Create your own hardware, or jewelry.
This is a 4 week workshop, initially tailored to woodworkers wanting to create their own hardware. But all the skills taught can be applied to creating jewelry as well.
Students will learn how to create draw handles, pulls, hooks or other metal elements, ( or bracelets, earrings) by hammering/forging a square or round rod of copper. This workshop gives a basic understanding of how metal can move and how pliable it is. Hammer marks can be used as design elements or can be planished out, filed smooth and even polished. In addition we will explore how to hammer sheet metal into decorative design elements. (or jewelry) Flat sheets also can be folded and hammer to explore very 3 dimensional shapes. Who knows where inspiration will take you.
This workshop will expand the vocabulary of the students, learning what is possible with metal. This exploration might also open the doors to use metal elements in conjunction with the wood design.
Even if students don’t want to fabricate the metal pieces themselves, they will have an idea of how to design it and work with a metalsmith to fabricate exactly what fits their design.
Most practice pieces will be done in copper, but eventually can be executed out of brass, bronze, silver or other metals, depending on the technique.
When and Where:
Starting Tuesday April 5
4 Weeks, Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm
Mill St. Rockland
$140 per student- this includes shop fee and cost of copper rod and sheet
Early bird price $120 if registered and paid by 3/12/16 with check or cash
min. 4 students
max. 8 students
Registration Deadline: 3/29/16
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-542-4285
Prepay by check or cash
20 Mill St.
Rockland, ME 04841
Tools that would be good to have, but not necessary for the class itself: cross peen hammers, planishing hammers, any metal plate that can receive hammer marks. (I now have a nice selection of hammers to share and metal plates.)
Ear protection is a must and may be leather glove for the holding hand.
I am looking forward to spending time with you and teaching you some new skills.