Retreat Classes

Join us for two 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. 

Retreat students will choose one class for each day.  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 $275 for the three day event and includes two 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. 

Registration opens Friday, May 26th. 


 

Day 1 Classes

SOLD OUT! Vintaj Color Play | Exploration of Patina + ICE Resin with Jess Italia Lincoln

Class Description: Add color + interest to your jewelry with Vintaj Patinas & ICE Resin! Learn a variety of patina techniques and effects using the beautiful range of our blendable hues + metallic colors. Create a cloisonné style ring, one-of-a-kind faux agate & faux art glass components, vibrant ombre effects, transparent color washes, mixing custom colors and more!

Kit Fee: $20

Includes all Vintaj materials + Metal Reliefing Block
*Vintaj Patinas, ICE Resin and some tools + supplies will be available for shared use during class.

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.

Required Tools: ultra-fine tip paint brushes *variety of sizes, flat tip paint brush
chain nose pliers (2), round nose pliers, flush cutter, disposable gloves. 

Optional Materials: non-stick craft sheet, metal ring mandrel, ball peen hammer
Vintaj Patinas (will have a shared set available for us in class)

Shimmering Feather Beads with Heather Powers

Class Description:  Make your own beads! Learn to mix a custom color palette for your beads, discover an easy way to create feather canes and explore a variety of bead shapes in this polymer clay class. I'll share my tricks for using materials like gold leaf, shimmering powders and translucent clay.

You'll leave class with a collection of beautiful beads whether it's your first time touching clay or are a polymer addict! 

Kit fee: $18 

Kits include clay, gold leaf, Luminex powder.  Students can choose color palette of teal/blue or orange/plum. 

Required tools: pasta machine, tissue blade, acrylic rod, small paint brush. 

 

INKsplorations with Erin Prais-Hintz

Class Description: Get ready for an explosion of color as we experiment and play with inks! Erin Prais-Hintz is a mixed media artist who is a color addict and there is nothing more colorful than the beautiful array of inks. Working with dye and inks of various kinds, she will share some tips and tricks for creating exciting abstract effects on a variety of substrates. Be prepared to get inky! She will take you beyond the usual papers and substrates for painting with inks and will have you looking at things you see every day in a whole new color-filled light!

Join Erin for a morning playtime with inks in a variety of techniques on as many materials as we can get our hands on. These experiments can also double as wonderful mixed media backgrounds and collage elements for other future art. Later we will seal our favorite creations and then fit them in a variety of different bezel shapes before covering them with a clear resin for a striking finish. You will be making many components that you can take back to enhance your jewelry creations and learning some great tricks for other mixed media projects.

Wear old clothes or an apron - inks are messy!

Kit Fee: $35, extra bezels will be available for sale. 

Kit Includes: Various substrates for painting, 1 bottle alcohol ink , 1 bottle metal mixative , variety of bezels, alcohol in various spray bottles or misters, applicators + manipulators , E6000, UltraDome UV Resin. (Special thank you to UltraDome UV Resin for underwriting a portion of the kit fee.)

Instructor will supply the UV lamp for curing the resin, Sizzix Big Kick with embossing folders, rubber stamps and an assortment of her own stash of alcohol inks from various sources for you to try out, metallic rubs, stencils, UV spray sealer, Mod Podge, etc.

Required Materials/Tools: Cookie sheet & rubberized shelf liner for under the cookie sheet , alcohol inks (at least 6 colors).

Also bring: multiple pairs of vinyl gloves, clear packing tape, scissors, pen, baby wipes.

Optional Tools & Materials: Task lamp + extension cord, magnifying eyewear, oil-base paint pens in a fine tip (white, metallics or various colors), and/or Micron black pens, rubber stamps,      stencils, metallic rub for highlights (i.e., Gilder’s Paste, Inka Gold or my favorite Art-C Metallic Wax Paste, Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink felt applicator tool, water brush with a reservoir for alcohol or blending solution, usually found in scrapbooking aisle,  Alcohol Blending Solution. 

Now That’s a Jig! StartrWorkshop with Brenda Schweder

Class Description: Learn your way around the Now That’s a Jig! system, its in-and-outs, ups-and-downs, and loop-de-loops to producing smooth and repeatable wire jewelry you can JigUFacture easily and without the dreaded measuring and inconsistencies of traditional pliers methods. Move through guided exercises that teach jiggy basics and provide a solid foundation to not only use the system, but master its usefulness and potential. (AND, assemble a bracelet with all the sample elements if we dance quick enough!) 

Kit Fee: $6

Required Tools: Chasing hammer, bench block, semi-flush cutters, ruler, task lamp and bent nose, chain nose, flat nose standard, and round nose pliers. Optional: Optics.

Materials in Kit: Vintaj Arte Metal/Artisan Copper wire (sponsored by Parawire), NTaJ! vellum pattern template, use of a Now That's a Jig! system. 

Optional Materials: Dark annealed steel/copper wire kits also available upon request for an additional $15.


Day 2 Classes 

SOLD OUT! Vintaj Metal Working | Exploration of Textures + Layers with Jess Italia Lincoln

Class Description: Learn artisan techniques using a variety of natural metal finishes to create organic + patterned textures, weathered patina effects, and beautiful layers to give your designs added dimension and a distressed love-worn look. Add personalized touches with metal stamping techniques, unique hand-forged decorative beads + bails, and much more!  

Kit Fee: $20
Includes all Vintaj materials + Metal Reliefing Block
*Vintaj BIGkick machine, Dies, Patinas and some tools + supplies will be available for shared use during class.

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.

Required Tools: Flat tip paint brush, steel bench block, rubber dampening block, brass mallet,  ball peen hammer, letter stamping set(s) *variety of fonts + sizes, bail making pliers (Vintaj Filigree Shaping Pliers), chain nose pliers (2), round nose pliers, flush cutter

Optional Materials: non-stick craft sheet, metal ring mandrel, Vintaj Patinas (will have a shared set available for us in class)

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Wings & Dreams with Heather Powers

Class Description:  Explore creating custom patterns on polymer clay butterflies, flowers and leaves. Discover a fun faux ceramic painting technique for your clay creations. Cut and texture copper, stamp words and rivet your butterflies to your copper pendants. We'll explore using metal blanks to create pendants and earrings with our polymer clay creations. Students will complete several projects during class. 

Kit Fee:  $20.

Kit  includes supplies for two finished copper pendants, two pairs of earrings, two flower pendants and a collection of polymer clay components! 

Required Tools: Metal shears, bench block, ball peen hammer, wire cutters, small flat file, round and chain nose pliers, ruler, small paint brush and fine point Sharpie marker.  

Feathers in My Path with Erin Prais-Hintz

Class Description: Leather + Metal + Epoxy clay + Beads + Charms all adds up to One Meaningful Talisman!

Each feather that crosses your path is a lesson for you to pay attention. We will use the feather as our theme to make a one-of-a-kind modern-day talisman necklace that carries good intentions and positive vibes. Mixed media artist Erin Prais-Hintz will share her tips for creating with leather in three different styles, including using specialty leather paints…stamp a personal message or mantra and patina the metal feather or wing…create a micro-mosaic feather set with colorful beads in epoxy clay…then pull it all together with charms and beads to create a curated accessory that is as unique as you are.

Kit Fee: $30

Kit includes: leather, leather paints, fold-over crimps, jump rings, chain, assorted charms and beads, Humblebeads disc, feather stamping blank, vintage feather bezel for micro-mosaic, Apoxie Sculpt (Special thank you to Apoxie Sculpt for underwriting a portion of the kit fee.)

Instructor will bring her stash of seed beads to share along with rubber stamps, embossing inks, letter stamps, metallic rub, small bench blocks, hammers, Sizzix Big Kick, embossing folders, paintbrushes, but you can bring any of these if you would like to have something specific to work with for your creation.

Required tools: Vinyl gloves, jewelry pliers (round nose, flat nose, chain nose, etc), wire cutters.

Optional tools & materials: additional assorted seed beads, task lamp + extension cord, additional assorted charms + beads + jewelry pieces, rubber stamps, metal letter stamps, hammer, bench block + sandbag or towel, magnifying eyewear, if necessary

Now That’s a Jig! 20 SimpleSingle Elements with Brenda Schweder

Class Description: Here’s how wire doodling and a playful spirit can turn you into a JigUFacturer in a hop, skip and a jump! Brenda Schweder has developed 20 beautifully unique, simple-but-classic elements that are lovely alone (earrings or minimal pendants) and stunning in a myriad of multiples when lined, stacked, tiled, decked, bunched, strung, tilted, spoked, 3D-ed, radial-ed and you-name-it-ed into gorgeous jewelry you create in your own style (or borrow from Brenda’s Bountiful Book [LOL!] if you’d prefer). (ALSO assemble a crocheted necklace with all the sample elements if we dance quick enough! Jewelry pictured are examples of what you can create with your elements.) 

Kit Fee: $20

Materials in Kit: Vintaj Arte Metal/Artisan Copper/Natural Brass wire (sponsored by Parawire), NTaJ! vellum pattern templates, use of a Now That's a Jig! system. 

Required Tools: Chasing hammer, bench block, semi-flush cutters, ruler, task lamp and bent nose, chain nose, flat nose standard, and round nose pliers. Optional: Optics.

Optional Materials: Dark annealed steel/copper wire kits also available upon request for and additional $15.