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Scheduled Metal Clay Workshops

I love teaching! I teach live, interactive online Metal Clay classes as well as onsite Precious Metal Clay classes at Holly Gage Studio in Lancaster, PA.  My presentations are accompanied by a fully illustrated handout with sessions that emphasize developing the creativity of the artist within. Original and innovative jewelry technique and design based lessons are presented in a relaxed, fun atmosphere to inspire, strengthen technique, and design skills to elevate the student's abilities to the next level.

Online classes are always near you, and now they are recorded so you won't miss a thing. If you don't see the jewelry class you want on the schedule, check out my Live, Interactive One-to-One Online Classes or Contact me at 717-445-5755 or by e-mail me at hgage1@ptd.net. I'm also available as a visiting instructor to teach classes at your guild, group, or art center — have carpet will travel.

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flower perfume bottle by holly gage

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flower perfume bottle by holly gage

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Live, Interactive Online Workshop
Nefertem Perfume Bottle: God of Perfume
Thursday, June 30 - July 28, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern

(5:00 Greenwich Mean, 12:00 PM Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)
(5) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
All levels of ability

$275

 

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The earliest use of perfume bottles is credited to the Egyptians with Nefertem being the god of perfume, beauty, and healing. Our lesson will focus on creating an original bottle design by using radial symmetry and balance concepts in our planning. We’ll start with a combustible core in which to form our hollow construction, apply a foot to the bottle, and a flange at the top. Repetitive design elements of varying sizes will be used in dry to dry construction techniques to decorate the surface of the bottle, and an ornamental bottle stopper and stem will finish it off elegantly. I think you will be surprised you can achieve complex construction with step-by-step instruction and proper planning.

Materials:
Art Clay Silver 25 g and PMC Sterling 925 25g  (we will mix to make our own 960, which s 50/50 of each clay),  texture sheets, Wood or cork clay, Elmer® Gel glue, 3M polishing papers, Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife-edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine, A block of polymer clay to make "props" for dimensional forms, Basic Tool Kit, Kiln.

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Lesson: Elegant Meadow Pods in Metal Clay

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Elegant Meadow Pods
Wednesday, June 29 - July 27, 2022
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Eastern
(10:00 pm Greenwich, 5:00 pm Central, 4:00 pm Mountain, 3:00 pm Pacific)
(5) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
All levels of ability

$255

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Nature has a wonderful way of inspiring us. If we look closely at the pods that are left behind by a flower or plant, we can see the beautiful symmetry of nature. Pods represent a renewal as it releases its seeds to start the life cycle anew. In this workshop, we will capture the elegance of pods and fashion them into jewelry. We will explore "constructing" pods that look realistic with texture. The detail in this method cannot be captured with merely painting slip on the surface, as this would only capture the basic form and capsulate the detail on the inside where no one can see it. Vines, leaves, and other plant forms will be explored as well.

 

Materials Needed: (1–2)  25g of Silver Clay of your choice, pods, leaves, stems, and a collection of natural textures; 2- part molding compound, 400 sandpaper, 3 M polishing papers, polishing cloth.
Basic tool kit, along with your favorite metal clays tools, textures, carving tools, combustible compound – wood clay, cork clay, or delight paper clay, Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife-edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine, Torch or Kiln. 25 g size restriction with torch use.

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Lesson: Making Innovative Prongs in Metal Clay

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Innovative Prong Solutions

Thursday, July 7 - August 11, 2022

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Eastern


(10:00 pm Greenwich, 5:00 pm Central, 4:00 pm Mountain, 3:00 pm Pacific)


(6) week group sessions

60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting


All levels of ability
$285

 


 

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Hmmm, how do you go about setting free-formed objects or stones? One method for setting irregularly shaped objects is by making your own hand-built prongs. Our exploratory trip will highlight innovative, handmade prongs solutions from Metal Clay, proper placement and structural consideration for the prongs, basic do’s and don'ts of prong making, as well as learning how to design with shrinkage in mind. Your finished piece will be of your own unique design inspired by your individual object or free-formed item of choice.
 

Bring your own irregular-shaped item for setting. The recommended size is between 20mm and 40mm.

 

Materials Needed: 50 g  PMC3 or low fire Art Clay Silver or 960 Sterling (which is a 50/50  mix of 25 g Art Clay or PMC3 and 25 g PMC Sterling 925), 3M polish paper, 400 grit sandpaper, polishing cloth, Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife-edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine, burnisher, your favorite metal clays tools, textures, Kiln.

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Reverse Bezel Setting with Holly Gage
Reverse Bezel Setting with Holly Gage

The influences of old Yorkshire architecture with richly detailed arches, towers, stained glass and gable windows meet modern interpretation as we explore making a graceful pendant balancing beautifully in motion. Our new explorations into kinetics will also include a reversible focal design, unique gem setting techniques, and the romance of pearls.

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reversible _opal_pendant

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Reverse Bezel Setting with Holly Gage
Reverse Bezel Setting with Holly Gage

The influences of old Yorkshire architecture with richly detailed arches, towers, stained glass and gable windows meet modern interpretation as we explore making a graceful pendant balancing beautifully in motion. Our new explorations into kinetics will also include a reversible focal design, unique gem setting techniques, and the romance of pearls.

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Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Romancing the Stone: Reverse Stone Setting
Monday, July 11 - August 15, 2022 (Skip July 18)

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Eastern

(10:00 pm Greenwich, 5:00 pm Central, 4:00 pm Mountain, 3:00 pm Pacific)
(5) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
$295




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Delicate gems need special treatment and an extra-special setting.  Many beautiful stones can not be fired in place, so when you wish to overlap the stone with details you add an additional challenge to the design of your piece. My solution is to set the gem from the back.  It may sound as if you have to design the whole piece backward, but this is not the case. Not only that, but you can even make a reversible pendant if you so desire and it is much easier than you might imagine! 

We will discuss a successful design to enhance the stone, bezel setting, tube bails, tube set gems, flush set gems, buds, snake charming, finishing techniques, and more. This is like my Bezel Setting Like a Pro Class on steroids!

 

Bring to class a 15 – 25 mm flat stone or faceted stone with a flat table or front surface. Beware of stones having a deep pavilion or back as they may not sit flat on the body. Other fire-in-place gems are optional.
 

Materials List: PMC 3 or Low fire Art Clay, Art Clay Paste Type® (Brand-specific), Glycerin, Fine silver bezel wire the height of the stone, Texture plate,  Extruder, and tube adapter, Carving tool or mini Dockyard® tools, Mascara brush (optional), 4 - 6 mm fire in place gem, Gem bur the size of the stone, Rotary tool, Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife-edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine for rotary tool, 3M radial bristle discs coarse to fine for silver to fit your rotary tool, Bezel rocker or burnisher,  Basic Tool Kit, Torch or Kiln. 25 g size restriction with torch use.

Looking for a Stone for your project? Christopher, my husband, cuts artisan Cultured Opals. His Auctions are from 10 am - 10 pm EST on Fridays.

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Live, Interactive Online Workshop
The Art of Designing Your Own Jewelry Line 
Tues., Aug 2  - Oct. 25 (skipping August. 23 & 30, Oct. 18)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern
(5:00 Greenwich Mean, 12:00 PM Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)

(10) week group sessions • 90 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
$450

All levels of ability

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Are you ready to make a line of jewelry of your own design? Pieces that can be identified as yours without your name next to it? Pieces that help you find the Voice inside longing to sing?

Our discussions include:

• Achieving cohesion in your work.

• Discussing jewelry themes; jewelry styles through the ages; color usage; technique usage;
  materials, and more to help you express your voice.

• How to research, explore, experiment, and discover while releasing preconceptions
  and boundaries of creativity.

• Assigned Creative Development homework for interpreting these concepts in your own work.

• Studying what makes a cohesive line of jewelry through the review of living artist examples.

• Creating  an artist statement to clarify your direction and purpose

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Bezel Set Like a Pro by Holly Gage

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Bezel Setting Like A Pro
Wednesday, August 3 - 17 & September 7, 2022
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Eastern
(11:00 pm Greenwich Mean, 5:00 pm Central, 4:00 pm Mountain, 3:00 pm Pacific)
(4) week group sessions • 60 min.
Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
All levels of ability
$195


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A fantastic stone needs a fantastic setting and in this workshop, that’s exactly what you’ll learn to make. The key to a professionally set stone is with good craftsmanship and a clean, and well-finished bezel. This 2-part firing method is clean and forgiving, so no soldering, no investment placeholder, no pull away from embedding the wire, no distortion, and the stone fits every time! During the class, you will learn design concepts surrounding the creation of a bezel for a stone of your choice using fine silver bezel wire. The bezel will be attached to a piece that has been designed and fired first. Afterward, you will attach the bezel to the rest of your piece and prepare for a second firing. Finally, the stone will be set and ready for the final touch. The result will have people wondering, “How did you do that?” So come and join me, and you too will be setting stones like a pro.

To prepare ahead for class, bring a stone or glass cab (approximately 15 mm – 30 mm). Faceted stones, cabs, or glass cabs welcome – please stay away from irregularly shaped stones until you gain confidence and experience with this technique.


"Evolved Design Exploration" will also be covered. It's a guided method of finding your motivation and pushing yourself to new levels of awareness and evolving your design to the next creative level. Your perceptions are sharpened and your imagination can develop beyond what was previously available by going deeper within.

Materials List:
Cabochon, 15 mm and up, PMC 3 or  Art Clay Fine Silver, Art Clay Paste® type  — brand specific, must be this brand), Glycerin, Fine Silver Bezel Wire —must go just above the curve of the stone or just above the height of a flat stone. Too high is better than too low. 26 – 30 gauge. (Up to a 15 mm stone, use a thinner gauge wire such as a 30 gauge. Larger stones use a thicker gauge wire such as 26 - 28. All, however, will work), 1/8 thick foam paper sponge applicator,
Black Sharpie® Fine Point Marker, 400 grit sandpaper, 3 M polishing Papers®, Polishing cloth,
Bench Block, Nylon, Plastic or Rawhide Mallet, Rotary tool Eve® Rubber Polishing Wheels and Knife-edge for Silver, Black (coarse), Blue (medium), Pink (fine) with mandrel for rotary tool
Barrel-shaped Diamond Bur, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine, Tweezers (Cross-lock Optional), Flat, round, and chain nose pliers, Flush cutters, Basic Metal Clay Tools, and Textures, Burnisher or bezel rocker, Torch or Kiln. (25 g size restriction with torch use)​

Looking for a Stone for your project? Christopher, my husband, cuts artisan Cultured Opals. His Auctions are from 10 am - 10 pm EST on Fridays.

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For both Live and Online classes you will receive confirmation, details about the class, materials needed, and cancellation policy. 
 

For Online Classes Only:

  1. Prior to class, I will send you a PDF file of the lesson.

  2. Students should arrive to Go to Meeting 5 mins. prior to the first class.

  3. Go to Meeting has a built in clock and it will keep track of time for us. 

  4. If you miss a class, don't worry, I now offer recordings of our sessions.

  5. Bring any creative development homework to the next session.

  6. Although we are all in the jewelry field with several questions, staying focused on the topic of the evening is suggested.

  7. Holly Gage cannot be held responsible for technical difficulties arising from Go to Meeting. Checked your equipment PRIOR to the start of our sessions together. Other people on your personal network may also impede the session, so it is recommended that only one person in your household should use the network at a time.

  8. Please turn off cell phones and other distractions during class. I set of headphones may be helpful.

  9. If technical difficulties prevent an individual from communicating during the group session or impede an entire session, I will communicate with that person after the session to rectify the problem. If technical difficulties disrupt the session, make-up time shall be added to the end of the session.

  10. Note: Please be considerate, your enrollment affects the run of the class, so cancellations less than 3 weeks will be non-refundable. In addition, once materials or the lesson has been given to you the class fee is non-refundable. Please be on time for class, and test your equipment prior to class as this affects all participants involved. I am happy to run a test with you
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