This comprehensive workshop introduces the fundamentals of metalsmithing, including proper 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 either soldered ear wires or 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. (Your cabachon should be no smaller than 20 mm in diameter and not larger than a 30 x 40 mm.) This allows everyone to learn the same techniques while producing test pieces that are to your own individual taste.
Some of the techniques include:
Studio habits, safety, and simple ergonomics
How to use a bench shear
Sawing and piercing techniques
Texturing/stamping with hammers
Bezeling a cabochon
Soldering, post soldering
Roll printing metal
Hand finishing, including filing and sanding
Flex shaft techniques for finishing
Introduction to large machine finishing
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 and will be given 4 hours of Open Studio Time to use at a later date.
You are responsible for purchasing and bringing your supplies with you on the first day. There is NOT time during class to shop. Stones and bezel wire can be selected at lunch or after class. DJS provides the hand tools for you to borrow during Metalsmithing 1. Call if you have questions and we will be happy to answer them.