Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate (familiar with the basics of metalsmithing)
Date: September 8-9, 2018
Location: 12135 California St. Suite B, Yucaipa, CA 92399
Kit Fee: $75 Payable on day of workshop
-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.
Class may be canceled if there are less than four students.
Airports & Lodging:
If flying to California, the nearest airport is Ontario International (approx. 30 minutes from studio). LAX is 1 hour without traffic and there is always traffic in that area. The nearest hotels are in Redlands, Loma Linda and the Holiday Inn Express in Beaumont. I would recommend Redlands for proximity to post workshop entertainment and dining! I absolutely do not recommend booking any motels in Yucaipa where my studio is located.
Titanium sheets, Argentium silver sheet, Argentium silver wire, Argentium Silver rivets, Cabochons (stones may be different from displayed or photos of original pieces), Solder, Water Casts
(Students may keep all scraps and extra titanium, kit does not include any tools to keep)
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
Student Supply List:
(All optional. Instructor will have all tools listed to be shared if needed. You may have preferred tools so bring them if you can!)
Safety glasses, files, rawhide hammer, metal shears, bench pin, steel bench block, basic jewelry making tools, flush cutters, round nose plies, flat nose pliers, bezel pusher