Federation Week Classes

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the June session has been canceled. We hope to see you in 2021

  with Paul Roberts 

All the basic techniques for trimming a slab into a preform, then grinding and shaping, sanding and polishing that preform until you have a sparkling cabochon ready for mounting will be discussed and/or demonstrated. Trim saw, Genie cabbing machine, intarsia grinder, and flat lap are provided for your use. Safety issues, machine maintenance, sealing and stabilizing fractured or pitted stones will be covered as well as dealing with toxic material. Making a composite cabochon or intarsia will also be demonstrated.

Prerequisites:   None

Lab Fees:           $35

Material Fees:   est. $0 - $100

  with Bill Harr

This class will teach silver casting for beginner and intermediate silversmithing. The emphasis will be on production centrifugal casting, meaning techniques for high reliability. The class will teach centrifugal and vacuum casting, wax modeling, sprueing, investing, burnout, casting, finishing and polishing, rubber mold making and wax injection.

Prerequisites:   None

Lab Fees:           $100

Material Fees:   est. $100 - $wow

  with Linda Searcy 

Precision faceting takes time and patience to transform a crystal or rough rock into a work of art. In this week-long workshop, you will 1) get acquainted with the faceting machine, 2) Learn about abrasive disks/laps to do the cutting/grinding and polishing, 3) Learn how to turn a piece of natural or man-made (synthetic) crystal into a beautiful gemstone; learn how to prepare/dop a stone; learn how to read and understand a faceting diagram; learn Meet Point (precision) faceting.​

Prerequisites:   None

Lab Fees:           $50

Material Fees:   est. $0

Flame Painting
  with Janet Pace Waiting List Only

Copper is a color reactive metal. In this class, we will use a tiny open torch flame to create precise placement of patterns and colors, mastering the color progression caused by changes in flame temperature. No paint or chemicals are involved; only heat. It’s fascinating to watch the different colors develop!​

Prerequisites:   None

Lab Fees:           $50

Material Fees:   est. $50

Metal Mania
  with Cindy Moore

We will explore a number of techniques using a variety of tools including one of my favorites the Rolling Mill and also several specialty tools I designed and created for metalsmithing. Spinner Rings, Air Chased bracelets and earrings, riveting and Wire Weaving are some of the things we will be covering. We will be covering tool and workshop safety. Time permitting, we may add more.

Prerequisites:   Basic Metalsmithing is Helpful

Lab Fees:           $90

Material Fees:   est. $50 - $150

Fly Tying
  with Jeff Heer

This class will feature basic fly tying techniques and tools, and the use of both natural and artificial materials. Participants will learn to make many and various freshwater flies and nymphs, both wet and dry varieties. Expect to create flies using feathers, fur, foam, yarn, wire, thread and more. Fly tying vises will be provided for use. Lab fee will include materials for in class patterns, basic fly-tying tools, hooks and patterns. More materials will be available for sale.​

Prerequisites:   None

Lab Fees:           $50

Material Fees:   est. $0 - $50

  with Bill Boggs

We will be learning to cut and shape small pieces of colorful or otherwise interesting rocks and actually gluing them together to form intricate scenic and/or geometric patterns. This is a basic class. We will be using flat laps and intarsia grinders (not faceting machines). Materials are provided but feel free to bring some of your own if you like.​

Prerequisites:   None

Lab Fees:           $18

Material Fees:   est. $20 - $45

  with Chuck Bruce

In this class, students will learn how to coil, form, cut and fuse/solder fine or sterling silver rings, to make loops, then form and weave the loops to make simple and complex chains. We will explore 4 different patterns - Roman Fold- over, Single Fold-over(Foxtail), Double Fold-over (Foxtail) and Sailors Knot, students should be able finish a bracelet and pair of earrings in each.

Prerequisites:    Previous Silver I Class skills are helpful, but not required.

Lab Fees:            $150

Material Fees:    est. $100 - $300

Seed Beading
  with Jerri Heer

This class will teach creating beaded peyote bezels for cabochons, as well as a variety of attachment points, edge stitches and embellishments. Learn to professionally finish your pieces, and create a variety of beaded ropes and strung bead necklaces for your pendants. We will explore use of color palettes, many varieties of beads, crystals and embellishments to create your own unique piece.​

Prerequisites:   None

Lab Fees:           $40

Material Fees:   est. $50 - $200

Silver I
  with Pattie Appleby

NO previous experience required!  I’m here to help you learn, grow your skills and enjoy yourself!  You will learn basic techniques of jewelry fabrication and metalsmithing by making pieces such as rings, bracelets, earrings and/or pendants.  Students will learn soldering with a torch, piercing, forming, finishing and stone setting.​

Prerequisites:   None

Lab Fees:           $75

Material Fees:   est. $100 - $250

Silver II
  with Dale Koebnick

Metal techniques learned in this class will include fusing silver on silver, gold on fine silver (keum-boo technique), and fusing copper and/or brass on silver. Students will use sheet, scrap and 23.5k keum boo gold to create fused sheets to be made into jewelry and jewelry components.


Prerequisites:    Silver I

Lab Fees:            $100

Material Fees:    est. $250

Silver II - Hydraulic Press

with Vickie Prilliman

This class will demonstrate new ways to make jewelry or art objects using a hydraulic press and a 20 ton hydraulic jack. We will use urethane rubber pads, matrix dies, embossing dies and blanking dies to make pieces to combine into jewelry or art projects. Blanking dies cut the metal, matrix dies puff the metal and embossing dies make an impression in the metal as a repousse.


Prerequisites:    Sawing skills a must

Lab Fees:            $180

Material Fees:    est. $50+

Silver-Wear I and II
   with Jan and Keith Stephens

Combination Silver-Wear I and Silver-Wear II for those who have taken Silver-Wear I and are ready to move on.  In Silver-Wear I, students will recycle vintage Silver plated flatware into beautiful Silver-Wear jewelry.  For Silver-Wear II, building on the skills learned in Silver-Wear I, this class will take the student further in creative design and embellishment including shaping, stone capturing, and other artful enhancements.


Prerequisites:    Silver-Wear I: none   |   Silver-Wear II: Silver-Wear I

Lab Fees:            $225

Material Fees:    est. $0+

Wire II
   with Gene Sheridan

In this class, we will make bracelets, pendants, rings and various other projects. Pendants will be sculpted and border wrapped. Projects will be made from half hard and dead-soft wire in either sterling silver or gold-filled.

Prerequisites:    Wire I with about 6 months of practice at home.

Lab Fees:            $40

Material Fees:    est. $125 - $250

Questions: Contact the William Holland or Wildacres Registrar

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