Ginger Seiple - October 11-12th, 2014
Cluster Rings & Grasshopper Bracelet or Pendant Project
Saturday & Sunday
$390. plus Materials Fee: see class descriptions.

Cluster Rings In a two-day workshop,

Metalsmith extraordinaire, Ginger Seiple, will be teaching a workshop October 11-12, 2014. This fun and exciting class is for advanced beginner to intermediate jewelry students.

Cluster Ring Workshop Project:

This project is designed to increase several metalsmithing skills. Students will design and fabricate a set of rings with glass cabochons and/or gemstones arranged to cluster when worn together. The areas that will be explored are: precision design techniques, forging wire, making bezel cups, many soldering opportunities, stone setting and finishing techniques. A unique way of preparing and setting up the rings to solder them in position will be demonstrated. Students are welcome to bring their own materials or purchase from Ginger.
For this project you will be using:
Sterling silver round wire, 12 gauge, approximately 1 foot Fine Silver bezel wire in several widths; sterling silver for bezel cup backs; silver solder (hard, medium and easy), and flux; glass cabochons or gemstones to cluster -4mm to 7 or 8mm range is best. Any shape can work but need to be able to be arranged aesthetically.
The material cost if purchased from Ginger will be approximately $30.00 for a ring with 3 to 4 shanks and 4 stones. Additional stones will increase the cost. Cost of materials without stones will be $22.00 for this project.
Additional supplies to bring: nippers and favorite hand tools for shaping wire, files and some sandpaper, a scribe, a burnishing tool for setting stones, a ring mandrel if you own one, a deadblow or rawhide mallet. I have enough mandrels and a few mallets to share, but it's good to have your own for the project. You will also need eye protection and don't forget magnification if necessary.

Ginger is offering the Pendant Project as an alternative to the Grasshopper Bracelet - this option allows the student to use one of their own beads in a piece, and reduces the materials fee. She will demo both projects.
Desert Moonbow Pendant ProjectPendant Project
(for showcasing your beautiful glass bead)

While several metalsmithing skills are demonstrated in making the components to frame a beautiful piece of art glass for this project, the actual attachment of the bead is done with a cold connection; it is set with tension but without pressure. Students will be forging wire then filing to shape the desired form. Additionally the student will again be getting stone setting and bezel making experience, and will be learning ways to manually finish pieces with multiple components.
The supplies necessary for this project are: Sterling silver round wire, 8 gauge, approximately 7" Sterling silver round wire, 14 gauge, approximately 8"; Sterling silver tubing that fits in the hole of your bead, approximately 4-5 inches. Assorted widths of fine silver bezel wire; sterling sheet for bezel backs; a piece of tubing for a bail; Silver solder( hard, medium and easy); long oval or cylindrical shaped glass bead; Gemstones or glass to enhance the bead if desired The material cost of this project is $30.00. This amount covers all metal necessary plus 3 gemstones for embellishment. It does not include a glass bead - you must supply your own for this project. Material cost without gemstones is $22.00.

Grasshopper Cuff BraceletGrasshopper Cuff Bracelet Project
The metalsmithing skills to be demonstrated and learned with this project are: applying textural design by tooling and/or milling, planing wire for dimensional effect, and creating saddle bezels as well as the fabrication skills listed for the cluster ring.

Students should bring any favorite tooling stamps or texturing material for milling, chasing hammer, deadblow or rawhide mallet, favorite hand tools, files, sandpaper, any abrasives they prefer for finishing or they can use mine. Do not purchase tooling stamps or chasing hammers if you do not own them - as I have plenty to share. You will need to have a 4" steel block to work on. Bring nippers along with your hand tools, a ruler and a sharpie. It is good to have your own deadblow or rawhide mallet, but I do have some to share. Bring a burnishing tool for stone setting.

For this project you will be using:
Sterling Silver sheet, 18 gauge, 6" long, with the width a design choice (usually 1 1/2"); Sterling Silver round wire, 12 gauge, approximately 10" - 12"; Fine Silver bezel wire in several widths; sterling sheet for backing bezel cups; Silver solder (hard, medium and easy), flux. Glass or gemstones to embellish your grasshopper, 4 or 5 in various shapes and sizes small amounts of fine silver scrap for additional embellishment

The material cost if purchased from Ginger is $65.00. The material cost without stones for this project is $55.00

Class photo
This is a photo of Ginger's class at Playing with Fire! - May 2014.
To Register:
Please call 207-594-7805 to reserve your seat, and please download and remit our Class/Workshop enrollment form, and mail with your payment by check - or - we will send an email invoice for payment via credit card. You may also submit your form by Fax: 207-594-7825.

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About Ginger

Ginger Seiple began working in metal in 1978. The first time she lit a torch an unquenchable spark ignited her soul and metal immediately became a dominant passion in her life. In 1995 she began studying traditional smithing through workshops and books while the next ten years were spent mastering metal clay, experimenting, publishing eight articles and teaching workshops.

Ginger was commissioned by Hiram College to redesign and create their Presidential Ceremonial Medallion. Ultimately her love for manipulating metal overtook design pieces created with metal clay. For the last seven years, along with the honor of teaching at CraftSummer, she has taken workshops and classes from the masters Charles Lewton-Brain, Harold O'Connor, Cappy Counard, Betty Helen Longhi, Michael Good, and various artists from the Alan Revere's Jewelry Academy in San Francisco. Gaining knowledge and techniques from those renowned artists has culminated Ginger's current passion for fold-forming, forging, and hydraulic press work.