Boot Camp in Metals and Fire – Linda Searcy
Wildacres – August 21-27, 2017
After retirement from 20 years in information technology field, 6 years ago I found a new passion in jewelry making. After a year in wire work, I took metalsmith classes at several local craft centers and have been forging, soldering and fabricating mostly one-of-a-kind metal jewelry ever since. I continue to take classes and workshops from other artists and instructors to add to and enhance my repertoire of metalsmith techniques which include sawing/piercing, soldering, stone setting, enameling, chasing/repousse, casting, fold forming, and cold connections.
I have taught beginning jewelry metalsmith classes at the Durham Arts Council (Durham, NC) from September 2013 through March 2016 and the NCSU Crafts Center (Raleigh, NC) from July 2014 and will continue through the Spring semester 2017.
As a natural progression to jewelry making, in February 2013 I took my first lapidary class cutting cabochons/opals at the NC State University Crafts Center. Then I continued with my first faceting class at William Holland in May 2013. My first faceted gemstone in that class was a rutilated quartz – the gemstone was good enough to be selected for publication in the Lapidary Journal’s annual The Gemmys 2015.
See my website where I market both jewelry and lapidary work – http://www.lindasearcydesigns.com/ along with social media Facebook and Instagram.