Classes & Events

Please come see BMB Designs at: 

You can purchase my jewelry at the Metal Museum Gift Shop *and* at Arrow Creative in the Broad Ave Arts District. 

Open Studio Nights occur every Wednesday beginning at 6 pm. Open studio nights are $10 for use of the equipment from 6-10 pm and do not include guided learning time, but Brandy is available to demo, answer questions and assist.

 

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO OPEN STUDIO on: 

OPEN STUDIO NIGHTS ARE ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19

November 25th, 2020 (Happy Thanksgiving!)

 

Upcoming Classes:

We are beginning to reschedule classes that were cancelled due to COVID-19 and Shelter-in-Place requirements. I will update Arkansas Craft School classes as I have more information. (updated 8/3/2020) 

August 22nd  @ Memphis Botanic Gardens 10 am to 5 pm - Fold Forming - Leaves & Pods

Learn some basic metal manipulation techniques that will give your metalwork dimension and drama. You will create several pieces that can be made into jewelry or incorporated into other works. You’ll learn how to strike the metal to create different shapes and how to take a flat piece of copper and turn it into a voluminous shape.

Our focus will be on creating leaves of different shapes and sizes and pods that range from canoe to curling shapes. You’ll be working in copper, so there are practically limitless options for color on your finished pieces as well. You can use a torch to create a rainbow of color, a chemical dip to create a deep brown or blue, or shine it up to bright rosy copper.

All materials are provided to make several pendants and a pair of earrings. You will have extra metal to create additional pieces for use as décor or jewelry. You must have a cross peen or riveting hammer and steel block. Texture tools, specialty hammers, files, and shears will be shared, but you are welcome to bring them if you have them.

Tools can be purchased directly from the instructor at class time- please indicate when you sign up for the class if you will need to purchase tools to ensure proper stock. 901-636-4128 for more information or to register. $75 Members/$85 non-members. (Click the link above for the facebook event)

RESCHEDULED DATE : August 29th @ Arrow Creative - Kitchen Table Silversmithing- Chunky Chains

Perfect for the beginner that wants to learn small scale soldering skills for silver!

Learn to work with metal and create real, soldered silver jewelry with minimal investment! You'll learn basic metal handling, hand tools and soldering techniques (using a small, safe butane torch). Students will complete a necklace chain in class.

Beginner level silversmithing workshop. No experience necessary.

There will be an hour lunch break. Bring your own lunch or enjoy the restaurants in and around Broad Avenue.

Class Fee: $85 + Materials Fee: $50. All materials are included. (Includes sterling silver wire, jump rings, solder, studio consumables, use of specialty tools, and handouts.)

If students have the following, they're encouraged to bring them. (No worries! The instructor will have all of these for use.) - Micro torch (butane) and fuel, Soldering block, Jewelry files, Jewelry pliers, Hammers, Rawhide mallet

Link for registration HERE.

TBD @ Arrow Creative - Kitchen Table Silversmithing - Basic Bezel Making and Stone set Pendant

Learn how to add flat-backed stones called cabochons to silver jewelry. You'll learn about the different types of bezel wire, including gallery wire, how to fit a bezel to a stone, techniques for creating a full setting, finishing techniques, and ways to set the stone securely. Students should be able to complete a pendant with one bezel set stone in class. Link for registration coming soon

To Be Rescheduled -  Camp PMC Certification @ Arkansas Craft School

Join certified Camp PMC Instructor & Memphis based professional metalsmith Brandy Boyd for this Precious Metal Clay Certification course. This class consists of a total of 14 hours of instruction spread out over two days. Students will learn all of the fundamental skills required to work with metal clays and be successful with all PMC products. 

 

Students will make 5 projects including a pair of earrings with a fireable stone, a double textured pendant with syringe detail, wrapped beads, a sculpted toggle clasp and a wrapped ring with a fireable stone. The class will utilize PMC3, PMC Flex, and PMC OneFire 950 clays to ensure each student learns the appropriate usage of each type of clay.

 

Upon successful completion of projects and lecture time, students will take a short written test. Upon passing, each student will receive a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION from the Sawtooth School for Visual Art (Provided by the Instructor) and an 8% discount on all PMC clays at Clay Revolution and Rio Grande Jewelry Supply! Click the link in the title to register!

To be Rescheduled- Kitchen Table Silversmithing- The Basics @ Arkansas Craft School. 

This 2-day class includes my popular Chunky Chains workshop and Bezel set pendant workshop in one awesome weekend so you go home with a beautiful pendant and chain! It's a great intensive for those wanting to learn silversmithing techniques. Click on the link for all the deets!

TBD @ Arrow Creative- KTSS: Give me a hand 

In this ring making workshop, we will cover three different techniques for making rings using wire, using sheet, and creating C-ring bands to create rings that include a flat piece that could support cabochons. Students will complete a wire ring, a flat band ring, and a C-band ring in class. Link for registration coming soon

Private Classes

 

Don't see the class you want? Schedule a private class!

 

Birthday parties, girls' night out, or just a creative day with your friends, we can custom create a class for you. Let us know what you have in mind and we'll design a class that fits your plans *and* your skill level! We can even create classes that include all tools and supplies!

 

Email us today to get started!

 

Here's the fine print: These are grown-up classes, but we know some kids are pretty cool and want to make awesome art too.

 

Minimum ages: 16 and a parent or guardian must also attend.

 

For girls' night out classes- wine is welcome, but you must drink responsibly. We do not permit wine/beer/etc at hot work classes.

 

Food is also welcome at all classes- we have a fridge and a microwave on-site or there are several places nearby to order food from. Workshop classes include 45-60 minutes for lunch.

 

Also offering Art Clay certification classes for groups of 4 or more. Please inquire regarding details if interested.

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