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 30 years experience. Our 1,800 sq. ft. loft studio has all the equipment and tools you will ever need.

Front Street Studio
1000 E. 2nd Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402
(937) 304-1348

Enhance, Embellish & Embrace

Surface Development and
Forming Techniques for Metal

Saturday & Sunday, April 23 and 24,
11 am to 6 pm both days
(45 minute lunch break)

Create a Framed Metal Pendant, and
Textured Silver and Gold Pendant

During this fast-paced workshop, we will cover an Arsenal of Metalsmithing Techniques that will bring exciting dimension and texture to your jewelry.

Silver reticulation
Hydraulic die forming
Roller Printing
Keum Boo
Creating a bail
Cold Connections -- unique ways to incorporate some of your little treasures
Creating a silver frame around your textured pendant.

Keum Boo is the process of rolling 24 K gold sheet into a foil thickness, then heating and burnishing it onto fine silver.

Reticulation, with its moonscape effect, and fine silver surface, is achieved (after preparing the metal), by slowly moving the torch across the silver until it ripples.

Our fully equipped studio and classroom space has lots of art and artifacts, and a huge library of books to inspire you. It is on the top floor of a historic building, with plenty of light pouring in from its 18 windows. We have all the tools that you will need to complete the projects, but bring what basic hand tools you might have, such as pliers, files, etc.

$250 -- includes non-precious metal, square sterling wire, and all other materials, (except the bi-metal, gold and reticulating silver). Either you can purchase the reticulation silver, 24 k gold for the keum boo, or we can order it for you at cost.

To reserve a space, please send $125 deposit to:
65 Stoddard Ave. Dayton, OH 45405
For information: (937) 545-3254

Wax Casting for Jewelry and Small Sculpture

Spring Session
Eight-week course
Monday Classes, 7-9:30 PM, beginning April 25
Thursday Classes, 1-3:30 PM, beginning April 28

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.

Classes in the Community:

Soldering Intensive for Jewelry
Ring Making
Sterling Silver with a Set Cabachon
Rosewood Arts Centre
Kettering, Ohio
(937) 296-0294

Four-week course
Starting April 20, 2016
Wednesday evenings, 7 PM to 9 PM

Silver soldering is one of the most important techniques for the metals/jewelry student to master. We'll take you step-by-step to learn the techniques of butt solering, standing seams, and sweat soldering.
You'll learn to make a bezel with a set stone on a band ring and have a lovely, evolved piece at the end of the course.

Basic sawing and filing skills are required.
Limited to 12 students
$110/resident; $120/non-resident
$45 materials fee due to instructors at first class. This will include everything -- including the sterling silver and stone.
Please call Rosewood, (937) 296-0294