Students will learn skills to make beaded wire link chains, clasps and findings. Soldering and correct tool use will be practiced. Many functions will be explored from necklaces to earrings, bracelets, anklets and belly chains to ear cuffs and hat bands. You may incorporate your collections of travel trinkets, beads, buttons, and gems or purchase at wholesale prices from the instructor. A $10 lab fee covers cost of consumables.
This workshop is for students from beginner to master who want to learn this ancient Greek technique of wire link beaded chains, design and make their own clasps and findings, and take their skills using tools in both hand and torch work to a new level!
Linda Van Hart fell in love with metalsmithing while taking graduate classes from John T. Fix at Towson University in Maryland. She apprenticed with goldsmith Douglas R. Leganhousen formerly of Kirk Steiff in Baltimore. In the early 80s, her jewelry business developed side by side with designing and teaching several levels of jewelry classes at then Western Maryland now McDaniel College. Linda is The Visual Arts Coordinator for Common Ground on The Hill with summer arts camps at McDaniel in early July that offers a rich metalsmithing program. National Art Education Association recognized her teaching excellence and arts advocacy by naming her “National Art Educator of The Year”. Linda shows in East Coast galleries and juried craft shows and is in both American and European collections.