Metalsmithing

  • Chasing & Repousse (2018 William Holland – School of Lapidary Arts) – In this class students will learn the ancient art of moving metal into a three dimensional shape.  This is accomplished using a set of tools called chasing liners and repousse punches. Planishing tools for smoothing and texture punches for pattern background finish off the process. All this is performed on a bowl of warm German red pitch. Alternate approaches and short cuts to standard chasing & repousse methods will be presented. We will start our learning on copper – 22 gauge, 24 gauge sheet metal. (1 week – 5 days – 40+ hours)
  • Silver II: Inlay (2018 William Holland – School of Lapidary Arts) – Construction of an inlay box pendant, a box ring and a cuff bracelet. Time permitting other projects maybe considered. All projects will be made with silver sheet and wire. All cutting and shaping of the stone work will be done in class.  Prerequisites: Cabochons and Silver I (1 week – 5 days – 40+ hours)
  • Enameling with Marissa Saneholtz (2018, MSG Workshop) – Marissa is an instructor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Marissa covered a dozen different enameling techniques.  (workshop)
  • Chasing & Repousse Tool Making with Christine Bossler (2017, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – Learned the making of Chasing & Repousse tools. Four types of tools were covered: Lining, Pushing, Planishing and Texturing.  Heat Treating (hardening and tempering the tools was also covered. (3 days, 9 hours)
  • Benchtop Mokume Gane by Torch, Hand & Hammer (2017, MSG Workshop) – In this two day workshop Jame Viste will reveal the secrets to successfully executing mokume in a home studio without the need for expensive special equipment. Using copper and brass, standard torches, small handmade brick kilns, hammers and lots of enthusiasm , you will gain a wealth of practical experience and knowledge and will leave with two mokume billets. ( 2 days – 16 hours)
  • Silver I: Wire and Fire (2017 William Holland – School of Lapidary Arts) – This class will cover studio safety, proper tool use, sawing filing techniques, torch use. You will be working with argentium silver, bronze and copper. You will learn how to make jump rings to make chains. You will learn the different preparations for soldering of the different metals we will be working with. You will be using bronze solder when working with bronze. You will be taught how to make a peacock chain by fusing copper wire.  (1 week – 5 days – 40+ hours)
  • Stake Forming with Mini Stakes  (2017, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – Forming metal using hammers and stakes can be one of the most important and useful skills you can acquire to transform your work. Whether it be achieving graceful transitions, gaining simple concave or convex contours, or moving into 3-dimensional hollow forms, stake forming is a must have skill for every serious metalsmith. The class will focus on stake and hammer selection, metal considerations, forming vocabulary, hammering technique and lots of hands on practice using mini stakes. (workshop)
  • Silver I (2017, William Holland – School of Lapidary Arts) – This class will cover studio safety, proper tool use, sawing and filing techniques, torch use and soldering styles, as well as hammering, shaping and different finishing techniques for your jewelry pieces. You will have the opportunity to explore your own designs and creativity while making several projects including a ring with a cabochon, a pendant and a bracelet. Each of these projects is designed to give you strong experience in fabricating with sterling silver wire and sheet.  (1 week – 5 days – 40+ hours)
  • Precious Metal Clay (2016, Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center) – The instructor will help students explore working with bronze and silver precious metal clay (PMC). Students will explore this clay-like material, which when fired reveals itself as a precious metal such as silver or bronze. (6 sessions)
  • Enameling (2016, Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center) – Students are introduced to the fundamentals of enameling. Basic wet and dry enameling techniques, along with other topics such as enamel selection, equipment, and metal preparation well be taught. Instruction on techniques necessary to incorporate enameled pieces into jewelry or decorative small objects will be included. (6 sessions)
  • Decdohedron Pendant (2015, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – If you are ready to take your chainmaille skills into the realm of 3 dimensional forms, you will love this workshop. Using 18 gauge jump rings and a simple chainmaille technique, students will construct a lacy hollow sphere that makes excellent pendants or beads.(workshop)
  • Box Clasp Construction (2015, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – A great looking clasp can go far beyond its role as a secure and functional connector to become a focal point or unifying design element. Unfortunately, sometimes the right clasp just is not to be found, but if you can fabricate your own, your problems are solved. Box clasps are perfect for security, ease of use and customization, but have a reputation for being difficult to make. In this workshop the student will learn a simple box clasp construction that is easily customized to your needs.(workshop)
  • Acid Etched Cuff Bracelet (2015, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – Acid etching is a great way to bring texture, contrast and interest to you metals. The workshop combines basic acid etching on copper with basic forming and finishing techniques and students will come away with a beautiful one of a kind bracelet. Students will also learn how to use a variety of resists including PNP blue, which allows you to transfer any black & white image to your metal for etching.(workshop)
  • Tool Making (2014, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – With the abundance of wonderful tools on the market, sometimes the right tool just is not quite right, is not readily available, or is too expensive. The ability to fabricate your own custom tools will solve those dilemmas, and you will never be wanting for just the right stamp, texturing tool, punch, chasing tool, etc. ever again. Class will begin with discussion of suitable metals for tool fabrication, then you will be guided through the steps in successful tool making, finishing and heat treatment, and tool modification.(workshop)
  • Free form Casting (2014, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – If you want to create interesting organic shapes or just want to find an outlet for using up all of that scrap metal, then you should definitely consider this class. This direct casting method is a low-tech approach using a variety of readily available materials to produce highly dimensional forms. Casting for this session will be done with pewter(workshop)
  • Soldered Herringbone Cuff (2014, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – The elegant braided look of this bracelet is not the result of braiding, but instead an ingenious wire soldering technique. Using 14G sterling wire and a few clever tricks, you will learn the secrets of its construction, while creating a dynamic cuff that is perfect for any occasion.(workshop)
  • Resin (2014, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – Resin is a fun and easy way to add a splash of color to your jewelry design. In this two week class, learn how to properly use high quality two-part jewelers resin. Soldering techniques related to creating a framework for resin will also be covered.(2 sessions)
  • Metal Corrugation (2014, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – Corrugation offers the advantage of dramatically increased structural strength in thinner material, allowing for reduced weight and decreased material costs. It also provides a multitude of decorative uses such as simple ridges, fan folds, crimps and more, all which can be combined with more advanced techniques such as embossing, fold forming, chasing, die and other forming techniques. Students will explore all aspects of sheet metal and wire corrugation using an industrual tube wringer, pliers and other simple tools. (workshop)
  • Forming (2014, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – Focus will be on Form. We will explore several ways to quickly create form using sheet metal. Techniques explored will include: fold forming, hydraulic forming and anticlastic. (6 sessions)
  • Casting (2014, Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center) – Students are introduced to the lost wax casting process including instruction of all steps necessary to complete a final (jewelry scale) casting. Various wax working and mold making techniques will be demonstrated in this class. (6 sessions)
  • Surface Patterning & Enameling (2013, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – This class will couple surface patterning techniques and enameling to create unique and personalized jewelry/art objects. During the first three-weeks of this course we will focus on surface patterning and explore roll printing in depth. The second half of this course will focus on enameling. We will use Thompson Medium Expansion Enamels (lead-free, vitreous), both opaques and transparents (all 169 colors!). Students will be able to kiln-fire or torch-fire enamels. (6 sessions)
  • Tub Set Soldered Pendant (2013, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – Tube setting is a great way to add faceted stones to your designs. In this class, using sterling silver tube and a 6mm round cubic zirconia, you will become acquainted with several techniques for tube setting and will fun while making yourself a classy pendant to boot. (workshop)
  • Enameling Boot Camp (2013, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – In this class we will be kiln-firing lead-free vitreous enamels to 1500 F. We will be using both opaque and transparent Thompson Medium Expansion Enamels (for copper, silver, & gold) – all 169 colors! This class will cover a variety of techniques and materials including stencils, fine silver foil, enameling crayons, enameling acrylics, and eutectic soldering. (3 sessions)
  • Captured Multi-Stone Pendant (2013, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – A little bit bezel, a little bit fabrication, a little bit chasing and a whole new way to look at stone beads. Using fine silver you will begin by making a single framework to encompass three to five 8mm round stone beads. Then you will learn a quick and efficient way to conform that framework to match the beads rounded shapes, providing a secure a shapely open setting that will showcase the beads, both front and back. With some simple finishing techniques, you will have a truly unique way to set beads, and one you will want to adapt to additional shapes and media as well.(workshop)
  • Silver Reticulation (2013, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – Learn how to create beautiful, ornate, & organic textures on metal with your torch. Reticulation utilizes irregular expansion & contractions rates between different metal silver alloys. In this class you will learn how to control this technique to create beautiful & unique compositions of texture. (workshop)
  • Saltwater Etching (2013, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – Chemical etching is a great way to introduce texture, contrast and interest to your metal work, but can be messy and toxic. If you are looking for a safer, greener, and ultimately more economical solution to your etching needs, saltwater etching may be just what you are seeking. Using a variety of resist techniques and energy sources, students will learn the process of saltwater etching, and will leave with the knowledge to set up their own etching equipment at home using easily obtainable and inexpensive equipment. (workshop)
  • Fitted Lid Container (2013, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – Make a small copper container with a lid. Learn hammering techniques utilized to shape and size the lid, then you will guide you through the steps of assembling and successfully soldering the pieces together. The finished container will be approximately 2″ in diameter and 2″ high. (workshop)
  • Jewelry & Metalsmithing: Self-Study (2013, Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center) – Alan Revere Professional Jewelry Making – continued. (12 sessions)
  • Silver Granulation (2013, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – Granulation is a decorative metalsmithing process of applying tiny beads, or granules, in decorative patterns on the surface of metal using eutectic bonding. Students will leave class with multiple finished projects of their own design. Beginning & advanced students are welcome. (workshop)
  • Chasing and Repousse (2013, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – The ancient techniques of chasing and repousse are two of the most versatile techniques in all of metalsmithing . Both involve the use of metal punches to manipulate metal to create form, detail and relief, culminating in endless possibilities for 3-dimensional surface embellishment. Dan will lead you through the process and improve your metals and design skills in the process. (workshop)
  • Jewelry & Metalsmithing: Self-Study (2012, Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center) – Alan Revere Professional Jewelry Making. (11 sessions)
  • Jewelry Repair – Bench Skills II (2012, Macomb Community College) – Students will gain knowledge of torch use in chain repair, riveting, head and prong replacement, prong tipping and post soldering. (8 sessions)
  • Enameling (2012, Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center) – Students are introduced to the fundamentals of enameling. Basic wet and dry enameling techniques, along with other topics such as enamel selection, equipment, and metal preparation well be taught. Instruction on techniques necessary to incorporate enameled pieces into jewelry or decorative small objects will be included. (6 sessions)
  • Jewelry Repair – Bench Skills I (2011, Macomb Community College) – Designed to provide real world jewelry repair knowledge, this class will focus on tools, safety issues and basic jewelry metalsmithing and stone setting practices. Students will identify tools commonly used in repair shops, learn to appropriately utilize a jeweler’s saw, files and abrasives, operate polishing and other machinery including precious metal torch soldering. (8 sessions)
  • Buying & Selling Precious Metals (2011, Macomb Community College) – Gain hands-on experience identifying, evaluating, testing and appraising precious metals. Learn what to look for when purchasing jewelry, coins, or bullion and gain valuable know-how by practicing gold, silver and platinum buying in class. (4 sessions)
  • Fold Forming (2011, Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center) – Students will manipulate metal by folding, forging, chasing, rolling, bending, scoring, weaving, fusing, sand blasting, marriage of metal, and mokume gane, to transform a flat surface into a 3-dimensional form. Embellishments will be explored, including: texturing, rivets, wives, stones and colorants (resin, patinas and colored pencil). (8 sessions)
  • Jewelry & Metalsmithing: Intermediate (2011, Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center) – Students will learn to saw, drill, sand, file, solder and polish metal. Projects are geared toward learning and developing these fundamental techniques. Intermediate students will have demonstrations geared toward individual projects with an emphasis on stone setting techniques. (12 sessions)
  • Soldering Skills (2011, Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center) – Participants in this workshop will focus on soldering for accuracy and consistency. After a discussion about tools and supplies, participants will get hands-on experience in executing various solder joints using different soldering methods. (workshop)
  • Keum-Boo (2011, Armstrong Tool and Supply) – Explore the ancient Korean technique of fusing pure gold onto a silver surface. (workshop)
  • ART 1610 – Jewelry (2010, Oakland Community College) – Learn basic techniques of metal work, allowing the student opportunity to create attractive jewelry or small objects by sawing, soldering, fusion, and forging in various metals. (12 sessions)
  • Fine Silver Wire Fusing (2009, Delphi Creative Center) – Basic skills needed to use a butane micro-torch to fuse fine silver rings. Then using these skills to build other unique jewelry Pieces. Projects include a finger ring, earrings, pendant and bracelet. (workshop)
  • Copper Enamel Jewelry (2009, Delphi Creative Center) – Learn this ancient art: the preparation of copper, applying enamel, firing and proper safety. A variety of opaque and transparent enamels will be available. Projects include a bracelet, a pendant and a pair of earrings. (workshop)