This workshop meets Friday and Saturday, August 27 & 28, 2021, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm each day
(lunch breaks suggested 12noon-2pm each day)
Creating realistic, cohesive, nature-inspired collections of jewelry can be challenging and intimidating for even the most experienced jewelry designer, but we’re making it easy! Seasoned beginners, intermediate level students, and even advanced art jewelers will love this 2-day workshop where we open the door to creative freedom! Expand your skill set with mold making techniques, multi-stage, and multi-component soldering, working with custom tube settings and findings. Your pieces will highlight unique natural elements made from molded sterling clay set on sterling silver structures with faceted semi-precious stones. Techniques include:
IDENTIFYING & GATHERING FOCAL AND SUPPORT INSPIRATIONS- Design using the real thing! We’ll gather local flora, make still life arrangements, document, sketch, and photograph our inspirations. Using these reference points, we’ll plan the components necessary to create a full body of work. MAKING MOLDS FOR METAL CLAY COMPONENTS- Sculpture will be our focal point, and our faceted stones are our highlights! We’ll create all the molds necessary to bring our arrangements to life. These molds are the jumping off point that will allow for flexibility in designing the individual pieces in your collection. MULTI-STAGE SOLDERING- Sterling sheet is the canvas upon which we’ll build our pieces and arrange our embellishments, stone settings, and findings. First, we’ll create the parts we need, and then we’ll solder these multiple components, finally cutting and filing our pieces into shape using the fun and effective JoolTool machine. SETTING STONES- We’ll highlight our pieces with multiple tube settings and sparkling semi-precious stones. Small settings need special care and process, you’ll learn to manage heat and add multiple settings and findings at once.
Students will leave this class with finished pieces. This workshop will serve as an excellent standalone class, or as a great introduction to incorporating more metalsmithing and PMC techniques into your glass work!
A kit fee of $95 will be collected by the instructor during the workshop.
This workshop is part of the Metal Clay Artists Symposium and requires purchase of the General Registration.
Realistic Gardens in Sterling Silver and Metal Clay with Gail Stouffer
Please put the MCAS GENERAL REGISTRATION in your cart prior to purchasing workshops or enrolling in the free Sunday Technique Discovery Workshop. The MCAS GENERAL REGISTRATION fee ($55) is non-refundable. Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Workshop fees do not include travel, meals, or accommodations.