Monday, July 21, 2014

New Jewelry Classes at HammerSpace

We just added even MORE jewelry-related metal working classes to the HammerSpace class calendar!
Sign up for any of these classes while you still can by calling (913) 686-6562 or email your sign up request to hammerspacehobby @ gmail to receive confirmation. Here's what's coming up...

Tuesday, July 22nd, 6 :30pm:
Metal Stamping & Textured Pendants
This class will teach you about basic hand tools, their usage and safety, and jewelry making techniques in order to create your very own individualized pendants for yourself or for great gifts to friends and family! You will learn: letter stamping, decorative wire stamping, hammer texturing, drilling holes and basic finishing techniques (filing, sanding and polishing). During the class, you will have time to practice and make 2 pendants.
Ages: 10 & up
Cost: $30 per person
(includes practice metal & 2 blank metal charms (in Sterling Silver, Copper and/or Brass).
Instructor: Sydney Pener (a local metalsmith artist and professor)
Optional - Additional metal blank charms and chains are available for purchase from instructor ranging from $5 to $15 each.

Saturday, August 9th, noon-2pm:
Silversmithing For Beginners: Make a Silver Ring
This is one of our most popular classes, and is a wonderful introduction to silversmithing and jewelry-making! Learn to form & solder silver into a simple band ring using jewelers tools and torches. Learn how to size a ring and how to finish and polish silver. This class is designed to be an introduction to silversmithing. Everyone in the class will make a silver ring in a single sitting, and will learn the basics of soldering with a torch.
For Ages: 12-112 years old
Cost: $25/person
(Larger silver stock will be available for purchase if you wish to make a heavier ring)

Sunday, August 10th, 1pm-2:30pm
Metal Stamping & Textured Pendants
This class will teach you about basic hand tools, their usage and safety, and jewelry making techniques in order to create your very own individualized pendants for yourself or for great gifts to friends and family! You will learn: letter stamping, decorative wire stamping, hammer texturing, drilling holes and basic finishing techniques (filing, sanding and polishing). During the class, you will have time to practice and make 2 pendants.
Ages: 10 & up
Cost: $30 per person
(includes practice metal & 2 blank metal charms (in Sterling Silver, Copper and/or Brass).
Instructor: Sydney Pener (a local metalsmith artist and professor)
Optional - Additional metal blank charms and chains are available for purchase from instructor ranging from $5 to $15 each.

Sunday, August 10th, 3pm-4:30pm
Metal Stamping & Textured Pendants
This class will teach you about basic hand tools, their usage and safety, and jewelry making techniques in order to create your very own individualized pendants for yourself or for great gifts to friends and family! You will learn: letter stamping, decorative wire stamping, hammer texturing, drilling holes and basic finishing techniques (filing, sanding and polishing). During the class, you will have time to practice and make 2 pendants.
Ages: 10 & up
Cost: $30 per person
(includes practice metal & 2 blank metal charms (in Sterling Silver, Copper and/or Brass).
Instructor: Sydney Pener (a local metalsmith artist and professor)
Optional - Additional metal blank charms and chains are available for purchase from instructor ranging from $5 to $15 each.
 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

All-Day Jewelry Soldering Workshop July 26th, 9am-5pm

Be prepared to lose your fear of the torch
and take your jewelry-making to the next level!

This all-day class is intended for both beginning and intermediate students. RSVP REQUIRED by calling (913) 686-6562 or email your request to hammerspacehobby @ gmail for confirmation

Each student will make seven pieces of jewelry specifically designed to teach:
1) Major types of joins used in jewelry production;
2) Unique soldering characteristics of Copper, Brass, Bronze, and Silver;
3) Overcoming problems related to joining similar and differing metals;
4) The use of an array of common and uncommon solders;
5) Flux selection and usage;
6) Differing techniques for soldering of both large/heavy and small/delicate pieces;
7) How to make multiple solders on a single piece;
8) Use of oxy-acetylene, acetylene air, and butane torches;
9) Affordable hand-finishing techniques readily available in the home shop; &
10) Setting up and safely operating a home soldering station.

The four projects are:
1) Three piece set of heavy gauge copper and brass bangles.
2) A delicate set of silver earrings.
3) A bead or pearl set brass, bronze, and silver medallion.
4) A torch patinated copper pendant with an "eye" set cabochon.

As an added bonus, Jennifer Murphy (a local jewelry artist know for her skill in soldering intricate and detailed pieces in silver) will be joining me as a co-instructor. Enrollment will be strictly limited to the first ten people to assure a staff to student ratio of 1:5.

Cost: $150.00 plus a $35.00 materials fee
For Ages: 14-114 years old

RSVP is required for this class. Call (913) 686-6562 or email hammerspacehobby @ gmail.com to reserve your seat.

Monday, July 7, 2014

July Classes At HammerSpace

We have some exciting new classes coming up at HammerSpace this month. These classes are open to both members AND non-members! To sign up for any of these classes, call (913) 686-6562 or email hammerspacehobby @ gmail to get confirmation.

Saturday, July 12th, Noon-2pm:
Molding and Casting for Kids (AND Adults)

This class is an introduction to molding and casting for young AND old(er). Learn basic molding and casting techniques while making your own set of miniature, paintable plaster castle building bricks, perfect for building small structures for table gaming, dioramas, etc. Make as many as you want during the class. We will be using Hurst Arts molds for this class.
For ages: 8-108 years old
Cost: $20/member, $25/non-member
(All materials included)

Tuesday, July 15th, 6:30-8:30pm:
Leather Arts- Make A Star Wars Wookie-Style Bandolier
Want to make a Star Wars 'Wookie'-style leather bandolier of your very own, while learning several valuable leather-working techniques from the talented leather artists from Tandy Leather? Well, here's your chance! All materials included, and everyone leaves with a piece they created themselves during the class.
For ages: 16-116 years old
Cost: $50/member, $60/non-member
(This class will be held again on Sat., July 26th at Noon)

Friday, July 18th, 5:30-7:30pm:
Sew ANYTHING Class
Have a sewing machine but don’t know how to use it?
Want to finish a project you are stuck on?
Would you like to fit and alter your own clothes?
Or just want to learn to sew?
Valerie Ford (local costume designer & sewing instructor) is offering beginner and advanced sewing classes at HammerSpace, as well as pattern making and draping. She likes to teach using sustainable materials like 2nd hand clothing and fabrics, so the cost is minimal and you learn how to recycle your clothing into something new! Come to class and let her know what your goals are, and she will help you work on achieving them. She will have a variety of projects for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.
For ages: 14-114 years old
Cost: $20/class -or- $100 for 6 classes

Saturday, July 19th, 11am-3pm:
3D Printing Clinic for ONI printers
This is a 3D Printing Clinic for those interested in the Oni 3D printer, taught by local expert Tom Newell. Cost: $20/person. Open to both members AND non-members of HammerSpace. Spare parts will be on hand for sale during this clinic.

Saturday, July 19th, 3pm-7pm:
3D Printing Design Class
If you've ever wanted to get into 3D printing, but don't quite know how to get started, then this is the class for you!
Join Tim Middleton of CCCKC for his  3D Printing class, going on every Saturday at Hammerspace. Learn how to design objects to be printed, as well as how to operate a 3D printer. No prior knowledge required. Bring your laptop so you can get set up to get started on designing your first 3D creation. (FYI: There is a 3D printer set up in the HammerSpace 'Big Room' for those who are members of HammerSpace)

Sunday, July 20th, Noon-2pm:
Learn To Solder Class
An introduction to through-hole soldering.  Build and solder a "Neuron" kit.  The neuron kit uses LEDs to transmit pulses of light from neuron board to neuronboard.  LEDs are used as transmitters AND receivers in this bi-directional chasing light stream.  Neurons can blink when on their own, or get a large group together and build an amazing display. Neurons can also make sound when activated with the addition of a tiny speaker Each neuron is magnetic, wearable, and reprogrammable.
For Ages 10-110
Cost:$20 non-members/$15 members of HammerSpace

July 26th, Noon-2pm:
Leather Arts: Make Your Own Star Wars Wookie-Style Bandolier
Want to make a Star Wars 'Wookie'-style leather bandolier of your very own, while learning several valuable leather-working techniques from the talented leather artists from Tandy Leather? Well, here's your chance! All materials included, and everyone leaves with a piece they created themselves during the class. Open to both members AND non-members of HammerSpace.
For ages: 16-116 years old
Cost: $50/member, $60/non-member (payment due at time of class)
RSVP REQUIRED!!!!!!

These classes will up FAST, so be sure to sign up soon if interested by calling (913) 686-6562 or by emailing your request to hammerspacehobby@gmail

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Maker Highlight: Michael Curry @ Makerfaire KC

Michael Curry takes a few minutes with Dale Dougherty at Makerfaire to talk about Hammerspace and the Starship Bridge Simulator.  Well Done!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

MAKE Magazine Coverage of The Hammerspace Star Ship Simulation Exhibit

MAKE Magazine's Caleb Kraft was so impressed with the HammerSpace interactive star ship simulator exhibit at Maker Faire KC, that he made a video about it.

See the entire article online here: MAKE Magazine Article


Monday, June 30, 2014

Maker Faire KC 2014 was a BLAST!


 We had a makertastic weekend at Maker Faire KC 2014 representing HammerSpace, taking visitors on a voyage through space in our HammerSpace built, Artemis powered, interactive spaceship simulator exhibit, and meeting other talented makers from all over the Midwest and beyond. A big maker thank you to all of our friends and members who helped out throughout the weekend. To Luis E. Rodriguez and the Union Station crew and sponsors for organizing this amazing event. And to Dale Dougherty and the nice people at MAKE Magazine for encouraging and supporting the maker movement through events like Maker Faire.

Check out the HammerSpace Star Ship Exhibit photo gallery by clicking the link below:
 Maker Faire KC 2014 (HammerSpace Exhibit Photos & More)

If you want to learn more about HammerSpace Community Workshop & Makerspace, and meet some of the creative, talented members and mentors who use our facility to build, make, and innovate, please join us for our weekly Open House THIS THURSDAY, 6-9PM for new visitors, friends, and families.

Get a tour of the workshop, see the impressive collection of tools and equipment that are available for use at any time to HammerSpace members, and get inspired to become a member and start (or finish) some projects of your own in a social environment buzzing with other maker-minded people. Join individually or as a group or club (see membership rates on our website). Plenty of parking, playroom for the kiddos, and much more. Hope you can join us, and thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and exhibit over Maker Faire weekend.

Oh, and by the way... The  entireHammerspace interactive exhibit is now FOR SALE!
Contact us via phone or email for more info.