Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Spring Workshops

Hello Ladies!

We have some lovely workshops coming up, and I wanted to let you all know what they are. All enrollment links are set up (right tab), in the event that you are ready to sign up.  Please keep in mind the classes will be held either here at Chateau Grenzer (Los Gatos) or Intrepid Thread (Milpitas).  If you have any questions, please leave a comment or email me, and I will get back to you.

March 22, 2014
Teacher: Tina Haller
Class: Polymer Bunny ($100)
Location: Chateau Grenzer - 10 student max
Time: 10-4

April 12, 2014
Teacher: Kristen Robinson
Class: Photo Etching (Jewelry - $125)
Location: Intrepid Thread
Etching remains one of the most amazing techniques available. That said photo etching takes something wonderful and makes it truly amazing. In class we will be etching away – creating personal pieces of artwork that not only look incredible but also tell a story.

After we create our divine etchings we will integrate them into a lovely bracelet that can also be worn as a necklace. Come prepared to be inspired, work with new tools and learn an amazing etching technique sure to become one of your favorites.

Kit Includes
Velvet Ribbon – Neutral Color
Silk Ribbon
Brass Wire
2 3x3 sheets of brass to etch
Needle and Thread

Please Bring
High Quality, High Contrast Image Printed onto a Photocopy Transparency  (this must be done on a toner printer)
1 Yard of Ribbon if you do not wish to use a neutral color

April 13, 2014
Teacher: Kristen Robinson
Class: My Heart's Story (Mixed Media - $125)
Location: Chateau Grenzer (CHANGE OF LOCATION)
Wood panels are absolutely divine to work with, as not only are they readily available but dimensional in their own way. Join me as we walk through a painted journey together. Layers of paint, papers and found objects combine to create a tale of sorts, our tales if you will.
We will be working with stencils, wax, vintage papers, molding paste paint and much more. Each student will leave class with three completed panels. Everything you need for the foundation will be in the kit – including a bit of bling and of course a bezel and ribbon.

Please Bring
Acrylic Paint Рat least 3 shades and 2 neutrals such as grey and cr̬me
Paper that you wish to work with
Jewelry Findings
Flat Paint Brush
Round Paint Brush
#2 Pencil

Color Pencils (I will have mine on hand)
Rubber Stamps
Heat Gun (craft variety)
Hair Dryer

Teacher: Riki Schumacher


Price: $170 includes kit fee

Location: Chateau Grenzer

Time: 10-5PM

These sweet frames measure only about 2”-3”, so they are truly a keepsake that will be cherished. You can also opt make a pendant out of your amazing creation as well. Just bring some chain, heavy jump rings, beads/gems and a clasp, and voila…a necklace!  Gather up your beautiful vintage rhinestone embellishments, beads/gems, treasures, stampings, vintage pieces, and whatever you have collected to adorn your oh so tres chic frame.  There will be a variety of items I will bring for purchase as well.  Won’t you join me in creating this precious and personal treasure? Can’t you already hear Edith Piaf in the distance? They are so ooh la la! It really helps to have some torch soldering experience for this fast paced workshop.

Kit includes: use of some soldering equipment, tools, materials, mini hardware, 20ga copper wire, polishing pads, sheet metal, gallery wire, spacers and mica.

Supplies provided by teacher include punch set, drills, additional mini hardware, various metal and jewelry making tools, mandrels, a couple soldering stations, including torches, pliers and heat safe surfaces. Also provided, flux brushes, flux, patina, additional mini hardware, files, metal letter stamps, sand paper, paint brushes, extra metal for purchase, lamp wire, texture hammers, drill, mini anvil and adhesives. Additional found objects and rhinestone chain will be available for purchase.

Supply list for students:  To solder, bring a butane torch and fuel, a one quarter pound or half pound roll of lead free hardware solder with no resin, a heat safe surface (cookie sheet), a soldering brick, and cheap long nose pliers. Bring various objects to adorn the frame, like old jewelry, stampings, buttons, even a small pocket watch, a small photo to fit a 1” opening, and if you have any patterned metal, bring it for the back plate. Bring jewelry tools such as needle nose pliers, small flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, wire cutters, a rawhide or plastic hammer, steel block, fine grit metal files, metal shears, rubber block or rag. Also vintage or new silver tone rhinestone chain, vintage rhinestone earrings, buttons, fine tip permanent marker, scissors, paper, pencil, ruler.  If making a frame stand: bring a small roll (from hardware store) of 14ga brass wire.  If making a pendant from your frame: bring chain, some jump rings, a clasp, 20-ga wire, gems/pearls/crystals to fit the 20-ga wire. If you want to encrust your frame with pearls/crystals, bring tiny ones to cement on.  OPTIONAL: Ott light & extension cord, Opti-visors, mask for fumes, air absorber.