"What's the Catch?" cuff
Aug
2
to Aug 4

"What's the Catch?" cuff

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 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. 

Special Notes or requirements:

Kit includes:

Titanium 3 sheets 

Argentium silver sheet

Argentium silver wire 

Argentium Silver rivets

Cabochon

Solder

Water Casts

 

Instructor will provide the following for use in class:

Torches, texturing hammers, soldering supplies and stations, rolling mill, roller printing papers, texturing materials, patina, titanium resist, polishing supplies, Stinger Riveting System

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"Solar Flare" cuff
Aug
23
to Aug 25

"Solar Flare" cuff

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 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. 

-Hinge Clasp. I will instruct how to make a tube hinge and a hidden key hole clasp.

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

Special Notes or requirements:

Kit includes:

Titanium 3 sheets 

Argentium silver sheet

Argentium silver wire 

Argentium Silver rivets

Cabochon

Solder

Water Casts

 

Instructor will provide the following for use in class:

Torches, texturing hammers, soldering supplies and stations, rolling mill, roller printing papers, texturing materials, patina, titanium resist, polishing supplies, Stinger Riveting System

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"Arm Candy" cuff & "Over the Top" ring
Oct
11
to Oct 13

"Arm Candy" cuff & "Over the Top" ring

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-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, post setting pearls, forming and finishing. 

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"Primitive Petals" & "Painting with Fire" cuff
Oct
25
to Oct 27

"Primitive Petals" & "Painting with Fire" cuff

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The ability to walk that fine line between total collapse of a piece and control of the fine nuances is a skill that must be accomplished while fusing Argentium Sterling Silver. This skill can be mastered with practice.  When learning to fuse, one tends to go a little too far and the metals may shrink, warp, bubble or melt a bit. I find that this sometimes adds wonderful textures that I could not repeat if I tried so I have learned to value their contribution to the piece.

In this workshop we will cover the benefits of using tarnish resistant Argentium Sterling Silver. Among one of the benefits of Argentium is its ability to fuse together extremely well while holding fine textures. The top, petal portion of the pendant will be made primarily of fused components. We will punch out silver discs that will then be roller printed for texture. I will then demonstrate how to make water casts that we will fused to the petals. With practice, one can learn to fuse multiple components together all the while keeping textures that have been applied prior. Fusing multiple joints minimizes the need for solder joints that would eventually show up during oxidation.  We will also work on bezel setting a cabochon. I believe I have come up with some unique ways of setting a cabochon that some students may want to add to their skill set.

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"Let it Flourish" pendant
Nov
2
to Nov 4

"Let it Flourish" pendant

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-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.

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

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"Color Me Crazy" cuff
Jun
29
to Jun 30

"Color Me Crazy" cuff

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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.

 -Bezel setting. I will also instruct students on the process and benefits of constructing a thick wall bezels 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, granulation, stamping, forming and finishing. 

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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 Redemption Ring Workshop with Francesca Watson
Mar
30
to Mar 31

The Redemption Ring Workshop with Francesca Watson

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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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