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Spring 2022

The Art of Intarisia - A New Approach to an Old Technique - Jan 21 -23, 2022

Arizona Designer Craft & Art - Tucson, AZ  

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Intarsia is the art of creating stone to stone inlay jewelry; a technique in which the artist fits stones directly against each other, requiring great precision of cutting and design.

In this class we will explore the ways to cut and reassemble stones in interesting patterns to create a cabochon that can be used in jewelry design. Each student will be required to have a basic Lapidary I understanding of how to cut and polish a stone to create a cabochon.

The class will include complete instruction on how to cut and assemble rough stone material then reshape and polish to create a cabochon. Instruction will include the use of all gemstone material and alternative materials such as wood and bone. We will also discuss stone properties and how they respond to each other in the intarsia application.

In this three day class each student can expect to complete one cabochon.

Tools we will be using: Flat Lapidary Machine, Lapidary Machines and polishing machines.

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Bringing over 35 years of experience to the classroom through private instruction or school curriculum.  

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  • Designing Jewelry - Introduction to Design

       This course is designed to give you a deep understanding of the fundamentals of design theory as it           applies to making jewelry.  We will explore color, shape, texture and function and how to develop                 skills that will help you create strong designs and work habits for consistent productivity. 

       Lecture, demos, exercises and images.​ Useful tools for the beginner or advanced jeweler.

  • Introduction to Metal Fabrication 

       This class focuses on understanding design principles, the importance of drawing to help                             conceptualize your ideas and all extensive fabrication techniques including sawing, shaping metal,             soldering, cold connections, filing, stone setting techniques and surface embellishments and finishing.         This class can be tailored to any skill level from beginner to intermediate.

  • Soldering Basics - Class focuses on learning the basic soldering techniques in sterling silver, brass, copper and nickel silver.  Students will learn to solder hollow forms, the overlay technique, and much more.

  • The Art of Metal Manipulation- Shell-forming, fold-forming, scoring and more - Class delves into the fascinating world of shaping metal. Instruction includes shell-forming, fold-forming and scoring hollow forms to create unique pieces of art jewelry.

  • Keum boo, An Ancient Technique with Modern Applications -  Learn the amazing art of Keum boo, fusing high-karat gold to sterling silver. The class will focus on an in-depth understanding of the technique and how to incorporate it into your work. Emphasis on application to curved, textured and complicated pieces. Will include finishing and patina.

  • Creative Stone Setting - Creative Stone-Setting - This class will cover bezel and prong settings and address alternative techniques to adding cabochons and gemstones to your work, such as tubes, thick bezels and tension sets.

  • Stoned - Interested in adding stones to your work but don't know where to start? The lecture course discusses the fascinating world of semiprecious and precious stones, what to look for when purchasing, application considerations, and collecting.

  • Intarsia - A new look  -  Advanced instruction in the art of Intarsia, the art of creating stone to stone inlay jewelry; a technique in which the artist fits stones directly against each other, requiring great precision of cutting and design.  Lab and lectures. Lapidary I level skills required.

Class Descriptions

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Explore adding sculptural forms to your work! An in depth look at hollow form construction, using a low tech approach. Basic walled hollow forms, how to deck a shell formed element and making hollow forms from reticulated and fold formed metal. Use of Bi-metal will also be covered.  Intermediate soldering skills required.

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