Jorvik Viking Purse – May 5-7, 2017

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Friday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 10 am – 1:30 pm

On location at the Holly Gage Studio
Bowmansville, PA 17507

Join Holly to create a magnificent chain drawn string purse, inspired by the Viking history of York. The purse is a twist on the leather pouches carried during the Viking era.Our warrior conquest will start with learning to make your own patterns and designs for the front and back panels using photo polymer plates. Then you will learn to make all-in-one “castle” knuckles and rivet a pin to secure it.Next, you will cut and punch soft supple sheep skin and attach it to form the clever purse bag. In the final step, a chain is threaded through the leather to make a functional purse.So many skills, presented in a step-by-step manner for student success.

Students should bring: Basic Metal Clay tool kit (also available to borrow at class), Gems or pearls 4-5mm, Small link Chain (2mm), Matching chain for a necklace.
Optional: Magnifying Glass, Task light. polishing cloth, polishing rotary wheels, riveting hammer and steal block.

A kit fee of $125 is included in your tuition.

Kit Includes: 45g One Fire Sterling, 3M Polishing Paper, Set Silver headpins, (2) 4-5mm pearls, 16g sterling silver wire, Sheep skin leather
Photopolymer plate.

About the instructor: Holly Gage of Gage Designs is a 2015 Saul Bell Design winning. She creates contemporary jewelry and teaches her unique techniques with a gentle blend of art and soul. Holly brings her innovation; creativity and gift of helping others find their artistic voice through classes, mentoring programs, and master workshops available in the US and abroad. She is a full-time jewelry artist, Certified Metal Clay Instructor, author, and conference speaker. In addition, Holly holds a BS in Fine Art and Education. Her jewelry and articles on techniques and design can be found in over 65+ regional and national publications including the Best of America Jewelry Artists, PMC Guild Annual Volumes 1 – 5, Metal Clay Artist, Metal Clay Today, Art Jewelry and Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Making Jewellery, among others. You can find more information about Holly’s jewelry, classes, awards, shows, and numerous free tutorials on her website at