Metalwerx

The Metalwerx Yard Sale is back!

Join us on Saturday, July 20th and pick through a collection of hand tools, equipment, materials, and findings!

Choose from these items and more:
• Two Rolling Mills
• Polishing Lathe
• Sparkie Welder
• Casting Equipment
• Hand tools such as files and hammers
• Tool Chests
• Copper and brass sheet metal
• Findings

Course Description

About this course

This introductory course focuses on developing fundamental hand skills, good studio habits, and an appreciation for quality craftsmanship. Students will learn essential fabrication techniques by designing and producing one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Over the semester, students will learn to cut through metal with a jeweler's saw, pierce out shapes, solder and anneal (soften) metal with a torch, texture surfaces with hammers and roller print a pattern onto metal, and how to bezel-set cabochon stones. Time will be spent practicing on sample pieces, as well as applying these skills to making a textured ring and a pendant with a set stone.

Materials & Tools 

The $50 materials fee, payable upon registration, covers the cost of metals (copper/brass/silver), wire, solder, a stone, and other basic supplies you will use to work on the projects for this class.

Students should bring 

All items should be available at your local hardware store. If you can't find something, don't worry. We can discuss the items on this list further at the first class.

  • Wet and dry sandpaper, 2 sheets each of 320, 400 and 600 grits
  • Sanding sticks (paint stirring sticks are perfect)
  • Small hand towel
  • Tool box (shoe box, plastic tackle box, etc.)
  • Old tooth brush (for cleaning)
  • Metal metric ruler (150mm, about 6inches)
  • Needle file set (small files usually sold in 5 - 8 file sets)
  • Ultra fine-point Sharpie permanent marker
  • 8-inch long mill bastard file
  • Small ball peen hammer (used and beat up is OK!)
  • Safety glasses
  • Sketchbook, pen and pencil for design ideas and taking notes

Tuition

$455.00 $432.25
5% discount until August 18

Materials Cost

$50.00

Instructor

Diane Lawton

Dates

September 17 -December 3, 2019

Weekly on Tuesday

Time

6:30 PM -9:00 PM

Length

10 weeks

Level 
Beginner

No Class Dates

October 15

November 26

Make-up dates 
December 10
Location 
Metalwerx
Course Description

About this course

Keum boo is a cost-efficient way to incorporate high karat gold into jewelry designs, while simultaneously adding pattern, color, and dimension. In this workshop, students will use this ancient Korean technique of bonding high karat gold foil to silver. Embellishment techniques such as roller printing and hammering will also be demonstrated to enhance and emphasize metal surfaces.

Rolling gold foil allows for variation on foil thickness to one’s taste and is a bit more economical for those who plan to do a lot of 'keum-booing’ and have access to a rolling mill.  Wendy will demonstrate rolling gold sheet into foil, showing students how to have total control over their gold usage. There will be time for students to practice this technique if they wish, however, this is optional in order to keep materials fees affordable. Ready-to-use foil is provided in the materials kit.

The class will be a combination of teacher demonstrations with ample time built in for student practice and fabrication. As time allows, students may use some of their samples to make a basic pair of earrings or a pendant.

If you'd like to see more of Wendy's work, please visit her website www.wjnmetaldesigns.com.

 

 

 

Materials & Tools 

There is a $40 materials kit for this course, which is payable upon registration. The kit includes 24 kt gold foil as well as fine, sterling, and Argentium silver and findings.

Students should bring 

Students Should Bring:

  • Basic metals hand tools (saw blades, files, sanding sticks)
  • An exacto knife—the thin handled type

Optional

  • Roll your own gold foil - optional: Students may bring a small piece of 24k gold sheet (even 22k works) to roll in the rolling mill if they wish to practice making their own foil.
  • Cotton or leather gloves if you are sensitive to heat
  • Material for roller printing (i.e., sandpaper, cardboard stock, lace, netting—no steel)
  • Steel or agate burnisher (Metalwerx also has these available for use during class)

**If you normally wear contact lenses, please make sure to wear or bring your glasses for this class.

Tuition

$150.00 $142.50
5% discount until November 20

Materials Cost

$40.00

Instructor

Wendy Jo New

Date

December 20, 2019

Time

10:00 AM -5:00 PM

Length

1 day

Level 
Basic and above
Location 
Metalwerx

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