Diane Cook | A Beautiful Dilemma | Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 | 9 am until 4 pm


These bracelets are an ode to what seems like my life, A Beautiful Dilemma.  As I sit down at my work bench, I will often begin by grabbing parts & pieces of past projects, or projects in the works.  Next, I’ll pull down several boxes that are chocked full of gorgeous gemstones, gathered in anticipation of using them in my next creations!  What fun I have traveling down this ever familiar winding road, full of so many twists & turns.  And then, before I know it, I am done!

So now I am here, at the end of another beautiful journey (dilemma).  I have been anxiously waiting for you to join me, as I share my ever “stretching & evolving” gilding with solder technique, along with a special way to embed an amazonite split into your design, if you so desire.  How fun is that?  You will then be able to use a choice of wonderful templates that will help guide you in designing a one of a kind bracelet.

I think you’re going to love making these as much as I have.  Not to mention, they are really fun to wear!

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Instructor: Diane Cook

Date of Class: 02/02/2017

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Student Level: All

Type (project-oriented or techniques-oriented): Project-oriented

Class Fee: $145

Kit Fee: $20 (payable to instructor at class time and includes the use of the following tools):

Ammonite Splits-one set

Synthetic Steel Wool, 000

Dremel Tool & Bits

Face Masks & Disposable Gloves

Metal Design, Letter & Rubber Stamps

Texture Hammers, Chisels & Brass Mallets

Heavy Duty Cutters & Disc Cutter

Patina Solutions & Finishing Wax

Solder Cleaner & Sealer

5 Torching/Soldering Stations that will include:

Micro Torches & Fuel

Sterling Solid Wire Solder, Lead-Free

Water Soluble Lead Free Flux

Flux Brushes, Solder Pick & Long Nose Plier

Soldering Block, Heat Resistant Surface & Quenching Bowls

Safety Glasses


Student Supply List:

Nickel Silver, Jewelers Bronze, Brass or Copper Sheet Metal, 20 or 22 gauge, at least 4”x4” piece

Nickel Silver, Jewelers Bronze, Brass or Copper Sheet Metal, 24 gauge, at least 4”x4” piece

Sterling Silver, Jewelers Bronze, Brass, or Copper Wire, 24, 22, 20 gauges for wire wrapping (whatever size fits the size of your gemstones or beads).  PLEASE patina WIRE only before class!

Jewelers Saw & Blades (#3/0, 4/0 or whatever size you like to use)

V-Slot Bench Pin & Clamp

Metal Jewelry Files, #2 (half-round or flat)

Needle Files

Flush Cutters

Pliers, Chain-Nose, Flat-Nose, Round Nose

Nylon Jaw Bracelet Bending Pliers

Metal Hole Punch Pliers, 1.80, 1.50 or 1.25mm

Ball Peen Hammer

Rawhide or Plastic Mallet

Steel Bench Block

Bench Pad or Rubber Bench Block

Foam Sanding Pads or Block, Fine Grit or at your local hardware store

Beading Wire

Crimping Pliers

Crimp Tubes & Crimp Covers, example and example

Bead Stoppers

Metal Awl or Scribe

Black Permanent Marker, Ultra-Fine

Ruler & Scissors

Optional Supply List:

Metal Shears

Etched Metal, Brass, Copper or Nickel Silver, 22 gauge (Not oxidized.  I will have some for sale in class)

Various components to complete your bracelet, such as:  rough hammered gemstones, beads, freshwater pearls, oxidized crystal rondells, vintage rhinestone connectors and/or clasps, and brass findings (I will have some of these goodies for sale in class).  I used a mixture of sizes of stones & beads, approx. 4-10mm.

Micro Torch (I will have 4 in class, but bring your own if you don’t want to wait — Butane Mighty Micro-Torch)

Beading Mat

Cut Lube (if you use it)

Work Light (battery operated suggested or bring an extension cord)

Optivisors (if needed)

Earplugs (if needed)


Instructor Email Address: rosajosies@yahoo.com

Instructor Website: www.rosaandjosies.net