Sandra & David's Classes

Our jewelry and metals classes are among the most comprehensive in the Midwest. David and I love teaching and we each have over 25 years experience.
Our 1,800 sq. ft. loft studio has lots of natural light, and all the equipment and tools you will ever need.

We are also offering workshops at the below listed art schools.


Copper Etching - Mixed Media Jewelry
Special One Day Workshop
Saturday, July 18, 10 am to 4 pm
Rosewood Arts Centre
Kettering, OH
(937) 296-0294

Design and create a beautiful piece of mixed metal jewelry. You'll create a unique piece by transferring an image onto copper, riveting it onto faux bone, and finishing it with a set semi-precious stone. This workshop is a fun opportunity to learn, or sharpen metalsmithing techniques, including sawing, filing, cabochon setting, riveting, and surface treatment.
$100 residents, $110 non-residents.

The Portable Shrine
We offer one-time workshops every spring, but we are scheduling this locket making workshop again during this summer. Many students had a scheduling conflict, so this popular workshop will be repeated! Please check back for the date.

The Portable Shrine

Locket Making Workshop

Saturday and Sunday
This Summer - Date to be Announced
10:30 am to 6 pm

David Brand & Sandra Picciano-Brand

Whether it's a photograph or a special keepsake, lockets are made to hold life's precious treasures. 

Inspired by our trips to Mexico, its folklore, art and culture, this workshop will give you the opportunity to express your artistic vision, while learning several challenging metalsmithing techniques.

The project involves hydraulic die forming, hinge and catch making, roller printing, sawing and soldering. You will be especially proud of the increased soldering skills you'll have the opportunity to learn.

All tools and materials are provided for the workhshop, but we recommend you bring what basic tools you have, such as pliers, files, etc.

We will work with brass, copper, and nickel silver (a copper alloy).

  Opened lockets resemble a butterfly with the two halves referred to as wings.

Workshop fee: $250, including all materials.
To insure a space, please send a deposit of $125 to:
65 Stoddard Ave.
Dayton, OH  45405
Information: (937) 222-9176 
Studio: 1000 E. 2nd Street
Dayton, OH  45402


Lost Wax Casting
Fall Session
For Jewelry and Small-Scale Sculpture
Front Street Studio
1000 E. 2nd Street
Dayton, Ohio 45405
(937) 222-9176

Eight-week course
Monday Classes, 7-9:30 PM, beginning October 5
Thursday Classes, 1-3:30 PM, beginning October 1

Learn to make jewelry and small sculpture using the lost wax technique. Emphasis is on creating your own design in wax using such techniques as carving and modeling, or working with sheet wax.

The wax is imbedded in a plaster-like material and then burned away. This leaves a space inside the plaster into which the metal is poured. After breaking away the plaster, the final object is cleaned and polished or patinaed as desired.

Jewelry is usually cast in silver, but there will be a class session devoted to casting bronze items.
(up to 6").
Limited to 9 students. Eight-week class.
Class fee, $250, includes the lab/materials for everything except your metal, which can be purchased from the instructor at cost.

Fold Forming and
Basic Silversmithing

Rosewood Arts Centre
Kettering, OH
(937) 296-0294

This class will focus on creating dramatic three dimensional designs in metal to incorporate in your jewelry pieces. Working with the malleability of metal, students will create a cuff bracelet, as well as smaller pieces for pendants. Also, the basics of metalsmithing will be covered -- riveting, bail making, sawing, filing, and surface development.

David and Sandra extensively studied with
Charles Lewton-Brain, the metalsmith who invented the technique of Fold Forming.

This class is for all levels.

Starting October 28, 2015

Soldering Intensive for Jewelry
Ring Making
Rosewood Arts Centre
Kettering, Ohio
(937) 296-0294

Four-week course
Starting March, 2016
Wednesday evenings, 7 PM to 9 PM

Silver soldering is one of the most important techniques for the metals/jewelry student to master. You'll learn to make a bezel with a set stone on a band ring and have a lovely finished piece at the end of the course.

Basic sawing and filing skills are required.
Limited to 12 students
$105/resident; $115/non-resident
$45 materials fee due to instructors at first class. This will include the sterling silver and stone needed for the project.
Please call Rosewood, (937) 296-0294