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Bellingham Metal Arts Guild (BMAG)

2620 N. Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham, WA

Phone:
1-(360)-201-0236

Website:
www.bellinghammetalartsguild.org

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Upcoming Events

Exploring Enamels and Cloisonne

Jewelry/Gems, Painting, Mixed Media, Class/Workshop

In this 2-day workshop we will explore painting or wet packing transparent enamels onto copper and fine silver disks, we will kiln fire them to a glossy glass finish. We will explore layering colors to create depth and using foils to create light in our pieces. We will use cloisonné wire to create shapes and patterns that will be filled with enamel. You may or may not end up with a finished piece, other silversmithing techniques may be needed to get the finished look you want. You will take home several samples and pieces for future work. Prerequisites: Adults wanting to learn a new skill. Workshop Facilitator: Becky Williams.

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• Sat 10/20/18 - Sun 10/21/18 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Steel Chasing Tool Making Class

Jewelry/Gems, Class/Workshop

Learn to make your own set of two chasing tools for ultimate use in setting cabochons with thicker metal for higher quality jewelry and a modern look. You will be using your new tool in the Fast Track Sterling Silver Ring with Bezel-Set Cabochon Class. These are not tools you can purchase, you must learn to make your own. Setting Cabochons with thicker metal/bezel strips is a good skill to learn if you are using stones in your jewelry designs. Instructor: Marie-Claire Dole. Prerequisites: Open to adults, 18 +. Free parking & handicapped accessible.

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• Fri 10/26/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sterling Silver Ring with Bezel-Set Cabochon

Design, Class/Workshop, Jewelry/Gems

Learn to make a ring with a bezel set cabochon, using a thicker bezel designed for harder stones like agates, quartz or garnets. It will have a bolder and high-quality look. If you have been bezel-setting cabochons using thin metal strips and a pusher or a burnisher, this will be a new skill for you as we will be using a steel chasing tool and a hammer to set your cabochon. You will have the opportunity to make your own steel chasing tools in the Tool Making Class Friday evening before the Fast Track Sterling Silver Ring with Bezel-Set Cabochon Class on Saturday and Sunday. Please sign up for both classes. Instructor: Marie-Claire Dole. Prerequisites: Some jewelry experience preferred but not required. Deadline to register: Oct 20th at 12 pm. This is a 2-day *fast-track course on October 27 & 28, Saturday and Sunday. Recommended: Tool Making Class, October 26, 2018, 6-9pm (see class list details). For more details and to register, visit us online at: BMAG-WA.org.

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• Sat 10/27/18 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Soldering & Design: Swivel Lockets & Layered Pendants

Class/Workshop, Design, Jewelry/Gems

In this 5-week Tuesday evening workshop, students will learn how to create 3-dimensional forms using a circular locket or pendant as the basis of their design. We will utilize tools such as the dapping block, rolling mill, hammers. This workshop will revolve around basic metalsmithing skills learned in this class, such as sweat soldering, soldering multiple layers in a form, creating a hollow form, setting tube rivets, and more. Along with learned metalsmithing skills, we will review important design principles and motivations behind each student's project. Using a locket or pendant as our vehicle, we will discuss how to tell a story through imagery, texture, etc. or simply learn how to create a space for photos and/or imagery. Please note that depending on your individual work pace, you may need to finish locket outside of class time, although we anticipate that students should be able to finish locket during class time. Instructor: Leah Meleski. Prerequisites: Open to students who have taken beginning jewelry or have previous experience with basic skills such as sawing, filing, and roller printing. Tuesdays, Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, & 27. For more details and to register, visit us online.

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• Tue 10/30/18 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Joy of Making Coin Rings

Folk Art/Crafts, Jewelry/Gems, Art Show

In this fun, hands-on workshop students will experience the joy of making a Coin Ring. Vintage Quarters will become beautiful, heavy gauge silver rings. No soldering required, instead we will anneal and forge, anneal and forge. Coin rings are fascinating conversation pieces and comfortable to wear. Join our workshop for a fun afternoon of Coin Ring making. Instructor: Adrienne Sheard. For more information or to register for this course, visit us on our website.

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• Sat 11/3/18 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wire Wrapped Tree of Life Workshop

Folk Art/Crafts, Jewelry/Gems, Class/Workshop

The tree of life can be found in many traditions, and often is a symbol for growth and the continuous cycles of life. In this class we will learn to wire wrap onto a cabochon or other shaped stone this beautiful symbol. This class is aimed toward beginners as well as those with some previous metal working experience. We will cover general safety when working with metals as well as a variety of wire wrapping, forging, annealing, polishing, and finishing techniques. Instructor: Steven Anderson. Prerequisites: Open to adults wanting to learn a new skill. Free parking; handicapped accessible. For more details and to register, visit us on our website.

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• Sun 11/4/18 at 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Soldering & Design: Swivel Lockets & Layered Pendants

Class/Workshop, Design, Jewelry/Gems

In this 5-week Tuesday evening workshop, students will learn how to create 3-dimensional forms using a circular locket or pendant as the basis of their design. We will utilize tools such as the dapping block, rolling mill, hammers. This workshop will revolve around basic metalsmithing skills learned in this class, such as sweat soldering, soldering multiple layers in a form, creating a hollow form, setting tube rivets, and more. Along with learned metalsmithing skills, we will review important design principles and motivations behind each student's project. Using a locket or pendant as our vehicle, we will discuss how to tell a story through imagery, texture, etc. or simply learn how to create a space for photos and/or imagery. Please note that depending on your individual work pace, you may need to finish locket outside of class time, although we anticipate that students should be able to finish locket during class time. Instructor: Leah Meleski. Prerequisites: Open to students who have taken beginning jewelry or have previous experience with basic skills such as sawing, filing, and roller printing. Tuesdays, Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, & 27. For more details and to register, visit us online.

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• Tue 11/6/18 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Rivet Set Gemstone Pendant

Class/Workshop, Jewelry/Gems, Design

This 5 week Wednesday evening workshop, reviews basic metalsmithing skills including a variety of rivets. We will use these skills to create an original layered pendant that sets a cabochon or faceted gemstone between two or more textured sheets of metal. Design principles are important to consider and will be discussed in preparation for students to plan their original design. Students will make their own rivet sample that includes a standard rivet, a flush rivet and a tube rivet. Students will compose sketches for their pendant using various design templates. We will also consider how each type of rivet can both enhance and perform the functions necessary to complete their designed pendant. Lastly, we will review finishing techniques (patinas and polishing) that can enhance your finished pendant. Instructor: Leah Meleski. Prerequisites: Beginning jewelry or basic sawing, filing, and roller printing skills. Adults 18 years or older.

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• Wed 11/7/18 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

PMC 101 - The Very Basics

Jewelry/Gems, Design, Folk Art/Crafts, Class/Workshop

Learn basic Precious Metal Clay (PMC) skills, tips and tricks in a day. This beginner’s class introduces you to the world of PMC and the basic skills needed to create a silver clay piece to fire into silver metal. You will learn how to: roll out, texture, cut, prepare the clay for firing, fire (torch & kiln) and finish your project of “2 PMC charms." Educator: Karen Espeland. Prerequisites: This is an Entry Level / General offering for adults wanting to learn a new skill. Please read the Full Description & Details to learn more about PMC and what you will learn in this basic course on BMAG's website at BMAG-WA.org

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• Sat 11/10/18 at 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Soldering & Design: Swivel Lockets & Layered Pendants

Class/Workshop, Design, Jewelry/Gems

In this 5-week Tuesday evening workshop, students will learn how to create 3-dimensional forms using a circular locket or pendant as the basis of their design. We will utilize tools such as the dapping block, rolling mill, hammers. This workshop will revolve around basic metalsmithing skills learned in this class, such as sweat soldering, soldering multiple layers in a form, creating a hollow form, setting tube rivets, and more. Along with learned metalsmithing skills, we will review important design principles and motivations behind each student's project. Using a locket or pendant as our vehicle, we will discuss how to tell a story through imagery, texture, etc. or simply learn how to create a space for photos and/or imagery. Please note that depending on your individual work pace, you may need to finish locket outside of class time, although we anticipate that students should be able to finish locket during class time. Instructor: Leah Meleski. Prerequisites: Open to students who have taken beginning jewelry or have previous experience with basic skills such as sawing, filing, and roller printing. Tuesdays, Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, & 27. For more details and to register, visit us online.

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• Tue 11/13/18 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
• Tue 11/20/18 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
• Tue 11/27/18 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Rivet Set Gemstone Pendant

Class/Workshop, Design, Jewelry/Gems

This workshop, reviews basic metalsmithing skills including a variety of rivets. We will use these skills to create an original layered pendant that sets a cabochon or faceted gemstone between two or more textured sheets of metal. Design principles are important to consider and will be discussed in preparation for students to plan their original design. Students will make their own rivet sample that includes a standard rivet, a flush rivet and a tube rivet. Students will compose sketches for their pendant using various design templates. We will also consider how each type of rivet can both enhance and perform the functions necessary to complete their designed pendant. Lastly, we will review finishing techniques (patinas and polishing) that can enhance your finished pendant. Instructor: Leah Meleski. Prerequisites: Beginning jewelry or basic sawing, filing, and roller printing skills. 5 Wednesday evenings: Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, & Feb 6, 2019.

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• Wed 1/9/19 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM