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Bootcamp in Metals and Fire - Southeast Federation Mineralogical Society (SFMS)

  • SFMS at Wildacres 1565 Wildacres Road Little Switzerland, NC 28749 USA (map)

Boot Camp in Metals and Fire – Linda Searcy

Wildacres, near Little Switzerland, NC – August 21-27, 2017 Registions:

This week long workshop will focus on essential jewelry fabrication techniques and is a great place to jump start the absolute beginner metalsmith. Using silver and copper, we will cover sawing, soldering, filing, texturing, and much more. We will fabricate rings and pendants – create simple bezels to set stone cabochons. Ring and pendant blanks will created with the hydraulic press and pancake dies. Hand held butane torches will be used to solder pieces together. If time permits, we will cover tube setting small faceted gemstones.

Instructor will have limited hand tools and larger equipment (flex shaft, large torch, press) to share. Students are encouraged to bring own personal hand tools: saw frame, hand files, hand pliers (wire nippers, round nose, flat nose), small ball pein hammer, etc. Feel free to bring your power dremel (not battery type) and accessory bits if you have them.

Lab / material fee ($185) will include sufficient wire and sheet metal (fine silver, sterling silver, copper) to make several pieces, stone cabochons, faceted gemstones, and consumable supplies (torch fuel, flux, solder, pickle, sand paper). Additional metal, stone cabochons and gemstones will be available for purchase.

Feel free to send email if you have questions –

Maximum number of students: 6