• Stamped Bezel Set Pendants
    June 24, 2017
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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In this 6-hour workshop, you will be guided through the process of creating a sterling silver bezel set pendant from scratch. As you design and construct your pendant, you will gain knowledge on basic metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, soldering, polishing, filing and bezel setting your stone using the provided gemstone. Students will have the option to include their own embellishments such as adding texture and pattern to their pendants with metal stamps or piercing a design out of the pendant bail to create a unique piece they will cherish for years to come!

This class is a great introduction to jewelry making for beginners.

All materials needed for the workshop will be included in the tuition.

About the Instructor: Inspired by the natural world around her, the work of Pennsylvania-based metalsmith Heather Stief is a study in the contrast of light and dark. She is fascinated by the transition of day to night, and the subtle changes that occur. To form her jewelry collection, she incorporates sterling silver, gemstones, and other found objects into shapes found in nature to create original works of wearable art with a fresh and modern perspective.

Stief’s passion for jewelry design began in college where she attended Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and was exposed to all facets of a career in Fine Craft. During this time Stief received training in traditional metalsmithing fabrication techniques and took several workshops to expand her skill set. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Crafts in 2007, she launched Heather Stief Jewelry. In 2013 she began exhibiting her work and was a selected participant in the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s EMERGE program for emerging artists. Stief was juried into the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen as a Master Artisan in 2015 and was awarded the Benchmark Award for Unique Voice in 2016. Stief works out of her Mount Joy, Pennsylvania studio and currently exhibits her work at fine craft fairs along the east coast.

 

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