SilverSmithingClass.com

★★★★★
  • 3834 E 82nd St.

    Indianapolis, IN 46240

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  • 317-755-0095

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I took a beginning Silversmithing class from teacher David Lee Smith earlier this year. I had done a bit of soldering and was eager to gain some new skills and actually make a bezel-set piece of jewelry, so I saved up the price of the 2-day class tuition and materials, and hoped it would be useful and take my skills to the next level.
Well, the class certainly did that. I got a solid introduction to the craft of silversmithing in a two full-day long course that had me: measuring, cutting, soldering, and filing my first bezel; soldering the bezel to the support plate; pickling and quenching hot metal; creating textures on metal with various hammers; fabricating accents like "rope" (twisted) wire and silver balls/granules and soldering them to the jewelry; fabricating a bail for my pendant; setting my hand-picked stone; and cleaning and polishing the finished product. I left the class with a pendant that I wear with pride, and when I get (frequent) compliments on my pendant I love being able to say "I made it"!
Dave Smith is a really good teacher. He packed the class with demonstrations, gave everyone plenty of personal attention, answered our nonstop questions, and never stopped reminding us to be safe with our equipment, materials, and chemicals. To top it all off, when the class was over, he gave us a DVD with a ton of content, running the gamut from reviewing what we did in the class to giving advice and wisdom about marketing and selling our jewelry if we should want to go that route.
I left the class fired up about silversmithing. I've been devouring books about metal ever since and have just about burnt up my first charcoal brick with all of my experiments. I am getting just confident enough to know I now need to take in the next level of learning, so I am planning to register soon for an advanced silversmithing class with Dave Smith. I know I will get a solid chunk of learning compacted into a very brief time, come away from class with some more jewelry I love, and feel ready to create more demanding, skilled work with silver.

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I took a beginning Silversmithing class from teacher David Lee Smith earlier this year. I had done a bit of soldering and was eager to gain some new skills and actually make a bezel-set piece of jewelry, so I saved up the price of the 2-day class tuition and materials, and hoped it would be useful and take my skills to the next level.
Well, the class certainly did that. I got a solid introduction to the craft of silversmithing in a two full-day long course that had me: measuring, cutting, soldering, and filing my first bezel; soldering the bezel to the support plate; pickling and quenching hot metal; creating textures on metal with various hammers; fabricating accents like "rope" (twisted) wire and silver balls/granules and soldering them to the jewelry; fabricating a bail for my pendant; setting my hand-picked stone; and cleaning and polishing the finished product. I left the class with a pendant that I wear with pride, and when I get (frequent) compliments on my pendant I love being able to say "I made it"!
Dave Smith is a really good teacher. He packed the class with demonstrations, gave everyone plenty of personal attention, answered our nonstop questions, and never stopped reminding us to be safe with our equipment, materials, and chemicals. To top it all off, when the class was over, he gave us a DVD with a ton of content, running the gamut from reviewing what we did in the class to giving advice and wisdom about marketing and selling our jewelry if we should want to go that route.
I left the class fired up about silversmithing. I've been devouring books about metal ever since and have just about burnt up my first charcoal brick with all of my experiments. I am getting just confident enough to know I now need to take in the next level of learning, so I am planning to register soon for an advanced silversmithing class with Dave Smith. I know I will get a solid chunk of learning compacted into a very brief time, come away from class with some more jewelry I love, and feel ready to create more demanding, skilled work with silver.

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I went into this class thinking it would be very tedious, something fun to try, probably make something cool, but not anything I would try again. My main objective was to learn about soldering without having to invest money in tools/materials I might never use again.
Dave is a great teacher. The class was nonstop education. It was a lot of info on selling, techniques, tips, etc. Never did I feel rushed or bogged down. Dave took a great amount of time individually helping each of us. Answering even unrelated questions. He showed us ways to make silver smiting fast (big fan) and profitable.
I completed 2 projects, and felt confident enough to help a couple other students a bit. I am in awe of my projects, and although they are not my usual aesthetic, I love them, and will now set up a space to do more pieces, combining the techniques I learned with some enameling techniques.
I can't rave about Dave enough. He is so organized, calm, patient and funny. He is safety conscious and critiques your work by teaching you what you could do better. He makes you feel confident in what you are doing.
If you get the chance, take his class. I can't wait for the advanced ones.

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I went into this class thinking it would be very tedious, something fun to try, probably make something cool, but not anything I would try again. My main objective was to learn about soldering without having to invest money in tools/materials I might never use again.
Dave is a great teacher. The class was nonstop education. It was a lot of info on selling, techniques, tips, etc. Never did I feel rushed or bogged down. Dave took a great amount of time individually helping each of us. Answering even unrelated questions. He showed us ways to make silver smiting fast (big fan) and profitable.
I completed 2 projects, and felt confident enough to help a couple other students a bit. I am in awe of my projects, and although they are not my usual aesthetic, I love them, and will now set up a space to do more pieces, combining the techniques I learned with some enameling techniques.
I can't rave about Dave enough. He is so organized, calm, patient and funny. He is safety conscious and critiques your work by teaching you what you could do better. He makes you feel confident in what you are doing.
If you get the chance, take his class. I can't wait for the advanced ones.

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