Retreat Classes

Join us for four days of exploring metal, wire, clay, paint, inks, resin and so much more.  Jump in and explore new materials, have your creative batteries recharged and find a bounty of inspiration with our instructors. 

All classes are for all skill levels. If you have a question about a class please contact the instructor directly. 

The cost for the retreat is $375 for the four day event and includes four classes, gift bag with goodies from our sponsors, evening events, breakfast and lunch. Not included: lodging, dinners and class kits.

Nominal kit fees, listed below, are paid directly to instructors  at the beginning of each class.  Some class materials have been sponsored. 

*Participants must be 18 years or older. 

Early Bird Registration opens April 3rd for past attendees. General Registration opens April 6th.  

We heard your cries about how hard it was to pick classes last year, so we are offering two sessions of our 3 hour classes - you get to pick two! We also have  bonus classes with Heather & Jess that we know you'll love. Our last day of classes are a longer 6 hour session to dive in deep creating with your talented instructors. 


3 Hour Classes - Choose two!

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Vintaj Patina + Filigree Wrapping with Jess Lincoln - SOLD OUT! 

Class Description: An exploration in color and dimension, this metal patina class will offer you a multitude of techniques to enhance beautiful Vintaj natural metals. Working with layers of color and a touch of iridescence, is not all you will experience, I’ll take you to another level of design and journey in the mysteries of ornately detailed filigree work. You will discover both free-form and traditional creative ways to form settings which are sure to capture your creations. You’ll never look at filigree the same! 

Kit Fee: $20

Includes all Vintaj materials + Metal Reliefing Block

Required Tools: Flat tip paint brush (small + med sizes), bristle paint brush (dry brush technique), non-stick craft sheet, chain nose pliers (2), round nose pliers, flush cutter, bead mat

Optional Materials: Vintaj Patinas (bring your own colors if you have them, we have limited sets for sharing), disposable gloves (I don’t mind getting my hands inky – it comes out), task lamp + extension cord, magnifying eyewear if necessary

WEAR OLD CLOTHES OR BRING AN APRON! Patinas are permanent and will not come out of clothing.

*limited quantities + styles of Vintaj tools will be available for shared use during class. If you would like to purchase any tools, please email design@vintaj.com and we will reserve them for you. Or, you can wait to browse + shop once at the retreat – limited stock.  

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Tropical Faux Tin with Heather Powers SOLD OUT!

Class Description:  I love the look of upcycled jewelry from tins but finding tins can be a time-consuming and expensive venture so I decided to create my own. Learn how to prep and transfer images permanently to the metal. You'll learn how to create a super soft and wearable finish on the metal pieces. We'll use images from artist Victorian botanist and explorer Marianne North and make faux tin pendants, charms and bracelet cuffs to use in our jewelry.

You'll make a pendant and earrings before the end of class and leave with a handful of components to use in your designs.

Kit fee: $20. Kits include all materials to make several Faux Tin pieces and the pendant and earrings. 

Required tools: Metal shears, bench block, small metal file or bastard file, metal hole punch (I will have a few in class to use), scissors, mechanical pencil, round nose and chain nose pliers and flush wire cutters.

Bring a soft, absorbent 100% cotton white washcloth or old t-shirt rag and a small, shallow plastic container.

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Translating Art into Polymer Clay Erin Prais-Hintz

Class Description:  Erin Prais-Hintz is well known for taking inspiration and interpreting it into her polymer clay components as part of the Art Bead Scene and her Simple Truths Sampler Club. Join Erin as she shares the inspiration of pochoir prints of butterflies, moths and insects by early 20th century etymologist and designer E. A. Seguy. She will guide you through turning these color palettes into abstract designs using the 17th century embroidery-turned-polymer-clay-technique bargello and setting  them into them into bezels. After baking we will focus on finishing them with sanding and finishing tips ready for you to create beautiful jewelry.

Kit Fee: $30 includes: Polymer clay in one of three color palettes TBA (must be reserved in advance), scalpel, bezels, metal leafing, sanding papers

Required Tools:  Acrylic roller, tissue blade, 4” ceramic tile or similar smooth solid surface for working on, pasta machine, square sandwich-style disposable container

Optional Tools & Materials:  Additional assorted charms + beads + jewelry pieces (wire, jump rings, connectors, ear wires, head pins, etc.) – if time allows feel free to make into finished jewelry! Task lamp (optional – should be battery operated as outlets are not always readily available).  Magnifying eyewear, if necessary

Blanks for Makers with Brenda Schweder

Class Description: However we chose to vend our jewelry art, it’s our bread-and-butter designs that bring in constant income no matter what else is selling. Now That’s a Jig! offers you eight design blanks you can bead, stitch, fill, decorate, embellish and sell your way! Learn to wrangle the Jig-That-Doesn’t-Jiggle to create these eight basics: 3 bracelets, 3 pendants and 2 earring styles. (Part II templates with an additional eight blanks are also available for sale for those who are comfortable with reading pattern templates.)

Kit Fee: $19, wire donated by Parawire.

Required Tools: All wire tools—including Now That’s a Jig!—are available for you. Simply bring good optics and a task light.

Optional materials: Bring a wide variety of beads and embellishments you’re used to working with.


Bonus Classes - Pick One

Jess Lincoln and Heather Powers are bringing you two bonus classes! These projects are fun and easy and will be with 30 students in each class. 

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“Jess” It Up with Vintaj with Jess Lincoln

Class Description: Time for some creative thinking. Did you know basic jewelry findings have a lot to say? Well they do, and I’m going to translate for you! I’ll show you some of my favorite techniques which speak volumes! Stylize your jewelry designs by learning to express the endless and unique ways Vintaj basics can function. We will embellish beads, charms, and findings, which will add detail to your designs. Tiny wire-wrapped beads, messy loops, stacking or even just a touch of texture can tell your story. After this class you may even be ready to write your own book on the language of versatility!

Kit Fee: $15, includes all Vintaj materials + beads 

Required Tools - bring along the following: chain nose pliers (2), round nose pliers, flush cutter

Vintaj tools + supplies are available to purchase. If you would like to purchase some for class use, please email design@vintaj.com and we will reserve them for you.

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Fairy Garden Headpins with Heather Powers

Class Description:  This class will turn you into an instant polymer clay addict! We will start the class by gathering leaves, pods and tiny wildflowers from the grounds of the resort. We'll create molds from our finds. Learn how to create headpins in various styles and shapes using the molds in several different ways. We'll play with embossing and mica powders for shimmering effects. After our headpins have cooled we'll delve into my favorite part - painting! I'll share lots of  tips for exciting and beautiful results that even beginners will quickly master.

The end of class will include a demo of several different ways to use headpins in creative designs for earrings and charms. You'll leave class with handfuls of headpins to use in your jewelry designs.

Kit Fee:  $10. Kit  includes clay, wire and use of powders and paints in class.

Required Tools: Small flat watercolor/acrylic paint brushes, round nose pliers and wire cutters.

You must bring a package of Amazing Mold Putty. You can find it on Amazon, Hobby Lobby or Michaels. https://amzn.to/2I3fbCX (affiliate link)


Full Day Classes - Pick One

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Vintaj Free-Form + Hand Forging with Jess Lincoln - SOLD OUT!

Are you ready for a jewelry making workout? Let's exercise our creative muscles and bend, twist and twirl our way into a complete transformation...  of jewelry, that is. No shortness of breath required, until it's in astonishment from what you've just made! I'm excited to fill your day with metal working techniques! Together, we will transform traditional blanks, charms, filigree and findings into stunning and unique elements. You'll be creating one of a kind hand forged bails, beads, clasps, connectors focal pieces and more to upscale your jewelry designs. All this exercise will pay off! With the new knowledge I'll share with you and tricks of the Vintaj Trade, you will be well of your way to becoming an accomplished metal manipulator! Now try to say that 3 times.

Kit Fee: $25, Includes all Vintaj materials.

Required Tools: steel bench block, rubber dampening block - or - sand bag – or – towel, brass mallet, ball pein hammer, letter stamping set *variety of fonts + sizes (optional), bail making pliers, (Vintaj filigree shaping pliers) *variety of barrel sizes, 1.5mm hole punch pliers – or –, 1.6mm screw down hole punch, metal file, chain nose pliers (2), round nose pliers, flush cutter, bead mat, black ultra-fine tip Sharpie.

Optional Tools: Task lamp + extension cord, magnifying eyewear if necessary

*limited quantities + styles of Vintaj tools will be available for shared use during class. If you would like to purchase any tools, please email design@vintaj.com and we will reserve them for you. Or, you can wait to browse + shop once at the retreat – limited stock.

*we are not covering patina techniques in this class. You will only apply patina to your letter stamped projects to enhance the words. Some pieces seen in photo come with a patina finish. 

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Trillium Beads with Heather Power

Learn a few of my favorite polymer clay magic tricks to create complex looking beads from simple layered designs. It's really so much easier than it looks! Create 'canes', pictures in long tubes, that you'll slice off and apply to decorate the beads. You'll make a trillium cane, leaves, and two easy accent flowers canes. We'll cover  color tips, bead shapes and best practices for making professional looking beads.

We'll spend the entire day playing to create a beautiful collection of beads. Don't worry, even if you've never touched polymer clay before you'll leave with beads looking like these!

Kit Fee: $18, includes clay, tissue blade and bead mandrels.

Required Tools: Acrylic rod and pasta machine (If you don't have one, I will have 3 in the classroom to share)

 
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Coloring Book Creations with Erin Prais-Hintz

Coloring books are no longer for kids! I always wished that those beautiful pages I created as a kid were something that I could have with me. With this class you will be able to wear your coloring book creations in shimmering colors.

Erin Prais-Hintz will teach you how to do silkscreen on polymer clay. These will be set into bezels, baked and painted using the luminous colors of alcohol inks. Topped off with a protective coating, your coloring book can then be turned into a piece of jewelry.

You will make multiple bezels in the class and should have ample time to make some into jewelry.

Kit Fee: $30, includes: polymer clay, scalpel, bezels, silkscreens. Use of the following will be shared from the instructor’s stash: paint, paintbrushes + palettes, alcohol inks, polybonder, liquid polymer clay, bead soup**

Required Tools: Acrylic roller, tissue blade, 4” ceramic tile or similar smooth solid surface for working on, pasta machine (you can share, but if you don’t want to wait, please bring your own or plan to share with a friend!), beading tools: chain-nose, bent-nose, round nose pliers + cutters

Optional Tools & Materials: Additional assorted charms + beads + jewelry pieces (wire, jump rings, connectors, ear wires, head pins, etc.). Task lamp (optional – should be battery operated as outlets are not always readily available). Magnifying eyewear, if necessary

**Instructor will bring her vast stashes of colorful bead soup to share for making jewelry, but please feel free to bring your own beads in colors that you love.

 
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FauxFiligree Frame Pendants with Brenda Schweder

Fancy some filigree finery? Try this contemporary take on a wonderful age-old wire technique, but in a manageable size, and on a fabulous tool: Now That’s a Jig!. Choose from five wire frames and fill-in the middles with spiraled s-links and jump-rings. Then, bind them in place and embellish away!

Kit Fee: $15, wire donated by Parawire

Required Tools: All wire tools—including Now That’s a Jig!—are available for you. Simply bring good optics and a task light.

Optional Materials: Bring a wide variety of beads and embellishments you’re used to working with.