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Marriage of Metals
Marriage of Metals
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Marriage of Metals

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Open a new world of jewelry design by learning how to seamlessly blend different metals!   View our photos which show the range of application of this technique.

Marriage of metals is believed to have originated in Taxco, Mexico, where it was known at "metales casados." In this technique-based class, students will learn how to seamlessly join non-ferrous metals of the same thickness, but of different colors by  fitting them together precisely like a quilt or jigsaw puzzle, then soldered. 

After soldering, one is left with a married metal sheet that then can be sawn or punched out to create pieces with a unique and distinctive color palette. The workshop will also cover solder inlay, a technique that uses embossing, soldering, and mill rolling to create contrasting patterns in metal. At the end of the workshop, students will have completed a pair of earrings and a pendant, or more pieces if time allows. 

Class Duration: 8 hours with a 45-minute break for lunch

Prerequisites: Metals 1 or equivalent

Materials Kit fee: $20 (payable to Silver Peak Studio, cash or check).  Includes 22 ga copper, bronze, silver, brass, and solder

Last day to cancel for a full refund: January 23, 2021.

About the instructor, Chris Weston

Chris WestonChris 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.