Jewelry Studio Staff Training Update

Our classes have ended! Here's the 2014 review of all that we learned in the studio over the past year.

The Halsteads redesigned a large upstairs storage room into a studio for us back in February. We’ve taken four more classes since I last blogged about trainingHalstead Studio.

To recap, the first three classes we took this spring were:

1. Copper and Brass Cuffs

2. Enameling Basics

3. Sawing and Cold Connecting


We had a blast with the first set of classes but these last four were even more fun! We started out with a wirework class learning how to make Bollywood beaded hoops. I personally have a lot of respect for artists who wire wrap because it is very tedious work!

Class 4: Wirework TechniquesWe took a break after this class because Mother’s Day was around the corner, but jumping back into classes brought us to the soldering class. I love working with the torch, so I really enjoyed this session. Hilary had each of us make a wire bracelet and ring and I found that connecting a flawless joint was the trickiest part of all.

Class 5: SolderingOur sixth class was intermediate enameling. I really loved it but out of everything that Hilary has taught us so far, enameling has the biggest learning curve. I noticed that everyone seemed more comfortable around the torches during this class (we even used a kiln for the first time, too!) and I think the images below will back me up. We used stamps, graphite pencils and even glass rods to make the designs in the photos below.

Class 6: Intermediate EnamelingOur seventh and final class of the year was hand stamping. Of all of the jewelry making trends out there, hand stamping seems to stay at the top time after time and now I can see why. The class was loads of fun and employees stamped all sorts of things. I made a huge copper cuff for my mom, which thankfully she loved (mistakes and all) while others stamped items for kids, parents, spouses and even pets. It was the perfect class to end with and I can’t wait to see the 2015 schedule Hilary is working on!

Class 7: HandstampingHalstead, is one of North America’s leading distributors of jewelry supplies. Halstead specializes in wholesale findings, chain, tools and metals for jewelry artists.

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