Links, Chains, and A Little Heat - Virtual Workshop

Course Description

About this course

This course is designed to teach chains and links that combine cold and balled wire connections to make simple, elegant, or funky elements for chain link earrings, bracelets, or necklaces. The focus of this class will be placed on using simple tools and techniques such as hammer forging, piercing, plier forming, texturing, and stitching, in combination with minimal heat from a butane or mini-torch to make closed-link, balled wire connections in a variety of designs. This class is perfect for those with limited access to studio tools or torch systems and will build on basic metalsmithing knowledge. Some experience with utilizing heat is required. Torch safety will be covered during the course.  

This course will consist of two sessions. There will be a no-class day between each session.

Class will be held live via Zoom during the designated time frame. A link to the Zoom room will be sent via email. 

Each session will be recorded and you will receive a password protected link to the recordings that expire after 30 days.

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Paulette Werger

Paulette is a metalsmith and teacher from Lebanon, New Hampshire. She works in a variety of materials including high karat gold, platinum, precious stones, sterling silver, and pewter. Her work is exhibited and sold both nationally and internationally through museums and galleries. She has offered workshops on a number of topics, including conquering the fear of gold, pewtersmithing, keum-boo, surface embellishment, and Ashante casting.

Paulette currently serves as a board member for the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts, and formerly for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She works at her cooperative studio, Metalpeople East, which supports four metalsmiths with a common use of tools and space.

Materials & Tools 

Students will need to have the following materials in preparation for this online workshop. If you do not already have them, we have provided a recommended item and/or a vendor from which you can purchase these items. Click the vendor name to the right of each item to be redirected to the a page where you can find or choose the item. The quantities you need for each item are listed first. Please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. Please order these materials as soon as possible due to longer than usual turn-around times. We recommend not opening the item packaging until the day of the workshop.

The instructor will demonstrate in Argentium silver and copper. 

Students should bring 

You will  also want to have the following common studio items available: 

  • safety glasses 
  • sandpaper
  • flex-shaft, Dremel tool, or micro motor hand-piece (if you do not have one, you can purchase the hand drill listed above)

Tuition

$225.00

Instructor

Paulette Werger

Dates

October 27 -29, 2020

Time

10:00 AM -1:00 PM

Length

2 days

Level 
Basic and above

No Class Dates

October 28

Location 
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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