This workshop will give you the opportunity to create beautiful dimensional designs in a pendant, reminiscent of chasing/repoussé, without the expense or mess of using pitch! The depth and design elements learned in this class will provide a new way to take your jewelry making techniques to a spectacular design that has the appearance of what a hydraulic press can do (or chasing/repoussé). It will become your mobile creativity technique without the cost of expensive equipment.
Design is an important part of the process, and you will learn an innovative way to achieve design quickly and efficiently. You will have the opportunity to explore design by first making multiple pieces out of copper. Your final piece, in Sterling silver, will be created from the techniques you used to create your one of a kind copper pieces.
NOTE: If you are an enamellist, these uniquely formed copper pieces can easily be used to enamel on top of. This will give you infinite enamelling options that are your own exclusive design.
-Design a basic desired shape
-Layout of design using cut and shaped brass wire prototypes
-Techniques in moving the metal to your desired design outcome
-Exploration of small hand tools to achieve dimension, transferable to any of your jewelry designs
-Planning for the final design to be completed in Sterling silver
-Creating your final design in Sterling silver
-Shaping the final design from techniques previously learned
-Cutting, filing and fitting parts to the final design