If you are interested in learning how to make jewelry there is no better way than to work with a master. The benefit to this is that odds are they have made all the mistakes and can put you on a path to success. “Mistake” is not a bad word. It means that they have learned by experience the best way to make jewelry cleanly and efficiently. Many of the classes I have taught have helped advance beginning jewelers ahead in their technical and design development by years. Knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do.
Do your research. Ask yourself a few questions when taking a jewelry class.
How long has my instructor been in the metal arts?
Is the instructor innovative? Can they think outside the box to solve problems?
Have they been awarded for their work?
Personality! If you have a “grumpy Gus” or someone who can only DO and can’t EXPLAIN the process it’s not going to be good for learning. Look for instructors who can talk to you. It makes all the difference in the world.
Contact the learning center and ask about the class and the instructor. Easy breezy!
I hope this helps. Have fun and keep creating! Here are a list of learning centers to get you started.
Crown Trout Jewelers in Lanesboro, Minnesota. This is a great place to take a class! The artists at Crown Trout Jewelers let you work directly in their studio. This gives you the unique chance to see how they create their work and an opportunity to learn from people who are experienced and vetted in the arts. Part of their mission statement is to educate you in the history of the craft as well as the craft itself.You can sign up online or call for more information. 1-888-750-9294
North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. This is a wonderful and scenic trip to the north shore. The North House Folk School offers many classes in crafts and Saami Bracelets are no exception.Here is a link to their site. Click here
I came up with this design after taking an early morning walk this past summer. The sun was peeking over the rolling hills of Lanesboro, Minnesota and the light was illuminating the green leaves of the trees. A sliver of the moon still hung in the sky as the sun started to wake from its slumber. It was one of those moments in time that would only last for a few minutes and then disappear.
I chose the green peridot to represent the leaves of the trees and the golden citrine to represent the morning sun. In the center of the pendant I added the sliver of the moon.
Each pendant can be made with your favorite gemstones.
Pendant can be made in Sterling silver, gold, and platinum.
Pendant size-3/4″x3/8″,Gemstone Sizes-Oval 5x7mm, Round 3.5mm
Michael Seiler is a goldsmith and jewelry designer in Lanesboro, MN and has been working in the metal arts since 1995 mastering the techniques of fabrication, stone setting, wax carving, stone cutting and stone inlay work. He has worked with many prominent industry designers as well as teaching metal working classes at Minnetonka Center for the Arts and the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN. Michael has received grants from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. His goals are to create new and innovative techniques in stone setting and ring design combining lapidary and metal work. His goals are to bring the imagination of his original poetry into a solid form that can be touched, held and worn.
Liz Bucheit creates jewelry and body adornment inspired by Scandinavian folklore and myth. A goldsmith for over 30 years, she holds a Master’s degree in metalworking and jewelry from the University of Iowa, Iowa City and has trained in traditional jewelry and metalworking techniques in Ireland and Norway. Liz has won numerous competitions and has been awarded grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, McKnight Foundation, Sons of Norway and the SE Minnesota Arts Council. She has exhibited in museums and cultural centers and her bridal tiaras and wedding jewelry are in many collections. Liz is an active speaker on the topic of Norwegian filigree work and conducts workshops and classes in jewelry design and fabrication.