Explore the possibilities of etching on metal to create texture and depth in your pieces. First, explore the effects of different types of resists with image transfer paper, paint markers, and lacquers. Then explore a multitude of ways to embellish your etchings with transparent enamels, patinas, wet-inlay enamel, epoxy resin inlay, and stone chip inlay. We will be etching to copper but will also learn how to transfer etches to other metals with the rolling mill. General metalsmithing processes will be covered and no jewelry experience is necessary. Class will not meet on June 30th.
Learn a variety of enameling techniques that can be used to create pendants, earrings, brooches, and other forms. This class will cover basic metalsmithing, basic dry-sifted enameling techniques, raku enameling (finishing enamels with a reduction firing to create metallic lusters), and wet-inlay enameling techniques including cloisonné, champlevé, and plique-à-jour. Enamels and copper pieces provided.
In this fun workshop, students will create designs out of cut paper (such as paper snowflakes). These designs will be coated with a special copper conductive paint, and then be plated in copper. Students will be amazed as their paper works of art are transformed into copper, which can be then be enameled or left as is. No art-making experience necessary! All materials provided.
Learn what makes a strong fine silver ring, plus how to plan for metal clay shrinkage in order to get a ring just your size after firing. Other skills will include making a successful seam, creating both straight and tapered ring shanks, and properly setting a kiln-safe faceted stone before firing—in this case, a cubic zirconia or lab-created gemstone. Gems are optional; a limited assortment of sizes, shapes, and colors will be available.
Learn the fundamentals of metalsmithing and enameling in this new project-based course. Students will acquire a wide range of skills by learning basic forming and construction techniques using stakes and hammers, sawing, riveting, bezel and tab setting, annealing and soldering. Students will also learn to add textures by embossing, and add color and finishes with the use of enamels, patinas and polishing techniques. This class will emphasize experimentation and play as we create bracelets, rings, pendants, earrings, and brooches.
Students will learn basic metalsmithing skills while having fun creating unique pieces of jewelry. Each week students will complete a piece that focuses on a new technique. Lessons include sawing, filing, soldering, forging, texturing, forming and stone setting. Projects will include bracelets, earrings, pendants, rings and chain making with an emphasis on individual design. Materials will be discussed in the first class. They can be purchased that night or ordered. Metal costs are based on fluctuating stock prices and may run $25 and up.
Learn metalsmithing and stonesetting skills while creating individual projects. This class focuses on jewelry and small object design (such as spoons, decorative home wares, etc) and construction. Lessons include sawing, filing, forming, joining and finishing metal. In the first class we will discuss materials and how to order your metals. Students may choose to work in copper, bronze or silver. Metal costs based on fluctuating stock prices and may run $25 and up.