Metals Classes: Traditional Metalsmith, Precious Metal Clay, Chain Maille and Wire Techniques

Traditional Metalsmith

Metalsmith Techniques Series is designed to provide students with a broad choice of technique focused workshops.   Classes do not have to be taken in sequence unless there is a prerequisite. All workshops provide demonstrations and hands on practice in the metals lab.  Some classes may have a project design as the goal while others focus on techniques.  Students enrolled in classes have free use of the metals lab for open studio practice time. During open studio,  students provide their own materials (metals, wire) and “consummables”  i.e. saw blades,  which may be purchased from the studio.

If you are traveling to take classes,  have a specific technique or design  you would like to learn,  contact us to arrange a private class.

Private class rates are $65/hour.

Students should  not wear open toe shoes, sandals or shorts in the metals lab.

 


 

Precious Metal Clay Series  is designed to provide a guided journey into the versatile world of  this amazing new media.  Precious metal clay,  unlike sheet metal,  is finely powdered pure metal.   When added to a binder, it becomes soft and pliable.    Metal clay comes in different metals including: sterling silver, fine silver, gold, copper, bronze, steel,  pearl gray steel, rose bronze,  and more.    When the artist has completed their piece,  it is kiln fired and some metals can be torch fired.   This results in pure metal which can be textured,  signed, dated,  patina, enamel, hinged, hammered, layered.   The creative potential of metal clay is unlimited.

For those with no experience looking to explore PMC,  there are several project focused options such as earrings, pendants and bracelets.

While some classes may require the student to have prior experience,  most do not have to be taken in sequence.


 

Chain Maille Series  includes more than 30 different project choices for beginners through expert,  as well as some combined chain maille and wire techniques classes from their new book  : Chain Maille and Wire Reimagined, by Studio 34 faculty Barbara DeYoung and Karen Rakoski.   All tools are provided during class.   If students have tools and want to learn how to use them,  feel free to bring.  Don’t go out and buy tools until you learn what they are used for.  You can test drive anything at the studio !

A comprehensive handout is provided for each technique.

Kits are available in choice of copper enamel or sterling silver.  Sterling must be ordered in advance.


Wire Techniques Series takes students through  basic skills to more complex projects and designs.  All tools are provided so students don’t need to purchase any until you learn which tools do what techniques.   Students can test drive any tools at the studio!  If you already have tools,  feel free to bring them and we will teach you what they are used for.

Class kits use copper wire.   A comprehensive handout is provided that includes multiple techniques.

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