This comprehensive workshop introduces the fundamentals of metalsmithing, including in depth information on studio safety procedures regarding tools, chemicals, and proper ventilation. Practice items include a single cabochon pendant with a bail and hanger. Also, a pair of earrings with either posts for attaching half-drilled pearls or stones, or textured shapes with soldered ear wires.
Stones, pearls, and textures are your choice if they are within the tool list parameters. (Your cabochon should be no smaller than 20 mm in diameter and not larger than a 30 x 40 mm oval.) This allows for learning the same techniques while producing test pieces that are to your own individual taste.
Some of the techniques covered include:
Studio safety and simple ergonomics
Appropriate studio habits
When and how to use a bench shear
Sawing and piercing techniques
Hammer texturing and stamping
Filing and sanding
Basics of soldering using four temperatures of solder
How to make a bezel for a traditional cabochon
Roll printing metal
Firescale removal methods
Flex shaft techniques for finishing
Introduction to large machine prep/finishing
Bring a camera (or cell phone) to photograph various set ups and instructions as the teacher directs. Upon successful completion of Metals 1, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for 30 contact hours & 4 hours of free Open Studio Time.
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 Metals 1. Call if you have questions and we will be happy to answer them.