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17C320 - Get it Together with Cold Connections

September 16-17, 2017
Saturday-Sunday, 9am-4pm
Jill Erickson

17C320 - Get it Together with Cold Connections

In this two-day intensive workshop, you'll get the lowdown on how to incorporate wire rivets, tube rivets, spacers, and micro fasteners (itty bitty nuts and bolts) to create multi-layered pendants or brooches. Once you've mastered the mystery of the rivet, you're on your way to endless explorations in metal work fabrication. First, you'll make a rivet sampler to get the hang of drilling, de-burring, cutting wire/tubing, and setting a rivet. Jill will guide you through designing your own multi-layer frame pendant that features a decorative tin element. Through the process of fabricating your pendant, you'll learn: how to anneal metal, use a rolling mill to texture metal sheet, best practices for using a jeweler's saw, filing and sanding steps, how to leverage the versatility of a flex shaft, tips of cold connection assembly, and even some patination options. Truly a primer for basic metalworking techniques, this workshop provides the foundation for you to create uniquely personal pieces that reflect your own style.
Class size will be limited to 6.

Material Fee includes: Sheet metal (copper and aluminum), wire and tubing, micro fasteners, ball chain. Students will have the use of Jill's tools and supplies during the workshop including: tube-cutting jig, butane torch for annealing metal, templates, bench block, decorative tin, Joyce Chen scissors, metal punches, drill bits, flex shaft attachments, sandpaper, steel wool, liver of sulfur, paint brushes, microcrystalline wax, and more.

Level: Beginner and above

Student Supply List:
Safety glasses, magnifying eyewear (such as an Optivisor or reading glasses), fine-tip Sharpie, paper and pen for notes. Optional: decorative tin (think mint tins, candy or cookie tins, etc.)

Tuition $205
Materials Fee $20

Jill L. Erickson makes studio jewelry, is a freelance writer/editor, and has over twenty years of experience teaching art classes to students of all ages. She earned her MA and MFA degrees in painting and drawing and uses those disciplines as a foundation for her 3-D wearable art jewelry. Jill incorporates found objects and various media in her pieces -- natural history and story-telling are recurring themes in her work. Jill is a former associate editor with Art Jewelry magazine.

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