Mokume Gane with the Masters Chris Ploof & James Binnion

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            • Mokume gane is one of the most challenging techniques in the field of jewelry making, but it doesn’t have to be! Over the course of five days, you will learn from TWO world-renowned jewelers the fundamentals necessary to start along the road to becoming a mokume gane master! Mokume gane--the technique of making wood grain–patterned metal--can add an incredible depth and beauty to your jewelry that can't be attained any other way. There's no short-cutting the creation of mokume gane and, in this class, you will jump-start your adventures with this technique by studying with Jim Binnion and Chris Ploof, two internationally recognized masters of mokume gane.

              Here's what you'll learn in this five-day class! NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class.

        • How to properly clean and prepare metal for creating mokume gane billets.

        • The secrets to preparing and firing a well-bonded billet in a kiln, and how to reduce it to usable stock using hand tools or a hydraulic press.

        • Discover what metals bond well with other metals, and what temperatures you should use.

        • Which metals are appropriate for mokume gane jewelry projects.

        • Discuss patterning, then get hands-on as you use a combination of burs and files, twisting and cutting to pattern your mokume stock.

        • How to make a seamless ring, a carved bangle and a matrix die pendant using mokume gane.

        A demonstration of working with Stainless Damascus a mokume gane type material. including soldering, safe etching and patina.     

        A ton of tips on safety and good studio practices from two guys who live at the bench!

         

         What you'll take home with you:

        • The pieces you make in class.

        • A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry making skills in new and exciting directions.

         

        And next, try a hydraulic forming class or, as Chris suggests, 'I think everyone should take a serious, in-depth blacksmithing/hotwork class!'

        It’s recommended to bring a comfortable pair of leather work gloves.

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      • Instructors: Chris Ploof and James Binnion

      • Tuition: $1,200.00 

         

        During the registration process, a $200 deposit is necessary to reserve your spot in the class. The remainder of tuition is due by the first day of class.

         

      • Dates:


 

Class Schedule
2019 CLASS SCHEDULE IS HERE & WE ARE NOW ENROLLING!! **AND** We Have Moved Into Our Beautiful New Campus ** KEEP CHECKING IN............MORE EXCITING CLASSES TO COME!



NASJ CORE CLASSES 


Graduate Bench Jeweler Program (12-week intensive program with Blaine Lewis)

 Aug 27-Nov 16, 2018-  CLASS GRADUATED - CONGRATULATIONS!!

Mar 4-May 24, 2019CLASS GRADUATED - CONGRATULATIONS!! 

Aug 26-Nov 15, 2019- CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List

 

Bench Comprehensive (5-day workshop with Blaine Lewis)

Jan 28-Feb 1, 2019CLASS COMPLETED

June 4-8, 2019- CLASS COMPLETED 

July 29-Aug 2, 2019CLASS COMPLETED

August 12-16, 2019- CLASS IN SESSION

 

Stone Setting Comprehensive (5-day workshop with Blaine Lewis)

Feb 4-8,2019 - CLASS COMPLETED

Feb 11-15, 2019 - CLASS COMPLETED

June 10-14, 2019 - CLASS COMPLETED

July 8-12, 2019CLASS COMPLETED              

July 15-19, 2019 - CLASS COMPLETED

Aug 5-9, 2019 - CLASS COMPLETED              

 

Advanced Stone Setting (5-day advanced workshop with Blaine Lewis)

 Feb 18-22, 2019 - CLASS COMPLETED

June 17-21, 2019- CLASS COMPLETED

 

 

**ADDITIONAL CLASSES with VISITING GUEST INSTRUCTORS:

 

Wax Carving

(5-day workshop with Kate Wolf 

Nov 18th-22nd, 2019- CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List 

 

 Mokume Gane with the Masters 

(5-day workshop with Chris Ploof & James Binnion 

October 21-25, 2019 - NOW ENROLLING - ONLY 1 Open Bench Left

 

 

ORNAMENTAL HAND ENGRAVING

(5-day workshop with Jason Marchiafava )

May 13th-17th, 2019 - CLASS COMPLETED

August 12th-16th, 2019CLASS IN SESSION 

 

Counter Sketching & Color Rendering

(5-day workshop with Remy Rotenier)

July 15th-19th, 2019- CLASS COMPLETED

 

 Advanced Jewelry Design and Rendering

(5-day workshop with Rémy Rotenier)

July 22nd-26th, 2019- CLASS COMPLETED

 

 The Fundamentals & Application of Chasing & Repoussé

(4-day workshop with Kimberly Vaughn)

August 5th - August 8th, 2019CLASS COMPLETED

 

Have a Question about any of our classes? Click What Class is Right For Me? or Feel free to give us a call

1-800-529-4763