Half Moon Rising Fine Silver Semi-Precious Stone Earrings

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Instructor: Despina “Espie” Buoncristiani
Despina Buoncristiani, aka “Espie” has been intrigued with jewelry making since she was a teenager, taking apart old necklaces and creating new pieces with the vintage beads that were harvested. As an adult, with her graphic design background, it seemed a natural progression for her to revisit her creative past, now utilizing her design skills to create unique jewelry pieces. Despina’s early creations were mostly beaded projects, which she sold during trunk shows at Nordstrom. For the past few years Despina has been working with Metal Clay. She received her Art Clay Silver Level I Instructor Certification in September of 2013 and her Senior Instructor Certification in June of 2014. She has been teaching Metal Clay along with a variety of other jewelry making techniques at local bead shops and shows for the past 4 1/2 years. Today Despina enjoys mixing her skills in Metal Clay along with her old school metalsmithing techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces. ln the pursuit of advancing her skills, she continues to educate herself, learning new techniques which in turn she shares with her students. You can see what Despina has been up to lately by following her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DespinaBuoncristianiJewelry and/or Instagram at DespinaBdotcom.

Skill Levels: Intermediate.. Metal clay experience required.
Dates/Times: July 28, from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fees: $135

Take your jewelry making skills to the next level by combining your Metal Clay techniques with traditional Metalsmithing. In this 3-step firing process you will first create your base pieces, then attach your bezel cups, and finally add Sterling Silver wires by soldering, to construct the attached earwires. A patina will be added to bring out the details in your texture, and then your stones will be set. A variety of shapes, textures, and stone colors can be incorporated into your design to make your earrings truly one-of-a-kind! We will be breaking for lunch for approximately 1 hr (depending on class progress), so you can get something to eat and get some last minute shopping done!

Metal Clay experience is required to successfully complete this project. If you have any concerns about your experience level, please call or email Despina to discuss.

Class Fee includes use of tools, consumables, Fine Silver Clay, Sterling Silver wire, Fine Silver Bezel Cups, Semi-Precious Stone Cabochons.

To register and pay for this class please call 626-963-8541 or email Despina at despina@despinab.com.

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