Date: Friday evening, October 9; 5 pm – 7 pm
Skill Level: A willingness to work with hand tools (pliers) is required.
Class Registration Fee: $90 (includes $45 for the materials) (Kit includes silver and goldwashed discs and sterling jump rings to create 1-2 pairs of earrings. In order for materials to be delivered in time for class please register by September 28. We cannot guarantee timely delivery after this date so register early and get ready for an exciting new way to learn and or refresh your skills.
Students need to bring the following supplies:
2 pairs of flat nose pliers *These can be purchased and sent with your kit for an additional $20. Please call the Folklore Village Office (608) 924-4000 if you need this optional add-on.
Please bring good magnifying glasses (or cheaters) if you are not used to close work
Ever wonder why sølje pins have those shiny dangles with silver disc drops? These discs are called “spoons” or “shells” in Norwegian. Silver has long been a protective element against evil and abduction by the hulder folk in Scandinavia. Legend has it that should you run into the devil wearing your sparkling sølje he would see his own reflection and run away! Don’t run away from a chance to create your own silver and gold washed earrings in this short class designed to introduce you to the beauty of Scandinavian silver work. Join veteran veteran instructor Liz Bucheit live online for this exciting new class offering. Kits will be mailed to students in advance of the class date. Students will assemble up to 2 pairs of earrings using multiple disc elements suspended from sterling silver French hook ear wires.
Liz Bucheit creates jewelry and body adornment inspired by her Scandinavian ancestry and keeps close ties to her heritage by drawing inspiration from Nordic folklore and myth. A goldsmith for over 30 years, she holds a Master’s degree in metalworking and jewelry from the University of Iowa, Iowa City and has trained in traditional jewelry and metalworking techniques in Ireland and Norway. Liz has won numerous competitions and been awarded grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, McKnight Foundation, Sons of Norway, and the SE Minnesota Arts Council. She has exhibited in museums and cultural centers and her bridal tiaras and wedding jewelry are in many collections. Liz is an active speaker on the topic of Norwegian filigree work and conducts workshops and classes in jewelry design and fabrication at the Vesterheim Folk School, Decorah IA, North House Folk School, Grand Marais, MN, and the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis MN. She owns and operates Crown Trout Jewelers in Lanesboro, MN.