Adobe Illustrator 2D Paths Introduction – Jan 17th, 1-3 pm

3Detroit will present an Adobe Illustrator class by Matt Arnold at i3Detroit on Sunday, January 17, from 1 to 3 PM.

If you use the laser cutter, vinyl plotter, or other CNC tools, you need 2D paths that the tool will follow. This path, or “vector”, is described with various formats such as SVG (scalable vector graphics), AI (Adobe Illustrator), or DXF (digital exchange format). This class will teach you the basics of the premiere vector illustration tool, Adobe Illustrator, with an emphasis on how to prepare your file to be used as a tool path. We will not cover alternatives such as InkScape or CorelDraw, but with the basic concepts and skills of vector paths from this class, you can learn them on your own much more quickly.

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Public Laser Cutting and Etching 101 – January 14th, 7-9 pm


Have you heard about Laser Cutters and wonder what they do?  This class will show you how to use a Large 150 Watt laser cutter to cut and etch acryllic plexiglass.

The course will deal with the concept of line cutting and area etching,  how to load a drawing into the Laser Cutter workstation, and how to move the design into the Laser Cutter and do final cutting and etching.
Each student will get to cut and etch their own small jewelry box from designs provided.  Students will take this box home with them.

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Laser Training Class – December 10th, 7:00-8:30 pm


A beginning class on Laser Cutting/Engraving for Authorization on Bumblebee.

i3 Members Only

Max Class Size 6

When: December 10th, 7:00-8:30 pm

Where: i3Detroit

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Jewelry Making 101 – Forging a Wire Twist Bracelet – December 2, 2015 – 7:30 – 9:30 PM



The i3Detroit Jewelry Zone is proud to announce:   “Jewelry Making 101 – Forging a Wire Twist Bracelet”.  In this two hour class, you will make an elegant twist bracelet that you can wear with pride or give as a gift.  This FREE workshop is a great opportunity if you are new to jewelry making and would like to learn what it is all about.  Enrollment is limited.
Class Overview:
You will make an elegant twist bracelet that can you can wear with pride or give as a gift.
In addition you will learn:
–  A brief history of jewelry and jewelry making
–  What materials are used to make jewelry
–  Properties of jewelry making metals, including work hardening and annealing
–  An understanding of wire gauges and how to measure them
–  how to cut and file wire for jewelry making
–  how to forge and bend wire

When:  Wednesday night, December 2nd, 2015 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
How long:  Two hours
Where:  i3Detroit Common Area
How many people:  No more than 12
Cost per person:   FREE  (donations toward tools and materials will be appreciated, but are not required)


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Introduction to Jewelry Making Class

The i3Detroit Jewelry Zone is proud to announce our first workshop:   “Introduction to Jewelry Making”.  This two day workshop is a great opportunity if you are new to jewelry making and would like to learn what it is all about.

Class Goals:
Introduction to Jewelry Making

   Overview of Jewelry Making Techniques
   Review of Jewelry Making Materials
   Focus on Metals Used in Jewelry Making

Working in the Jewelry Zone
   Ground Rules

Students will:
You will make and take home a handmade and uniquely decorated pendant or keychain fob (your choice) made from at least two different metals.  All tools and materials will be provided.

For this project, you will learn how to:   cut with a jeweler’s saw and metal shear, properly file rough edges on metal, drill holes in metal using at least two different methods, create surface texture, basic soldering principles, applying patina solution (color) on metal, and finishing/polishing.

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