Susan Lenar

Containing a Stone – Bezel Format

Thursday, November 14, 2019
10am – 4pm

Classroom: 203
Class Fee: $180 (non-refundable)
Kit Fee: $45, pay teacher at class
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Consider this thought provoking and exploratory method to contain a stone using my traditional and non traditional process of stone setting. You will emerge with beautiful ring or pendant that is characteristic to your own personal style.

Build layers and learn techniques for constructing unique jewelry. Your choice of sterling silver bezel wire-filigree, crown, serrated or traditional to add individuality and charm to your work.

In this hands on workshop, you will build and strengthen soldering skills using metalworking techniques to build a box bezel out of sterling silver and unique attachment.

Use a combination of hard, medium and EZ solder in this process. Learn practical metal cleanup and polish, filing, sanding and finishing to create a small wearable talismans amulet of stone and metal worn for strength.

Use my method of patinas to create a brushed steel vibe or chose your own. Complete your component or charm in class to wear.

Special Instructions for Students (what they need to bring)
jewelers saw- size 3 blade), bench pin, chain nose, needle nose pliers, wire snips, awl, chain nose and needle nose pliers, burnisher, small file, optional-magnifiers, tweezers, optional- stone

I will have your supplies to finish a piece. you can bring extra silver 24 gauge sheet and or 16, 12 gauge silver round wire.

Skill level: all levels





Building Boxes – Jewelry Format

Friday, November 15, 2019
10am – 4pm

Classroom: 203
Class Fee: $180 (non-refundable)
Kit Fee: $45, pay teacher at class
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Throughout history, Talismans and prayer boxes have been worn purposely and used to enhance and bring the qualities, prayers or specific intentions imbedded into these boxes into fruition. These boxes and containers are constructed into beautiful, purposeful and wearable adornment to be carried for protection, power and love. The repetition of wearing a prayer box embeds the intentions deeply and profoundly into the wearers life.

In this workshop learn the practical skills of of building a dimensional sterling silver box form by soldering and constructing a pendant or ring, as time allows, as well as keeping intention and embedding your personal and powerful Talismans.

Also use symbolism throughout the medium of silver wire, thread, objects and shredded ribbon.

Techniques to be covered include soldering with hard, medium and EZ solder, sweat soldering, building a hollow form, piercing with jewelers saw, clean up and finish work. Intermediate students can bring and add a stone.

Special Instructions for Students (what they need to bring)
Please bring- chain and round nose pliers, wire snips, small flat file 01 or similar, jewelers saw, 03 blade (or close), bench pin, awl, Extra tools- optional-magnifiers, small non asbestos soldering pad, tweezers, torch head, bring a stone

Skill level: intermediate





Caging Industrial Jewelry – Hollow Forms

Saturday, November 16, 2019
10am – 1pm

Classroom: 203
Class Fee: $95 (non-refundable)
Kit Fee: $25, pay teacher at class
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The cage form is a strong element in my finished work to produce a strong industrial vibe. This is not a cold wrap but instead a beautifully constructed and soldered wires to show case an object with wire but not cover the object up.

I build this shape often because of its unique industrial structure and strength that it offers as a component and as a container and hollow form Talisman. The construction is perfect to add in multiples because of its use of positive and negative space.

To begin, understand the process and technique of combining filigree bezel wire, round silver wire and sheet metal which flow and receive solder at a different temperatures of heat. Learn techniques to Solder using hard, medium and EZ to complete your piece.

Secondary, use this workshop to explore shape, ideas and structure to build your own unique small wearable relic.

In this 6 hour hands on workshop expect to learn and polish up on proper metalworking techniques for soldering, shaping and clean up. Discover some short cuts and ideal techniques for teaching soldering in the classroom.

Special Instructions for Students (what they need to bring)
Please Bring-Pliers- round and chain nose, Wire snips, tin snips. File 01
(or similar) extended supply- Optional tools- Magnifiers, small non asbestos soldering block, (I can bring one if you do not have it) tweezers, awl,

Skill level: all levels





I am a builder of Talismans Jewelry. I spent many years traveling in remote and urban areas all over the world and found a fascination in culture, ancient adornment and Talismans. This core concept is used at the base of my work along with altered objects as jewelry and set in silver by fusing, soldering and cold joins. I build urban street jewelry and adornment and challenge myself to provide my viewer with a story about real life.

Because I am a trained artist and not a silversmith, I approach metal in a nontraditional way to explore and push the boundaries.

My recent work is participating in Milan Fashion week with Italian Vouge Accessories where I won an international award and had over fifteen write ups on my new work, RELIC + RUNE.

slenarkazmer@gmail.com