Tuesdays, Oct 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2016. Instructor: Darlene Armstrong and/or Tori Rushing Prerequisite: None Class Limit: 10 Class Duration: 30 Hours *This comprehensive metalsmithing class has been carefully designed to introduce the fundamentals of jewelry design and execution. Studio habits, classroom safety, and design elements will be covered in detail. This Metals I class is the beginning of learning specific metalsmithing skills. Subsequent metals classes have been designed to build on each other, step by step, reinforcing what has already been learned as well as introducing new techniques. (See below for more details on Metals II). *Students will learn well over 20 techniques by building a pendant and a pair of earrings: how to solder, saw, pierce, hammer, file, sand, buff, anneal metal, roll print, hammer texture, patina, set stones, make templates, stamp, dome, ball up wire, make a bail and a post for the pearl (on the earring) to be attached to, as well as different finishing techniques. Students will receive an in-depth soldering lecture which covers many aspects of soldering, tools, chemicals and STUDIO SAFETY. *Two primary projects, a pendant and a pair of earrings, will be offered, and students should finish both projects during class. In addition, students will have the opportunity to make one ‘dog tag’ or one key chain charm out of copper. Students will receive a folder of jewelry making info and detailed handouts for both primary projects. Students are encouraged to bring a camera (or cell phone) in order to photograph various set ups and directions as the instructor directs. Upon successful completion of this class, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for 30 hours class time & will be given a free 4 hour Open Studio card. DSMA provides tool kits for our Metalsmithing I class! There are additional supplies and tools you will need to buy that go along with this kit. This saves you about $75!