Apply to Teach
Midwest Metalsmiths invite metal and jewelry technique instructors to apply to teach. We are always looking for interested, qualified instructors. Do you have a new, traditional, or innovative technique that you use in your work? We would like to hear from you.
ONE 2020 WORKSHOP READY
As a courtesy to our instructors, a EIGHT participant minimum deadline is posted on each workshop. In the event that the minimum is not met, the workshop will have to be cancelled.
Embellishing Jewelry with Handmade Prong Settings
September 25, 26, & 27, 2020 (three days)
Meet and Greet: September 24th, 7-9 pm (location details to be forward to each member via email)
Workshop Location: Maryville University , 650 Maryville University Dr, St. Louis, MO 63141
Workshop Daily Times: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm all three days
Kit Fee : $25 To be paid at the start of the workshop.
Workshop Description: Through fabrication methods and proper soldering techniques, students will learn how create a wire prong setting to trap objects in their jewelry. We’ll also learn a variety of soldering techniques (such as sheet & wire applique, open filigree wire work, and simple kinetics) which will help students add surprising and delightful details to their work. Many other short cuts, tips & tricks, and techniques will be covered as we go along! Soldering small to large components will be a major part of this class. Students should be prepared with ideas of jewelry designs they want to complete or the instructor can give assignments.
Barbara Minor Enamels
Experimental Enameling: Having It Your experimental Way
Subtle Surfaces, Bold Forms, Liquids/Powders, Inlays, Foils, Screens, and More!
August 27, 28, 29, & 30, 2020 (four days)
Meet and Greet: August 26th, 7-9 pm (location details will be forward to each member via email)
Workshop Location: Craft Alliance, 6640 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
Workshop Daily Times: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm all four days
Kit Fee : $35 To be paid at the start of the workshop. There will be other things to purchase depending on
the individual needs/wants. Liquid and a selection of powdered enamels included in the cost.
8 participant minimum by June 1, 2020
Emphasis on exploration and experimentation with traditional and non-traditional enameling techniques with the intent of achieving a wide variety of exciting surfaces and images that exceed expected results. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of enameling basics through use of liquid and powdered enameling methods intended for creating exciting enameled surfaces in a variety of unexpected ways.
The techniques and materials we’ll explore and experiment with include…..
liquid enamels techniques of dipping, brushing and spraying (and more) on flat and formed surfaces that include pre-enameled steel, copper tooling foil and copper screen
methods for forming copper tooling foil and copper screen
powdered enamel techniques of sifted application methods, stencils, sgrafitto and dry screen printing
seed bead, tubing, shard and saw blade inlay
silver and gold foil application on flat or formed enameled sheet and screen.
Creation of texture using copper filings, copper oxide, mica and sand.
decal application – use of solid color and vintage decals.
sgrafitto or color addition using iron oxide, graphite or painting enamels
setting enamels – some options
Demonstrations will be followed by plenty of working time. There will be lots of examples illustrating the above techniques (and many more).
Supply list will be provided closer to workshop time.
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First Workshop in 2020
Joanna Gollberg's Prong Set Jewelry
Fusing, Fabricating, and Granulating in Argentium
March 5, 6, 7, & 8, 2020 (four days)
In this four-day class, explore the technology and techniques required to work with Argentium Sterling Silver. Master goldsmith and Certified Master Bench Jeweler, Ronda Coryell, will provide expert instruction and close up demos. Students learn the process of fusing both flat and three-dimensional forms. Demonstrations are followed by hands-on experience to create and finish four projects: two rings, a pendant, and Keum Boo earrings.
Stellar Workshops in 2019
Get it Together - An Exploration of Unique Clasping and Closure Methods for Jewelers
October 2019 Workshop
Suzanne Williams visited St. Louis in October for a three day workshop. The students had their hands full working their way through the six kits that would result in six jewelry closures. Each closure was different, very clever and an artful way to bring a necklace or bracelet together. The primary objective was to show how alternative clasps and closures can go beyond the out-of-sight, simple hook. It was an introduction for the students to make their closures a robust part of the overall design in their jewelry pieces.