Join me for a weekend
metal-smithing adventure of epic proportions where I will be teaching
you the best of my signature techniques and methodologies for beautiful
jewelry fabrication! With just a few basic tools and materials we will
form, solder and explore various techniques in working with metal to
create beautiful, personally significant pieces of jewelry both for you
as well as for gifts to give others. Not your typical metal-smithing
class, this workshop is all about taking readily accessible materials
and tools to fabricate lustrous metal components and modifying
one-of-a-kind or sentimental found object for totally original and
will employ various wire wrapping and wire soldering techniques,
fabricate found objects bezels and housings pendants,
not-your-momma’s-wire wrapped pendants, link making techniques, closure
construction, solder casting and texturizing, sheet metal etching,
leather knotting and embossing and more! Be sure to bring plenty of
treasures from your personal collection including broken jewelry pieces,
small trinkets, and natural found objects (sticks, stones, etc.) to
play with. We will breathe new life into these treasures turning them
into custom pieces that showcase their inherent beauty or transform them
from plain to museum-worthy.
will also construct small metal boxes to give the gifting pieces of
jewelry in. In doing so, we will explore various construction options
including mica-windowed boxes that allow a filtered peek of the contents
within. Whether you like bright and shiny or aged and patina’d, you
will unearth treasures aplenty in these days of our metal-smithing
and blackening agents will all be used in this class. All measures will
be taken to create adequate ventilation as much as possible. If you
have extreme sensitivities to these products, consider this carefully
All metals along with misc. materials and booklet of hints, tips and will be provided by the instructor.
KIT FEE: $15.00: (covers all sheet metals needed for multiple projects + some to take
home, brass wire, fluxes, butane, casting clay, leather and fabric
stash, etchant and patina agents, misc. tools, heat-safe surfaces, etc.)
SCHEDULE for BOTH DAYS
- Arrive & Settle: 9:00 :: Time for students to arrive, settle in.
- Class Segment A: 9:30-12:00 :: Class time with Stephanie who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
- Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like C4 Dei, Chapter One, and The Gypsy Den.
- Class Segment B: 1:30-4:30 PM :: Class time with Stephanie who will guide the 2nd part of class.
- Show & Tell, Clean-Up & Depart: 4:30-5:00 PM
Students should bring:
1 - 1/2 lb. roll of
lead-free solder. This should be “solid wire” solder and NOT “acid or
rosin core”. Any lead free solder from a stained glass supplier will
work. Lowe’s carries a brand – Sterling or Worthington– that works
great as well. (If you want to make SURE you have PLENTY of solder for
fabrication and solder casting, you might want to consider bringing a 1
lb. roll instead.)
with texture to cast (dig through your junk drawer - old buttons,
jewelry, plastic toys. Think smaller than 2 inches. All castings will
end up having a front and a back.)
foot lengths of various wires in raw brass, copper, or sterling. These
wires will solder but if you have other wire you like and want to use
that for wrapping only and not for soldering, you are welcome to bring
those too. I will be providing a length of 20 gauge brass to each
My favorite go-to gauges are:
26 ga. (for tiny holes in beads)
22/20 ga. (for ear wires and wire wrapping)
18 ga. (for closure fabrication)
anvil or steel block (check your local steel fabricator for 1/2" + thick scrap steel)
hammer and ruler
flat or triangular metal file
Misc. found objects, trinkets, beads, and baubles
tin snips and wire cutters
needle-nose and flat nose pliers
craft knife and scissors
rags or wipes
- Inexpensive brass or copper stampings and filigree such as those you can find at www.vintaj.com or www.fancifulsinc.com
torch and heat safe surface if you have one already and if you are
familiar with working with it. I will be bringing torches for everyone
but if you have one you already like to use, you are welcome to bring
- misc fabric, leather, and lace scraps and pieces
Supplies provided by the instructor:
- Sterling Silver wire
- Sheet brass and nickel-silver for all students - enough for class projects and to take home
- torches and heat safe surfaces
- blackening and etching agents
- various tools and supplies for all students use
- Stephanie will have a limited number of originals available for purchase.
- Due to limited class size, the spot for this class is transferable but payment is non-refundable. Please read about this policy in our Studio Policies.
Please read class policies for Studio CRESCENDOh here. By purchasing this class, you are agreeing to abide by the class policies.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Stephanie Lee is an artist, author, and teacher. Learn more about her work at www.stephanielee.typepad.com.