Copper, brass and nickel-silver are furnished
in class. Please bring your own sterling silver (optional).
Forming by hand and with hydraulic press
- Forming a sphere and other bead shapes
- Basic fabrication skills
- Cold connections
- Tube and wire riveting
- Soldering with a torch
- Making and soldering jump rings
- An artist's introduction to metallurgy
(understanding why things happen)
- Safety, safety, safety
- Torches (air/acetylene and oxy/propane)
- Class will also include general discussion of
etching, tools, patinas, polishing, roll printing, bezel-setting a cabochon,
reticulating silver and so much more (and some of this will no doubt work
its way into practice during the class).
These lovely lentil beads were made by one class learning
to handle torches.
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Price $750 + $50 materials fee
Beginner to Intermediate
Prices include classes and materials only
Refine your metalsmithing skills and learn to make
several types of metal beads. Some will be soldered and some will be
cold connected. Enjoy the miniature palette of a bead!
Comfort with a Torch
Knowledge is power
Knowing how and why a torch works will make you
comfortable using one. We have 3 air/acetylene torches and a maximum of only
7 students (and safety training). You'll get lots of practice time with the
Students receive an (excellent) instruction booklet to use in class and then
to take home.
soldering with a torch)
Instructor: Christine Cox
In this fast-paced class, students will work closely with me to
choose, execute and complete your designs. Your familiarity with the torch
and other tools will determine the level of your project and your success.
Let's up your skills together.
This class includes
many techniques I've been teaching in
private classes. It's a great way to expose yourself to and to
practice many techniques in a short time.
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Work by Students
Many of my students have never soldered or
handled a torch before. Some have learned, but would like to take the
next step. Some students are returning to jewelry-making after years of
tending to other priorities. Many students come back year after year to
improve their skills and knowledge. My classes are designed to be
repeated. Each time you come we'll improve your skills and add to your
knowledge. Come see what I've done and let me show you
how to do it.
Everything for all
projects is supplied by the instructor, but working with sterling
silver or similar upgrades will be extra (your choice).
The most successful students are those who have fabricated metal before. No knowledge will be
assumed. Are you a beginner who is good with your hands and a fast
learner? Email me and we'll talk about whether this class is
for you. A certain amount of hand-strength is required in any metal
fabricating you do.
All classes are completely unique and unavailable anywhere but at the
Volcano Arts Studio.
What to Bring
Journal or pad for
have a few OptiVISORs to loan out and we also sell them here, so
don't run out and buy one.
If you have
a respirator mask bring it
along (like painters use, available at hardware stores - filters
should be for aerosol particulates). Although a respirator mask
is highly recommended, don't feel that you need to buy one just for this class.
I have lots of paper masks that you can use for the week.
I have plenty of
medium and large latex gloves. If you are allergic to latex or
have extra large or extra small hands, please bring several
pairs to use during the week.
That's it! It's so
nice to travel without a suitcase full of expensive tools, isn't