4-Week Metalsmithing Series


4-Week Metalsmithing Series

  • 4-Week Metalsmithing Series
    July 10, 2018 - July 31, 2018
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Minimum 5; Maximum 12 Minimum age to participate 16

Weeks 1 & 2 “Finding Joy” metalsmithing
Learn to create your own metal findings and chain. Participants will leave with a finished charm bracelet or chain created with the topics covered in class. Techniques include hook and eye, toggle, chain making; single jump ring, s-hook, spiral, and coil style chain links. We will also cover using heat to make head pins for charms and beading, patina, and attaching charms. *If there is interest we can also discuss traditional beading techniques and finishing

Weeks 3 & 4 Metal Maven
Explore the possibilities of working with metal while creating your own textured charms and jewelry pieces.  Begin with an introduction to sawing, drilling, stamping, and texturing then design your own charms, earrings, and pendant. Design in copper and learn to color your metal with patina.

All metal, wire, findings, etc, are included in the price of the class.

***You do need tools! which can be ordered and ready for purchase the first night of class (provided you register no later than June 26). Email Kristin either “the whole kit & caboodle” for all the tools or a list of the specific ones you need. “The whole kit and caboodle” (all the tools) are estimated to cost between $70-$75. Shand has six (6) Loaner kits available. If you need to borrow tools, register using the Loaner Kit pricing.

Tools required are: metalsmithing

Jeweler’s saw frame
1/0 or 2/0 blades (lots!)
Riveting hammer
Mini file set
Bastard cut 8 or 10-inch file (found at Lowes or Home Depot)
Bench pin with mini anvil/bench plate (prefer the type that has a clamp built in)
Pliers set (chain nose, round nose, snips)

The pace of this class and series aspect of it will get you on your way in the art of jewelry-making!

copper wire

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