Robert Lopez is known for his stunning works of wearable art, composed of fused Argentium, custom cut stones, and amazing texture and color. Now he’s bringing his signature techniques to The Makery for two fabulous projects in three days.
Starting with his Wired and Fired Ring, Robert will introduce us to the special properties of Argentium silver and the ways it differs from traditional sterling. We’ll learn how to use those differences to our advantage to create an unusual adjustable ring, starting with Argentium granules fused to square wire. He’ll show us how to make unique water cast embellishments for extra interest and how to create a thick textured bezel. We’ll even learn tips for fixing those last minute fit issues that sometimes come up when it’s time to set our stone! Then we’ll finish it off with a gorgeous stud set pearl for added pop.
Next, we’ll tackle Robert’s Color Bomb Cuff, a gorgeous mix of stone, pearls, Argentium and titanium. You’ll have plenty of time to experiment with the possibilities of titanium, which include adding durable, gorgeous colors using a simple kitchen torch. We’ll add texture with a rolling mill, and use our newly-acquired Argentium skills to create granules, discs and more for embellishment. Then we’ll fabricate a bezel setting for a beautiful chunky cabochon and combine the elements using Robert’s straight-forward riveting technique. We’ll top off our creations with elegant stud set pearls.
These projects are jam packed with high impact skills and techniques taught in Robert’s approachable and down-to-earth style. Join us for a fun-filled three days, and you’ll head back to your bench equipped with new ideas, new materials and plenty of tips and insights to invigorate your creative journey.
Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25, 2017
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, June 29 – Saturday, July 1, 2017
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Workshop Fee: $575 (taxable)
includes all materials and use of all tools!