Hydraulic press class, Boulder Metalsmithing, Silver Peak Studio

Hydraulic Press Applications in Jewelry & Beyond

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Learn to save hours of time and explore the fun you can have with the hydraulic press!
In this half-day workshop, students will learn how to use this tool to punch out disks with a disk cutter, as well as how to dome and emboss metal. We will also use pre-made pancake and silhouette dies to cut and form metal, respectively. Finally, students will have the chance to make their own silhouette die, then use it to make an impression in metal.  This is useful for a number of jewelry design options as well as other applications, such as ornament making.

Once trained on the hydraulic press, students can use it during open studio.

Class Duration: 4 hours with a short break for lunch

Prerequisite: Metals 1 or equivalent

Materials Fee of $20 (cash or check) will cover the cost of copper and brass and the material for a custom silhouette die.  Additional charge may apply for silver embellishments.

Last day to cancel for a full refund is November 14, 2020.

About the instructor, Chris Weston:

Chris Weston

Chris Weston graduated from Haywood Community College in North Carolina with an A.A.S. degree in Professional Crafts/Jewelry. He also has a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in TESL/Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico.

He has taken workshops around the country from notable jewelry artists that include Charles Lewton-Brain, Carrie Adell, Julia Turner, Chris Darway, and Sarah Obrecht, among others. In 2000, he attended The Istituto Pietro Selvatico, in Padova, Italy, where he studied goldsmithing with Graziano Visintin.

He began his teaching career in Japan in 1985, and eventually transitioned from teaching English as a foreign language to teaching high school art in 2001, when he became a high school art teacher for Las Cruces Public Schools. While in Las Cruces, he also started teaching adult jewelry classes in the continuing education program for Dona Ana Community College. Since moving to Colorado in 2016, he has taught jewelry workshops for Boulder Metalsmithing Association, and Life Long Learning, and is currently teaching beginning metalsmithing for Boulder School of Metals.