In this workshop, we will explore the process of making a hinged cylindrical receptacle using PMC. This small decorative locket is fashioned after the Tibetan prayer wheel. It’s a place to hold your secret wishes close to your heart.
During the workshop, we will cover a variety of techniques. Learn about textured patterns and stencil making. Construct a cylindrical locket carcass. Then, learn how to make tab hinges. Create domed lids with elaborate finials, fireable stones and a hidden clasp. The class instruction will also cover dry construction, riveting, wire work, simple soldering, patinas and finishing.
In this step by step workshop, learn how to construct this ornate locket using the PMC OneFire Sterling (960 hybrid-a mix of PMC Sterling & PMC3 clays). It’s the clay of choice for its superior strength and ease of firing. Learn to accurately cut and construct all the elements. Once fired, learn the steps to properly polish and assemble the locket.
What will we do? Techniques we’ll cover include stencil making, paper templates, dry construction, precision drilling, using embeddables, hinge construction & integration, hidden closure, bail construction, cold connections, assemblage and finishing. This Shaman Locket is perfect for showing off your personal story and carrying hidden treasures.
Prerequisite: three or more previous classes.
Withdrawals will not be refunded after January 4 for this workshop.
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.
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.
Currently there are no schedules classes for this course, please contact the office
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.