Weekend - May 17-19, 2019
Fetching Etchings for Charming Champlevé
Use champlevé enameling to add color, interest and detailed imagery to metal. Techniques including galvanic etching and custom toner decals make champlevé safe and easy. Learn to etch copper or silver; pack, fire, stone and finish enamels to produce unique pieces.
Materials fee: $5-$25
Weeklong: May 26-31, 2019
Not Your Ordinary Bracelet
Construct a unique multi-element bracelet with six diverse panels. Explore many basic metalsmithing techiques including sawing, filing, soldering, stone setting, rivets and patterning with the use of the rolling mill. Gain an introduction to pebble drilling as well as the ancient Korean technique of keum-boo.
Materials fee: $55-$75
Weeklong: June 2-7, 2019
Chasing and Repoussé: An Introduction
Make your own chasing and repoussé tools and fabricate a container for the tools. Focus on low relief designs in metal and chasing and repoussé techniques. Create a small fabricated/soldered container incorporating chasing and repoussé.
Materials fee: $60
Weeklong Educator's Week - June 9-14, 2019
Introduction to Metalsmithing
Explore metalsmithing through processes such as piercing, cold connections and surface treatments. Create a variety of samples and finished objects over the course of the week. Discuss basic metalsmithing principles, tools, resources for materials and creative ways to introduce metals in the classroom.
Weekend - July 5-7, 2019
Keum-BOOM! Make Your Jewelry POP!
Explore Keum-Boo - the seemingly magical process of applying 24k gold permanently to silver. Learn to add this "touch of gold" to silver and copper jewelry pieces. Create pieces for Keum-Boo while investigating special fabrication techniques including hydraulic forming, roller embossing and depletion gilding.
Materials fee: T.B.D. - varies by price of metal and use
Weeklong: July 14-19, 2019
Integrate found and natural objects within glass windows and metals frames to create "stones" or focal points for jewelry and small sculpture. Basic and improvised settings, etching, roller printing and etched embossing plates, die forming, soldering techniques and various tips and tricks will be covered.
Weeklong: July 21-26, 2019
In the Heat of the Moment: Exploring Torch-fired Enamel
Explore various methods of line creation and imagery. Learn to apply successive layers of liquid, acrylic, transparent and opaque powdered enamels. Cover sgraffito, graphite, sifting, firescale, acid-etching and painting. Utilize under maturity and over-firing to build and preserve drawings and layers. Cover setting options for your piece(s).
Weekend - August 2-4, 2019
Beauty in the Mundane
Explore nontraditional materials -- domestic, natural, edible, fabric, leather or found objects -- to create a wearable that reveals the beauty of the mundane. Investigate methods to incorporate alternative materials with metal components. Cover the basics of cold connecting, prong setting, pin mechanisms and clasps.
Beginner; it is helpful to be able to saw, file, sand and solder
Materials fee: $10-$50