The Redemption Ring Workshop with Francesca Watson
Mar
30
to Mar 31

The Redemption Ring Workshop with Francesca Watson

  • Robert Lopez Designs Studio (map)
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Come join us for this awesome workshop with my good friend and instructor Francesca Watson. Class will be held at my spacious and eclectic studio; located in the city of Yucaipa California at the base of the San Bernardino Mountain Range.

Rustic and weathered, this dimensional ring is a metaphor for the lives of many women we know: exteriors marked and textured by life, exteriors we gild and make beautiful to the best of our ability, while we hide our true treasure inside.

 Over the course of two days, we’ll use a variety of techniques to create and modify texture on sterling silver, then embellish it with 24k gold in an ancient Korean process called keum boo. Then we’ll build an elevated prong setting and choose representative treasures to tuck away inside before mounting it on a hand-fabricated wide textured band.

 This deeply personal project provides an opportunity to exercise many useful metalsmithing skills in new ways to create a truly unusual piece of wearable art. The Redemption Ring is an intermediate project; students should have prior soldering experience and be comfortable using a jeweler’s saw. Absolutely everything necessary to complete the project is provided in this workshop – all tools, materials, and equipment! Just bring eye magnification and be ready to have fun!

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What's the Catch? Mountain Robbins Studio Oregon
Apr
5
to Apr 7

What's the Catch? Mountain Robbins Studio Oregon

Description: Unique hinged bracelet with hidden, keyhole catch is fabricated from heat-treated titanium and Argentium.

-Heat treating titanium to obtain an attractive and durable crystalline structure. The heat treatment can achieve vibrant colors including gold, magenta, purples and blues.  We will be using a special resist to achieve unique color patterning on titanium. 

-Roller printing a pattern on the titanium to give it more texture.

-Argentium Sterling Silver: We will cover the benefits of working with tarnish resistant Argentium Sterling Silver. Argentium is a silver alloy that is whiter and brighter than traditional sterling and can be annealed softer and hardened beyond traditional sterling.  We will be fusing Argentium silver granules, and wire enabling us to cut back on solder joints.

  -Water casting.  A demonstration will be provided.  Students may participate depending on time constraints to be determined at instructor’s discretion.

-Bezel setting. I will also instruct students on the process and benefits of constructing a thick wall bezel with tabs for setting a cabochon.

-Riveting.  Students will be using Robert’s “Stinger Riveting System” to make quick and flawless rivets that will join silver and titanium. 

 The workshop will also cover texturing, soldering, patina, forming and finishing. 

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The Makery Arts
Aug
17
to Aug 19

The Makery Arts

  • 2355 Bulverde Road Bulverde, TX, 78163 United States (map)
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I will be teaching two pendant workshops over three days in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas.

Artistic Elements will be two days long.

Primitive Petals will be one day long.

Prices to be announced. Visit https://www.makeryarts.com/

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