Friday, August 19, 2011

Jewelry Classes at Shake Rag Alley

Simply put, we love jewelry classes. From the short, introductory classes at the Beads and Bangles event in May to week-long in-depth classes taught by instructors of national stature, we just can't get enough of them.

One of the highlights of our year is Shake Rag's annual Artisan's Jewelry & Gift Sale in November. The jewelry is created by our very talented instructors, students, and friends of Shake Rag....hundreds of original one-of-a-kind creations from funky to fine. A true celebration of all the jewelry making creativity that has gone on at Shake Rag all year. Plus yummy treats to savor as you browse surrounded by the warm, charming atmosphere of the Cabinet Shop - a truly unique and enjoyable shopping experience.  November 12 & 13 this year. If you are in the area, don't miss it.

Or, join us for one of the many great classes on the schedule this fall. Like Fold-Formed Cuffs, a really fun class making handsome copper cuffs by hammering the metal on an anvil. And, since we have a blacksmithing lab, all the necessary tools are right there so you don't need to bring a thing. Here are photos from our last Fold-Form class earlier this year.

Another very popular jewelry medium is Precious Metal Clay (PMC), the metal clay that can be formed like any other clay but when fired turns into 99% pure silver. But now there's also BronzClay...same stuff only with bronze or copper instead of silver. Much less expensive but with a really great look all its own.

Shake Rag is very fortunate to have a terrific PMC and BronzClay instructor in Sherry Viktoraa Senior Instructor for PMC Connection, a supplier of PMC. Sherry will be teaching classes this fall on making rings with PMC, making pendants and components in PMC, copper, AND bronze clay, and even a class enameling on PMC.

Gloria shows Sherry her PMC ring 
Forming a PMC ring

Check out the entire line-up of fall jewelry classes here

You'll find classes in Fold-forming, PMC, and more:

  • Classes in Metal Etching/Fabrication and Riveted River Stones (how cool is that?) taught by another of our favorite instructors, Kay Raska, whose work appears on the September cover of Art Jewelry magazine.
  • A really special opportunity to study Polymer Clay Design for five days with nationally recognized artist, Barbara McGuire.
  • Fun classes in bead making and a terrific "mantra" bracelet with Rachel Sims.
  • Casting pewter using a traditional Navajo technique with metalsmith Eric Donaldson.

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