Jewelry Smithing Classes

Jewelry Classes Are Currently Offered At Upcoming Dallas, TX Shows Only. 


Dallas, TX Jewelry Classes  |  January 12-14

BOOTHS 424 & 523
Limited Class Space Available

Dallas Market Hall (North Hall)
2200 Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207

Intergem is bringing five skilled local jewelry artists to the Dallas Intergem Show on January 12-14,  2018 to offer a selection of jewelry fabrication classes at Dallas Market Hall. These instructors currently teach a variety of metalsmithing, silversmithing and/or gold-on-silver classes in the DFW area. Their Intergem classes will be free, though participating students will be responsible for purchasing an affordable kit from the instructor containing the materials and/or tools needed to complete each class. Most classes run between 1.5 to 2 hours each (details below). The classes are restricted to a small number of students so that each student receives hands-on attention.  Each kit will contain a detailed tutorial that will aid students in working independently from home after having completed their class.


Your Instructors Are:   

  •  John Alexander is a skilled metalsmith, silversmith and goldsmith specializing in jewelry fabrication using both precious and semi-precious metals, as well as natural cabochons and faceted stones. Additionally, he often combines different metals to further enhance his designs (i.e., “gold-on-silver”). John routinely teaches these arts at local Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX area gem and mineral clubs and shows. His most popular classes include basic Silversmithing, etching, gold-gilding, patination (the coloring of metals), soldering skills, tool making (i.e., jewelry stamps), etc. He also writes popular project tutorials and related class curriculum's.  
  • Jack Spinks is an accomplished metalsmith, silversmith, goldsmith, woodworker, facetor and lapidarist specializing in unusual lapidary materials (i.e., stone, gem and/or minerals). Metals and woods are viewed as a way to display the beauty of the various lapidary materials such as opals, jades, and many less common materials. Jack teaches classes at gem and mineral clubs and shows and has helped to develop their curriculum's.    
  • Sue Bedell is an accomplished metalsmith artist working primarily in copper, brass, silver, gold, gold-on-silver, cabochons, faceted stones, sea shells, pearls, beads and/or crystals. Sue is also known for her Viking weave chains and Chainmaille. She has served as an instructor in several area gem and mineral clubs and shows.
  • Stephen Bennett is an accomplished metalsmith, silversmith, wire-wrap artist and lapidarist. He primarily works with silver and/or gold, and specializes in unusual lapidary materials (i.e., stones, gems and/or minerals). Stephen teaches silversmithing, wire-wrapping and lapidary at an area gem and mineral club and at area shows and has helped to develop the curriculum for various classes
  • Katiri Peters is accomplished in wire wrapping, casting, silversmithing and other jewelry arts.  She works with a variety of materials and currently teaches several classes at an area gem and mineral clubs and also helps them to develop their curriculum.

Class Information: 

  • Class instruction is free with the purchase of a class kit containing all of the raw materials and/or other supplies the student will need for a particular class.

  • Kit costs avg. between $25 and $50. A limited number of one-on-one class instruction opportunities may be available. If interested, please check with the class instructors (inquire at “Silversmith” booth). They may also be able to refer you to other local qualified classes taught within the DFW area.

  • Class enrollment at InterGem is based on first come – first serve.  Enroll at the instructors’ “Silversmith” booth #424 & 532!
  • If interested, you may be able to conveniently purchase additional raw materials while at the InterGem show, and/or via online outlets, so that you may continue to enhance your newly learned artisan skills from home. Think of the quality gifts you will be able construct for family, friends, yourself – or, perhaps, to supply your own small jewelry business! 

Class Schedule

CLASS NAME / TIME

CLASS INFORMATION

Hand-Polished Opal And/Or Turquoise

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Friday,
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Sunday,
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

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Jack Spinks = Instructor

Each class limited to eight (8) students. 

Learn to use simple hand files And other affordable accessories from your Kit to shape a rough natural opal or turquoise nugget into a finished quality opal or turquoise cabochon ready for mounting.


Class Kit = $30.00 (natural opal or turquoise, tools and tutorial included) however, the instruction is free of cost.

Setting Faceted Stones into Sterling Silver Pendants

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Friday,
2:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday,
2:15 pm - 4:00 pm

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John Alexander = Instructor

Each class limited to four (4) students.

This class provides the student with the opportunity to set an individual faceted stone into a sterling silver basket setting mounted onto each of two (2) sterling silver pendants.


Class Kit = $45.00 (includes materials, tools and a tutorial) however, the instruction is free of cost. You will depart this class with two completed quality fine-jewelry sterling silver pendants, each with a single faceted stone.

Jewelry Stamping With Decorative Steel Stamps

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Friday,
4:15 pm-6:00 pm

Saturday,
4:15 pm-6:00 pm

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Jack Spinks = Instructor

Each class limited to six (6) students.

During this class you will learn how to design & stamp a silver or copper pendant or earrings using handmade Navajo steel stamps from your instructor’s large collection.  You also will learn the required skills: proper use of hammers, anvils, stamps, selecting metal thicknesses and both pre and post preparation requirements needed to successfully make stamped jewelry. You will depart the class with 1 or more completed projects, depending upon your selected project (i.e., a more challenging cuff bracelet project is also an available choice). The instructor will furnish all needed tools for in-class use!  


Class Kit = $40.00 (kit includes required project materials, two metal stamps and a tutorial for working at home.) There is no cost for the actual instruction!

Wire Wrapped Pendant

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Friday,
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sunday,
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Katiri Peters = Instructor (Friday)

Stephen Bennett = Instructor  (Sunday)

Each class will be limited to four (4) students.

Learn to make quality wire-wrapped jewelry. This class provides the student with the opportunity to create a beautiful sterling silver wire wrapped pendant capturing an approximate 12 mm x 25 mm finished natural stone cabochon. It will be taught at the Beginning Class Level, thus, no prior experience is required.


Class Kit = $40.00 (includes all materials and a tutorial) however, the instruction itself is free of cost.  Your instructor will loan you, for in class use, the necessary tools required to complete this class project. Following the class, your tutorial will assist you in repeating the project on your own, as well as provide potential resources for purchasing the necessary tools and/or materials for future projects. You will depart this class with a completed unique wire-wrapped sterling silver pendant with a natural stone cabochon setting.

Gold On Silver Jewelry

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Saturday,
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Sunday,
11:15 am - 1:00 pm

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Jack Spinks = Instructor

Each class is limited to a maximum of five (5) students.

Learn how to apply 24 kt. gold foil (thin sheets of gold) to either fine silver or depleted silver using an ancient Korean technique (known as Keum-boo) to add gold accents to silver. The product may then be textured or tooled without damage to its gold overlay.  The gold foil is applied using both the heat generated by a quality hot plate and a steel burnisher.


Class Kit = $50.00 (contains the necessary silver and gold raw materials, hand tools & a tutorial) The actual instruction itself is free of cost. Each Kit includes an instructional tutorial to assist you in repeating the process on your own outside of class.

Wire Wrapping Earrings

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Sunday,
1:15 pm - 3:00 pm

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Katiri Peters = Instructor 

Class will be limited to four (4) students.

Victorian Style Wire Wrapped Earrings - This is a fun workshop where you will learn how to wire wrap a stunning pair of earrings in a dazzling design with Swarovski crystals and Argentium Sterling Silver wire.


Class Kit = $40.00 (includes materials and a tutorial); however, the instruction is free of cost. The instructor will furnish tools for class use.

Silver Sea Shell Pearl Pendant

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Friday,
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Saturday,
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Sunday,
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Instructor = Sue Bedell

The class is limited to a maximum of four (4) students. 

This class provides the student with the opportunity to learn to fabricate a unique fresh water pearl pendant set within an actual sea shell, captured and held in place with sterling silver. You will depart the class with a completed shell and fresh water pearl pendant that you fabricated in class.


Class Kit = $25.00 (includes sea shell, required sterling silver materials, fresh water pearl, a sterling silver chain and a tutorial). The tutorial will assist you in completing future similar projects on your own from home. The general fabrication process/concept you will learn in this class can easily be applied toward creating a wide assortment of unique pendants and/or ear rings. You are only limited by your imagination!