Do love bangle bracelets but struggle with sizing? Do you want to up-level your bangle bracelet designs so that they become your best-seller (or the most popular gift you can give your friends and family)?
Now you can learn how to make a variety of perfectly-sized bangle bracelets in this one-day metalsmithing jewelry workshop at Silver Peak Studio in Louisville, CO.
Bangles are rigid bracelets traditionally made from metal, wood, stone or shells. They are a versatile piece of statement jewelry that has remained a popular staple in fashion for their ability to add a special element to an outfit and reflect the personality of the wearer. Whether you prefer the minimalism of a single bracelet or enjoy stacking them high, bangles are a timeless accessory that continues to appeal to a multitude of individuals.
This workshop will teach a variety of styles that students can adapt to fit their own aesthetic. Students are welcome to work with base metals and sterling silver in many different shapes and gauges. Students will learn how to twist, texture, stamp and/or shape bangles. Appropriate bangle sizing will be discussed. The goal is to have fun with bangles and learn a few skills while you’re at it!
Class Duration: 8 hours with a 45-minute break for lunch
Prerequisite: Beginning Metalsmithing (Metals 1) or equivalent
Tools and Materials:
Tools will be Provided but you need to bring a N95 or KN 95 mask which is to be worn during polishing metal.
Materials kit fee: TBD
Last day to cancel: August 8, 2020
About the instructor, Sara McGraw:
Sara McGraw graduated from The Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Lakewood, Colorado in 2012 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture. Since then she has explored working in various mediums including painting, film and photography, electronics, drawing, and ceramics before choosing to work mainly in the jewelry and metalsmithing field.
Sara learned her craft through the combination of individual exploration and attending workshops through local Colorado studios and metalsmithing associations. Her primary medium is vitreous enamel but she is constantly growing and evolving as a metalsmith and is not averse to incorporating new metalsmithing techniques into her enamel work. Sara has been fortunate enough to take workshops from nationally renowned metalsmiths, jewelers and enamelists including: Ken Bova, Eric Burris, Harlan Butt, Andy Cooperman, Patsy Croft, Linda Darty, Joanna Gollberg, Anne Havel, Amayak Stephanyan, and Carol Webb.
Sara began instructing students in 2015 and is currently works as a full-time, freelance instructor and metalsmith. She has worked as an instructor for the Denver Jewelry Studio since 2018 and taught a Cloisonné workshop for the Jewelry Club at Arapahoe Community College in February 2020. Sara previously worked as an Office Administrator and Instructor at the Denver School of Metal Arts and was the Shop Support Administrator for Hyde Park Jewelers.