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Introduction to the professional metalsmithing workshop. Seminar participants will fabricate a sterling silver work of art using a variety of basic tools of the silversmithing trade. Getting comfortable on the workbench is a precursor to success in any other workshop setting. For beginners and experienced craftspeople alike. We will provide a variety of patterns for you, but you are welcome to design your own on the blank we provide.
Using the professional techniques Learn the professional knotting techniques used for pearls and other precious gemstones. Introduction to a variety of basic approaches used to assemble strands focusing on pearls. A discussion of the variety of other gemstone beads and their unique properties will enlighten both the beginner and experienced stringer. Freshwater pearls and a sterling clasp provided.
Build a bracelet from sterling you have decorated, finished, embellished and/or stamped.
Lost Wax Casting
Day one: carve a wax (ring? pendant? work of art?) and prepare it for casting. By the end of the day you will have a work in plaster and ready for burn out after curing overnight. Day two: cast your piece in sterling, remove the sprue and finish to 400. Easy!