Enter the world of making metal jewelry with this one-day small-group jewelry class in Boulder, Colorado; no experience necessary!
This one-day workshop is jam-packed with information to get you introduced to the world of metalsmithing without a huge time commitment! In addition to learning safety procedures, students will learn the fundamentals of metalsmithing and at the end of class will have made a textured sterling silver ring band with their choice in width, size, and texture.
We will cover:
- Studio safety and ergonomics
- Sawing techniques
- Hammer texturing and stamping
- Filing and sanding
- Basics of soldering
- Texturing metal with a rolling mill
- How to remove firescale
- Patina options
- How to use a flex shaft and dremel
Class Duration: 8 hours with a 45-minute break for lunch
Tools needed: You will need to bring your own N95 or P95 mask (in addition to a cloth mask). This is for filtering out small particulates that are formed when metalsmithing.
Materials Fee of $25 (cash, check, or Venmo) will cover the cost of sterling silver, copper, and solder.
Last day to cancel for a full refund is January 2, 2021.
About the instructor, 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.