Mokume Gane – Woodgrain Patterns in Mixed Metals

Course outline: Mokume Gane is a Japanese term used to describe mixed-metal sheet that imitates the look of wood grain. In this class you will learn how to use pre-made copper and brass metal billets (fused stacks of layered metals) to create a customized sheet of woodgrain patterned metal. The patterned metal will then be used to create a simple domed pendant, or seamless ring. Students will receive a 1″x1″ piece of 14ga copper/brass mokume billet to pattern as part of the class fee. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: Comfortable using rotary tools Technique: Using a pre-made metal billet of copper …

Hot Connections: Connecting Components – rescheduled to June 13

This class has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 13. To go to the new class page for information and registration, click here. Course outline: We have seen how versatile soldering sterling silver circles is, now let us move on to connecting those circles together and adding other components. The first project will be a pair of earrings constructed from concentric sterling silver hoops. Next we will move on to fabricating and attaching embellishments to stacking rings, and setting posts on earrings. Note: a kit is required; see details below. In order to create our components we will explore the use …

Turtle Tab Setting a Cabochon or Flat Back Crystal or Flat Bead

Course outline: Here is an opportunity to create a pendant for your favourite cabochon or flat stone bead! With guidance from Liz Kennedy, you’ll set your cabochon in copper sheet or stainless sheet metal using tabs which have been cut using shears. Using various stamps, hammers and home-made stamps, you’ll texture the metal, adding strength to your pendant. Finally, a self-bail will be made and you can choose to add a patina to emphasize the textural details. You’ll create your own design and can make your piece as large or as small as you wish. This is a great project …

Mokume Gane – Woodgrain Patterns in Mixed Metals

Course outline: Mokume Gane is a Japanese term used to describe mixed-metal sheet that imitates the look of wood grain. In this class you will learn how to use pre-made copper and brass metal billets (fused stacks of layered metals) to create a customized sheet of woodgrain patterned metal. The patterned metal will then be used to create a simple domed pendant, or seamless ring. The class fee includes a 1″x 1″ piece of 14ga copper/brass modkume billet to pattern. The instructor will bring in some Baldwin’s patina solution and demonstrate its use. This patina darkens some metals but leaves …

Fold Formed Leaf Pendant

Course outline: Instructor Liz Kennedy will introduce you to fold forming sheet metal and various commonly used metalwork techniques. Shears will be used to cut the leaf shape you design. You will be hammering the sheet metal to form curves and texture. You will anneal the piece, using a torch. You will trim file and buff the piece. If desired a patina can be applied as well as a bead embellishment. You can make this project as large or small as you like. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: An introduction to …