Vivi Magoo LTD | The Dreamers and Doers | Anne Mitchell | October 9-13, 2017


Welcome to Vivi Magoo LTD:
Dream-It, Desire It, Design-It … The Doers!

As a designer and creator, how do you take an image or idea that captures your imagination all the way to a completed design?
In this three day intensive, each student will complete an advanced pendant and chain creation.

Prior to the first day of class, each student is asked to prepare a simple personal scrapbook of inspirational images, patterns, shapes and designs. These can be photographs, architectural details, elements from classical paintings or sculpture, maps, fonts, textures, fabric swatches, even patterns from the natural world, such as mineral, sea, plant and microscopic forms.  Ideas from these images will inform the student’s final piece as we move step-wise from conception to construction of the project.

The first day of class will be broken down into two sections.  The morning will be spent exploring ideas from student scrapbooks and from the instructor’s own idea book, selecting a concept or design motif, and designing and sketching the cartoon for the final pendant design. The student will consider the materials in their kit and together we will explore how to approach the piece using the techniques of fusing, riveting, texturing, sawing, stone setting, and using our materials of PMC, fine silver sheet, fine silver round wire and copper sheet. In the afternoon we will begin construction of the pendant utilizing the skills and materials that are the focus of the class.

On day two we will finish and refine the focal pendant while working through the challenges of implementing student designs, and working within the constraints of the materials and skills at hand.  The student will begin to see how subtle changes in the design are inevitable in the process and how these challenges can foster new ideas and problem solving skills.

During the afternoon of the second day we will embark on advanced chain-making adventures. We will deconstruct the techniques and requirements for more complex chain forms that include layering and mixing up link sizes, styles, shapes and wire gauges. Designing the chain is only half the fun; the real challenge comes from solving the puzzles of construction that advanced chain forms require. Some of the chain-making skills we will explore are fusing, hammering, shaping, and texturing.

On the final day students will create a closure for their piece and finalize the assembly of their work. We will work on patination and finish-polishing techniques that are the final flourishes in good craftsmanship that will transform the work into a gallery-ready masterpiece.


Each participant should optimally have an intermediate level of experience with fine silver fusing and basic metal smith techniques. Students should be comfortable using a hand-held butane torch, and have a basic understanding of the tools on a metal smith’s workbench such as various hammers, the bench block, jeweler’s saw and a variety of texturing tools.

Who should take this class?  

Ideal participants for this class are artists yearning to expand their skill base in working with fine silver and other metal techniques. We explore ways of thinking about design and the transformation of ideas into gallery-quality finished pieces of art jewelry, while working through the constraints, challenges and limitations of the materials and techniques.  The class environment will be a creative hive of open discussion and development of ideas, while we pound, hammer, bend, rivet and shape our visions into reality.

Kit Fee: $350.00

Kit fee includes:  

PMC-3, 12, 14 & 16 gauge fine silver round wire. fine silver sheet, fine silver bezel wire and copper sheet, fine silver tubing, a calibrated gemstone and cabochon (final gemstone choice depends on availability).

Student supply list:  

Each student can bring extra fine silver round wire in 16 & 14 gauge. The truly bold can bring along 12 and 10 gauge for their creations. Each student should also bring a 6 piece or 12 piece needle file set of (#2 or #4).

Instructor will provide:

Work station set-ups which consist of a torch, kiln brick, hammers, bench blocks, hand tools, saw frame and bench pin, PMC kiln and soldering stations.

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Welcome to Vivi Magoo LTD!

We’re so happy you’ve decided to travel to peaceful Round Top, Texas to take this very special trip with Barb, Erin and Anne!

The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell
Round Top, Texas

Monday, October 9th
-arrive at venue, check in and enjoy dinner-

Tuesday, October 10th – Thursday, October 12th
-start your day with a hearty country breakfast prepared by our favorite jack-of-all-trades, Danny, and the Prairie staff –
-full day of class where you will learn, create and be inspired-
-catered lunches and dinners-
-nightly happy hour-
-open studio in the evening-
-special evening presentation by Anne Mitchell-
-Vivi Magoo signature treats and gifts-

Friday, October 13th
-enjoy breakfast and check out at 11am-

Price includes meals, class fees, 4 nights of lodging in a semi-private room
as well as happy hours, treats and Vivi Magoo goodies!
Transportation and kit fees are not included.
***Please contact Erin at if you are interested in payment arrangements.***

Space is limited to the first 14 students, so be sure to reserve your spot quickly!

Please contact Barb or Erin with any questions or to discuss any special requests.
At Vivi Magoo, our goal is to have you return home feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and inspired by all that you’ve learned and experienced.  Let us know how we can make that happen!



Email questions or comments regarding changes or cancellations to

Cancellations prior to August 9, 2017 will incur a $150 processing fee.

Cancellations received on or after August 9, 2017 are non-refundable.

In the very rare event of an emergency or unavoidable natural disaster or act of God, a class may be cancelled. In this situation, all fees will be reimbursed.

I hereby release, waive, discharge, and covenant not to sue Solem’s Classic Interiors LLC (hereinafter referred to as releasees), its officers, employees, agents, and volunteers of any and all liability, claims, demands, causes of action whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, damage, injury, or death, that may be sustained by me. this waiver applies to the duration of my involvement with the retreat held by the releasee.

I will also agree to defend, indemnify and hold Solem’s Classic Interiors, LLC, its officials, employees, agents, and volunteers harmless from any liabilities, claims, injuries, damages, losses, lawsuits, judgements, and expenses associated with the acts or failure to act by me for the full duration of the retreat.

It is my express intent that the waiver and hold harmless provisions of this agreement shall survive my death and apply to all my agents, successors and assigns, heirs, and personal representatives.

Both parties agree to apply the laws of the state of Arizona and enter into binding arbitration if a dispute were to arise.

If any portion of this agreement is deemed unlawful or unenforceable then only that portion will be stricken and the remainder of the provisions will remain in force.

By moving forward with payment for this event, you are agreeing to the Terms of Agreement as described above.