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Weaving in Metal with Gail Thayer
September 9 - 10, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Miami Jewelry School: 4949 SW 74 Ct., Miami
Member Fee: 175.00 - Non-Member Fee: $210.00
In this 2-day workshop you will learn to weave copper and sterling silver metal strips to create a sheet that can be used in metal fabrication. On day one we will create one sheet in a plain weave and a second in a 2/2 twill. The skills learned doing these two weaves are the foundation for many other patterns. On day two, we will shape the weaves and metal liners using the hydraulic press and then solder them together. The amazing result can be finished and set in a bezel or used in fabrication.
A kit will be supplied by the instructor that includes pre-cut metal strips, a weaving mat, denting tools and a knitting needle. The cost of the kit is $60.
Small Scale Forming for the Jeweler's Workshop wth
Saturday & Sunday - October 7 - 8, 2017
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Member Fee: $275.00 Non-Member Fee: $310
THIS class will show you how to think like a blacksmith on a very small scale.
The workshop will focus on the many applications forging has in the jeweler’s workshop. Students will explore the ductility, plasticity, and crystalline nature of silver and gold alloys. They are introduced to forging metals to create beautiful forms or to simply size up a ring. Metals ability to be stretched, bent and patterned by the use of hammers, punches, and templates will be demonstrated. A series of short exercises will be preformed by students with an emphasis on future applications for their own work. Layout techniques, template, model making and surface embellishment will be explored. Students will be introduced to different hammers, their care and the different applications each one has. Proper posture, approach to work and efficient project layout will be addressed. Advanced students may customize their projects to challenge their abilities.
Day two will be devoted to work time. Students will be able to produce a heart shaped pendant, or a pair of earrings or a pendant if they wish to.
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