Silversmithing

The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, BEGIN IT. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

John Anster

BJMC

Do you want to make jewelry? Do you want knowledge to take away? If you want to know the skill so you can apply it to your own work, you are ready for a jewelry course that focuses on your creative goals.

JOE’S GARAGE CORE METALS COURSES

Basic Jewelry Metals teaches a complete series of foundational Jewelry Metals techniques with 40 hours over 10 weeks of instruction and studio time, including projects, technique samplers, and design challenges.

Learn silversmithing techniques in a garage studio dubbed the best place to base a zombie apocalypse.

J. M. CRASH COURSE

The Jewelry Metals CRASH Course at JOE’S Garage is 24 intensive hours of private instruction in metal arts. You will learn a broad array of basic jewelry metals skills, many of which are covered in the BJMC I & II, to apply to your own work. Expand your creative reach toward your financial or self-actualizing goals.

Every effort will be made to instruct in the student’s preferred area of interest.

COMMUNITY ED JEWELRY METALS

GROW your knowledge of metalsmithing in this special JOE’S Garage Basic Jewelry Metals Course. Learn foundational skills essential for all who create in elemental metals. 

Mid-year special!

USE THIS AS THE PREREQUISITE TO BJMC 2

Don’t miss out on taking the BJMC 2, beginning in April! Take this New Community Ed fast-track course to learn the most important lessons from the BJMC 1, usually 20 hours of instruction, it has been economically condensed to 6 hours, saving you time and money.

Get the tips and resources that you will need to get your own studio up and running. Complete 3 Metals Projects, each designed to further your skills fast, while preparing you for the full BJMC 2 spring term.

Private Instruction

Work one-on-one to create a lasting work in silver.

A jewelry dream begins with a spark of desire, an idea of form or function, and is made a reality with the right tools and guidance.

Make this anything you need to further your craft. Contact me for a personal studio tour.

January at JOE'S

It’s a new year, a new decade, and a fresh time to feed your right brain. Get ready because great things are beginning. Couples are encouraged, bring the kids, find your ME zone, or share with friends! There are many ways to add value to your life at JOE’S Garage—February will bring cozy crafts. Watch for what interests you and register to reserve your spot. Class sizes are always small, personal attention is what it’s about.

Japanese Apron

February 5, 2020, 6PM

You’ve been to  JOE’S Garage. Jewelry is probably not your only thing. I get that, I’m like that, too. When the jewelry studio is a bit chilly I focus on cozy things.
Sewing is one of those things for me. Aprons really work, and I love a functional apron, that protects and carries, and looks good while doing it. Jewelry designers, as well as cooks, crafters, shoppers, and gardeners, will love my Japanese Apron! Its no-closure design, straight seams, and easy construction, make it a pleasure to sew. The design is one of my favorites, a stylish wardrobe go-to in 100% linen, making it beautiful and incredibly durable.

Wear your apron with jeans and a T just for fashion.  Choose from two solid colors: Sand Dove, and Blue Autumn. Please request other colors if you have a preference! Share the Japanese Apron Facebook Event with your sewing friends. 

Once you complete your Japanese Apron, you may be interested in a new EMBROIDERY PRIMERMarch 18, 6PM, offered through ComEd. Crewel embroidery is fast and unfussy. Learn key stitches in this class, and then use them to charm the pants off your apron! Apron charming not required!

If you are receiving this as an email it is because of the great time we had together at JOE’S Garage, or through a mutual meeting of creativity and sharing that helped you find your way to my list. It’s all in the MAKING, and I thank you for your past support!

Egg Gathering Apron

Egg apron

Join me in making this practical Egg Gathering Apron, though a Sioux Falls Community Ed class that I will be guiding. In 2 afternoons you will get instruction on creating the parts and assembling the pockets and ties. But mostly, we can talk CHICKEN, community, and how to be part of what’s good in this world.

The pattern will be available at class, but can be found online for free at Heart Hook Home. I recommend checking it out. Ashlea Konecny has been widely published for her homey site, her husbands recipes, and her loving HEART support.

The Mitten

Wrap and Turn

This is for those working on the traditional Scandinavian mitten pattern as new Knitter’s.

As an alternative to a Purl row, and to stabilize the point where you turn your work inside out.

Continue knitting—no purling necessary!

A New Spin

It could be said that Spinner Rings have been the backbone of JOE’S Garages jewelry classes. Over the years there have been many basic styles, with countless opportunities on which to head into another design direction. My students and commission requests have been inventive and daring. Not everything became a reality, and many of my techniques have evolved.

I still use standard plumbing copper pipe as my go-to base. It’s always nice when this can be a recycled piece =] I have tried several ways of flaring. Currently I flare with a large dapping punch. The spinners have always supplied the most opportunity for design, but recently I have begun adding color through enameling. The flared shank is unusually stable and makes an excellent base for enameling, and the colors set off the spinners beautifully!

Here are a few of my favorites:

See also this Spinner story.

What could be better than Flowers AND Jewelry?

A JOE’S Garage gift card is a reproduction of an original watercolor in a hand stamped sleeve—filled with $ to spend on

Finished JEWELRY & CLASSES at JOE’S Garage!

$10-50 of creativity will be wrapped in a rose petal envelope ready for giving, and can be used anytime on jewelry and JOE’S Garage classes.

Currently these limited edition gift cards are available for pick up at my Studio.

Can’t stop by? Get a JOE’S Garage E-gift card right now!

TOP 10 Things to do at OPEN STUDIO

OPEN STUDIOS are for you, students of JOE’S Garage. Use the tools you know, connect with other artists (like yourself), and leave the expense out of this fun you-time out!

Consider doing this at an OPEN STUDIO:

  1. Put the finishing touches on ANY JOE’S Garage class project because you couldn’t finish in time since Natalie has parameter challenges.
  2. Go for a TUMBLE, because it’s so darn fun to clean ANY silver jewelry with steel pellets!
  3. GLOW in the Creative Vibe.
  4. Add a brand spanking new satin finish to a dingy old charm.
  5. LISTEN to Imagine Dragons Pandora Station.
  6. ROUND out ANY ring while taking out your pent up frustrations, with the use of one of the Studio’s Featured Mallets.
  7. FIX or REPLACE jump rings and clasps on ALL your jewelry. I have lots of chain, clasps, & ear wires. Do it DIY or do it Old School: BUY IT.
  8. RESET a stone.
  9. RE-CREATE a lost earring, or make a charm bracelet with all your Onesies.
  10. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS? I can make a brooch with a handmade PIN BACK!

Or, make something completely NEW! I can set you up!

Check the calendar for the next OPEN STUDIO.

Classes pictured above: Aluminum Kisses,
Enameled Wave Spinner, Forever Bracelet.

C’mon, Gang!

C’mon, GANG! Give me everything you’ve got. Load up on arm candy in every flavor. Ganging up textures and maximizing mass is artistically satisfying, and just plain FUN!

Shown from left : Twisted Loop Cuff silver, and copper, Tapered Finial Cuff, Etched Clasp/Catch Clasp Collectibles, Crash Bangle, One-Off Bracelet, Ball + Loop Bangles, Knotted Cord, and Charm Tapered Finial Cuff.

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved to wear multiples. Rings, bracelets, anklets, or necklaces seem to enjoy being together…on my wrist, or ankle, or wherever. It started with braided plastic gymp, embroidery floss, and thongs (be careful with that one!). But the aesthetic was not restricted to hobby store materials, it worked even better the higher up the precious scale you could climb. Pop culture chains, or fine jewelry pearls, equally got better when hanging out together.

Hope Milner, Bohemian Bracelets

In checking out Etsy offerings I found the lovely Hope Milner, owner of Bohemian Bracelets. She has a charming business story and a focused collection of bracelets that would play wonderfully with …everything I own!

I chose this bracelet group not only because it has an inspired palette, and had that Bohemian Je ne sais quoi that I love, but also because it comes as a set, and when not used as the striking 10-stack ensemble, I imagined how it would perfect a silver bangle grouping, with just the right amount of frosting. Just keep adding bohemian bands until you’re in Nirvana.

They are surprisingly reasonably priced. Check out her entire line!

10 Stretch Bracelets

10 Stretch Bracelets by Hope Milner

Ross + Simons caught my eye with their BOLO BRACELETS. you know how I can’t resist a little drape and dangle—many in their collection had both. For me this is a good example of what I’ve been missing, and I’m glad I stumbled on it. I now see that Riogrande.com does carry slider clasps, so we may have to travel a little further down this path.

When I searched for Lisa Leonard bracelets to stack on PINTEREST; because I love her, her story, her artistic style… I found her wonderful stacking children’s name rings—which I do love, but chose to don blinders for this BRACELET story.

I continued to  Pinterest’s suggestion of Lizzy James bracelets. These wrap bracelets have everything I love: a little textural contrast, a rugged yet feminine brutalisms, and even a little dangle in the Handmade tag. I also like that they use some very creative knotting without overdoing it…such a simple, yet important balance. I’d love to pair this with my INSIDE THE BOXCHAIN bracelet!

Community education in Sioux Falls is offering about 11 different bracelet classes in their Summer Catalog (see a PDF of the current catalog here) from various artist instructors. 

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Acorn19/Bead Co.’s Ladder Bracelet Class through Sioux Falls Community Ed, with instructor and store owner Melanie Erickson, is coming up!

Her store has been in downtown Sioux Falls for 19 years, and is where I began having faith in my own jewelry design. Look for her on Etsy, and Facebook.

Several of the Community Ed projects can be either bracelets or necklaces. I speak FLEXIBLE—bring it on! One of my favorite jewelry situations is to multi-wrap a necklace into a bracelet. I will also use magnetic clasps so one long strand is comprised of a bracelet, an anklet, and a short necklace as in the <a href=”http://<a href=”http://

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When you GANG UP is it with leather and metals, beads and chains, found objects and fabric strips? Let the creativity flow!

If you have a favorite gang, snap a pic and I’ll post it here!

Thanks for viewing!

Much love and precious elemental dreams,

Natalie