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C261 - Faux Etching, Surface Design on Metal

Leighanna Light
9:00 - 4:30
Friday - May 31

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$ 155  

Oh how I love texture on metal! This workshop evolved from a happy accident, ever since I’ve been having a blast etching anything that I can get my hands on!
In this workshop, you will learn a fast & easy technique for creating “etched” metal surfaces without having to deal with toxic chemicals & hours of agitation. After etching the metal in the morning, we will spend the rest of the day constructing a unique figurative sculpture using the metal that we altered. While working on the sculpture, we will cover basic cold connection methods as well as composition & design. I will also demonstrate a quick & easy way to make a mold of just about anything. If you’d like, please bring some extra metal to etch, you can etch these in the morning & take them home to use in other projects. This technique will become a treasured favorite and will be useful in many other projects. You will leave with at least 1 figurative sculpture, 2 or more if you work fast & bring extra tins & heads!

Supplies Needed to Bring to Class:
Please read the supply list NOW and collect your supplies early. You may have to order some things online, so please allow plenty of time for this. I do not sell extra supplies in class. You may not be able to complete the project in class if you do not bring what is listed on the supply list. If you have trouble finding anything, or if you have any questions, please contact me at least two week prior to class at lklight@copper.net.

-BRUSHES one or two inexpensive craft brushes

-GEL MEDIUM small amount- 2 oz. will be plenty

-CRAFTERS PICK, ULTIMATE GLUE small 2 oz. Bottle. This glue is available at most craft stores, or online...http://www.crafterspick.com/

-SMALL BRADS Available at most craft stores

-BLACK WIRE 22 gauge, available at most hardware or craft stores

-BRASS or COPPER a few small scrap pieces to practice on.

-FOUND OBJECTS A variety of objects that can be added to your sculpture... Think of small objects that can be used as legs, arms & hair. Buttons, lace, game pieces, vintage tin, typewriter parts all work especially well. Please see class pictures for ideas.

I will have several of these for the class to share. If you’d rather not wait, please bring your own.

-ALTOID TINS I provide1 new 4 1/2 x 3 inch tin, if you would like to make more, please bring extra tins with the paint burned off. I throw mine on the grill or in the fireplace to remove the paint. Or you can buy them here brand new....
-Your own CLAY FACE if you prefer- I will have one for everyone
-STENCILS & RUBBER STAMPS- A bold design, no thin lines, hand carved stamps
work best. I will have a variety for you to choose from, but feel free to bring our favorites
-A METAL PUNCH- used for punching holes in metal,. If you have one, please bring it. If not, don’t go out & buy one, I will have 2 or 3 to share.
-GILDERS PASTE- www.gilderspaste.com/

$15 kit fee paid to instructor at beginning of class includes
one new tin, one hand made clay face, sandpaper, hanging wire, nuts & bolts, patina, extra metal for attaching head, a few found objects, and use of instructors hand carved stamps, tools & other consumables.





Most of the required supplies for your classes can be pre-ordered from Collage. 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, contact:

Maria Raleigh



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