Swarovski will sponsor a day-long program of workshops at the 2014 MJSA Expo New York, all focusing on techniques for creating crystal jewelry and accessories. Featuring Nick Regine, star of the "Professor of Crystal" educational series running on YouTube and in MJSA Journal, the workshops will run March 10 in the Expo’s third-floor demonstration area.
The sessions will cover:
The Basics of Making Crystal Jewelry
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Explore myriad techniques in beading and jewelry making, learn the tools of the trade, and use them to create imaginative designs using Swarovski crystals. Topics include, working with memory wire, the basics of stringing, and crimping, and professional finishing techniques.
The Basics of Soldering Crystal
1 to 3 p.m.
With its high heat and potential to turn jewelry parts into glistening puddles, soldering poses challenges to the beginning jeweler. Learn the basics of of the craft, and how to apply them to create professional-looking jewelry with Swarovski cupchain and stone set findings.
Working with Ceramic Epoxy Clay
4 to 5:30 p.m
With its ability to be sculpted and its range of colors, ceramic epoxy clay opens a new world for jewelry design. Using Swarovski crystals and Ceralun two-part epoxy clay, learn professional tips and tricks for molding imaginative 3-D designs with creatively textured surfaces.
The soldering session is limited to 10 participants; the others can accommodate up to 25. Swarovski will provide materials and tools for all demonstrations; participants should bring reading/magnification glasses if needed.
Pre-registration is required, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a $25 registration fee for each session. Registration will be available soon. For updates, click here, or e-mail MJSA.