Workshop 46.8° N

FROM THE BEGINNER to the torch-slinging jewelry adventurer, everyone is invited to participate in workshops in this creative and empowering space. Workshops offer classes in a fully equipped studio with torches, saws, dapping sets, soldering stations, kilns, casting, and hammering station (see total list below) with helpful assistance and instruction. All you need is your desire to learn and create.

HOST A PRIVATE WORKSHOP
Hosting a workshop is a fun way to celebrate your next birthday party or girls' weekend. Contact me today to talk about your next gathering.

WINTER 2023

TBA- Precious Metal Clay (PMC)

January 6-7 2023
Make your own snowshoes with special guest, Darren Bush
$ // 9am-4:30 pm

March 25-26, 2022
Let's Get Basic with Basalt; Intro to Metalsmith
Pendant & Ring
$495 // 8:30am-4:30 pm, both days

March 30, 2022
BEADS. BEVERAGES. BANTER.
Beaded Earring Bar
$68 // 5:30pm-8:00 pm

SPRING 2022

April 2, 2022
Earring Trifecta
$110 // 8:30am-11:00am

April 9, 2022
Lake Superior Agate Setting with special guest, Bob Wright
$285 // 8:30am-4:30pm

April 13 and 14, 2022
NORTHLAND COLLEGE WELLNESS PROGRAM
Inner Circle Necklace (full)

April 27, 2022
BEADS. BEVERAGES. BANTER.
Leather Wrap Beaded Bracelets
$68 // 5:30pm-8:00 pm

May 29, 2022
Beach Treasures Bracelet
$198 // 8:30-4:30 pm
Gourmet lunch included.

June 11, 2022
Garden herbs with Gayle Chatfield and plant tags
Stamping Techniques
$125 // 8:30am-12:30pm

June 12, 2022 (DATE CHANGE!)
Painting with glass: torch fired copper enameling with Melanie Lieb
$135 // 9:30-1:30 pm

June 18, 2022
Copper Wire Tree of Life Pendant
$68 // 8:30am-11:00am

June 24, 2022
Grand Re-opening Fiesta at Silverwaves Jewelry Gallery
Free and open to the public // 2-7pm

SUMMER 2022

July 2, 2022
Copper Tree of Life Earrings
$68 // 8:30am-11:00am

July 9, 2022 (only 2 spaces left)
Wire Wrap Pendant
$68 // 8:30am-11:00am

July 17-21, 2022 (FULL)
Nicole Ringgold Workshop

July 23, 2022
Intro to metalsmithing: Bezel Setting
$265 // 8:30am-4:30pm
Gourmet lunch included.

July 24, 2022
Big Ring Bling
$365 // 8:30pm-4:30 pm
Gourmet lunch included.

July 27, 2022
BEADS. BEVERAGES. BANTER.
Wine Charms
$68 // 5:30pm-8:00 pm

Aug 4, 2022
BEADS. BEVERAGES. BANTER.
Wire Wrap Ring
$68 // 5:30pm-8:00pm (4 spaces left)

Aug 13, 2022
Beach Treasures Bracelet
$198 // 8:30-4:00 pm
Gourmet lunch included.

Aug 25, 20220
Memory Wire Bracelets
Suitable for kids & adults
$68 // 5:30-8pm

August 31, 2022
BEADS. BEVERAGES. BANTER.
Earring Bar.
$68 // 5:30pm-8:00pm

Sept 10-11, 2022
Part of Art Escape

Let's Get Basic with Basalt: Intro to Metalsmithing
Pendant & Ring
$495 // 8:30am-4:30 pm, both days

Sept 15, 2022
Part of Art Escape

LIVE JEWELRY MAKING DEMONSTRATION
at the Silverwaves Jewelry Gallery
No fee  // 11-2pm
11-noon: Stone setting: pendant
12-1 pm: Fused lichen chain
1-2 pm: Big Ring Bling

September 15, 2022
Part of Art Escape
BEADS. BEVERAGES. BANTER.
Bayfield Basalt and Birch Bark
$68 // 5:30pm-8:00 pm

Sept 16, 2022
Part of Art Escape

LIVE JEWELRY MAKING DEMONSTRATION
at the Silverwaves Jewelry Gallery
No fee  // 11-2pm
11-noon: Stone setting: pendant
12-1 pm: Fused lichen chain
1-2 pm: Big Ring Bling

September 28, 2022
BEADS. BEVERAGES. BANTER.
Copper Wire Tree of Life Pendant
$68 // 5:30pm-8:00 pm

FALL 2022

October 26, 2022
BEADS. BEVERAGES. BANTER.
Beading 101: Beaded Bracelet.
$68 // 5:30pm-8:00 pm

WINTER 2022

December 17, 2022
BEADS. BEVERAGES. BANTER.
Beaded Snowflakes
$68 // 5:30pm-7:30 pm


Equipment

After years of teaching in other spaces, it was time to make a dedicated space for jewelry workshops with the most up to date and best equipment I could find.  WELCOME!!!

10 Grobet Gesswein Jeweler’s Benches with Gesswein Bench Lights// Foredom Flex Shafts // Hand Tools (chain nose, round nose, bezel cutters, cutters, and bent nose pliers) //  Nylon mallet // Ball-peen Hammer // Files // Saw // Ring Clamp // Bezel Pusher/Roller // Burnisher // Sandpaper // Bench Block // Bench Pin // Flex Shaft Accessories // Durston (Oliva) Rolling Mill, Dapping Set and Ring Sizer // 4 Soldering Stations (four oxy-propane torches coming soon) // 3 Hammering Stations with lots of Hammers // Metal Stamps // 2 Anvils // Chasing Tools // Buffing Machine // Casting Equipment // Ring Bender // Guillotine Shear // Raytech Magnetic Finisher // Ultrasonic // 2 Winix D480 Ture HEPA 3-Stabe Air Purifiers and we continue to add more!


Community Membership

JOIN OUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY
Are you seeking some regular workshop access for practice?  We would love to have your creative energy as a part of our creative community. We currently offer two options for workshop membership:

GOING SOLO: After you have completed 20 hours of class time, you are eligible for studio use and can rent the jewelry studio for personal use. Hours must be scheduled during Silverwaves Jewelry's regular business hours (Summer: M-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10:30am-3:30pm; Winter: please contact me). All renters must be able to work safely and independently and may have access to tools and equipment at the benches, soldering area, buffing machine, rolling mill, and other specialty equipment. Renters are required to provide/purchase their own consumables including metal, solder, patina, saw blades, burs, finishing tools, buffing wheels, flux, butane, etc. A small fee for pickle, oxygen, and propane will be charged for each visit. Previous training and experience are required before using specific tools and equipment. Rates: $20/hr or $225/15 hrs (punch pass). Pass payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

OPEN JEWELRY LAB: After 6 hours of class time, you are welcome to come in during a scheduled open jewelry lab where you will have access to all equipment as well as an instructor who will be available for troubleshooting and working on a project. Lab participants are required to provide/purchase their own consumables including metal, solder, patina, saw blades, burs, finishing tools, buffing wheels, flux, butane, etc. A small fee for oxygen and propane or butane will be charged for each visit. Rates: $25/hr or $200/10 hrs (punch pass). Pass payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.


DID YOU KNOW?

BEADS. BANTER. BEVERAGES
Join us on the last Wednesday of the month for an evening of creativity.  We’ll supply the project and you supply the beverage of your choice.  5:30-8 pm. Must pre-register on our website.

VISITING INSTRUCTORS
Richard Salley, Alex Boyd, Nicole Ringgold, and Rosy Revolver are some of the instructors who may join you on your jewelry adventure. Our students enjoy a large, fully equipped jewelry studio with small class sizes (10 or less) and professional instructors. Or you…would you like to teach a workshop?  Please contact me.

SUPPORTING LOCAL ARTISTS/ MAKERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Lars from Cooking with Lars prepares our gourmet lunches
Wonderstate Coffee prepares our cookies and muffins
Jonathan of  Jonathan Walburg Lake Superior Pottery and
Evan of Hestiken Pottery handmade the mugs from which we drink our tea
Pete of Eckels Pottery created the bowls from which we eat our soups
Andy of Stone's Throw made the plates from which we eat our lunches
Jesse of the Iron Apostle created all the Foredom Flex Shaft hangers for each bench


Workshop 46.8° N LOCATION


Do you need a meeting space?

Meeting space for rent (no jewelry equipment included):  tables, chairs, dry erase board, projectors, screen, WIFI for presenters. Rates: $300/ 5-8 hours. $200/ 3-4 hours. $100/ 1-2 hours. Contact me today to talk about your next meeting.


Events

//Canoecopia - March 11-13 2022
I made my start selling jewelry 20 years ago at this amazing show, thanks to the support of Rutabaga and Darren Bush. My first pieces were kayak related as I was guiding sea kayaking trips in Baja and the Apostle Islands at the time. It was a small table, with just a few pieces and only my sister helping. These days I have doubled my booth, which I have friends and family rotating in to help me over three days. I'm so thankful for my Silverwaves family and the extended family of people who stop by the booth to talk kayaking, adventuring and jewelry. My niece has been at the show every year of her life—including when my sister was pregnant with her! Which also means my sister has supported me every single year that I have been there.

AND YES!  IT'S BACK- AFTER A TWO YEAR BREAK FOR COVID-19.  MASKS ARE REQUIRED AT THE EVENT, FOLLOWING DANE COUNTY'S FACEMASK MANDATE.