Let It Flourish Pendant

with Robert Lopez

Immerse yourself in this opportunity to experience a three-day jewelry-making retreat and study under Robert Lopez in the beautiful mountain town of Tahoe City, California. Prepare to refresh your creative spirit.


You will spend quality time in a comfortable studio classroom focused on learning the benefits of working with Argentium sterling silver. You’ll savor delicious meals with Robert and fellow classmates, then relax and unwind at the Welcome Social and Instructor Showcase. The retreat will wrap up with a Group Photo Session after class to celebrate your accomplishment and provide lasting memories of our time together in Tahoe City.

Let It Flourish Pendant

Class Description

You will learn the benefits of working with tarnish-resistant Argentium Sterling Silver. Argentium is a silver alloy that is whiter and brighter than traditional sterling and can be annealed softer and hardened beyond traditional sterling. You will fuse Argentium silver granules and wire enabling you to cut back on solder joints.

Techniques & Skills

You will learn and practice the following techniques and skills from Robert in this three-day class:

  • Water casting demonstration
  • Bezel setting
  • Granulation
  • Roller printing a pattern on the silver
  • Texturing, soldering, patina, forming, bail making, and finishing

Did you know?

Robert’s journey to jewelry making began with collecting minerals with his sons when they were small.

Robert describes the piece of jewelry he will be teaching at Creative Connections 2019.

Additional Information

Registration Includes:

  • Three (3) days of instruction from Robert
  • Use of instructor tools and equipment
  • Step-by-step tutorial
  • Delicious meals from Friday dinner through Tuesday lunch
  • Invitation to Welcome Social on Friday, November 1, 2019, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Access to Instructor Showcase on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 7:30 – 9 p.m. (includes cocktails and hors d’oevres)
  • Group Photo Celebration

 Pre-requisite: Prior metalsmithing experience (i.e. soldering, torch experience), knowledge of basic metalsmithing techniques and tools.

Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

Materials & Supplies

Tools and Supplies to BrinG

  • Safety glasses
  • Files
  • Rawhide hammer
  • Metal shears
  • Bench pin
  • Steel bench block
  • Basic jewelry-making tools: flush cutters, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers
  • Optivisor
  • Ear plugs
  • Battery-powered Ott light (or lighting/magnification you normally use)
  • 3″-4″ C-clamp may be needed to clamp bench pin to table

NOTE: Instructor will have all tools listed above to be shared if needed. If you have preferred tools, please bring them.

Materials in kit
Various gauges of Argentium silver, sheet and wire; stones; solders; all consumables used to make jewelry.


Registration Fee
Registration for this class includes both a registration and kit fee.

Early Bird Rate: $1049 (register by Aug 15 to receive this rate)
Regular Rate: $1199

Kit Fee
$80  (This fee will be collected during registration.)

Rober Lopez

Robert is a self-taught metalsmith. He tries to design his pieces to stand out from everything else out there. He feels he was drawn to fabricating jewelry due to its difficult and physical nature, forcing the metals and stones to transform into what he envisions them to become. He began slowly teaching himself to smith, accumulating his collection of tools and knowledge of the art anywhere he could, but feels the greatest aspect of his learning came from himself, as he endlessly experimented with the materials at hand. His raw and organic designs are fabricated with skill yet are free to grow without constraints or preconceived notions. His pieces are completely one-of-a-kind and made with his own hands, from sometimes rolling his own sheet silver from ingots he pours himself to grinding and polishing all of his own stones. Most of his pieces are designed with lots of texture and layering, giving his pieces a very distinctive and distressed look.

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