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Gem and Mineral Society Offers Silversmithing Classes By Don Norris

When an expert comes to town, people take notice.  The Rickie Report is suggesting that you pay close attention, because The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches is bringing Don Norris to teach silversmithing!  Norris has written books, made videos and cds to teach his craft.  But isn’t it better to learn in person?  We think so.  Check out this post for class information!

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General Meeting

February 21, 2013

7:30 PM

Please note: Starting in January, we will be meeting at the South Florida Science Museum NOT the Garden Club.  The Museum is across the street from the Garden Club.

Don Norris teaching a class

Don Norris teaching a class

Don Norris, nationally known silversmith,will teach basic Silversmithing class plus two intermediate classes, a solid band ring class, and basket setting/step bezel class.

Norris’ website is filled with stories, tips and information about his amazing talent as a silversmith.  How fortunate we are to have him here in Palm Beach County, instructing on different levels.

 When registering, be sure to tell Don you are a member of the Society to receive a $30 discount on the class fee.

1)  Beginning Silversmithing Class

All stones, silver, supplies and tools furnished. You do not need to bring anything to the class.

You will learn all the basics of Silversmithing and jewelry making.

You will learn how to solder sterling silver.
You will design a pendant or a ring including a 3 wire ring band, make a bezel, solder it together, set the stone, and polish your project.

Three Beginning Classes available to fit your schedule!

Thursday and Friday Class, February 28 and March 1 Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3 Monday and Tuesday, March 4 and 5

Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc.   www.gemandmineral.cc

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $330.00

A $30.00 discount is available for all members of the Gem & Mineral Club

Class is limited to 6 students.

Taught by Don Norris, Professional silversmith and teacher for over 30 years.

Register now:  1-303-517-1068 to talk to Don Norris  dnorris@frii.com or LearnSilver.com

Each student will receive a FREE copy of the Beginning Silversmithing Class on CD!  Over 500 of these have been sold over the internet and it has been compared to 3 years of jewelry making school!

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Silversmithing Class!

You will learn all the basics of Silversmithing and jewelry making.

This class will be taught from the following view points:

1. It will be taught as a metals class not an art class.
All the basics of metal smithing for the creation of jewelry will be taught with Mr. Norris’ unique techniques he has learned over the past 30 years of studying and teaching silversmithing.

2. Soldering: You will taught to use nothing but hard solder for all solder joints on new construction. It is easier, faster, and makes better jewelry!  Learning how to be an expert with a torch is the secret and it is not that difficult!

3. That everyone in the class will want to do Silversmithing to make a living. An emphasis will be placed on designing, making and selling jewelry for a profit. If you wish to do Silversmithing as a hobby, that is fine, but after taking this class you will be able to make nearly any type of silver jewelry and it will be good enough to sell. How to sell your jewelry will be discussed and taught!

4. Below are some other unique, even controversial, techniques that will be taught. You will be taught to spray on your flux and use it as a temperature gauge for soldering. You will be taught what flux does, and that flux does not “clean” the silver.
You will be taught that you can not use too much flux

You will be taught to use nothing but strip (sheet) solder in large snippets, not those silly little tiny snippets, and for sure not to use wire and paste solders!

You will be taught how solder works on a physics level so that you fully understand why and how to solder correctly.
You will be taught to use a $10.00 torch from Ace Hardware. It will make you thousands of dollars worth of jewelry so that you can purchase more important tools and equipment. The best torch for silversmithing will also, of course, be shown and discussed.

You will be taught that if you are doing repairs, YOU ARE LOOSING MONEY!
You will be taught that every time you pick up a jeweler’s saw, YOU ARE LOOSING MONEY!
You will be taught never to use rouges.
You will be taught to never worry about “fire coat” or “fire scale” and why.
You will be taught a way to make a bezel that will forever change the way that you make them. FAST AND PERFECT!!!! You will be taught why you should never use any thing but serrated bezel.
You will be taught why you will never want to use a “jeweler’s bench”.
You will be taught that you only need two files to do all your filing on sterling silver.
You will be taught the difference between working with silver and gold.
You will be taught that if you are a beginner you should not even work in gold and why, if you do, you will loose money! You will be taught many unusual ways to sell your jewelry, and for a good profit.

This is not a “project class”, you will only make one “Southwestern” or “American Indian” styled ring. By making it you will learn all the basics to make just about anything!

“If you are a beginner, I will teach you everything you need to know to become a successful, profitable Silversmith!  If you are an experienced silversmith, I will teach you to work quicker, make better jewelry and make more PROFIT!” Don Norris

 

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2) Intermediate Solid Band Ring

Silversmithing Class

All stones, silver, supplies and tools furnished. You do not need to bring anything to the class.

You will learn all the basics of Silversmithing and jewelry making.

You will learn how to make a solid band ring and several small projects. All projects give you an opportunity to learn many more skills
and practice the soldering skills that you may already have.

Thursday and Friday, February 28, March 1

Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc.   www.gemandmineral.cc

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $300.00
Class is limited to 8 students.

Taught by Don Norris,Professional silversmith and teacher for over 30 years.

Register now:  1-303-517-1068  to talk to Don Norris  dnorris@frii.com Visit: LearnSilver.com

Visit my web site for more examples and go to Intermediate Silversmithing Class. You must have taken my Beginning Silversmithing Class before taking this Class.

 

 

3) Stepped Bezel and Basket Setting

Intermediate Silversmithing Class

All stones, silver, supplies and tools furnished. You do not need to bring anything to the class.

You will learn all the basics of Silversmithing and jewelry making.

You will learn how to make a solid band ring.
You will learn many more skills
and practice the soldering skills that you may already have.

Thursday and Friday, March 2 and 3
Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc.  www.gemandmineral.cc

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $330.00
Class is limited to 8 students.

Taught by Don Norris, Professional silversmith and teacher for over 30 years.

Register now: 1-303-517-1068  dnorris@frii.com Visit: LearnSilver.com

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Visit my web site for more examples and go to Intermediate Silversmithing Class. You must have taken my Beginning Silversmithing Class before taking this Class.

For more information Visit: www.gemandmineral.cc

 

 

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