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Metalsmithing Classes in Kalispell, MT 2014

Glacier Metal Arts Studio

860 N. Meridian Suite B3

Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 212-1314.


Artists' Roundtable
For those artists who need some feedback on their work, or just want to come and talk about art and art-making in a relaxed atmosphere, Glacier Metal Arts Studio will hold its next monthly no-fee Artists' Roundtable on Thursday, July 24. Network with other metalsmiths and join in some good conversation- the sessions are open to all. We will begin at 6 PM and go as long as we need into the evening. For more information please call (406) 212-1314.
The July Calendar is up!

Take a look below at the class descriptions, dates and fees and see what days you are available to join us.

To register for a class:
Please call us at (406) 212-1314.
We can take your credit card information and register you over the phone, or make arrangements for you to come to the Studio to pay by cash, check or credit card, or to mail your payment to us. Your payment in full holds your place in the class.

Cancellation Policy:
If you have signed up and paid for a class but cannot attend, please let us know at least one week (7 days) prior to the class date and we will issue you a credit voucher for that class fee amount which you can apply toward another class. If you cancel 2-6 days before the start of the class AND we can fill your slot, we will issue you a voucher for 50% of the class fee amount which you can apply towards another class. Full cash refunds will be made only if a class is cancelled.

What to Wear/What to Bring
A metals studio is an industrial environment, so please dress appropriately- comfortable old clothes, closed-toe shoes, and something to tie back long hair. Shop tools and safety glasses are available for studio use, but you are welcome to bring any favorite metalsmithing tools you already own. It is nice to have your own safety glasses; Norco (on LaSalle near Reserve in Kalispell) sells "cheater" safety glasses if you need the extra assist. N95 particle masks are available for purchase at the studio if needed.
Class Descriptions, Dates and Fees
Metalsmithing Intensive (Beginner)
Learn the basics on Friday- sawing, piercing, pattern transfer, filing, polishing and texturing- to make a copper pendant or pair of earrings, then continue with basic soldering, ring making and bezel-setting Saturday into early Sunday afternoon. We will end with information on selecting and ordering tools.
Fee: $300 (Includes copper, soldering supplies, cabochon and silver to make one ring.)
Dates and Times: Friday July 25 and Saturday July 26, 9:30-5:30, Sunday July 27, 9:30-1.

Basic Soldered Chains (Beginner, Intermediate) (3 1/2 hours)
A well-crafted handmade chain can be custom tailored to your piece and has the ability to take your project to the next level. You will form and solder both round and shaped links while learning about torches, tip sizes, solders, wire gauges, texturing, finishing and findings. Students should expect to leave the class with a wrist or ankle bracelet. A basic knowledge of soldering is helpful but not required. Class size limited to 4 students.
Class Fee: $55 (Includes copper wire and solder. Silver available for purchase.)
Date and Times: Monday July 28, 9:30-1 OR 6-9:30 PM

Talking About Tools (2 hours) (Beginner, Intermediate)
Do you want to order jewelry making tools but are mystified and overwhelmed by the vast array of products, price points, and suppliers out there? In this short seminar we will discuss basic and not-so-basic hand tools and the various mail order supply houses that carry them. (My tool needs are divided into 3 categories, in order of ascending importance: "when I win the lottery", "helpful", and "I am taking this with me when I die".)
Class fee: $15
Date and Time: Wednesday July 16, 9-11


Bezel Setting (Intermediate) (3.5 hours)
A bezel is a simple, clean-looking setting that can be used to hold a stone, flat-backed found object, enamel, button, piece of wood or more. Learn how to choose bezel strip, size the length, solder effectively, set a cabochon-cut stone and troubleshoot. Students will make either a silver pendant with a bail or a simple silver ring. Basic soldering knowledge is required.
Class fee: $60 (Supplies included)
Date and Time: Monday July 14, 10-1:30 OR 6-9:30
Enameling Basics 1 (Beginner) (5 Hours)
Colorful, quick, simple enough to satisfy a beginner and complex enough to engage a serious artisan for a lifetime, enameling has been a part of human culture for thousands of years. Walk with history as you learn to lay down color on metal. This class, the first in a series, will cover safety, metal choices and preparation, dry sifting, lumps and threads, and sgraffito as we kiln and torch-fire our pieces. Class samples make great pendants and earrings!
Class fee: $65- includes copper and enamels.
Date and Time: Tuesday July 15, 9:30-3
Enameling Basics 4: Drawing and Painting (Intermediate) (5 Hours)
Continue to explore the possibilities afforded by this medium as you work with graphite, stamping, crayons, lustre pens, and watercolors, all specially formulated to be fired onto an enameled surface.
Prerequisite: Enameling Basics 1 or previous enameling experience.
Class fee: $65- includes copper, enamels, and use of drawing/painting supplies.
Dates and Times: Tuesday July 29 12-5


Magic Twist Forged Bracelet (Beginner) (3 Hours)

Learn to hammer with control to move and flatten metal, then pull, shape, and voila! a beautiful bracelet will appear. This class will also cover filing, sanding and polishing for comfortable, smooth ends and a beautiful shine on your piece.
Class fee: $40-includes copper.
Dates and Times: Wednesday July 9, 6-9
Reticulation (Intermediate) (3 Hours)
Create a sheet of beautiful silver mountains to use in jewelry fabrication as you learn this torch technique that comes out of the Faberge Workshop in Old Russia. Special issues involved in working with reticulated sheet will be discussed. 820 reticulation silver will be available for purchase in class.
Class Fee: $45
Date and Time: Thursday July 31, 6-9
Keum Boo (Intermediate) (3.5 Hours)
Keum Boo is an ancient Korean technique that bonds a thin layer of high Karat gold foil to a silver base. By varying the thickness of the layers and applying a patina, beautifully rich surfaces can be created. In this class you will use a torch to depletion guild your silver, then learn to apply the foil as you fabricate a pendant or pair of earrings. A basic knowledge of metalsmithing is required to take this class.
Class fee: $45, plus cost of silver sheet and gold foil. Allow approximately $35-$60 for your metals, depending on the project size.
Date and Time: Thursday July 17, 9:30-12:30
Basic Ring Making (Beginner) (3 Hours)
Learn to size, measure and construct a simple band ring, then add texture, shape, and/or a secret message to make it your own. The skills you learn in this class will allow you to make accurately sized rings out of any gauge/shape metal.
Class fee: $55- includes copper. Silver is available for an additional charge.
Dates and Times: Friday July 11, 10-2

Basic Metalsmithing I (Beginner Level) (7 hours of instruction and a 1 hour break)
In 6 hours you will learn the metalsmithing fundamentals- how to transfer a pattern, saw, pierce, file, sand, texture and polish- as well as how to cut and dome a disc. Practice your new skills as you make a pendant or pair of earrings.
Class fee: $95- includes copper, brass, wire and sawblades. Silver (optional) is available for an additional charge.
Dates and Times: Tuesday July 8, 9:30-5:30 OR Saturday July 12, 9:30-5:30


Basic MetalsmithingSoldering (Beginner, Intermediate) (6 hours of Instruction and a 1/2 hour break)
Are you a beginner who wants to learn to solder but are afraid to try it on your own? Have you learned the process but still find it difficult/frustrating to get your metal pieces to hold together or, worse, constantly melt them? Are you confused by the different torch types discussed in the jewelry books and magazines? This class will walk you through the entire process- techniques, equipment, safety and soldering science- as you perform a series of exercises designed to present you with typical soldering situations, including a hollow form that can be worn as a pendant. Learn solder placement, metal support, heat control, resists, and tricks to make the process fun! Class size limited to 2 per session.
Class fee: $75- includes solder, flux, copper and brass. Silver (optional) is available for an additional charge.
Dates and Times: Thursday July 10, 10:30-5 OR Sunday July 13, 11:30-6.


Open Studio (All Levels)
Complete unfinished projects, practice your new skills, have access to a bench or specialized piece of equipment you have used before, or just enjoy creating in the company of other metalsmiths. GMAS offers designated days where people who have taken our classes or have metalsmithing experience can come in and use the studio space and equipment on a first-come/space available basis. Additional times when there are no scheduled classes are available by appointment- call 406-212-1314 to make arrangements. Please note that although the studio will be monitored, this is not instructional time so questions should be kept to a minimum.
Fee: $10/hour or $30/day. Special discounted rates for those purchasing extended studio time- call 406-212-1314 for information.
Dates and Times: See calendar for scheduled times and dates.

Mentored Independent Study (All Levels)
To assist those who are working on projects that may be at the edge of their skill level, GMAS is forming small (4-person maximum) supervised study groups. With the guidance of their instructor, members can plan their individual projects, get technical advice, troubleshoot and work, knowing help is at hand. The group environment offers opportunities to see different demonstrations and to discuss a wide variety of metalsmithing situations- we always learn from others’ challenges! Students are expected to have basic metalsmithing and soldering skills and should bring their own project materials. Groups meet one 3-hour day per week over the course of 4 weeks. Please call (406) 212-1314 for more information or to sign up for a study group.
Fee: $135
Dates and Times: By arrangement

Private Lessons
Private metalsmithing lessons are available with Karen by appointment for $40/hour. She can also assist you with assembling a portfolio or writing an artist statement, resume, and artist biography, Please call (406) 212-1314 for more information or to schedule a lesson or appointment.

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