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Intro to Metalsmithing: November

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Enter the world of making metal jewelry with this one-day small-group jewelry class held at our new jewelry school, Silver Peak Studio located in beautiful 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
  • Bench shear safety and use
  • 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

Prerequisite: None

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 September 10, 2020.

About the instructor, Sara McGraw:

Sara McGraw

Sara McGraw graduated from The Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Lakewood, Colorado in 2012 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture. Since then she has explored working in various mediums including painting, film and photography, electronics, drawing, and ceramics before choosing to work mainly in the jewelry and metalsmithing field.

Sara learned her craft through the combination of individual exploration and attending workshops through local Colorado studios and metalsmithing associations. Her primary medium is vitreous enamel but she is constantly growing and evolving as a metalsmith and is not averse to incorporating new metalsmithing techniques into her enamel work. Sara has been fortunate enough to take workshops from nationally renowned metalsmiths, jewelers and enamelists including: Ken Bova, Eric Burris, Harlan Butt, Andy Cooperman, Patsy Croft, Linda Darty, Joanna Gollberg, Anne Havel, Amayak Stephanyan, and Carol Webb.

Sara began instructing students in 2015 and is currently works as a full-time, freelance instructor and metalsmith. She has worked as an instructor for the Denver Jewelry Studio since 2018 and taught a Cloisonné workshop for the Jewelry Club at Arapahoe Community College in February 2020. Sara previously worked as an Office Administrator and Instructor at the Denver School of Metal Arts and was the Shop Support Administrator for Hyde Park Jewelers.