Farrin-O'connor Design Studios

★★★★★
  • 146 W Bellevue Dr

    Pasadena, CA 91105

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  • 626-796-5300

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I have been attending jewelry-making classes at Farrin O'Connor Design Studies for the past four years. The classes, usually geared towards working with silver, copper, brass, and bronze, are taught by regular and guest instructors who are first-rate, creative, and patient. There is something to suit everyone, whether you are a beginner or advanced designer. It is possible for a complete beginner to leave a four-hour class with his/her first piece of soldered jewelry. The prices are very reasonable, the classes are always fun, and it is a great way to meet new people and become immersed in the world of jewelry design. Classes range from the traditional to the modern, and include formal techniques to mixed media, wire wrapping to wire soldering, stone setting to stone carving, hot joins (soldering) to cold joins (riveting), and a whole lot in between, including stringing, pearl knotting, bead looming, enameling, resins, inlay, glass fusing, etc. In addition, they have a great (and ever-expanding) selection of good-quality gemstone beads and cabochons, faceted cubic zirconium, semi-precious stones, and man-made stones, pearls, findings, metals, glass beads, books, and magazines at very reasonable prices. You can borrow the studio tools or buy your own from their growing selection of jewelry tools. After four years, I am still learning new techniques and there is never a shortage of new and innovative classes.

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I have been attending jewelry-making classes at Farrin O'Connor Design Studies for the past four years. The classes, usually geared towards working with silver, copper, brass, and bronze, are taught by regular and guest instructors who are first-rate, creative, and patient. There is something to suit everyone, whether you are a beginner or advanced designer. It is possible for a complete beginner to leave a four-hour class with his/her first piece of soldered jewelry. The prices are very reasonable, the classes are always fun, and it is a great way to meet new people and become immersed in the world of jewelry design. Classes range from the traditional to the modern, and include formal techniques to mixed media, wire wrapping to wire soldering, stone setting to stone carving, hot joins (soldering) to cold joins (riveting), and a whole lot in between, including stringing, pearl knotting, bead looming, enameling, resins, inlay, glass fusing, etc. In addition, they have a great (and ever-expanding) selection of good-quality gemstone beads and cabochons, faceted cubic zirconium, semi-precious stones, and man-made stones, pearls, findings, metals, glass beads, books, and magazines at very reasonable prices. You can borrow the studio tools or buy your own from their growing selection of jewelry tools. After four years, I am still learning new techniques and there is never a shortage of new and innovative classes.

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I've been taking classes here at Farrin O'Connor for almost a year now. The design studio/workshop look of the business makes learning jewelry making very easy. The teachers are open to questions, patient with new students, willing to show basic techniques to people new to jewelry making in general, and you can usually walk away with a finished piece to show off to your friends and family. I have always come away with new techniques, new jewelry pieces, and usually a new tool. Margot Farinn, the owner of the studio is friendly, professional, helpful with suggestions on design or technique. I once missed a class because I was ill, and she called my home to see if I'd forgotten to come to class. I will continue to take classes here and shop for jewelry findings and parts. Visit them for a tour of the studio, and you just might be signing up to take the next pendant class or soldering techniques from Margot herself.

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I've been taking classes here at Farrin O'Connor for almost a year now. The design studio/workshop look of the business makes learning jewelry making very easy. The teachers are open to questions, patient with new students, willing to show basic techniques to people new to jewelry making in general, and you can usually walk away with a finished piece to show off to your friends and family. I have always come away with new techniques, new jewelry pieces, and usually a new tool. Margot Farinn, the owner of the studio is friendly, professional, helpful with suggestions on design or technique. I once missed a class because I was ill, and she called my home to see if I'd forgotten to come to class. I will continue to take classes here and shop for jewelry findings and parts. Visit them for a tour of the studio, and you just might be signing up to take the next pendant class or soldering techniques from Margot herself.

 

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