Mondays, January 9, 16, & 23, 2017. Wire Cuff Instructor: Darlene Armstrong Prerequisites: DSMA’s Metals I & II Class Limit: 8 Class Duration: 24 Hours In this three day workshop, instructor Darlene Armstrong will demonstrate and guide students in designing and building a cuff of their own creation. The morning of the first day students will design on paper four different cuffs with Darlene’s help and input. Then after one of the designs is fine tuned, students will spend the remainder of the workshop learning how to make the frame and cut and fit all the parts and pieces as well as solder, polish and set stones. Techniques learned in this workshop: *Designing on paper. (No need to worry about drawing skills-everyone can do this!) *Cutting, filing, fitting parts and pieces accurately and in what order. *Learning where it is appropriate to place stones in the design and how many. *The soldering set up of more complicated pieces. *Soldering a lot of pieces and parts at the same time, increasing soldering skills and soldering comfort levels. This will enable students to greatly reduce their labor on making a piece of jewelry. *Clean up and polishing a piece of this design style. *Setting stones. (faceted and cabochons) before the cuff is formed. *Bending the cuff after stones are already set. This challenging workshop will greatly enhance and increase a student’s soldering skills and technique levels. Students get the opportunity to explore design and how to execute a design on purpose. Students will also learn how to modify a design so it can be made more easily. This workshop is the next step for those who have taken Metals I & II. This used to be one of the projects in Metals III. The other project for Metals III is now the 2 day workshop: Box Pendant w/Faceted Stone.