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

Dallas, TX
October 12-14, 2018

Booths TBA

Dallas Market Hall
2200 Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, TX 75207

 

Would You Like To Learn To Craft Semi-Precious And Precious Jewelry?

Intergem is bringing seven (7) skilled local jewelry artists to the Dallas Intergem Show on October 12, 13 and 14, 2018 to offer a selection of jewelry fabrication classes at Dallas Market Hall. These seven (7) instructors 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). However, one (1) much more in-depth 5-hour-class entitled "Silversmithing-On-The-Cheap" will be offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The classes are restricted to a small number of students (ref below) so that each student receives hands-on attention.  Each "KIT" contains a detailed tutorial to 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.  

  • Jack and Beth Spinks are accomplished metalsmiths/silversmiths/goldsmiths, woodworkers, Viking Weave chain, Chainmaille, faceting and lapidary (i.e., cutting & shaping semi-precious stones, gems and/or minerals).  Metals and woods are viewed as a way to artistically display the beauty of the various lapidary materials - such as opals, jades, and many less common materials. Jack and Beth both teach classes at gem and mineral clubs and jewelry shows and both have developed their individual curriculum’s.   

  • Sue Bedell is a skilled 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 jewelry 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 club. She also helps them to develop curriculum for her classes.

  • Summer George is an accomplished metalsmith artist working primarily in copper, brass, silver, gold, gold-on-silver, cabochons and faceted stones. She is well known for her expertise with metal stamps and other Southwestern silversmithing skills. She has served as an instructor in an area  gem and mineral club and jewelry shows.

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 for the more brief 1.5 to 2 hour classes, and $150 for the much more in-depth 5 hour "Silversmithing-On-The-Cheap" class. Additionally, a limited number of one-on-one class instruction opportunities may also 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 in the 1.5 to 2 hour classes at the instructors’ “Silversmith” booth at the actual show!  However, you must enroll in advance for the 5 hour "Silversmithing-On-The-Cheap" class (see class enrollment details under the below  "Silversmithing-On-The-Cheap" class description).

  • If interested, you may be able to conveniently purchase additional raw materials while at the InterGem show, and/or via various 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!


 This project photo is similar to those students in the 'Silversmith On The Cheap' class might expect to create. Each student's results will differ based on the cabochon utilized, individual design differences, the type decorative steel stamps used decorate their class projects, and the skills each student acquires/develops during this Beginning Silversmith Class.

This project photo is similar to those students in the 'Silversmith On The Cheap' class might expect to create. Each student's results will differ based on the cabochon utilized, individual design differences, the type decorative steel stamps used decorate their class projects, and the skills each student acquires/develops during this Beginning Silversmith Class.

Silversmithing-On-The-Cheap

An Affordable Basic Silversmithing Class

Instructor: Jack Spinks
Class Length: 5 Hours

This class is intended to introduce the student to basic silversmithing skills by creating two (2) affordable handmade pendants.  Skills taught include: sawing, filing, polishing, soldering, cabochon stone setting, and decorative jewelry stamping. Though there is no charge for the class instruction, however, a "Kit" is required to complete the class. The "Kit" fee is $150.00; it will contain all necessary hand tools and the raw materials required to complete the class (with the exception of a torch and polishing machine). The instructor will provide an appropriate torch and polishing wheel/buffer for "in-class use".  Additionally, the "Kit" contains a written tutorial to assist students in repeating similar projects following completion of their class. 

One "Silversmithing On The Cheap" class will be offered each day of the Dallas, TX InterGem show. The class will be limited to a maximum of six (6) students per class. Advance class enrollment is required! To enroll, prospective students are required to reach out to the instructor, Jack Spinks, via his e-mail at:  cherokeehillsartisan@gmail.com. Please provide your NAME, TELEPHONE # AND E-MAIL ADDRESS by e-mail to Jack Spinks at the above provided e-mail address. Jack Spinks will telephone each prospective student within 72 hours of having received their e-mail to discuss the class content in order to assist the student in being certain the class meets their expectations.  At that point, if the student wishes to enroll in the class, Jack Spinks will accept their advance payment by credit card to guarantee both their "Kit" purchase and placement into a specific class. Again, the class is limited to only a maximum of six (6) students per day).

Class times are:

  • Friday, 10/12/18 = 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm

  • Saturday, 10/13/18 = 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm

  • Sunday, 10/14/18 = 11:30 am to 4:30 pm


Silversmith Class Schedule | Dallas, TX | October 12-14

CLASS NAME / TIME

CLASS INFORMATION

Hand-Polished Opal And/Or Turquoise

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Saturday,
10:15 am - 12:15 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,
3:15 pm - 5:15 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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Saturday,
3:30 pm-5:30 pm

Sunday,
2:30 pm-4:30 pm

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Summer George = Instructor

Each class limited to four (4) students.

During this class you will learn how to design & stamp two (2) copper pendants using decorative handmade and/or Navajo steel stamps from your instructor’s large collection.  You may apply these skills to both annealed copper or sterling silver. You also will learn the proper use of stamping hammers, anvils, decorative stamps, selecting metal thicknesses and both pre and post preparation requirements needed to successfully create hand stamped jewelry. Your instructor will furnish all needed tools for your in-class use!


Class Kit = $20.00 (kit includes required project materials and a tutorial for working at home on your own). There is no cost for the actual instruction!

Wire Wrapped Pendant

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Friday,
12:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Saturday,
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sunday,
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Katiri Peters = Instructor (Friday And Saturday)

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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Friday,
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Sunday,
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Beth 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,
2:30 pm - 4:30 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,
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Saturday,
3:30 pm - 5:30 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 and ear ring set within an actual sea shell, captured and held   in place with sterling silver.


Class Kit = $35.00 (includes sea shell, sealer, required sterling silver materials, fresh water pearl, a sterling silver chain and a tutorial to assist you in completing the project 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!

Chainmaille Bracelet

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Saturday,
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Beth Spinks = Instructor

Class will be limited to ten (10) students.

Chainmaille is the art of fabricating jewelry by carefully connecting metal rings (i.e., precious and/or semi-precious metal jump rings) to one another to create a decorative pattern in the finished jewelry piece. Enroll into this class to learn how to fabricate chainmaille bracelets and/or pendants. Each student will have completed one (1) sterling silver chainmaille bracelet during this class. The actual instruction is free of cost, however, each student will need to purchase a class kit for completing their in-class project


Class Kit = $30.00 (it contains the necessary raw materials and tool required to complete your chainmaille class project, as well as includes a tutorial to assist the students in repeating future chainmaille projects outside of class).

"Silversmithing-On-The-Cheap"
An Affordable Basic Silversmithing Class

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Class Length: 5 Hours

Friday,
12:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Saturday,
12:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Sunday,
11:30 am to 4:30 pm

Instructor = Jack Spinks

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

This class is intended to introduce the student to basic silversmithing skills by creating two (2) affordable handmade pendants. Skills taught include: sawing, filing, polishing, soldering, cabochon stone setting, and decorative jewelry stamping. Though there is no charge for the class instruction, however, a "Kit" is required to complete the class.


The "Kit" fee is $150; it will contain all necessary hand tools and the raw materials required to complete the class (with the exception of a torch and polishing machine). The instructor will provide an appropriate torch and polishing wheel/buffer for "in-class use". Additionally, the "Kit" contains a written tutorial to assist students in repeating similar projects following completion of their class.


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS. To register, email your NAME, TELEPHONE # AND E-MAIL ADDRESS to Jack Spinks at cherokeehillsartisan@gmail.com.