This comprehensive workshop introduces the fundamentals of metalsmithing, including in depth information on studio safety procedures regarding tools and their uses, various chemicals, and proper ventilation. Participants will be constructing a bezeled stone pendant with a bail, hidden or attached to a hanger, and earrings with a post to attach a half-drilled pearl or stone.
Stones, pearls, and textures are your choice as long as they are within the tool list parameters. This allows everyone to learn the same things while producing test pieces that are to your own individual taste.
Some of the subjects and techniques covered include:
Studio habits, safety, and ergonomics
Using a bench shear
Bezeling a cabochon
Soldering, post soldering
Sawing techniques for jewelry
Roll printing and hammer texturing/stamping
Hand finishing, including filing and sanding
Flex shaft techniques for finishing
Introduction to large machine finishing
You are encouraged to bring a camera (or cell phone) to photograph various setups and instructions as the teacher directs. Upon successful completion of this workshop, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for 30 contact hours & will be given a free 4 hour Open Studio card.
DJS provides tool kits for Metalsmithing 1, which saves you about $100. There is a list of supplies that you need to buy in addition to this kit. If you have any questions, please give us a shout, and we will be happy to answer them for you.