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Stone on Stone

Join Michael Boyd for a live virtual workshop on his sought after techniques and methods for setting stones on stones and more! Students will learn important tips for creating custom fit bezels for all manner of shapes, will see his steps for expertly drilling holes into stones, and will learn to create mountings with tube rivets and bonding agents. Explore ways of adding color, dimension, and texture to your work with stone layering techniques taught by a master in the field!

Meet the instructor

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Michael Boyd is is an internationally known artist. His unique creations in stone and metal are found in numerous private collections and have been widely exhibited at important juried shows, as well as prestigious galleries and museums including Ladyfingers Gallery in Carmel, CA, Patina Gallery in Santa FE, NM, the Aaron Faber Gallery and the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

Formally trained in painting and ceramics, for the past thirty years Michael has focused his creative work in jewelry making, a medium in which he is primarily self-taught. Michael is a generous and inspiring teacher who shares his skills in private workshops and at universities around the country, including Colorado State University, Bowling Green State University and the University of Alaska.

Michael has presented at the prestigious Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference in Denver. Active in the local arts community, Michael has served as a trustee/board member of the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo, the Colorado Metalsmithing Association and the Pueblo Arts Alliance.

Michael’s newest endeavor, the creation of the Colorado Center for Metal Arts, a teaching and community art center, has helped revitalize the Historic Arts District in Pueblo, Colorado.

Materials & Tools

A $71 materials kit will sent to the shipping address listed on your Metalwerx, directly by the instructor. Students must register by October 1, 2024 to receive a kit by the workshop start date. For any student that register after October 1, a kit will still be sent but will not arrive by the workshop start date. Materials kit items include:

  • 2 x .75mm “Tripple Ripple” Diamond Drill Bits 

  • 1mm Diamond Drill Bits

  • 1.25mm Diamond Drill Bits

  • 1.5mm Diamond Drill Bits

  • 1.75mm Diamond Drill Bits

  • 1 x 600 Grit Small Diamond Ball Bur

  • 1 x 600 Grit Large Diamond Ball Bur

  • 6” Silver Tubing

  • Hxtal Kit (His Glassworks)

  • Shipping and Handling

 

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: 

  • various stones to layer on one another (Rio Grande)

  • fine silver or gold bezel wire - enough for stones (Rio Grande)

  • 6" x thin wall silver tubing - 1.8mm (Rio Grande)

  • 3"x3" sterling silver sheet - 20g (Rio Grande)

  • 3"x3" sterling silver sheet - 26g (Rio Grande)

 

Hand tools:

 

Torch setup:

 

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • tweezers

  • dual gas torch setup (either oxy / acetylene or oxy / map gas)

  • super glue

  • super glue accelerator (Rio Grande)

  • glass dish with flat bottom - for water

  • vaseline

  • toothpicks

  • q-tips

  • little cups - for epoxy and powder (1oz work best)

  • hard work surface

  • fan and open window - or ventilation system

  • particulate dust mask

  • safety glasses 

  • pencil, Sharpie, notebook - for notes

  • rags/towels

 

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