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Cold connections and riveting can be creatively applied to metalsmithing, mixed media, found objects and jewelry. It’s an easy way to marry different kinds of materials together, like wood to metal or plastic. No soldering or gluing is required with this method.
Learn the art of repurposing beautiful vintage silverware into wearable art. Design and construct bracelets, rings, earrings, or pendants from beautiful vintage forks, spoons, knives, butter knives, and other unique serving pieces. Learn a variety of techniques including how to bend, polish buff, set stones, textured metal, stamp, patina, make cold connections and do simple wire work. Plan on making 2-3 pieces during the workshop.
Learn to fabricate irregular-shaped bezels to match odd-shaped stones for jewelry, as well as the process of permanently setting stone to the bezel. This precision stone-setting technique is applicable for any raw-shaped stones, crystals, or other materials like seashells, glass pieces, or liquid resin. Materials are provided and tools are available during class.
Learn how to fabricate round and oval shaped precision bezels for jewelry. Through instructor-led demonstrations and step-by-step instructions, each participant will create a traditional bezel and permanent setting for a cabochon stone. Materials are provided and tools are available during class.