Silver-Wear I & II

Silver-Wear I & II – Jan & Keith Stephens

William Holland – June 9-14, 2019

Jan and Keith will be offering a combination class of Silver-Wear 1 and Silver-Wear 2. Keith will teach Silver-Wear 1 for those students who are new to the art and Jan will teach Silver-Wear 2 for those who have taken their Silver-Wear 1 class and are ready to move on to the intermediate level projects.

“Silver-Wear” 1
Students will recycle vintage Silver plated flatware into beautiful “Silver-Wear” Jewelry. They will learn cold forming techniques, polishing, buffing, basic wire wrapping, texturizing, stamping, using patina, making simple cold connections and other metal working skills.

“Silver-Wear” 2
Move your “Silver-Wear” skills to the next level in this new and exciting intermediate level course. Building on the skills learned in “Silver-Wear” I, this class will take the student further in creative design and embellishment including shaping, stone capturing, and other artful enhancements.

For both classes
The lab fee covers all materials for the required projects, consumable supplies and the use of specialized tools for the course. If desired, finer metals, gemstones and findings will be available at additional costs. The instructors will also have optional silverware pieces, tools and supplies available for purchase, at fair market prices, for completing extra projects at the school or at home.

On Thursday and Friday, if required projects are complete, students will have the opportunity to develop their own unique designs using the skills they have learned during the week. At this time, students are allowed to bring to class their own collections of silverware, (either Sterling or Silver plate) or they can purchase additional silverware and supplies (Sterling or Silver Plate) from the instructors at fair market prices.

Students may need to use vision magnification to see clearly. Otherwise, all you need to bring with you is creativity and imagination for this unique, fun-filled class.

Lab Fee: $195
Material Fees: $0
Prerequisites: Silver-Wear I – None; Silver-Wear II – Silver-Wear I

Jan Stephens Bio-

Jan has a diverse arts background that includes classical piano, interior design, watercolor and acrylic painting, textile creations, and ultimately jewelry design. For the past 17 years she has used freeform creativity and an artistic flair to create her one-of-a-kind, improvisational pieces. She displays her designs on her website  She has been featured in several magazines including Southern DistinctionStep-By-Step Wire Jewelry and Bead and Button magazines. She lives in Winter Garden, Florida and has been teaching wire jewelry classes for the past 15 years at many locations including her own Wrapsody Jewelry Studio located in Winter Garden Florida, the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, Creative Journeys Art and Design Center in Buford, GA, the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education, the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Athens Technical College-Department of Continuing Education, Ann Peden Studios, Watkinsville, GA, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC., Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, NC., the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, Deland, FL and other locations.  Jan attained degrees in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Educational Administration from the University of Central Florida, Brenau University and the University of Georgia. She retired with a thirty-six year career as a professional educator and refined trainer, and now melds her teaching expertise, intuition and distinctive design talents to provide an optimum training environment to grow beginning or intermediate students into advanced creators of wire jewelry art. Her classes are an entertaining and educational experience where students take wire wrapping, forming and design skills as well as beautiful creations with them at the end of each course.