to Jul 30

Pasadena Bead & Design Show 2017

  • I will be exhibiting my artisan jewelry and teaching workshops,  sharing a banquet room with Art Clay World. Check back in my "Shop Workshop Page" for list of workshops.
  • Held at Hilton Pasadena Hotel
  • 168 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
  • July 27-30, 2017 10am-6pm, Thursday - Sunday
  • 30,000 ft2 of exhibit space with 300 exhibits
  • 150 workshops offered daily, 8am to 9pm
  • Admission $10 at door, advanced tickets $8.
  • Special room and parking rates at the Hilton.


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to Jul 1

Wired & Fired at The Makery Bulverde TX, 2017

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!

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to Jun 16

Mild to Wild Glorrieta Bay Inn, Coronado Island 2017

June 13-17, 2017

We’re going out on a limb and doing something a bit different this summer – but  hey – different is better – isn’t it?

Wednesday, June 14th – Friday, June 16th
-start your day with a continental breakfast on the outdoor veranda overlooking Glorietta Bay –
-full day of class where you will learn, create and be inspired-
-catered lunches and dinners –
-nightly happy hour-
-open studio in the evening-
-nightly “Bench tips with Robert”-
-Vivi Magoo signature treats and gifts-

Saturday, June 17th
-enjoy breakfast, check out at 11am-

Join Robert Lopez
our featured
as he guides you through
three intense days
metalsmith classes.

Guaranteed to blow your mind and leave you wanting more, more, more!

Event Details

  • $1995 all inclusive retreat*

    All meals, class fees, 4 nights lodging in a semi-private room, as well as happy hours, Open Studio each evening, nightly “Bench Tips with Robert,” treats and Vivi Magoo goodies!

  • Transportation and Kit Fees are extra.

    Transportation and transfers are extra. Erin and Barb can help with information about which airport to fly into and how to get to the Glorietta Bay Inn. Kit fee is $100 and includes all materials for all three days.

  • Please contact Erin if you are interested in payment arrangements.

  • Day One

    View Robert’s ring here

    Off Set, You Bet

    Argentium silver
    Hammer texturing
    Bezel setting

    Days Two and Three

    View Robert’s bracelet here

    Bending the Rules

    Heat-treated Titanium
    Argentium silver
    Pearl setting
    Half-drilled cultured pearls
    Water casts
    Heat treating
    Disc cutting
    Hinge making
    Bezel setting
    Hammer texturing
    Roller printing

    Open studio each evening!

    Nightly Bench Tips with Robert!


    Robert will bring all the necessary specialty tools & supplies, sterling silver sheet and wire needed to complete the techniques and From Mild to Wild projects.

    Kit Fee: $100

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