Wednesdays, September 8-October 13, 2021
6 sessions, 6 weeks
6:00 - 8:30 pm PDT
Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
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 the first class.
The class supply list is below and contains links to buy the supplies you need.
This 6-week class is designed specifically to help jewelry makers become more efficient by creating easier paths to consistent results. Whether you are creating for a series of one of kind jewelry or planning to increase your jewelry production to a small business, working smarter and being efficient will increase your productivity. When designing a production line or special project, there are several aspects to consider including the prototype to production, potentially outsourcing things like casting or plating, and the efficient construction of components. Decreasing production costs and time increases profitability. Jigs and systems made from common objects and easy to obtain materials can dramatically reduce effort and production costs. We will address altering common tools and how to use hand tools already in your toolbox to hold, shape, fold, stretch, cut, and bend in ways you might not have thought of!
We will begin with discussing designing for production ideas by sketching, collecting, creating prototypes and models, and ways for continuing to find inspiration when you are stuck. Next, we will address how your design idea can be created into a great production piece by simplifying the making and construction. Several construction solutions will be discussed. This information will be adapted for the needs of the participants in the class. This will include the making of jigs, tools, and systems that you can use to make your life easier and more productive. Then we tackle the clean-up and finishing phase that usually has people baffled.
Participants are encouraged to bring ideas and samples, and a good notebook for writing notes and sketching ideas down. Bring projects that pose repetitive challenges and together we’ll find the easiest way to accomplish your vision. Individual participation is highly encouraged to share ideas and resources.
The group will meet on Wednesday evenings to discuss ideas, & demo production techniques that will make your studio rock!
Recommended materials depend on what you are working on. Each students' needs will vary based on their particular path.
All levels are welcome.
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 Rio Grande wholesale pricing for significant savings. 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.
Books I’d highly recommend for the class:
- The Art of Jewelry Design: From Idea to Reality, by Elizabeth Olver (Amazon)
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (Amazon)
Your supplies and tools. Recommended materials depend on what you are working on. Each student's needs will vary based on their particular path.