Online Classes

Camp PMC Certification Online Class 101 – date tba

The online version of this class is only for students who have previously completed a previous certification class with PMC Connection. This is  a challenging class, therefore, to help insure the student’s success in the online version of the class, there needs to be a set of good foundation skills. (The in person version can be taken by anyone and will be scheduled once the social distancing and stay at home requirements allow for it.)

Contact me if you are interested in taking the online version of the class.

 

Finish it Friday – dates: April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29

Have some projects that you haven’t completed? Are you stuck? Is it a design issue? A technical issue? Or you just can’t seem to get inspired?

Join me for Finish it Friday. For the next few weeks I will open up a few time slots between 11am and 2pm Pacific time on Fridays to help you out. The sessions will be short but they will be focused on what you are working on… and they are free.

Contact me if you are interested in scheduling one of the sessions. 

In person classes in my studio are currently on hold. However I am scheduling a few online one-on-one classes as well as working on offering some other online classes.

METAL SMITHING AND METAL CLAY CLASSES

Classes in my studio are generally limited to three people. You can register or schedule classes by contacting me at studio @ donamiller.com or 406.210.0526. Watch here for upcoming classes or contact me with your interests.  

If you have a special class request or want to schedule a private or small group class contact me. A class list of many of the standard classes I teach can be found here to give you ideas. 

For more advanced classes, these are often taught one on one in my studio. So if there is a specific technique you want learn, or specific project you want help on, let me know and we can get that scheduled too. 

YOU CREATE SESSIONS 

If you have a specific project you would like to create, a wedding band, earrings with the beautiful stones you found at a gem show… We can do that too. These are generally scheduled as private sessions where I help you through the project, earning the skills specific to your project. Contact me at studio @ donamiller.com.

The Lifelong Learning Center – Missoula, MT

You can sign up for the following classes at The Lifelong Learning Center by going to their web page thelifelonglearningcenter.com or calling (406) 549-8765.

Basic Metal Smithing – May 2 – Cancelled

In this one day class you will learn how to: cut and pierce with a jewelers saw; use hammers to texture metal with all sorts of material, including stamps, wire, and even lace; and create cold connections using rivets and eyelets.  You will use these skills to cut designs in sheet metal, texture the metal and make connections to create at least one pendent.  We will be working with copper and silver.

Finishing and Polishing – May 9 – Cancelled

Learn how to make a professional statement with your jewelry. In this class you will learn how to use a flex shaft or Dremel to remove scratches, refine edges and surfaces, and to polish the metal to make it shine using a high polish finish. Your kit will include attachments for your Dremel or Flex Shaft so you can quickly add the skills to your work.

Bezel Set Ring – May 30 – Cancelled

Do you love interesting cabochon stones and rings? In this class you will learn how to create a ring for a large cabochon. Learn to select the correct size bezel wire, create and size the bezel to a cabochon, adjust the height of the cab, and set the cab with a clean, finished look.   Cabochons will be provided for class projects. Students are welcome to bring in their own stones to class.

Intro to Soldering – June 6 – Cancelled

Learn the basics of soldering to demystify and simplify the soldering process.  Learn about sweat soldering, butt soldering and pick soldering.  We will cover tips and tricks and common problems.  Learning this skill will open up a new world of opportunities for your jewelry making.  Go home with a new pendent or earrings to wear.

The Powder Horn Trading Company – Kalispell, MT

You can sign up for the following classes at The Powder Horn Trading Company by calling (406) 752-6669.

Spinner Ring Class – on hold

Create a spinner ring in Argentium Sterling Silver! Lean the basics of cutting, soldering, texturing, and forming a basic band ring in Argentium. This technique is the basis for many ring styles. In this class we will take it a step further and create a stack of rings that can then float around the main band to create a spinner ring, also known as a meditation or fidget ring. Leave with your new creation on your finger or make one for a friend.  You should have some experience with a torch and soldering for this class.

Sweetwater Mercantile – Hamilton, MT

You can sign up for the following classes at Sweetwater Mercantile by calling (406) 363-3215.

Forging, Fusing and Tube Setting, Oh My! Copper and silver pendant – on hold

Learn how to move metal to make organic shapes, fuse Argentium silver to copper and tube set a faceted stone. This is an intermediate project. We will start by hammering heavy copper to gain shaping, then fuse accent silver lines on to the pendant. We will finish with soldering tube settings and setting faceted stones. This is a whirlwind project, with lots of torch work.