In this weekend workshop we’ll be exploring different styles and techniques to create your Perfect Pendant. Learn to construct bezel settings for cabochon, faceted gemstones, and fancy shaped stones. Working with sterling silver, we use hammer and stamps, as well as high polish, and oxidized finishes to accentuate textures and highlight designs. Students may bring their own stones or purchase from the tutor’s collection. Materials are provided.
The bezel setting is the earliest method for setting gemstones into jewelry – and hasn’t changed much over the last few thousands years. To create a bezel, you take a piece of metal and fabricate it to the size and shape of the outside of the stone. You then place the stone inside the bezel and push the metal over the top the stone.
Bezels are a simple, clean and secure approach to setting gemstones. They keep your gem safe and clean from dirt and don’t catch clothing.
Molds are used to create everything from dishware, toys, and objects of art. There are a wide variety of molds to reproduce wax, plastic, concrete, metal and more. Whether your work is big or small, or you want to recreate an organic object, learning to create your own molds to make multiples of objects can open a whole new world in your work.
Join us this coming weekend, June 7 + 8 for a workshop for mold making for casting and replicating your work. Students can bring small objects or jewelry to make both open and 3D molds from silicone and alginate. Experiment with modeling technique and creating multiples of one piece, and explore the outer edges of modeling technique while learning the possibilities mold making has to over. Create wax and plaster models from your molds in the workshop. Materials included. Read more here
Here are some images from last sessions class!Register for the mold mking workshop here
This weekend we held a torch fire enamel workshop in the studio. I taught the history and basics of fusing glass to metal using an acetylene torch and tripod. We experimented using both transparent + opaque enamels and played around with firing times to achieve different surfaces like sugar coating, orange peel, fully fused and over firing. We had such great energy in the studio this weekend! Check out a few pictures of pieces made by students.
Want to learn more about enameling? Check out our upcoming 6-week enamel course to delve deeper into the craft.
Enamel is a form of powdered glass that fuses to another material, sometimes metal at around 1600 F. The ancient Egyptians used enamels to stone objects, pottery and jewelry. In jewelry and other artworks they used enamels vibrant colors to represent a less expensive form of precious gemstones.
This weekend we will be fusing enamel to copper using the heat of acetylene torches. The most common method of fusing enamel is in a kiln (like an oven) which evenly heats your piece the the desired temperature. While using a torch, it’s a great way to see the different stages of enamel fusing to the metal – sugar coating, orange peel, fully fused, and over fire. The different pigments add a great effect to jewelry pieces by adding color and representing moods. Playing around with firing times and using the enamel as a surface pattern can also achieve wonderful textures and depth to your piece.
Sugar coat enemaled pendant by artist Emilie Shapiro, instructor
Sugar coat pendant by artists Emilie Shapiro, instructor
orange peel enameled rings by artists Emilie Shapiro, instructor
overfired enameled cuff by artists Emilie Shapiro, instructor