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Jewelry Classes in the San Francisco Bay Area | Sharon Z Jewelry

Jewelry Classes in the San Francisco Bay Area  | DIY Jewelry in San Francisco | Sharon Z Jewelry

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Flush Setting - Intermediate Jewelry Class
Jun
25
5:00 PM17:00

Flush Setting - Intermediate Jewelry Class

Would you like to add sparkle and dazzle to your work? in this 3 hour workshop, Sharon Z demystifies the flush setting process and walks you through it step by step. By the end of this class, you'll understand the process and gain confidence in your skills. Silver and Cubic Zirconia will be provided for you for practice. Feel free to bring in your current projects that you'd like to add flush set stones to.

This class is for people with some jewelry experience who are looking to expand their skills.

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Stamped Dog Tag Necklace - DIY Jewelry Classes
Jul
11
5:30 PM17:30

Stamped Dog Tag Necklace - DIY Jewelry Classes

Come and learn some fun and basic jewelry-making skills in an easy-going atmosphere. Each of my classes lets you express your creativity while learning new things. This stamping class is a great way to get started with jewelry! Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Register below - up to 5 spots available!

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Build Your Own Stacking Rings - Jewelry Class - San Francisco
Jul
13
5:00 PM17:00

Build Your Own Stacking Rings - Jewelry Class - San Francisco

Get ready to jump start your creativity and learn something new! You’ll leave my stacking ring workshops bursting with ideas and feeling thrilled by your new-found skills. I provide a fun, inclusive and easy learning atmosphere in my downtown San Francisco studio space.

Pick your date and time from the list below, sign up, pay and you’re in!

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Flush Setting - Intermediate Jewelry Class
Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Flush Setting - Intermediate Jewelry Class

Would you like to add sparkle and dazzle to your work? in this 3 hour workshop, Sharon Z demystifies the flush setting process and walks you through it step by step. By the end of this class, you'll understand the process and gain confidence in your skills. Silver and Cubic Zirconia will be provided for you for practice. Feel free to bring in your current projects that you'd like to add flush set stones to.

This class is for people with some jewelry experience who are looking to expand their skills.

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Build Your Own Stacking Rings - Jewelry lessons
Jul
25
5:30 PM17:30

Build Your Own Stacking Rings - Jewelry lessons

Get ready to jump start your creativity and learn something new! You’ll leave this stacking ring workshops bursting with ideas and feeling thrilled by your new-found skills. I provide a fun, inclusive and easy learning atmosphere in my downtown San Francisco studio space.

Pick your date and time from the list below, sign up, pay and you’re in!

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Stamped Dog Tag Necklace - DIY Jewelry Classes
Aug
8
5:30 PM17:30

Stamped Dog Tag Necklace - DIY Jewelry Classes

Come and learn some fun and basic jewelry-making skills in an easy-going atmosphere. Each of my classes lets you express your creativity while learning new things. This stamping class is a great way to get started with jewelry! Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Register below - up to 5 spots available!

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Chain making 101 with Sharon Z - a weekend jewelry workshop
Aug
10
to Aug 11

Chain making 101 with Sharon Z - a weekend jewelry workshop

Chain making is soothing and meditative. Step by step, link by link, you can make an entire bracelet or even a necklace in a single class. Learn how to shape a jump ring, how to calculate how much metal to use and how to add texture, shape and interest to make your chain your very own. Learn tips and tricks to create ease in the process. We will cover two essential techniques - single link chain making and loop in loop chain making.

The price of the class is $350, and the materials fee is $25. Pay in advance for the class, and bring $25 cash, check or Venmo on the day of your class. Sign up below!

  • 3.5 hours each day, 7 hours total

  • Open to all levels - perfect for beginners!

  • Max of 9 students, minimum of 3

  • All tools, hair ties, and safety goggles will be provided. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and closed-toed shoes to protect your feet.

Cut off for class sign up is 72 hours in advance of the workshop.


Contact Sharon if you have any questions about this workshop.

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Flush Setting - Intermediate Jewelry Class
Aug
14
5:00 PM17:00

Flush Setting - Intermediate Jewelry Class

Would you like to add sparkle and dazzle to your work? in this 3 hour workshop, Sharon Z demystifies the flush setting process and walks you through it step by step. By the end of this class, you'll understand the process and gain confidence in your skills. Silver and Cubic Zirconia will be provided for you for practice. Feel free to bring in your current projects that you'd like to add flush set stones to.

This class is for people with some jewelry experience who are looking to expand their skills.

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Aug
17
to Aug 18

Bezel set ring making with Sharon Z - a weekend jewelry class

What is a bezel? A bezel is a strip of metal that wraps around a stone and holds it in place. They can be plain or decorative, smooth or rugged, even and perfect, or organic and off-beat. The basic construction and process though, almost always starts the same way - with a special stone that you pick out, and a design that speaks to you.

Sometimes I’ll be at a show and someone will look at a piece. They will marvel at how it even gets made. I have to admit that it seems magical at times, even to me. Bezel settings were one of the most mysterious things in jewelry before I took my first class - how did they do that? In this workshop, we’ll be breaking down and demystifying how to build a bezel setting and set a ring step-by-step. This workshop is open to all students, though we recommend having some comfort and experience with a jewelers torch. Not sure if you have the necessary experience? Contact Sharon in advance to find out!

  • The price of the class is $375, and the materials fee is $50. Pay in advance for the class, and bring $50 cash, check or Venmo on the day of your class.

  • The class includes all silver and a semi-precious stone for setting. Rose quartz, garnet and agate and more will be available, and students will be able to select their own from our collection.

  • 3.5 hours each day, 7 hours total

  • All tools, hair ties, and safety goggles will be provided. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and closed-toed shoes to protect your feet.

  • Max of 9 students, minimum of 3

  • Cut off for class sign up is 72 hours in advance of the class.

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Wax Carving Workshop - Jewelry Lessons
Aug
17
2:30 PM14:30

Wax Carving Workshop - Jewelry Lessons

Wax carving is a fun and easy way to learn how to make jewelry. In this class you will carve a ring, learn about sizing and apply all kinds of textures. Learn all kinds of tools that you cna use to carve wax from home!

Your waxes will be cast in sterling silver, finished by Sharon Z and then sent to you after the class.

Hear what people are saying about this class:

Even though I have been off the bench for a bit, Sharon brought me quickly up to speed. Her teaching style is outstanding, clear and direct - she empowered me to create a beautiful ring. She is generous with her knowledge ready to impart new skills to the willing artisan. Her lovely studio setting made me feel very comfortable, especially since it is a certified green business - indeed she is a good earth citizen ☺ I truly felt that I was reunited with an old friend, I enjoyed the class very much and will definitely return for future classes.
— Michelle H.
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Build Your Own Stacking Rings - Jewelry Classes in the Heart of San Francisco
Aug
24
2:00 PM14:00

Build Your Own Stacking Rings - Jewelry Classes in the Heart of San Francisco

Get ready to jump start your creativity and learn something new! You’ll leave my stacking ring workshops bursting with ideas and feeling thrilled by your new-found skills. I provide a fun, inclusive and easy learning atmosphere in my downtown San Francisco studio space.

Pick your date and time from the list below, sign up, pay and you’re in!

Oh my I had so much fun at this ring stacking class with Sharon Zimmerman! I’ve made a ton of things in my life but I was still kind of intimidated when Sharon told me we would be making five stacking rings from scratch. She immediately put my mind (and hands) at ease! She demonstrated each step and gave me plenty of instructions so I felt confident during every step. I was so excited to see my finished set of rings! My husband asked me 3 times “you made those?” which made me feel like they must have looked very professional. Sharon is a great teacher and made the class extra fun - she even provides snacks :)
— — Rebecca S.
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Sprues and Molds with Jena Hounshell
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Sprues and Molds with Jena Hounshell

Join master caster and mold maker Jena Hounshell for a weekend course about the mold-making and spruing process to turn yourself into a Spruru™ (Sprue Guru)! Learn to design your jewelry pieces with molds and sprues in mind. Where to place your sprue can impact how well your casting turns out, and incorporating a sprue into your wax carving can make a huge difference in the ease of your work. Get actionable instruction that you can incorporate into your designs!

Students are encouraged to bring 1-2 pieces that they will want to mold for reproduction. The class includes one finished mold that they will get to take home. Some additional tools will be available for purchase. Each class is 3.5 hours and will be 10am - 1:30pm each day.

This class is geared towards students with basic wax carving and jewelry-making skills. Prerequisite is prior wax carving experience, or our intro to Wax Carving Workshop. Wondering if you have the requisite wax skills? Contact Sharon to find out if this is the right class for you.

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About the Instructor

Jena Hounshell is a Bay Area-based caster with 15 years of casting experience. After receiving a BFA from the University of Washington in 2005, she worked as an apprentice at a precious metal foundry in Seattle. In 2012 she opened her own casting shop in San Francisco and has since been servicing fine jewelers, designers and metal workers across the country. She approaches casting with a technical eye, an appreciation for design, and a commitment to craft.

Wondering if your piece is appropriate for creating a mold? Contact Jena directly to find out.




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Wax Carving Workshop - Jewelry Lessons
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Wax Carving Workshop - Jewelry Lessons

Wax carving is a fun and easy way to learn how to make jewelry. In this class you will carve a ring, learn about sizing and apply all kinds of textures. Learn all kinds of tools that you can use to carve wax from home!

Your waxes will be cast in sterling silver, finished by Sharon Z and then sent to you after the class.

Hear what people are saying about this class:

”Even though I have been off the bench for a bit, Sharon brought me quickly up to speed. Her teaching style is outstanding, clear and direct - she empowered me to create a beautiful ring. She is generous with her knowledge ready to impart new skills to the willing artisan. Her lovely studio setting made me feel very comfortable, especially since it is a certified green business - indeed she is a good earth citizen ☺ I truly felt that I was reunited with an old friend, I enjoyed the class very much and will definitely return for future classes.
—Michelle H.

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DIY Nose Ring or Nose Stud Workshop
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

DIY Nose Ring or Nose Stud Workshop

Make your own Nose ring or nose stud out of solid 14 karat gold! I'll walk you through every step - from designing, to shaping, to texturing and finishing. You'll leave with a finished piece that you've made yourself!

Don't have your nose pierced? No problem. These studs and rings can be used in your ear piercings too! And this workshop is full of possible add-ons - upgrade to 18 karat gold, add a diamond, make a pair instead of a single. Select from the following menu.

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Stamped Dog Tag Necklace - DIY Jewelry Classes
Jun
7
5:30 PM17:30

Stamped Dog Tag Necklace - DIY Jewelry Classes

Come and learn some fun and basic jewelry-making skills in an easy-going atmosphere. Each of my classes lets you express your creativity while learning new things. This stamping class is a great way to get started with jewelry! Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Register below - up to 5 spots available!

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Flush Setting - Intermediate Jewelry Class
Jun
5
5:00 PM17:00

Flush Setting - Intermediate Jewelry Class

Would you like to add sparkle and dazzle to your work? in this 3 hour workshop, Sharon Z demystifies the flush setting process and walks you through it step by step. By the end of this class, you'll understand the process and gain confidence in your skills. Silver and Cubic Zirconia will be provided for you for practice. Feel free to bring in your current projects that you'd like to add flush set stones to.

This class is for people with some jewelry experience who are looking to expand their skills.

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Wax Carving Workshop - Jewelry Lessons
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Wax Carving Workshop - Jewelry Lessons

Learn fun tips and tricks for carving wax. In this workshop, you’ll get tons of hands-on time to carve your own piece of of jewelry (Pick a ring or a pendant) and let your creativity flow! Students will walk away with a deeper understanding of how to carve a 3D object, and will receive their cast and finished piece 5-10 days after the class. All materials are included in the price of the class.

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DIY Nose Ring and Hoop Earrings Workshop - Jewelry Class
May
18
2:30 PM14:30

DIY Nose Ring and Hoop Earrings Workshop - Jewelry Class

Make your own Nose ring or nose stud out of solid 14 karat gold! I'll walk you through every step - from designing, to shaping, to texturing and finishing. You'll leave with a finished piece that you've made yourself! Don't have your nose pierced? No problem. These studs and rings can be used in your ear piercings too! And this workshop is full of possible add-ons - upgrade to 18 karat gold, add a diamond, make a pair instead of a single.

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Build Your Own Stacking Rings - Semi-private Jewelry Lessons
May
18
10:30 AM10:30

Build Your Own Stacking Rings - Semi-private Jewelry Lessons

Get ready to jump start your creativity and learn something new! You’ll leave my stacking ring workshops bursting with ideas and feeling thrilled by your new-found skills. I provide a fun, inclusive and easy learning atmosphere in my downtown San Francisco studio space.

Pick your date and time from the list below, sign up, pay and you’re in!

Limit 2 people per class.

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DIY Nose Ring or Nose Stud Workshop
May
11
2:00 PM14:00

DIY Nose Ring or Nose Stud Workshop

Make your own Nose ring or nose stud out of solid 14 karat gold! I'll walk you through every step - from designing, to shaping, to texturing and finishing. You'll leave with a finished piece that you've made yourself!

Don't have your nose pierced? No problem. These studs and rings can be used in your ear piercings too! And this workshop is full of possible add-ons - upgrade to 18 karat gold, add a diamond, make a pair instead of a single. Select from the following menu.

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Build Your Own Stacking Ring - Semi-private Jewelry Lessons
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Build Your Own Stacking Ring - Semi-private Jewelry Lessons

Get ready to jump start your creativity and learn something new! You’ll leave my stacking ring workshops bursting with ideas and feeling thrilled by your new-found skills. I provide a fun, inclusive and easy learning atmosphere in my downtown San Francisco studio space.

Pick your date and time from the list below, sign up, pay and you’re in!

Limit 2 people per class.

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Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Beginning Jewelry Making with Sharon Z Jewelry

Using a pair of pliers and some easy-to-find objects, students will learn how to make their own ear wires and clasps to make their own inspired jewelry from San Francisco jeweler Sharon Zimmerman. In this class, you will learn how to form ear wires, make clasps and jump rings using essential metalworking techniques. Learn how your ideas go from paper to reality through what we in the jewelry world call cold connections (no torch needed!). These are techniques you'll be able to take out of the classroom and practice at home. You'll leave with a finished pair of dangle earrings, one clasp, and a pendant, plus tons of ideas for future projects. This 2.5-hour workshop includes all materials, snacks and beverages.

Where: Jenny Lemons in the Mission
3043 24th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110

When: February 24th, 1-3:30 pm

Tickets: $85

How Do I Sign Up? Click here to register - https://www.verlocal.com/pages/payment_page?listing_id=35406&dt=2019-02-24&tab=about_page&hb=t&tc=ffb6c1

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