Steel Chains - Virtual Workshop

Course Description

About this course

In this live, virtual workshop, students will explore the use of steel as an affordable, lightweight alternative material that can be used for a variety of chain styles. Learn to manipulate, experiment with, and apply different soldering methods to steel using a multitude of wire thicknesses ranging from 20 to 10 gauge. The instructor will cover how to personalize your jewelry with handy, non-toxic finishing techniques and how to add accents that highlight each piece. A torch setup will be needed for this 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 frames. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent via email.

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

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Maia Leppo

Maia graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in Biology and Community Health. She received training in jewelry and metals from various craft schools, including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Pocosin Arts, Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and her Masters of Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz.  She has participated in artist residencies at Arrowmont and Fallingwater and has taught around the country including Penland, Arrowmont, Pocosin, and Touchstone.  She currently works out of her studio in the Brewhouse Association on the south side of Pittsburgh.

Maia's work is drawn from the need to create volume out of flatness.  By using almost exclusively steel sheet, she aims to manipulate the material to have a dimension it did not previously have.  Her forms are inspired by botanical elements, abstracted and simplified to their most basic shape.

Materials & Tools 

To lower expenses for students, the following $65 kit will be sent to the shipping address you have listed on your Metalwerx account. Kits will be mailed out by September 28th. If you register after the 28th of September, you will need to pay for expedited shipping or order the following supplies yourself. Please inform us if you reside outside of the United States, as your shipping cost may differ from the standard shipping included in the materials kit fee and may also need to be expedited. All items listed below will be included in your kit.  

  • steel wire .035in diameter - 20ft coil
  • steel wire .041in diameter - 20ft coil
  • steel wire .048in diameter - 20ft coil
  • steel wire .063in diameter - 20ft coil
  • steel wire .080in diameter - 20ft coil
  • steel wire .106in diameter - 20ft coil
  • sterling 3/8" ear posts
  • sterling 7mm ear nuts
  • sanding discs 220 grit
  • sanding discs 320 grit
  • grinding wheel
  • star wheel
  • separating disc
  • screw mandrel
  • snap mandrel
  • #67 drill bits
  • #60 drill bits
  • #55 drill bits
  • cup bur 1.4mm
  • cup bur 3.5mm
  • cup bur 1.7mm
Students should bring 

Students will be responsible for providing the following common studio items. Vendor links (red text) have been put next to some suggested items: 

  • fireproof soldering area - steel baking sheet will work (Amazon)
  • Solderite™ pad or fire brick (Rio Grande)
  • flux - Handy Flux brand will work
  • hard solder
  • fan and open window - for ventilation
  • cross lock tweezers
  • glass jar
  • olive oil
  • rags
  • crock pot with fresh pickle
  • safety glasses
  • glass bowl of water - for quenching hot metal
  • sink or bucket of water - for rinsing after pickling 
  • hammers - to texture steel
  • pliers - bent chain nose, needle nose, and flat nose (plus any other)
  • hand drill - extremely helpful but optional (Rio Grande)
  • flex shaft style hand piece
  • 2/0 saw blades
  • sharpie markers
  • 6in steel ruler
  • dividers 
  • calipers
  • 8in mill bastard file (Home Depot)
  • scribe
  • center punch
  • heavy duty wire cutters (Home Depot)
  • transfer punch set (Harbor Freight
  • saw frame
  • bench pin (Rio Grande)
  • vise - a bigger and bolted down one works best

Tuition

$150.00

Materials Cost

$65.00

Instructor

Maia Leppo

Dates

October 6 -8, 2020

Time

10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Length

2 days

Level 
Basic and above

No Class Dates

October 7

Location 
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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