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Building and Fabricating an Argentium Collection

October 2 - 7, 2022

Emily Shaffer  ·  emilyshafferstudio.com

Workshop at a glance

Discover argentium silver fabrication techniques, learn its advantages and disadvantages, and build a small collection of jewelry.


  • Annealing, soldering, and fusing
  • Granulation
  • Finishing


  • Argentium silver sheet
  • Wire


  • Build a small collection of jewelry using only argentium silver
  • Learn how to use argentium silver
  • Gain new design perspectives on building a small cohesive body of work

Artist Bio

Emily Shaffer owns and operates her own contemporary jewelry brand from her studio in Lincolnville, Maine. Originally from Pennsylvania, Emily received her BFA in crafts concentrating in fine metals and her BS in art education from Kutztown University. Her work can be seen at juried fine craft shows and galleries around the country. Shaffer is the recipient of the J. Allen Pawling Craft Memorial Award, an American Craft Week 30 Under 30 Rising Star, a 2017 Halstead Grant Top 5 Finalist, and the 2018 Halstead Grant Winner.
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Workshop Description

During this workshop students will use fabrication techniques to create a variety of jewelry forms using argentium silver, which is a silver alloy containing interesting and magical properties of germanium. You will discover that argentium is tarnish resistant, more adaptable, fuses beautifully, and does not firescale when used properly. Participants will learn more about these exciting properties and put them to use. Class demonstrations will include annealing, granulation, soldering, and fusing. You will add function to your argentium pieces with effective, handmade clasps and earring hooks that will ultimately turn your creations into a small, cohesive collection of jewelry. Finishing techniques will also be explored. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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