New Year With New Workshops At Danaca

Print and Press January 18 and 19, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30- 5:00

Basic materials included

In this beginning level workshop students will use etched plates and other materials to emboss sheets of metal and then use a hydraulic press to cut and dome the sheets into puffed forms to be used for jewelry components and more. Shaping and forming the printed metal to avoid marring the printed surface will be taught. Proper pressure roll-printing using the rolling mill and doming metal in varied shapes using the hydraulic press with all safety precautions and training is included. Proper use of tools is stressed for future independent work.

  1. Special soldering techniques to keep the solder out of the pattern and enhance designs will be covered.
  2. Basic metal working skills are helpful but not totally necessary.
  3. Multiple design options for using printed metal will be explored and discussed. 

Materials Included: Copper sheet for making samples

Students May Bring: Previously etched plates


3-D Filigree February 22 and 23, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00

Materials Included: Copper and brass wire, Solder
Students May Bring:
Silver wire (available in studio store)

If you’ve ever wanted to try filigree but were intimidated by the thought of all those tiny wires, you’ve spent so much time preparing, melting into little balls, this is the workshop for you. This entry level, non-traditional, filigree workshop will cover a form of scroll work using bolder gauge round, square and flat wire to make unusual filigree objects.



This workshop will cover:

Using framing mandrels to build wire frames

Making the internal filigree design separately

Doming the filigree designs to add 3-dimensional shape

Advancing soldering skills while learning to solder with Acetylene and Propane

Student will learn how to use framing mandrels and the hydraulic press, and how to modify silhouette dies. Annealing, tapering, and twisting square wire, score and fold technique, using forming plier & parallel plier, and using binding wire to stabilize the filigree during soldering will all be taught in this workshop. Beginning to intermediate soldering skills will be advanced by learning finer torch temperature control with multiple temperature soldering within each project. Participants will learn to fabricate their filigree and frames with copper and brass, but may use their own silver. Basic soldering skills required.


Plique a Jour Epoxy March 3, 10, 17, 24, four Monday evenings, 6:30-9:30

Material fee: $25 payable to instructor

Material Kits Include:Copper and brass for class samples, Epoxy resin
Students May Bring: Something to embed in resin bezel, Silver sheet (available in studio store)

Learn the secrets of creating open bezels for resin in multiple geometric, organic, and freeform shapes in this intermediate level workshop. Participants will discover different ways to secure open bezels for epoxy resin casting and what different kinds of epoxy resins are best suited for casting. Learn to create different textures, effects, colors, and how to prepare fragile objects to be embedded in resin.



This workshop will demonstrate and explore:

Framing mandrels to repeat a bezel shape in graduated sizes

Score and fold technique

Wrap ʻnʼ tap pliers, forming pliers

Tube cutters and bezel mandrels

Plus, students will explore how to incorporate findings and attachments into the Plique a Jour Epoxy to create rings, brooches, pendants, links and clasps with this versatile technique. Independent soldering skills will allow students to get the most from this class. Note: students enrolled in multiple week classes are welcome and encouraged to attend practice hours.



All of these workshops will take place at Danaca Studio in Seattle. Please contact Danaca to register! See you there!

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