Hand-fabricated Deep-threaded Catch with Swivel

Course Description

About this course

This demo-centered virtual workshop will focus on hand-fabricated threaded catches with a swivel mechanism. Hand-fabricated threads have a unique advantage over those made with tap and die in functionality and their visual aesthetic qualities. Through technical demonstrations, discussions, visual images, and an examination of various samples, special emphasis will be placed on problem-solving and creative applications useful to a variety of jewelry formats and approaches. We will explore useful soldering and fabrication strategies, which can be applied to numerous procedures in the jeweler’s and metalsmith’s studios, well beyond the project that will be covered in this course.

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Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Tom Muir

Tom Muir is Distinguished Research Professor at Bowling Green State University, where he is head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing area in the School of Art. He received his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his BFA degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Mr. Muir has lectured and taught widely, holding positions at universities and craft schools around the country. He is Past-president of the Michigan Silversmiths Guild, was appointed distinguished member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and currently serves on the executive committee of the International Jewellery College Association as the representative of the Americas. Mr. Muir was the recipient of the 1995 Olscamp Research Award at BGSU and his award-winning work has been published extensively and included in more than 500 national and international art, design and craft exhibitions; these include The White House Collection of American Crafts and The Beijing International Craft Biennial.  

Collections include the Art Institute of Chicago, Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and The White House Collection of American Crafts, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. He is the recipient of an Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Artist Fellowship, Michigan Council for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Awards. In 2009, Tom received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Designer Craftsmen for having made a major contribution to craft in Ohio.  

Click here to view Tom's work. 

Materials & Tools 

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Metal/raw materials: 

Hand tools:

Torch setup:

Other/miscellaneous items:

  • particulate dust mask
  • eye protection
  • fan / open window, ventilation, or outside
  • isopropyl or denatured alcohol - 1 pint
  • boric acid fine powder form - sold as roach killer
  • pint glass or plastic jar - wide mouth
  • inexpensive brush - approx. 1/2"-1" wide
  • medium duty pliable leather gloves
  • masking tape - apprx. 3/4" wide
  • 4.5" or larger jaw machinists vise - mounted to bench or stump with padded jaws

Tuition

$150.00

Instructor

Tom Muir

Dates

April 7 -14, 2022

Weekly on Thursday

Time

10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Length

2 weeks

Level 
Basic and above
Location 
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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