Create a pure silver charm, suitable for necklaces, earrings or to hang on a bracelet in this fun class. Using the magical Silver Metal Clay, hand tools and your imagination, sculpt a free form object that you can personalize as a gift or keepsake. The metal clay is hand formed, then dried briefly, then transformed with the use of a small torch to burn away the organic binder and leaving pure solid silver behind. No experience necessary, all tools and materials will be provided in class.
Using silver and copper wire, pliers and wooden dowels, create one of the most ancient and lovely chains dating back to Viking times. Essential skills learned include: weaving fine wire around a wooden dowel (similar to looping), drawing down the wire to compress it into a bracelet form, finishing with simple wire wrapping techniques and adding a pre-made clasp. Materials will be mailed to you in advance of the class. No experience necessary.
Build on the essentials of this Sami-invented handcraft and learn basic jewelry silversmithing techniques such as sizing and texturing to make a band-style ring and personalize it with Elder Futhark runes.
Learn the ancient techniques invented by the Sami people to create your own reindeer leather and coiled wire embroidered bracelet. Essential skills learned include: basic braiding, hand sewing with simple stitches. No experience necessary, all tools and materials will be provided in class.
Learn a special braiding pattern to create a Sami inspired necklace in this class. We will use the traditional coiled pewter/silver wire to complete a braid pattern, adorned with colorful beads and a clasp. Unlike the Sami inspired bracelets, we will not sew this completed braid to the reindeer leather, but instead it will stand alone. No experience necessary and all materials are provided.
Limit of 10 Workshop Participants
Meet your instructor, Debra Carus
Local artist and goldsmith Debra Carus creates fine jewelry with gold, silver, precious gems and glass enamels. Drawing heavily upon her Norwegian heritage, she uses traditional jewelry methods like filigree (used in the Norwegian bunad jewelry called solje) in modern, updated pieces. She also favors Scandinavian motifs and mythology, incorporating stories and runelore into her custom work. Debra also uses Scandinavian gems and minerals, and loves to highlight her work with luminous transparent glass enamels reminiscent of Norwegian artists of the late 19th century. Debra is a passionate teacher, sharing her methods with beginners to advanced professionals in her classes all over the Pacific Northwest.