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Copper, brass and nickel-silver are furnished in class. Please bring your own sterling silver (optional).

  • Forming by hand and with hydraulic press
  • Dapping
  • Fold-forming
  • Forming a sphere and other bead shapes
  • Basic fabrication skills
  • Cold connections
  • Tube and wire riveting
  • Annealing
  • 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.

To make inquiries or to sign up, email us at: info@volcanoarts.com

Price $750 + $50 materials fee
Beginner to Intermediate
P
rices 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!


Tube-riveted 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 flame.

Students receive an (excellent) instruction booklet to use in class and then to take home.

Hot and Cold Metal Beads
(metalsmithing
soldering with a torch)

Instructor: Christine Cox

TBA (5-days)

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.

To make inquiries or to sign up, email us at: info@volcanoarts.com

Work by Students
Inspiration

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.

Notes

  • 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 notes

  • Magnification: I 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 it?

Bookbinding and kits Metalsmithing and
silver soldering
Soft soldering and stained glass Eyelets, etc. Storage
Marbled paper
and marbling supplies
Books and videos Embellishments
and mica
Sales and specials Newsletter
Classes The Muse Idea center Site index Home