrile Gloves

Optional list:

4)         wire working tools

5)         a micro torch- if you own one and want to bring it

$110 Class fee
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