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Perfect Box Construction Without Warpage or Binding!

Box-making, with the complex and varied skills it requires, is among the most sophisticated techniques in the metalsmith’s repertoire. This demo-focused virtual workshop will show you how to control warpage of sheet metal, refine your torch work, and perfect your filing, fitting, and finishing proficiencies - and all without the use of binding wire! Students will be able to learn how to make a medium sized, rectangular and cylindrical box form, incorporating a hinge or force-fitting lip that can be finished in a variety of surprisingly creative ways.

Meet the instructor

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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 to be redirected to a page where you can view 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 not required - observers are welcome.


Metal/raw materials: 

  • 6"x12 x brass, bronze, or nu-gold sheet - 18g or 16g (CR Hill Co.)

  • 12" x round nickel-silver wire - 14g (CR Hill Co.)

  • 12" x brass tubing - 3/32" OD x 0.014 wall (K&S Metals)

  • 6" x 0.058" music wire (K&S Metals)

  • 6" x 14g half-round wire - nickel, nu-gold, or brass (Amazon)

  • 12" x 14g round wire - nickel, nu-gold, or brass (Jewelry Supply)

  • 4"x4" x 24g brass sheet (Online Metals)

  • 12" x brass tubing - 1/4" OD (K&S Metals)

  • 12" x brass tubing - 9/32" OD (K&S Metals)

  • 4" x brass tubing - 5/32" OD (K&S Metals)

  • 12" x 24g stainless steel wire #8 - 0.020 diameter (Jann's)


Hand tools:


Torch setup:


Other/miscellaneous items:

  • particulate dust mask

  • eye protection

  • fan / open window, ventilation, or outside

  • black or blue Sharpie - thick or medium point

  • 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

  • masking tape - approx. 3/4" wide

  • graphite pencil

  • 4.5" or larger jaw machinists vise - mounted to bench or stump

  • 1.5"-3” smooth cylindrical forms in steel, wood, or Delrin OR a Blowhorn stake. The cylinders should match the inside diameter of the round box you wish to make. They will need to be clamped into a strong vise.


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