We have an exciting announcement from Bette Barnet! Tevel at Allcraft has decided to offer a discounted Keum Boo package of tools and supplies. Everything in this package has been hand-selected by Bette for its effectiveness in working with Keum Boo on steel. The package includes:
Ultralite Beehive kiln — this is a small bench top kiln that makes keum boo a breeze, particularly on steel. It’s also great for enameling. (Bette will be demonstrating how to use this kiln as an optional approach for Keum Boo in her Anneville class).
Controller for the kiln—a big plus when you need to regulate the heat for various metals (and avoid cooking your hand!).
Agate burnisher with metal handle — Bette's favorite burnisher for tapping down the foil and burnishing out bubbles.
Tungsten carbide burnisher — essential tool for burnishing and keeping the foil from bonding to the burnisher (which can happen with steel burnishers).
Agate Sword Burnisher — a wood handled agate burnisher with just the right shape for allover smoothing and bonding.
Round brass brush with wooden handle — great for pressing the foil into all the nooks and crannies.
Silver foil — 4” x 4” sheet. Works brilliantly on steel.
Gold foil — $10 off a full sheet and $5 off a half sheet.
Tevel is offering this Keum Boo package for $249.95, a 10% savings off the regular price. If you’re interested, just give Tevel at Allcraft a call at (800) 645-7124 and tell Tevel you’re one of Bette's students or heard about it through her. If you have any questions please contact Bette Barnett by email via her website at studiomigoto.com/contact or call Tevel directly.
Our first MAAAA was great fun with about 30 participants sharing an hour of jewelry metal arts tips, samples, updates, resources and community. In this episode: Tip Test: a clever technique for cutting tubing using a flexshaft. Handy for making spikes too! Work that Wowed Us: two ingenious pendants with chisel texturing, precision filed edges and flush-set stones made under home quarantine (without a torch!) by Janet Ross (Houston, Tx). What's on Anne's Bench: Anne shows off the gorgeous Monterey Cypress wood box custom made by Earl Bushey to house her newest mokume gane vessel. What's on Your Bench?: Student Joanne Hein shows off some of her home quarantine mokume gane pendants and earrings while Kathe Dunn shares her 2020 MASSC Challenge entry, a large copper pendant with set stones. Ask Anne: Anne Wolf and Deb Jemmott weigh in on a great question from Monica Cardone about using the "Sharpie Technique" for determining if a piece is annealed. Extra Segment: We also gratefully acknowledge the mask sewing work of several of our participants. If you missed it live you can still catch up by watching it below or by heading over to our YouTube channel where you can give us a Like and subscribe to catch future episodes!
While spacesuits might not be too practical to implement, please know that we are brainstorming like mad to come up with ways to move forward. There is a lot of talk about acceptable levels of risk out there. Well, the "acceptable" number of students getting COVID in our space is zero, so we will not be opening the Lab if there is a risk to the people involved. Seeing Jean's and Karen's smiling faces makes me realize even more how much I miss all of you. That is one reason why we are starting MAAA (Metal Arts Adventures with Anne) on Thursday nights. We want to get back to the great community of the Lab - right now that needs to happen online, because we care about you. We also have more online classes in the works, and I look forward to talking with all of you on Thursday nights about what you might like to see added to the schedule. - Anne
Our All Craft Tool Sale on January 17th was a spectacular success. Before we could even get everything out of the boxes we had excited shoppers arriving. The tables in the lab groaned under the weight of bezel blocks, exotic hammers in all shapes and sizes, professional ring sizing sets, shaping blocks, mandrels, precision compasses, wax carving tools, burr sets, shaping blocks and tons more. Meanwhile over in Anne's Studio, buyers chatted happily as they poured over whisper-thin micro files, chasing hammers and boxes upon boxes of pliers in every size and shape imaginable. In addition to the tools, Anne and Tevel circulated through each room consulting on tool uses and throwing out jewelry making tips and tricks. Did I mention that the hallways were also packed with goodies from giant bracelet mandrels to patinas, saw blade sets and jewelry books? At 2:30 the fabulous Bette Barnett arrived to amaze us all with a free Keum Boo demo where she showed us how to use the exquisite gold and silver foil Tevel had on sale. Even though I helped set up, every time I turned around I saw something new out on a table. From all of the frantic shopping and sheepish grins as people left clutching their finds, it was clear that everyone really enjoyed it. Including us, at the end of it all we couldn't idly sit by and watch Tevel take everything back so we kept a few boxes on consignment. Stayed tuned for a Store update! And if you missed the fun, never fear, we're already working on when Tevel can return.
What a year! From an empty room and a lot of scribbling on a notepad in October of 2018, we created a fully-equipped metals lab that over the last year has hosted 30 classes taught by 6 different teachers. We've held 14 open studio events, fielded a team of makers to the San Diego County Fair (winning over a dozen ribbons), developed our student base to over 140 and hosted 3 student sales. We also organized a Shop & Swap tool & materials fundraiser collecting $520 for the Jewish Family Services’ Downtown Migrant Center and we sponsored 4 blood drives, collecting 41 donations. Behind those numbers is an intangible that was actually our biggest goal - a friendly, metal arts community. Through births, deaths, accidents, illnesses and politics we've come together to help each other and, in the process, we've learned that the Lab is a lot of things to a lot of people. We're deeply grateful and humbled by the amazing support we've gotten to make this all happen. So here's hoping that 2020 brings you strong saw blades, powerful pickle, and clean solder seams. Happy New Year and thanks for watching!
To better accommodate our 9-5ers and folks needing childcare, we've added a new day and tweaked our schedule to offer more Saturday workshops. Our new Lab hours will be:
Morning 10-1 pm
Afternoon 2-5 pm
Evening 6-9 pm
Please note we close from 1-2pm and 5-9pm.
Morning 10-1 pm
Afternoon 2-5 pm
Note that we close from 1-2pm.
When planning your Open Lab time, do remember that holidays and special events can lead to closures so check our Calendar.
We had a wonderful turnout for our first Anneville Jewelry Lab Student Sale on Friday, June 7th. We were blessed with good weather and (thanks to Anne's swift action) a great location on a patio right near the Jewelry Lab. Our student artists created appealing displays of their own items and then worked together to quickly create an inviting, u-shaped exhibit that well represented the Lab as an organization. We were a bit concerned by the late-breaking detail that we'd have no electricity (gah!) but we gathered up our camping lights and bravely continued. Meanwhile, up in the Lab, Anne did some mokume gane patterning demos and we had a great time seeing old friends and meeting new ones. We were thrilled by a visit from our new instructor, Alexandra Hart as well as our dear friend Helen Shirk (each accompanied by their handsome beaus). It was great to see students from the lab and different classes coming together to meet for the first time. I'm so impressed by how much work and thoughtfulness everyone put in to making this event a success. Be sure to view our fun photos.
June 7th, 2019 • 5-9pm
Pop Up Market • Live Concerts • Craft Beer Garden
Our students are busily working on their Spring jewelry collections and we're super excited to be hosting our first Jewelry Lab Student Sale! Come meet our student makers and browse their beautiful, handmade jewelry & gifts in the outdoor bazaar. We'll also be open in the Lab where Anne Wolf will be doing live Japanese metalworking demos and you can even try your hand - just follow the sound of hammering upstairs in Barracks 15. Totally free and fun for the whole family. Live demos at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Get directions.
Pendant by Alyssa Ihle, pendant by Cindy McQuade, Mokume gane rings by Karen Rood and Karen working on a square wire bracelet in The Lab. Click any image for a larger view.
As Anne was preparing for SNAG (the Society of North American Goldsmiths annual conference), I finally had a chance to go through my photos and put together our first brochure. The primary job of any brochure is to clearly communicate one's offerings and carry the brand message, so that was my main goal. Conceptually, I really wanted to highlight the community that we're working to create here at the Jewelry Lab. To that end, I was thrilled with some of the photos I've been getting with our new Canon 80D and put them to good use (although several images are just iPhone 6 shots - can you tell which are which?). A third imperative was to make our brochure more than simply a marketing tool. We knew wanted to make it something fun and useful so people would want to put it right up on their studio wall, and I think we succeeded.
See more of her work at AlexandraHart.com.
We are really thrilled to be hosting Alexandra "Alix" Hart for an class in July and our students are already very excited.
Using and promoting responsibly sourced and recycled precious materials, fine art jewelry designer-goldsmith and sculptor Alexandra Hart creates one of a kind and limited edition couture art-jewelry. With both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Art and Metalsmithing, with fashion and production experience designing for Karl Lagerfeld and Givenchy fashion jewelry, and fine jewelry design and manufacturing for Barbara Heinrich Studio, she has expertise in the avant-garde, fashion design and high-end goldsmithing.
It is my greatest desire to create work that adds value and contributes positively to the world. My designs celebrate the power and beauty of nature."
Alix will be teaching Hollow form and Anti-Clastic Raising at Anneville Jewelry Lab July 10-Aug 14, 2019 in a 6 week series on Wednesdays from 6-9pm. Learn the basic concepts and techniques perfected by Georg Jensen and later Hekki Seppa of hollow forming and anti-clastic hammering to create two finished jewelry projects: a pendant and bracelet. Get to know and control the movement of the metal using the most fundamental and direct techniques of a few hammers and forms. Beginners can learn every step in the process- soldering is not required, and intermediate and advanced can expand the projects to their own levels. Register.
See more of her work at AlexandraHart.com.
Over 35 attendees stopped by our March 1st Friday Night Liberty to watch Anne and Julie demonstrate their ingeniously unique metalworking techniques. Julie started things off with her unconventional torch-fired enamels. She wowed visitors with the transformation of white powdered glass into colorful, organic patterns. Meanwhile Anne showed off her fascinating hido quench trick for transforming normal metal into brilliant red gradients. Read on for photos!
We were blessed with fantastic weather for our visit from the San Diego Bloodmobile today! We had set our goals pretty high and didn't quite hit them, but that gives us room to improve. All in all, 9 civic-minded donors participated and we collected 8 pints of blood saving 24 lives. We also valiantly ate a lot of leftover donuts (we somehow managed to choke them down). A big thank you to everyone who donated or shared the news about the Anneville and Friends Blood Drive. We feel so fortunate to be a part of the Liberty Station community and it was great fun to walk around handing out flyers and meeting people. Shout out to our friends at the Mingei Cafe and the Hot Spot! I also want to thank the fabulous Leslie Eagan at the San Diego Blood Bank. From the custom flyers to parking assistance, she was fantastic to work with.
We had a lovely time on Friday night visiting with old friends Guadalupe and her handsome beau who were out celebrating their anniversary. All-in-all about 20 people wandered through checking out The Lab and watching Anne's live goldsmithing demos - she even finished a client ring order! Join us next month when we'll be featuring our new instructor, Julie Monroe. Hopefully we can talk her into doing some live demos of her amazing torch-fired enamel techniques ... stay tuned!
Monday, February 11th, 11am-4:30pm
With the recent winter storms shutting down transportation across the country, blood donation centers have asked for help from the San Diego Blood Bank. If you are a donor or know of someone who can donate, please help us meet our goal of 30 donations on 2/11/19. This is a great opportunity to help people across the country in a non-financial way. Making an appointment in advance will help us plan for donuts. Make your appointment | Get directions.
We were thrilled to welcome over 50 guests to celebrate the Anneville Jewelry Lab Grand Opening last night at January's Friday Night Liberty. We saw old friends, made new ones, Anne did jewelry demos and we had a festive, New Year's themed raffle for one of Anne's handmade mokume gane brooches. The lucky winner was Deanna! Thank you so much to our great volunteer helpers Kathy and Diana and to all of you who came out on a cold night to celebrate the achievement of a vision that Anne first had several years ago - that of launching her own jewelry teaching space. Here's to the year ahead, may it be filled with the happy ringing of hammers!
As we close out 2018 we want to wish you and your family a very merry Solstice, a merry Christmas, a happy Kwanzaa and a joyous New Year. From England to Japan to a whole new business endeavor, 2018 has been a whirlwind. We hope that the holidays bring you peaceful joy and that you share our excitement for the coming year. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays.
December heralded the opening of Anneville Jewelry Lab with our Lab Warming on December 7th and many equipment additions and lab improvements. We installed our state-of-the-art Durabull ventilation system, we got our fancy online registration system up and running with all of our class offerings listed, we put in a stylish new lobby rug, we installed our high-speed wi-fi, and we now have a fabulous glass display case to show off the completed jewelry and metalwork of our members. We also conducted 15 safety orientations, booked 30 hours of user lab time and sold out one of our 2019 classes!
Friday January 4th, 5-9pm
We're thrilled to announce that Anneville Jewelry Lab is now officially open! We've been working hard on San Diego's newest jewelry maker co-work space so come by and help us celebrate with music, nibbles & sips and a raffle with all sorts of cool prizes (including free passes!). We'll also be offering exclusive memberships and discounted packages so you can ring in the New Year by making your art a priority. At The Jewelry Lab you'll find a space dedicated to creative focus and stocked with the top notch equipment needed to hone your craft. But Anneville is more than tools, it's a friendly, growing metal arts community. So stop by to have a look and help us celebrate!
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.