Skill Level: Beginners welcome! Experience using a torch is helpful, but not necessary.
Create a geode-like moonscape enameled pendant necklace that's out of this world! No two are ever alike and the results are always incredible; plus, you will love watching yours take shape as you create it! Each student will learn basic torch enameling (map gas), metal-working skills, cold-connecting and soldering techniques. We'll also be making a simple tabbed setting for the enameled disc. You will leave with a finished necklace, either an oval or a circle in a tab setting including your choice of color, shape, size, and rubber or leather choker cord. Even the back will be a work of art!
All materials provided. I recommend that you wear closed-toe shoes, natural fiber clothing, and have long hair tied back. Aprons will be available.
Here's what you will learn:
Hydraulic press forming of domed copper circle or oval
Basic torch enameling skills (Map and butane)
How to burn out a hole in copper
How to create a "geode look" in an enameled piece
How to make a tabbed setting
Complete written instructions are included. All skill levels are welcome.
Students Should Bring – Nothing! All materials are provided.
Kit fee - $30 payable to instructor at beginning of class includes:
complete instructions, resources & design sheet, copper domed disks (choice of sizes, shapes), copper sheet, 16 gauge (12”), 20 gauge (12” for wire wrapping) copper wire, leather cord and closure, sanding block, steel wool, glossy magazine page. Use of Map gas torches and supplies, butane torches and supplies, tripods, torching screens, torching baskets, solder, flux, magnesia soldering blocks, water containers, tweezers, pickle solution, pickle pot, polisher, deburring wheel, files, wire flush cutters, metal shears, plastic doming mallet, bench blocks, medium bezel mandrel or bailing pliers, small flat-nosed pliers, small rulers, many enamel colors, all enameling supplies, Rhino Glue, pencils, thin Sharpie markers, paper towels, dust masks, goggles, wooden sticks, glass glitter, micro-beads, Ice Resin or Glossy Accents, mixing cups, Crop-A-Dial, doming blocks, etc.
Many of the required supplies may be pre-ordered from Artistic Artifacts. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat. For further info and to place your order, please visit: http://www.artisticartifacts.com.