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Metalsmithing Alchemy: Boxes and Lockets

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Metalsmithing Alchemy: Boxes and Lockets
Debra Carus
Date and Time:
10:00 - 4:00
Total Cost:
Minimum Age Level:
Skill Level:
All Levels
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The open enrollment period begins on
March 10, 2020

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

Learn the art of creating a personalized metal locket or a small treasure box, a wearable or decorative piece that incorporates sheet metal, wire and stones. Learn techniques for sawing, piercing, etching surface patterns, soldering and stone setting to create a one-of-a-kind locket that can hold photos inside, or a small-scale box to hold personal treasures. We will work in sterling silver, copper and brass, and construct three-dimensional shapes with functional hinges and/or latch closures.

About the Instructor(s)

Debra Carus is a metalsmith and jeweler in Clackamas, Oregon. Her passion is for creating storied art jewelry that reflects her love of nature and her Norwegian roots. Debra is a full time studio artist and metals instructor, and she is also a Senior Instructor for Art Clay World, certifying metal clay instructors and enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest.

Materials List: Students Bring

• Sketchbook and pencil

• Set of metal files (not diamond files)

• Utility hammer

• Set of pliers - round nose, chain nose and/or flat nose with smooth inside jaws

• Pair of wire cutters

• Eye magnification (Optivisor, magnifier and/or reading glasses)

• Small object and/or photo to include inside a locket

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Metal - sterling silver, copper and brass, both sheet and wire

• Stones for optional stone setting (some included, some for purchase in class)

• Saw frames and blades

• Etching supplies - chemicals, design sheets and sharpie pens

• Dust masks and nitrile gloves

• Soldering torches and supplies, pickle and pickle pot

• Flex shafts for drilling and polishing

• Bench pins and bench blocks

• Shaping tools - dapping blocks/punches, cutting templates, hammers

• Books for inspiration (to borrow)

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