Surface Embellishments

Course Description

About this course

In this class, students will spend three weeks learning how to add dimension and complexity to the surface of metal through texturing methods using hammers, a rolling mill, and a microfold brake, in addition to surface alterations involving the keum-boo and solder inlay processes. Students will also further their surface adornment knowledge with various patination techniques, expanding their understanding of color application on metal. Come incorporate these new skills in each class while making functional and wearable pieces of jewelry.

Meet the Instructor

Wendy Jo New

"Growing up, I always was mesmerized by sparkling gemstones and metals and I often incorporate something illuminating into my designs. Whether or not I intricately plan a jewelry piece in advance of producing it or just spontaneously fabricate one as I go along, the result is inevitably something that is unique with a contemporary flair that complements, rather than overwhelms, a wearer. When designing jewelry or other metal work, I always think about whether I would wear it, use it, and/or display it. Anyone who knows me sees a reflection of me in what I design.

I produce fine contemporary jewelry and other metal designs primarily in the precious metals of silver, argentium, gold, and/or palladium. These are often further defined with the addition of texturing, gemstones and other unique lapidary, or resin inlay. I also manufacture photo-etched metal cover plates which may be attached to journals or framed. Larger etchings are used in buildings as entry door logos, addresses, and the like.

In addition to participating in art shows, sales, and doing commission work, I love providing instruction in jewelry design and metal fabrication.  My work can be seen and purchased at galleries and stores, as well as in my own online store.  Designing and fabricating engagement and wedding bands and other jewelry, often with people's stones, is particularly meaningful to me."

-Wendy

Materials & Tools 

There is a $65 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes copper and brass sheet, gold foil, fine silver sheet, sterling and fine silver wire, rotary attachments, and numerous other supplies needed to complete projects throughout the course. 

Students should bring 
  • sketchbook and writing implement  
  • any of their own favorite tools

Tuition

$395.00 $375.25
5% discount until March 3

Materials Cost

$65.00

Instructor

Wendy Jo New

Dates

April 2 -16, 2020

Weekly on Thursday

Time

10:00 AM -4:00 PM

Length

3 weeks

Level 
Basic and above
Make-up dates 
April 23
Location 
Metalwerx
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