Live - Zoom Check-ins, Sundays, 10:00 - 12:00 am PST, Oct 24, Oct 31, Nov 7, Nov 14, 2021
BONUS live WELCOME check-in, Sunday Oct. 17, 10-11 am PST!
Email - "Sparks" weekday mornings, Oct 18 - Nov 14, 2021 (4 weeks of studio prompts)
Instructor: Julia Lowther
This class includes the video recordings, which you will have access to for 30 days after the class (we've got your back if you can't attend the live class in person!).
Zoom link and instructions for joining the call will be emailed 1 day prior to class.
The class supply list is below and contains links to buy the supplies you need.
Come get inspired and jump-start the habit of regularly practicing your jewelry making!
Weekday mornings, October 18 - November 14, you will receive an email with a studio warm-up exercise prompt - a "Studio Spark" (see examples of Sparks and results in photos). These Sparks are designed to give you inspiration for a quick warm-up, a bit of exercise for your makery muscles to get you started in your studio each morning. Friday Sparks are design challenges, that will give you a little something extra to ruminate on over the weekend. Practicing various skills and techniques and flexing your design muscles, without a specific end product in mind, is a great way to build confidence in your skills. Students are encouraged to get to their benches and play!
Live Zoom check-ins on Sunday mornings (10am-12noon PST) will give you a chance to share challenges, triumphs, and a-ha moments, and have a touchstone for accountability that will keep you focused and moving forward.
BONUS live WELCOME check-in, Sunday, Oct. 17, 10-11am! Come meet the others in the group and get a quick how-to tour of Padlet.com. We'll be using a Padlet virtual bulletin board to post pictures of our Sparks explorations throughout each week. No need to have your own Padlet account! You'll receive a link to the Studio Sparks Padlet board in your first email, and you can post directly to the board without having to sign up for anything ;).
Grab a cup of coffee and get to your bench!
Skill Level: ALL levels!
Supply List for Students
The links below will take you to RioGrande.com or other suppliers. To see prices for precious metal items, you need a free Rio Grande account. Registered Little Metal Foxes students can access the Rio for Schools program for significant savings (discounts and flat-rate shipping). This site may contain Amazon and other affiliate links. If you purchase something through the link, at no cost to you, we may receive a small commission on qualifying purchases.
- Experiment with what you have on hand
- Try new things
- Let limitations be your inspiration!
Basic Tools recommended for your bench:
- Torch and fuel (both these torches use disposable 1lb propane tanks, most insurance allows this size inside the home)
- Sparker or Torch lighter - 114.205 (Otto Frei)
- Solderite pad 6"x6" - 502064 or other fireproof soldering surface (fire brick or scrap of cement board, i.e. Hardie backer cement board)
- Pickle - 5010233 - OR sodium bisulfate for pools from the hardware store
- Pickle pot - 501021 - OR small crockpot; OR glass jar + PLASTIC lid + mug warmer
- Copper tongs - 501017
- Flux brush - 115141 OR small cheap paintbrush with natural bristles (size 4 is good)
- Solder pick. This can be made from a length of wire coat hanger (pointed on one end with a flat spiral handle)
- Tweezers (for solder placement) - 115018
- Jewelers saw frame (2.25" throat) -110039
- 4/0 jewelers saw blades (pkg/12) - 110304
- Bench pin & anvil - 110014
- Cross-lock tweezers - 115051
- Dividers - 116224
- Brass sliding gauge - 116075
- Pin vise - 113146
- Center punch - 118117
Chasing hammer - 112225
OR small ball pein hammer - 119333
- Riveting hammer - 112087 (optional, if you have a chasing hammer)
- Flat/half round forming pliers - 111180
- Chain-nose pliers - 111911
- Flat-nose pliers - 111912
- Round-nose pliers - 111913
- Side cutters - 111931
- Ring mandrel - 112575
- Ring clamp - 113969
- Nylon mallet - 112013
- Metal ruler - 116493
- Flat hand file (#2 cut is good, get a handle as well) - 114925
- Half-round hand file (#2 cut is good, get a handle as well) - 114931
- Set 6 needle files (cut #2) - 114797
- Joyce Chen shears (Amazon)
- Emery board or sapphire nail file (Amazon)
- Sandpaper (800, 600, 400, 220 grits) + popsicle sticks + masking tape
- Sanding sticks (DIY)
- Loupe - 113780
- Patina - Liver of Sulfur gel - 331033
Polishing cloth - 337039