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Weaving Metals with Gail Thayer

  • Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • 10:00 AM
  • Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville GA 30340
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Saturday & Sunday

October 13-14, 2018

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


About Gail Thayer

I have always made things. I learned to sew at an early age and had the best dressed Barbie doll in Pennsylvania. Over the years I did all kinds of sewing and crafts. I don’t have an art background but design and workmanship were always important to me. I especially like glass and was a glass bead maker for 20 years before taking up metals. In 2011 I started silversmithing classes at the Dunedin Fine Art Center and I’ve been taking classes all over since then. I took Jeanie Pratt’s metal weaving class at Winter Workshop in New Smyrna Beach. Though I was never a weaver, the merging of metal and fabric arts really called to me and I was hooked. For about a year I did metal weaving almost exclusively and this class grew out of that experience. I continue to take classes and experiment with new techniques.

Class description – Metal Weaving Workshop

In this workshop you will learn to weave strips of metal to create a ‘sheet’ that can be used in a jewelry project.

On Day 1 we will do woven pieces in two different patterns:   Plain Weave & 2 by 2 Twill Weave


On Day 2 we will explore ways that you may use your woven sheets.

There is a $70 charge for the class kit that includes:

            Cutting mat with grid

            Denting tools

            Thin wooden knitting needle

            Precut sterling silver and copper strips sufficient to complete both weaves

Day 1: You need to bring a ruler (6” works best), small needle nose pliers, a wire cutter and scissors.

Day 2: You will need the usual tools for cutting, sawing, soldering, filing and finishing. I will be teaching two methods of using your woven sheet. The first shapes the sheet using the hydraulic press and a silhouette die and needs 24, 26 or 28 gauge sterling silver sheet to back the weave. The second method creates a frame for the woven sheet using square or rectangular sterling silver wire. Square wire should be 14 gauge or heavier and rectangular wire should be 1.63 x 3.0 mm or heavier. I will have a supply of this sheet and wire for you to purchase or you are welcome to bring your own. I will have an assortment of silhouette dies for you to use as well.

Contact info:     Gail Thayer, gailthayer@hotmail.com727-784-6139

How much

$200 pre-registration, plus $70 kit fee payable onsite


MAGG Studio

5353 Buford Highway NE

Doraville, Georgia 30340


Register in advance via the MAGG website at

If your payment is accepted, you are registered for the workshop.  If the session is sold out and you want to be added to the wait list, email

Cancellation / Refund Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the instructor as soon as possible.  A cancellation fee of 20% of the 10 week session will be charged on cancellations received more than 28 days before the start of the first session.  Cancellations received less than 28 days but more than 7 days before the first session will receive a 50% refund; cancellations received 7 days or less before the start of the first session will receive no refund.  If your seat in the 10 week class can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.


For anyone wanting to stay in a hotel near the 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA location, we have a special rate at the Clarion Hotel, 2001 Clearview Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30340.  Call 770-455-3700 and mention Metal Arts Guild of Georgia, aka, Georgia Goldsmiths Guild, when making your reservation and ask for the "Local Rate".

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