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First Saturday, at Diane Weimer’s Studio

First Saturday, SEND $100 CHECK TO SECURE SPOT

I will hold your check till "day of". If you have cash, I will return your check)



Join us to finish that project that you have been yearning to complete. Your project should be something that you are confident in its construction.

These are the tools and equipment that will be available for open studio.

Ring Expander-Reducer,     Planishing "thumper" hammer,   leg vise,   Irwin vise on stand

Ring Bender     Durston Rolling Mill,   Powder coating oven, Ultrasonic cleaner

3-Acetylene/Air solder stations,  1- Oxy/Propane using a Meco Midget torch  

Buffer (buff/compound not included),    Anvil,    

Stake holders on a base-like stump for your stake whether making a bowl or a forged bracelet, 

Swage block, dapping blocks and punches, Ring, Bezel and Bracelet mandrel,    

  Guillotine shear,    Beverly shear,    Ionic Cleaner (for pearls and turquoise), Tumbler, 

   Magnetic Finisher,   Vises,   Leg Vise, Forming tools,  Bench Pins,   Ott Lites,    Organizers,

Proxxon Drill Press,   

Foredom Flex Shafts (3) (accessories tools not included)   

Individual 3”jaw vises, sand blaster/using a compressor (blasts with glass beads),texture materials (hammers, fabric etc)

First Saturday takes place in Long Beach, during the hours of 9:00am -4 :00 pm and doors open at 8:30.  I have a complete studio (600 sq ft)  see above for itemized list.  Bring your favorite hand tools to use for your project.

Lunch can take place on my covered patio. Relax near the Koi pond with a trickling water feature. Local restaurants and food services are nearby or you can bring your lunch.

You can secure your spot by sending a non–refundable payment of $60. If you cancel, you get your money back if someone will take your place from the wait list.

If you want the 20% off, send the $60 check to secure your spot and then on "day of" bring cash $80 and I will give you back your check.

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I can accommodate 9 students. Let me know if you are interested by contacting me at



2019 January 25,26,27 class -Contemporary Filigree by Valentina Caprini

2019 Contemporary Filigree by Valentina Caprini

All workshops are in Long Beach,CA

Dates: Jan. 25, 26, 27, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: $560


In the three days of this intensive course, you will be able to immerse yourself in the world of one of the most ancient techniques in jewelry, learning step by step every phase to realize a Filigree jewelry piece.

Starting from the twisting technique of metal wires, you will discover the endless possibilities of weaving, and intertwining and filling in the wire. Under the guidance of the teacher, every student will have the possibility to create a wearable piece working the silver with special hand-made pliers, in order to ‘weave’ an unique jewel, interlacing a centuries-old technique with your own unique hand trait.

What is more the knowledge of the traditional technique, every student will be followed personally through a creative process, focused on empowering each unique artistic language. Inspiring exercises and imaginative activities will help the students to develop original ideas in the making of a contemporary and unusual Filigree piece of jewelry

About Valentina Caprini

Valentina Caprini (Verona, 1982) is a contemporary jewellery maker and teacher based in Florence.

After a Master Degree in Semiology, she completed in 2012 her BFA at the renowed Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence, where she was tutored by international artists like Peter Bauhuis and Ruudt Peters.

Her studies of conceptual jewellery continued with a course exchange in 2013 at the Estonian Academy of Arts, mentored by Tanel Veenre.

Once back in Italy, she stabilized her studio in the first co-working space for jewellery makers in Italy, Officine Nora.

Coming from a family with a strong feminine tailoring tradition, Valentina wanted to bring this passionate root into her jewellery world, finding experimental ways to connect textile and metal work.

She weaves freerly thousands of meters of threads on hydrosoluble fabric to create gigant jewellery (the “Pink Roots” collection was exhibited at the Triennale Museum in Milan in 2017) or she fuses handmade fabrics into precious metal.

What is more she decided to specialize in the ancient Filigree technique, the art of working with metal wires.

Pure gold or silver threads are woven into organic shapes with special pliers, an action that resemble the act of embroidery, the pieces are then soldered with fire to create a woven-like jewellery.

Valentina learned Filigree directly from the artisans of Campo Ligure (Genova), one of the most important places in the world still active for this technique.

Nowadays she’s happily working as an independent jeweler, exhibiting her works in places like USA, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain.

She also teaches Metalsmithing and Filigree Technique at Officine NORA, at the International Institute Lorenzo dei Medici School (Florence), and abroad.

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2019 -February Class 4 Day The Original Imaginative Captures class with Andy Cooperman

2019 - 4 Day Captures class with Andy Cooperman

All workshops are in Long Beach,CA

Dates: Feb. 8, 9,10,11 Friday-Monday  $650


The Original Imaginative Captures

 Got a stone, enamel sample or little found treasure that’s been lying on your bench just waiting for a great way to be used in something? This information-packed workshop can help you develop new, elegant, more fully integrated setting (capturing) solutions and break down some of the rigid walls that exist between ideas, process and materials.

 We’ll liberate the problem solver within, examine the why’s along with the how’s and explore a variety of tricks, studio tips and some really bad jokes. Among the topics demonstrated and discussed: cold connecting, caging, back setting, the flex shaft and advanced soldering techniques.

 Participants must have basic jewelry skills and a familiarity with tools and studio equipment. Required skills include drilling with the flex shaft machine, sawing, filing, silver soldering and basic bezel setting. Students should have experience with: the rolling mill, torches, hammers, buffers, etc. Those who enroll must be able to solder unattended.

Andy says, "This is a class that I designed from personal experience. I was not a good stone setter and wanted to find a way to incorporate stones--and other little bits--into the work that I wanted to make. And also to have the stones more integrated into the work without a manufactured or applied setting/mounting mucking up the design. What began as a work- around became a way of working."

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Cost: $650



2019 March class - Embellishing Jewelry with Handmade Prong Settings with Joanna Gollberg

TITLE: Embellishing Jewelry with Handmade Prong Settings

All workshops are in Long Beach,CA

Dates: March 15,16,17 Friday-Sunday


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.

Please note: We will only be using a torch with two gases in this class, such as the Smith Little Torch of the Meco torch. Be prepared to have a mind-blowing experience time working with this tool!

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Cost: $465


2019 April 13,14 class - Forged Bracelet on a Stake Using a Stump with Pauline Warg

2019 Forged Bracelet on a Stake Using a Stump with Pauline Warg

All workshops are in Long Beach,CA

Dates: April 13,14,  Saturday -  Sunday- $295

 Forging is a wonderful way of discovering the plasticity of metal.  In this class students will learn how to change the shape and dimension of heavy gauge silver or copper rod to create a multi dimensional cuff or bangle bracelet.  Through this process students will grow to understand how to gain control of hammers to derive at a desired shape other than what form the rod was initially.  Other decorative finishing touches will be shown and covered.

We seldom get a chance to learn to use a T-stake for forging a bracelet. This  bracelet will be forged on a stump using a stake. A new technique for some of us to create a bracelet.

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2019 Beginning Cloisonne' with Sheryl Haupt , May 4-5, 2019 Sat. Sun.

Description Cloisonne  with Sheryl Haupt

Date: May 4-5,  Saturday and Sunday

All workshops are in Long Beach,CA

 In this beginner 2-day cloisonné enamel workshop, you will learn the basics of enameling on fine silver.  You will create a beautiful cloisonné enamel from start to finish.  You will learn how to prepare the silver, bend and shape the cloisonné wire, apply and fire transparent enamels and how to finish the piece to get it ready to put into a setting.  No prior experience is necessary.

Cost- $295

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2019 July 26,27,28 class - Pleated Bowls with Marne Ryan

2019 Pleated Bowls with Marne Ryan

All workshops are in Long Beach,CA

Dates: July 26,27,28,


Use Sewing Techniques to Raise a Vessel by Marne Ryan

This is a great workshop from beginners to professionals who want to expand and explore the boundaries of raising metal.

 Bring your hammers, bring your stakes and create darts, single, double, accordion and overlapping pleats in copper.  Drape metal like fabric, using hammers and daps instead of needles and threads. 

Learn pattern making techniques so you may replicate or adapt your designs.

 Students will learn how to ergonomically form vessels using large wooden dapping blocks, cone and regular Delrin mallets and steel daps. They will finish their vessels by centering and planishing it on steel stakes. Turn inexpensive hammers into beautiful texturing tools.

 Make simple to complex vessels with low walls, high walls or asymmetrical walls. Learn how to make lids for your vessels. Play with torch and liver of sulfur patinas

Cost- $490

Toni Federe's pleated bowls are featured in the images of two bowls.

Michelle Murray's pleated bowls are featured in the images.

Betty Vorhies pleated bowls are featured in the images.

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2019 Sept 7-8 Etching Metals with Dimension and Depth with Bette Barnett

2019 Sept. 7-8 Sat. Sun. Etching Metals with Dimension and Depth with Bette Barnett


 "Add dimension and visual excitement to your work by learning galvanic etching. In this class, you’ll learn to use etching to create lovely tactile patterns on both sterling silver and steel. We’ll cover the different resists used to create patterns and you’ll have time for hands-on experimentation using an oil paint pen to draw your original etched design and transferring existing designs using laser printed patterns.

We’ll examine etching solutions and provide clear instructions on setting up a power source to generate the electrical current necessary for galvanic acid-free etching to occur. During the class, you’ll have the opportunity to create at least two pieces of etched jewelry as well as etched components to use in further work.

You’ll also learn how to create a textured steel plate that can be used in a rolling mill to create multiple pieces with the same texture. At the end of the class, you’ll have at least one rolling mill plate that you can take with you to use in your own studio. "

Cost $276

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2019 Sept. 21-22, class -Chasing Repousse' with Liza Nechampkin

2019 Chasing Repousse' with Liza Nechampkin

All workshops are in Long Beach,CA

Dates: Sept. 21-22, Saturday-Sunday

“Chasing and Repousse

Intensive 2 day"with Liza Nechampkin

Class Description:

Students will gain a working knowledge of chasing through detailed demonstrations, experimentation and different assignments. This class will equip students to further explore chasing with confidence and to fluidly express their own aesthetics through chasing.

 Students will try out a large variety of antique and new chasing tools. We will discuss the functions and limitations of each type of tool.

 Fundamental tool making skills are crucial and will be discussed. We will briefly talk about properly formed chasing tools.

 Several design layout/transfer techniques will be presented and important core chasing techniques will be covered.  We’ll do a test piece for warm up and move on to a final design of your choice. I will provide plenty of clip art tailored for your individual skills and tastes. Your time will be better spent chasing than drawing during this 2 day class.

We will also discuss pitch bowls and hammers, pitch types and compositions, safely working with hot pitch, tips and tricks and how to correctly prepare and fill a pitch bowl.

Images of historic and contemporary chasing will be presented for inspiration.  I encourage you to bring some pictures of your work to share.

 Cost- $299

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2019 October class The Form and Function Engineering in Multiples with Jayne Redman

2019 Oct. class The Form and Function Engineering in Multiples with Jayne Redman

All workshops are in Long Beach,CA

Dates: October 11,12,13,14, Friday - Monday


Form and Function Engineering for Multiples with Jayne Redman

 This workshop will teach you how to develop patterns for many of the engineering concepts that Jayne Redman works with in her jewelry. Jayne will take you through the design process from initial drawings to final prototypes and finished pieces. You will learn the principles behind centrally radiating forms, properly nested forms, spacing for slotted forms, using faux hinging, and tab construction. You will also learn computer skills for design layout, scaling and transforming. 

 Self-registering one piece blanking dies will give you the ability to quickly create multiples in metal sheet of the shapes you conceive, affording you the time to get lost in the design process and experiment with forming and assembling. When you learn the method of sawing blanking dies from flat stock tool steel you will be amazed at how quickly you can go from original idea to duplicated shape as you make and use your own dies during class.

 Copper for samples, saw blades, drill bits, and tool steel will be available for purchase from Jayne. She will supply her rotational bench pin and a magnetic protractor for each student to use. They will also be available for purchase at a special price at the end of the workshop.

 Cost- 685

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2020 March 7-8, 21-22 Drawing On Metal with Deb Karash

 Drawing On Metal with Deb Karash for Four Days.

All workshops are in Long Beach,CA

March 7-8, 21-22, 2020,  Sat. Sun 2 weekends

Drawing Color on Metal with Deb Karash

Who doesn’t want to add a little color to their jewelry, or maybe your own patterns and images? This class will focus on Deb's technique for drawing on metal with colored pencils. Learn to add color and excitement to your work with my special technique, In this 4-day class. In this 4-day class you should finish at least one pendant and several sample pieces. All levels welcome.

 Costs TBA

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