I created my first Spirit Protectors during a particularly difficult time in my life and I can’t seem to stop. I absolutely love making these & I would love to teach you how!
On day one of this two day workshop, I will teach you my favorite surface design techniques on metal. We will explore leaf printing, faux etching, texturizing, metal transfers, and I will bring several products that will add solid color to your metal. We will prepare our wooden bases & create cool funky faces for our figures.
On the second day I will share my favorite tips & tricks to achieve balance, contrast & a powerful composition. We will cut up our tin, combine it with the metal that we made on the first day & I will show you how to make beautiful woven pieces out of metal strips. You will learn simple cold connection techniques, no glue here, as well as how to safely & properly operate tools.
Finally we will put it all together to create two figurative assemblages attached to a wooden base.
Each base is approximately 5”x7” which is used for the body only. After adding the head & legs your Spirit Protector can be as large as your imagination can take you!
You will leave with at least one finished piece, however most people complete 2 in this workshop.
No experience necessary, just plan to come & have a blast!
Materials Fee $25 paid at beginning of class includes:
All hardware, screws, nuts & bolts, nails & wire, paint, glaze, gel medium, clear coat, gilders paste, hanging hardware & most tools.
Supplies Needed to bring for Class:
Please read the supply list NOW and collect your supplies early. You may have to order some things online, especially the tin, 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 weeks prior to class at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-TIN SNIPS, Please bring these, my favorite for cutting thin metal
-BALL PEAN HAMMER
-GLOVES to protect your hands from sharp metal
-2 or 3 small & medium PAINT BRUSHES
-Small PHILLIPS HEAD SCREWDRIVER, PH-1
-A PENCIL, FINE TIP SHARPIE that works(!) & A RULER
-TIN, a variety of sizes & colors. Old, new, plain, printed. I often find cookie tins in thrift stores, antique stores, on ebay & garage sales. I also search online for “vintage tins”. Please bring at least 15 pieces, it can be cut flat ahead of time for travel. Half of your tin should be at least 9 inches long, and the other half should be at least 7 inches long. If you are cutting up whole tins at home, try using a can opener on the bottom of the tin, it makes it much easier to cut. This does not always work, it depends on the tin & sharpness of your can opener.
I will have a small amount of tin to share, Feel free to bring extra to share & trade
-A WATER CUP
3 pieces, 4 x 6 OR LARGER of brass, copper & tin, thin enough to cut with tin snips, which I will have in class. Metal absolutely must be these specific metals or the process will not work, no aluminum please.
Thin brass or sheet metal is available at ACE Hardware, K&S brand...
K&S measures metal by thickness not gauge and it is listed in the product description before the size. A good thickness is .010. The thickness isn’t super important, you’ll need to be able to cut it with scissors.
-FOUND OBJECTS for arms & legs if you would like to use something other than metal. Please see sample photos for ideas.
-2 pieces of wood approximately 4” x 5 1/2” x 1/2”
Any kind of wood will do as long as it is smooth and structurally sound. A rectangular shape is easier to work with than square. I will sometimes find used cutting boards at yard sales that work great for this.
***Please paint your wood with a coat of gesso or white paint.
-A CHARGED CORDLESS DRILL, CHARGER & 3 tiny drill bits, 1/16”. Please bring this if at all possible. I will be bringing 3 drills but if it is a large class you might have to wait. We will be using the drill often during the workshop.
-A CROP-A-DILE or METAL PUNCH and a & TINY JEWELERS PUNCH if you have one. If not, don’t worry about it.
-STENCILS for Faux Etching, I will have plenty to share but bring your own if you have favorites.
-A BENCH BLOCK & CUSHION if you have one.