This is a weekend workshop.
There are numerous techniques one can apply to add texture to metal, but with the use of a torch, one can create magic! Fusing, dusting and reticulating creates beautiful and interesting textures on metal.
In this workshop, learn how to better control and manipulate the process of reticulation to create unique and beautiful patterns. Then learn how to fuse precious metals - from larger pieces to granulation and tiny precious metal dust. Proper application of the rolling mill can further enhance your designs to create unique surface textures to take your designs to the next level!
Students must be comfortable with a torch.
Metal clay is a relatively new product consisting of microscopic particles of metal in a moist organic binder. It is pliable like clay and fired in a kiln to burn off the binder and fuse the particles into a solid piece of metal. It is a very versatile material that lends itself to mixed media combinations with glass, ceramics, and other materials as well as with traditional metalsmithing techniques. Accessible and easy to learn, beautiful pieces can be made by the average crafter in an afternoon. In this workshop, you will design your own texture plate and templates to make a one-of a kind pendant and earring set. Add some sparkle to your creations with your choice of CZ. Learn how to roll and texture the clay, make a bail, set a stone, and finish and polish your pieces.
A $75 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor. In addition, students must purchase metal clay, either online or from the instructor. See supply list for details.
Come create a fused glass, dichroic cabochon. Learn how to cut and layer the glass to get a gem-like effect on the first day of this two day workshop. On the second day, you will design and make a setting in metal clay for your cabochon. Cost of materials kit: $85 payable to instructor.
This workshop meets on Friday evening, 5pm-8pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.
Discover the charm of metal clay! This fabulous material is worked like pottery clay and becomes precious metal when fired in a kiln. You will learn several techniques for working in metal clay while making charms, spacers, and a clasp for a sterling silver charm bracelet. There is a $125 materials kit fee of which is paid directly to the instructor.
First time in the jewelry studio? No problem. Learn to solder sterling silver wire, form it into a circle and shape it using a steel bangle die and the hydraulic press. Beginners can expect to complete 3 bangles during this workshop. Instructor will have a variety of sterling silver wire for sale ranging from $5 to $15 per bangle.
Titanium is a great metal for jewelry. It is strong, lightweight, inexpensive and it anodizes to an array of marvelous colors. We will cut components using the shear and disk cutters in a variety of shapes. Experienced metalworkers may also saw shapes. Then we will texture using hammers, the flex shaft and/or roller printing with a variety of steel and brass pattern plates. Then the fun begins with coloring. Each component can be one or multiple colors. Findings can be colored to match or contrast with components. Lastly, components will be joined with cold connections - jump rings or rivets. A $20 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor. Please bring cash or check.