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Squash Blossom Necklace with Danny Wade!

Squash Blossom Necklace with Danny Wade!

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This workshop is being held live and in-person
at our Texas studio!

Can't make the trip?
Live online seats will be available at this link!

We are thrilled to be welcoming our good friend Danny Wade back to the studio for this iconic Squash Blossom project! This three day workshop will cover a lot of metalsmithing ground, including how to make bench beads (also known as Navajo pearls), the squash blossom elements, and the central naja. We'll use decorative stamps for embellishment and a hydraulic press with specialty dies and forming tools to create a dimensional naja element. Along the way, Danny will share the history and meaning behind these beautiful necklaces.

This workshop is fast-paced and fabrication intensive, and is best suited for intermediate to advanced students who have solid soldering and sawing skillsAnd as an added bonus, the entire class will be recorded and you'll get 30 days access to the same videos our online participants will get... at no additional cost!

Absolutely everything necessary to complete the project is provided in this workshop – all tools, materials, and equipment! Bring a pen and notebook for note-taking and eye magnification if required, but otherwise just come and have fun!

Information about taking workshops with us
can be found at this link.

Workshop fee (non-taxable): $650

Materials fee (taxable): $225
(taxable and payable in the workshop)


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
February 24, 25 & 26, 2023
9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily


Note: We recommend bringing your own eye magnification to help you see as clearly as possible while working. Because these needs are so personal, it's impossible for us to have the right thing on hand for every student. Need help with this? Call the studio or send us an email!


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About Danny Wade

Danny began his creative career as an apprentice bench jeweler more than 20 years ago, learning design and repair of fine jewelry. He subsequently moved from his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he worked for IJS for over a decade. Among other things, he learned how be an industrial tool and die maker manufacturing jewelry findings on a mass scale and was introduced to the art of lapidary work, eventually working at a commercial level sourcing new material and having it cut in the USA, China and Mexico. He also worked with 3M Abrasives in developing systems for use in lapidary, many of which are in use today. As IJS VP of Marketing, Danny traveled around the United States and internationally, giving him a unique insight into the needs of makers in the industry and trends, innovations, and techniques being explored by both individual makers and large scale manufacturers.

Danny also worked for DHF selling precious metal and working with the technical side of the sputtering targets division. This experience helped him develop an understanding of alloying and large-scale casting uncommon in the industry.

Today he operates his own company, Ferro Valley Tools, which manufactures handmade tools for jewelry makers. He is constantly looking for ways to expand production capability and to innovate in the design and creation of tools specific to the jewelry trade. He has a social media following numbering in the thousands and recently began teaching the art of stamping and metal embellishment due to overwhelming demand. Danny’s tools and stones have been featured in books, trade magazines, online forums and groups, influencing jewelers and lapidarists all over the world.

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