There will be two 2-day classes offered during this week sponsored by the Eastern Federation of the Mineralogical Society (EFMS).
Boot Camp in Metals and Fire – Linda Searcy
Wildacres, near Little Switzerland, NC – August 21-27, 2017 Registions: http://sfmsworkshops.com/
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 – LJS0928@gmail.com
Maximum number of students: 6
Create your own ring made from combined metals and showcasing a focal point gemstone. Learn how to mix metals and use the hydraulic press and pancake dies to cut ring blanks and base metal overlays. You’ll also add a faceted gemstone to the fabricated ring.
Wednesday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., June 8 – 29
Online registration for the general public starts May 2 at NCSU Crafts Center - https://crafts.arts.ncsu.edu/register/
In this class, we will fabricate stamped and textured rings in brass ...
Register at Durham Arts Council