Etched Jewelry

Course Description

About this course

In just one day, students will learn the art of photo-etching brass, copper, and silver by taking a printed image and transforming it into a permanently etched pattern on sheet metal. This course will first teach students how to perfectly transfer imagery onto a sheet of metal and then how to use both an acid bath and an electrolytic set-up to eat away the exposed metal, recreating the pattern on the metal's surface. Etched pieces of brass will either be turned directly into jewelry or used to roller print onto another sheet of metal, replicating a pressed pattern relief. Tips for etching copper and silver sheet using photo transfer or resist will also be covered. 

Meet the Instructor

Wendy Jo New

"Growing up, I always was mesmerized by sparkling gemstones and metals and I often incorporate something illuminating into my designs. Whether or not I intricately plan a jewelry piece in advance of producing it or just spontaneously fabricate one as I go along, the result is inevitably something that is unique with a contemporary flair that complements, rather than overwhelms, a wearer. When designing jewelry or other metal work, I always think about whether I would wear it, use it, and/or display it. Anyone who knows me sees a reflection of me in what I design.

I produce fine contemporary jewelry and other metal designs primarily in the precious metals of silver, argentium, gold, and/or palladium. These are often further defined with the addition of texturing, gemstones and other unique lapidary, or resin inlay. I also manufacture photo-etched metal cover plates which may be attached to journals or framed. Larger etchings are used in buildings as entry door logos, addresses, and the like.

In addition to participating in art shows, sales, and doing commission work, I love providing instruction in jewelry design and metal fabrication.  My work can be seen and purchased at galleries and stores, as well as in my own online store.  Designing and fabricating engagement and wedding bands and other jewelry, often with people's stones, is particularly meaningful to me."

-Wendy

Materials & Tools 

There is a $45 materials fee payable upon registration. The materials kit includes copper, brass, and sterling silver sheet metal, sterling silver ear wires, various chemicals, and other supplies necessary for the process. 

Students should bring 
  • Fine point Sharpie marker
  • A selection of black and white graphic images but many will be available in the class for students to use.
  • Optional: Silver or gold sheet (no thinner than 22g) for roller printing (transferring) etched designs onto it.

Tuition

$155.00 $147.25
5% discount until May 6

Materials Cost

$45.00

Instructor

Wendy Jo New

Date

June 5, 2020

Time

10:00 AM -5:00 PM

Length

1 day

Level 
Beginner
Location 
Metalwerx
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