Cocktail Party! Creating Picks for Drinks and Appetizers

Course Description

About this course

In this fun and festive workshop, students will create a variety of simple silver drink and appetizer picks and related items perfect for a cocktail party or just everyday use.  Make singles, make sets, make mixes and matches!  After some instructor demonstrations, students will fabricate a couple of practice pieces in copper utilizing the torch, cutting and forming tools, flex shaft, and imagination for design and then progress to designing and fabricating the “real” ones.  This course is designed for everyone—for the novice to the experienced.   Argentium silver will be used in this course for its tarnish resisting and fusing qualities.  Some soldering will also be taught for those pieces that might require it.   After the final finishing steps of filing and tumbling, students can go home and have a party! 

Meet the Instructor

Wendy Jo New

"Growing up, I always was mesmerized by sparkling gemstones and metals and I often incorporate something illuminating into my designs. Whether or not I intricately plan a jewelry piece in advance of producing it or just spontaneously fabricate one as I go along, the result is inevitably something that is unique with a contemporary flair that complements, rather than overwhelms, a wearer. When designing jewelry or other metal work, I always think about whether I would wear it, use it, and/or display it. Anyone who knows me sees a reflection of me in what I design.

I produce fine contemporary jewelry and other metal designs primarily in the precious metals of silver, argentium, gold, and/or palladium. These are often further defined with the addition of texturing, gemstones and other unique lapidary, or resin inlay. I also manufacture photo-etched metal cover plates which may be attached to journals or framed. Larger etchings are used in buildings as entry door logos, addresses, and the like.

In addition to participating in art shows, sales, and doing commission work, I love providing instruction in jewelry design and metal fabrication.  My work can be seen and purchased at galleries and stores, as well as in my own online store.  Designing and fabricating engagement and wedding bands and other jewelry, often with people's stones, is particularly meaningful to me."


Materials & Tools 

There is a $30 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit include copper and Argentium wire as well as argentium solder. 

Students should bring 
  • Sharpie
  • Notebook
  • Apron



Materials Cost



Wendy Jo New


June 8, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

All Levels
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