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IN PERSON The Art of Mokume Gane with Anne Wolf Oct 22,23,24 10-5pm. Friday, 9-4, Saturday, 9-4 Sunday doors open at 8:30am COST $478 Includes kit fee $85

Anne Wolf is coming to Diane Weimer's Studio in Long Beach, CA on Oct 22,23,24 10-5,  Fri, Sat Sun. for in person The Art of Mokume Gane. ( Includes $85 kit fee per student) Cost $478

The Art of Mokume Gane

 Class Description:

Mokume Gane is an ancient Japanese technique involving fused layers of differently colored metals that form unique organic patterns. This class begins at the patterning stage - we will be using fused mokume gane blanks (copper/brass included in kit fee, other more exotic silver-containing combinations will be available for purchase in class). This allows us to focus on the most artistic part of mokume gane - unique and expressive pattern development. We will be trying a variety of techniques, from stamping to direct hammering among others. The special considerations for fabricating and finishing mokume gane work will be covered, including soldering and patination. Students can choose to focus on creating multiple patterned samples for inclusion in later work, or create one or more simple finished jewelry pieces. This class is available to all levels, however some experience soldering and working with silver will be helpful. Even advanced jewelers/metalsmiths will benefit from learning these secrets of mokume gane patterning.

Contact me at diaweimer@gmail.com if interested.

Materials kit fee: $85, payable in class. Kit includes copper/brass blank mokume and lots of other goodies. Exclusive silver-bearing mokume combinations available for purchase in class.

Student Tool list: (students should bring or studio should have available)

hand files; (1) coarse hardware store type, (1) #1 or #2 cut Swiss jeweler’s half round

saw frame

2/0 sawblades

assorted grit wet/dry sandpaper (at least 280 and 400 recommended)

easy and medium solder

6” ruler

scissors

scribe

tweezers

extra-fine Sharpie

pen and notebook

safety glasses

Plastic mallet, rawhide mallet,

ball pein or claw hammer 12-20 oz

heavy low dome planishing hammer 200-300 gms

smallish cross pein hammer

chasing tools or texture stamps •ball-pein or claw hammers, 1

 

Good idea, but optional:

hand vise or ring clamp

optivisor /magnifying device

ear protection

if you have a 15lb or more anvil, bring it.

lightweight gloves – thin leather, cycling, or gardening

$478.00

CANCELED---2021 IN PERSON Class, Water Casting and Broom Casting with Linda Lurcott Nov. 6-7 Cost $305 (includes $65 kit fee)

 IN-PERSON CLASS ON NOVEMBER. 6-7, 2021 at Diane Weimer's studio in Long Beach, CA  In Person Water Casting and Broom Casting with Linda Lurcott  $305

CONTACT ME AT DIAWEIMER@GMAIL.COM IF INTERESTED

Diane Weimer's studio in Long Beach, CA will present a Water casting and Broom casting class  to  be  IN PERSON  on  Nov 6-7 for a 2-day workshop with Linda Lurcott from 9-4  Cost- $305 (the kit materials to do this, a bucket, crucible, stainless steel mesh strainer, tower, dowel,  etc--includes $65  kit fee)

Class description

Water and Broom casting offer a serendipitous technique resulting in truly organic shapes.

In our virtual class we will spend some time pouring our metal.  I suggest sticking with sterling silver, casting grain or scrap. 

Once we have a few pieces of each we can clean them up (pickle, scrub if needed and possibly tumble)..  Then we'll explore design options from our pourings.  Using regular studio equipment we can create some unique pieces as we think about earrings or pendants. The cool part is that no two pieces will be exactly the same. Just like snowflakes or anything in nature the characteristics might be the same yet each piece has its own unique look and appeal!

Water castings turns out like little cups that often resemble a sea shell or nut shape, with a deep enough cavity for an additional element.  I often set a pearl inside the patinated opening. Depending on the weight of silver used the shapes can be small or medium in size.  They make beautiful pendants and earring sets.  These are one of my best selling items.  These are really fun to make as one can see a variety of possibilities once the pieces are collected.  

Broom Casting is a little more daring and somewhat more specific. Daring because the broom really does get burned in the process. So, safety equipment is required.  This is specific in the type of broom/straw and the set up.  So many variables offer a variety of options dependent upon the maker preferences. The shapes that result from broom casting often resemble icicles. I have use broom castings in several ways for pendants, earrings and pins.  Broom castings can be soldered on or to another piece, as well as enameled (fine silver). 

Broom cast pendants often make a unique and stunning statement piece.

Contact me at diaweimer@gmail.com if you are interested. Do not sign up here

Kit  includes the materials to do the castings like bucket, dowel, crucible, stand, borax, metal spring clamp, mesh strainer .

$305.00

2022 IN PERSON GOLD GRANULATION ON ARGENTIUM with Ronda Coryell Jan. 28,29.30, 31 Cost-$585 DOES NOT INCLUDE KIT FEE

Ronda Coryell is coming to Diane Weimer’s studio in 2022 on January  28.29.30.31 from 9-4 in Long Beach, CA to teach Gold Granulation with Argentium  Cost- $585

Kit fee- $250 paid first day of class- includes Argentium and 22ky gold

Class fee does not Include kit fee

$100 to reserve a spot.

CONTACT ME AT diaweimer@gmail.com

GOLD GRANULATION ON ARGENTIUM 

Traditional 22k gold granulation is complicated and quite difficult. High karat gold granulation on Argentium is a fairly simple process. Adding high karat gold to Argentium results in the ultimate combination of gold and the beautiful white color of Argentium silver. Projects are fabricated using no solder. 18k or 22k gold is required for this class.  22k is best. You may bring your own or purchase from instructor. The amount you will need depends upon how much gold you choose to use. You will have multiple chances to work with fusing and granulating. Individual designs are encouraged. Students may bring their own stones if desired. 


 

$832.00

2022 February 10,11,12,13 Thursday thru Sunday Making Multiples: Dies Forming Three Ways with Jayne Redman Cost $727

Jayne Redman is coming to Diane Weimer's studio in Long Beach, CA to teach the Dies 3 Ways class on Feb. 10, 11,12,13, 2022. Cost $727

Making Multiples - Die Forming Three Ways
Jayne Redman is known for her unusual way of working with metal in three dimensions, often using multiples of the same shape to convey asingle idea. Using nature as her inspiration she considers combinations of form and function, integrating mechanics with design and applying
innovative engineering methods. How petals are attached to each other can generate an idea for an assembly process. Studying the curve of aleaf can lead to a new forming technique. The graceful bend of a flower stem can become an ear wire design. Jayne has developed many ways
of making exact duplicates of her designs, inventing tools and processes for multiples. She will be sharing her unique engineering and assembly concepts and work with each student to design their own individual pieces.In this workshop you will learn three ways of die forming that will allow you to reproduce your designs quickly and accurately. With the use of a hydraulic press you will be able to easily shape and cut metal to your specifications.


- Silhouette dies allow you to make rounded relief forms in metal. You will be sawing out a shape in a sheet of cast acrylic and pressing metal into the resulting cavity. Turning the die over and pressing from the opposite side will result in a mirror image. The addition of molding in thermal
reactive plastic quickly creates dimension and variation in your relief form.


- Carving contour, or non-conforming, dies in thick cast acrylic allows for complexity and detail. You will carve reverse relief shapes with specialized burs and a flex shaft then press metal into the die to duplicate your carving. Both methods of forming can be further enhanced with
chasing and repoussé.


- Self-registering, one piece blanking dies give you the ability to quickly cut out the shapes you conceive. Whether you are working with die formed pieces or flat sheet that is used for another process, you will be amazed at how easily you can go from original idea to duplicated shape
as you make and use your own dies during class..

 

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2022 IN PERSON April 1,2,3, Friday, Saturday, Sunday CHAINS with Joanna Gollberg will be hosted at Diane Weimer's studio in Long Beach, CA.. Cost -$475

 Joanna Gollberg is coming on April 1,2,3 to do a class on Chains at Diane Weimer’s Studio, in Long Beach, CA Cost- $475


$100 reserves a spot. Remaining  amount due 3 months ahead of class

CONTACT ME AT diaweimer@gmail.com

Description:

In this class, students will use their creativity to make a variety of chains out of different kinds and sizes of wire. These may or may not be embellished with beads.

We will discuss soldering delicate wires, making many different decorative wires, joining the shapes securely, and using chains as a base for pendants or other jewelry objects. The possibilities are endless.

We will discuss soldering with a torch using two gases, as well as stick soldering and pick soldering methods.

Students will leave the class with several finished chains or samples as well as more confidence in their soldering ability. 

 

$475.00

2022 IN PERSON "Inspired By The Ocean" with Nicole Ringgold... a 5 day class April 29,30 May 1,2,3 at Diane Weimer's studio in Long Beach, CA Cost- $850

2022 "Inspired By The Ocean" with Nicole Ringgold... a 5 day class April 29,30 May 1,2,3 at Diane Weimer's studio in Long Beach, CA Cost- $850

$100 reserves a spot. Remaining  amount due 3 months ahead of class

Students will focus on designing and creating ocean-inspired hand-fabricated pieces of their choice. In this class Nicole will demonstrate how to fabricate kelp, shells, barnacles, sea urchins, fish, coral... Demonstrations will include the many techniques that can be used to make sea life come alive in silver, from fusing sterling silver, soldering multiple joints in one piece to reticulation, creating 3-dimensional joints, texturing, basic repoussé and chasing, carving, texturing, and more. Students will create several different pieces throughout the week.

$850.00

OPEN STUDIO... FIRST SATURDAY.. *** 20% OFF FOR CASH, DAY OF

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)

 

20% OFF FOR CASH, DAY OF

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.

Contact me at diaweimer@gmail.com to register


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

DO NOT PAY HERE AS THERE WOULD BE A 3% ADDED FEE.

$100.00